Learning violin may seem intimidating at first. After all there is no “keys” so you never know if you are playing in tune and the instrument is difficult to learn to say the least…
However, I can tell you from experience that learning violin is highly rewarding if you persevere.
Violin is a wonderful instrument that provides numerous opportunities for the player to play in all kinds of settings: orchestra’s, duos, fiddle jams and even bands.
In this article, I’ll show you how to learn the violin by yourself and provide you with a roadmap so you will succeed to learn it by yourself.
Learning the violin requires a true commitment to learning, but if you stick with it and follow the steps below, violin playing will become an invaluable part of your life.
Here is what we’ll cover in this article
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- Is it even possible to learn the violin by yourself as an adult?
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Is it even possible to learn the violin as an adult?
Let’s start with the first and most important question: is it even POSSIBLE to learn the violin by yourself?
Especially adults beginners often think that they have past the “age bracket in which it is possible to learn the violin”.
As a violin teacher that has taught more than 100 adult beginners over the years I can tell you one thing for sure:
It is ABSOLUTELY possible to learn to play the violin up to a decent level as an adult player.
If you are seriously committed and are willing to put the hours of practice in, it is possible to teach yourself to play the violin from scratch up to a decent level.
Though, still there are many that never make it.
I noticed that there is three fundamental qualities that my most successful students have, and that I believe you will need in order to learn the violin:
If you want to learn violin independently, you’re going to need a few things…
- Discipline (to keep going even if it’s difficult)
- Time (to practice)
- Focus (to use your practice time wisely)
Without these three things, it’s impossible to learn the violin.
Getting Your Own Violin
Now you have realized that it is actually possible to learn the violin, you might find yourself asking yourself the following question: what is a good violin to get for beginners?
Of course there is no one-size-fits all solution to this question, but this is what I generally recommend to my students
The Complete Steps You Need to Take to Learn the Violin By Yourself
1. Set Clear Violin Learning Goals
Great, you have decided that you want to learn the violin. First and foremost, you have to ask yourself a question that many adult beginner violinists skip, but is sooo important:
What exactly would you like to learn on the violin?
On the violin, there is such a wide variety of playing styles, that there is no one way to learn the violin.
What style would you like to learn? Is it classical violin, pop music, fiddle, composing pieces yourself?
The style in which you would like to learn to play will
2. Make a Strategy To Teach the Skills to Yourself
You know what is one of the most common reasons that people that study by yourself DON’T succeed learning the violin?
It’s not that they started to old…
Or that they didn’t take enough time to take lessons or practice…
It is that they start practicing without any proper plan.
And if you waste countless hours on practicing random things, without any proper plan…. it can be extremely demotivating.
That’s why it is so important to me that I know that every single one of the adult students I teach has a clear PLAN to follow, so they know that if they do the exercises, they will see progress and succeed at learning the violin.
This is also where the biggest difference between teaching yourself and having a teacher comes in.
A teacher has probably spend years refining plans to teach their students (at least, if you found a good one) and has a strategy that will teach you to play the violin most efficient as possible.
If you set out to learn the violin yourself, you need to take up that teacher role yourself: you will have to be creating your own curriculum.
You might also want to consider that instead of taking a private teacher, taking online lessons. Online violin academies are often much more cost-effective than private lessons as the teacher will be able to teacher larger groups at the same time.
Then you will still have the help of a teacher to know exactly what you need to practice every week, but not have to pay the high tuition fees of private lessons.
I created a complete step-by-step plan to learn the violin online in my violin academy, Julia’s Violin Academy and I would be happy to help you out with an exact plan.
From all my work with violin students, there seems to be one killer way to set yourself up for success: Keep it simple!
With tonnes of violin websites, videos and courses out there, it can be tempting to jump from one to the next.
But there’s one golden rule to remember…
It’s usually more effective to calmly work your way through one study method, than to try different things out of curiosity.
The focus you’ll get from this keeps self-doubt away, and helps you learn more quickly.
3. Practice What You Learn
Here’s where it really starts to get fun, but also difficult!
Many online violin students get stuck with only taking in “information” but not applying it and practicing everything.
I can think of many examples of personal students of mine that have confessed that they watched YouTube after YouTube video about violin learning but didn’t practice the techniques described in the video.
4. Make violin friends for difficult times!
Learning the violin is very hard. I don’t want to sugarcoat this. Many of my adult students take years of practicing at least 30 minutes a day to get to the level they set out to get to.