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harleyofdoom  
29 Jan 2010 15:52 | Quote
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I've wanted to learn violin for many years so next month I'm getting one of these badboys:

http://www.austinbazaar.com/product/5-M-VE400-BK/Austin_Bazaar_Full_Size_44_Black_Silent_Electric_Violin_Set.html

just curious to know if any of you play the violin and if so how does the guitar knowledge translate? I don't really know any music theory just kind of work by ear, instinct and muscle memory so...
nater2  
29 Jan 2010 18:29 | Quote
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i don't play violin but if you have musical knowledge then yes a lot of it will transfer over into other styles.
Schecter_player  
29 Jan 2010 20:58 | Quote
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I played violin when i was really little. I can tell you right now that you're going to have a hell of a time without frets. It'll be such a pain. lol.
harleyofdoom  
29 Jan 2010 21:04 | Quote
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Schecter_player says:
I played violin when i was really little. I can tell you right now that you're going to have a hell of a time without frets. It'll be such a pain. lol.


Pain or rewarding challenge? (raises eyebrows in questioning manner)
Schecter_player  
29 Jan 2010 22:50 | Quote
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Well, i suppose that all depends on your attitude now doesn't it? (raises eyebrows in an answering a question with a question manner)

It might not even be a big deal, Its just taking away a crutch.
JazzMaverick  
30 Jan 2010 22:10 | Quote
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Anyone who believes that just because they may have a similar shape means they're obviously going to play the same are just silly.

There are so many things you need to think of when it comes to the violin. Ontop of it being fretless (which I love) you're using a bow - the skills for sucessfully using the bow are insane, all the techniques you need to cover will well and truly keep you busy for years.

I think it's a great instrument, but if you want to take it on seriously I'd just say you will seriously struggle trying to play both the guitar and violin professionally in the future. (only MANY years down the line will it be brighter for you imo)

But a fun instrument none the less!
harleyofdoom  
31 Jan 2010 14:37 | Quote
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JazzMaverick says:
Anyone who believes that just because they may have a similar shape means they're obviously going to play the same are just silly.

There are so many things you need to think of when it comes to the violin. Ontop of it being fretless (which I love) you're using a bow - the skills for sucessfully using the bow are insane, all the techniques you need to cover will well and truly keep you busy for years.

I think it's a great instrument, but if you want to take it on seriously I'd just say you will seriously struggle trying to play both the guitar and violin professionally in the future. (only MANY years down the line will it be brighter for you imo)

But a fun instrument none the less!


valuable feedback as ever jazz, i know there are a lot nuances that i will have to learn to make the jump between the two instruments (as for fundamental techniques needed i found a useful series of videos on youtube by a fella called Professor V: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBXFdJ3rJFc )

as for taking it on seriously, I can't say I've ever taken anything on seriously straight from the get go in my whole life... I feel seriousness about ones exploits is something that develops over time. what i mean is if i picked up the guitar for the first time wanting to play seriously straight away it wouldn't of been fun and i would of got frustrated and given up.

I'm a pretty practically minded guy who has an annoying mental block when i comes to learning music theory but every time i pick up a new instrument it seems to broaden my understanding of how to make music. hopefully learning the violin will improve my ear for tone (due to its fretlesness) and my finger dexterity/ general coordination. if that's all i get from it then it will be worth while but i have a feeling that there will be lots of other unforeseen lessons as well.
macandkanga  
10 Feb 2010 12:58 | Quote
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I love the violin! Ive never played one and hope to do so one day. You MUST listen to Jean Luc Ponty. I'm a guitar player but he is one of my favorite artists eventhough he's a violinist. Get "Enigmatic Ocean". It's one of his best.

I somewhat disagree with Jazzy. Some people have a natural ability for learning technique on different instruments. I had never played the drums before but sat down on a set and played like I've been playing all my life! Same with the piano. I also play the Uke and harmonica and never had a lesson in any of them. The violin may me a whole other animal on the other hand but give it a shot!


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