How to Play Violin/Violin

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  • For violin playing, it is recommended that lessons are the best way to learn violin. Violin is one of the hardest instruments to play, let alone teach yourself to play. Consider this: you might consider using videos, CD-ROMs, or other such multi-media channels for violin instruction, but remember: this is only a one-way form of instruction. If your elbow isn't positioned properly, a video cannot correct you. The violin can do serious damage to the body if played incorrectly. If you are teaching yourself to play, and have strain or pain in your wrist, neck, shoulder, or elbow, stop playing immediately and pay for a few lessons to have a teacher correct your technique. Proper technique early on can prevent serious injury.
  • The only difference between the violin and the fiddle is the style in which you play it, though many fiddlers will use a flatter (less curved) bridge (to make it easier to play double stops) and a few even tune the violin differently. However, it is due to the fact that different styles have different tonal requirements, that what is proper for one style could be considered improper for the other. Teaching yourself to play the fiddle is generally considered acceptable, and has less strict requirements compared to playing violin. To achieve a great result, practice as often as you can.

By (Mark Masbad)