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If you’re wondering whether or not to start learning to play the violin then you’ve come to the right place!
Although the city of Chicago is home to the famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra for years, you might be wondering if you should give it a try or if it’s even worth the effort.
But first, let’s start by learning the basics along with a few fun facts about the violin.
The violin also commonly known as the fiddle is a wooden chordophone within the violin family meaning that it’s a string instrument.
This is why the name violin comes from the Medieval Latin word virtual which translates to a stringed instrument.
However, the violin is the smallest and has the highest pitch in said family and has been around for about 500 years.
It’s a widely known and loved instrument as it’s used in a wide variety of music genres such as folk music, country, jazz, and even rock!
And when the violin is used for playing folk music that’s when it’s referred to as a fiddle, and the music is very different from that of classical styles.
But funny enough people that play the violin are known for having great posture as it’s an important part of playing the instrument.
So if you want to learn more about the violin and how posture plays a big role in the process then keep on reading!
Learning to play any new instrument can be an overwhelming process, but let's break down some of the fascinating things you’ll learn along the way.
Because it’s a lot of fun!
The most important part of learning to play the violin is learning the construction of the instrument itself.
So you’ll learn about every piece such as the scroll, pegbox, neck, fingerboard, and much more so you can fully understand the purpose of those parts including the bow.
Next are the strings and why the different materials like the gut, steel, and synthetics make a different sound based on the build and how they might wear over time.
Another important thing to learn is the pitch range since the violin is tuned in fifths, but let’s leave that for the real lessons.
One of the most important lessons you’ll get from your tutor in Chicago is how you should tune your violin because without the right technique you won’t get the right sound.
Now the violin is an instrument that can be played sitting or standing up, so posture is of great importance.
The focus on posture is mainly for the sake of the music quality, but also to reduce the chance of getting a repetitive strain injury.
And hunching will affect the sound and actually throws the body off balance, so if you decide to learn be ready to have the best posture in the game!
Aside from being able to play an amazing new instrument, learning the violin comes with other amazing benefits.
It is said that any kind of musical training for a year can positively impact a person’s memory and attention span.
As you continue to take lessons you might notice your reading skills, language processing, speech, and other brain functions improve over time.
It has even been proved to help children battle psychological disorders which are pretty incredible.
Being a musician can also enhance one's ability to integrate sensory information from hearing, touch, and sight!
A violin is also an amazing option for children because not only is it a conversation starter, but kids gain a better understanding of self-discipline from repeated practice.
As well as build self-reliance, self-esteem and most importantly self-awareness.
Most people that learn to play the violin usually end up in an orchestra which allows people to gain a sense of social belonging as one prepares for group shows and coordination.
Lastly, aside from better posture, playing the violin can lower levels of depression, anxiety, and other stress-related health problems.
Not convinced yet? Well then keep on reading!
If you’re truly dedicated to playing the violin well then here are some tips for you!
You want to make sure you spend at least 30 minutes a day practicing scales & violin exercises.
Practice difficult pieces by taking the hard parts out and only practicing those because you always want to focus on the areas you wish to improve.
Listen to violin music as often as possible so you can develop your ear.
There’s no better way to polish your skills than by understanding how they should sound.
Lastly, watch other more experienced violinists play or better yet go to local concerts in your city of Chicago.
There’s something so beautiful and inspiring when you immerse yourself in the environment where you constantly see other violinists play and picture yourself playing there!
Learning to play a new instrument can be a challenging task, but when accompanied by the right teacher it can be a lot of fun!
This is why at Superprof it’s our goal for you to find your perfect match and truly feel comfortable and ready.
We offer a variety of local Chicago teachers that you can sort through contact through our site.
Even if you’re tight on money, we offer all students different teacher options based on price and needs.
One of our goals at Superprof is that we can offer affordable education to anyone excited about learning and willing to put in the work.
You can even read through a list of real and authentic reviews written by former students so our future students make better decisions and have a better experience.
And don’t feel like it might be too late for you to start because different students succeed at different times.
Lastly, we want to make sure you have the best experience so with the Student Pass you have unlimited access to all tutors, coaches, and masterclasses.
Are you thinking about learning to play the violin?
On Superprof, there are 5 violin tutors giving violin lessons in Chicago.
A messaging system is in place via our site that allows you to get in touch with the violin teachers that are offering private courses on the platform.
Once your lesson request has been approved, you can start your first class with your violin teacher.
In Chicago and the surrounding areas, there are 5 private violin teachers available to offer courses
To find a private violin teacher, take a look at their cv to find out more information about their course offering.
In Chicago, violin instructors charge $44 for violin classes.
The price for violin lessons will differ depending on:
97% of our tutors offer their 1st lesson free.
Did you know you can even take music lessons online?
On Superprof, many of our violin instructors also offer online tuition. About 80% of teachers across our platform give violin lessons via Skype.
To find available online lessons, just select the webcam filter in the search engine to see the available tutors offering online courses in your desired subject.
Online courses via Skype offer you more advantages in terms of flexibility and are often less expensive as the tutor does not need to travel.