Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill this year or want something challenging yet satisfying, consider learning how to play an instrument. More specifically, you should consider trying to learn the violin. The violin has been around since roughly the 16th century, and it’s a beautiful instrument to learn.
In general, learning an instrument has been proven to be highly beneficial for physical, emotional and social reasons. If you want to try something new this year, this could be a great move. Be it you’re looking for a hobby to keep you occupied, a skill to pad out your resume or a way to meet new people, it’s worth considering.
In this article, we’ll be looking at the benefits that learning to play the violin can bring you, and how these benefits could actually vary from person to person.
Posture and body strength
When I was researching this article, one of the main points that I saw online was that learning to play the violin can improve your posture and upper body strength. This is great, considering that many common jobs nowadays require people to be sat down at computers quite frequently and this can lead to a lot of back problems without proper care. Having a hobby like playing the violin can encourage you to improve your posture; this is especially true if you start performing in contests or competitions, as they require a particular playing style.
Furthermore, playing the violin can increase your upper body strength. I read a great post whilst researching for this article, where people discussed the benefits that they’ve personally experienced from learning to play the violin. It originally surprised me that upper body strength was one of the first points, but thinking about it, it does make sense. One of the commenters in that post I’ve linked actually said it was great for slimming their arms, too.
Improved dexterity and hand-eye coordination
Another great set of benefits that you’ll get from learning to play the violin are improved dexterity in your hands, and also better hand-eye coordination. Both of these skills are essential to succeeding as a violinist. This is one of the reasons that it can be good to introduce your children to the idea of playing instruments at a younger age- it can help improve their fine motor skills.
This set of skills does only come with time and practice, though. If you stick to a good schedule for practicing and make sure that you’ve got a good teacher to hand, I’m sure you’ll start seeing results in these areas fairly quickly.
Another fantastic benefit that you can get from playing violin is that it can help reduce your stress and anxiety levels. This may not seem like an obvious benefit, but having a creative outlet like playing the violin can actually be very beneficial for keeping yourself happy and calm. It can be a great way to release pent up frustration too, as music can be incredibly soothing.
From all of the accounts that I’ve read, learning to play the violin can be a lot of fun as well. Of course, learning new things can be frustrating at first, but it does appear to be very enjoyable too. Again, I’m sure this would come with time but the positive accounts that I read from violinists online said that it’s incredibly rewarding.
Memory and attention span
Something else that you can work on by learning to play the violin is your memory, and also your attention span. The improved memory aspect comes from learning to play songs of course, and also learning the actual motions needed to play the violin.
In terms of attention span improvement, this tends to come from playing instruments in general. I know that personally I learned how to play piano and it definitely helped me improve my own concentration skills. The amount of time needed to sit down – well, stand up in this case – and actually learn an entire song is longer than you’d think, and it can definitely help you learn how to focus more if this is something you need.
One of the best benefits that comes with learning to play the violin is the amazing social interaction and chances to meet new people. If you decide to play in competitions or contests, for example, this is a great chance to meet like-minded people who enjoy similar things to you.
The same can be said for playing in a band or orchestra. Taking part in any sort of organised musical group like this takes a lot of practice and dedication, so you’re guaranteed to meet some great people that you get on with.
A final point here is that there’s a fantastic online community too. This is especially a great thing for new people as there’s a lot of support available if there’s a particular element of learning to play that you’re struggling with. There’s YouTube channels dedicated entirely to learning how to play violin, and there’s plenty of online forums too.
Higher self esteem
A final benefit than you can get from playing violin is higher self esteem. Learning to play an instrument is, arguably, one of the trickiest things you can learn to do. It takes a lot of time and effort, and as we have said, it can be quite frustrating at times too.
This is why it’s so rewarding to learn to play an instrument. I guarantee that the first time you learn to play your first song, it’ll make your week so much better. It’s a skill that’s worth picking up not only for the obvious benefit of being able to create music, but also for a number of personal reasons too.
To sum up, there’s a number of great benefits that you get from learning to play the violin. It’s a wonderful way to work on your memory and attention span, and also to help you manage your stress and anxiety levels. It’s great for meeting new people, improving your posture and a whole lot more. If you are looking for something new to try this year, then it could be a fantastic move.