1. Benefits: Playing the violin lets you take a breather from studying
Everyone knows studying is stressful. Math, economics, sciences, history, they’re just so content-heavy and can really wear you down. This is why teens are required and are highly recommended to engage in co-curricular activities, be it sports clubs or the arts. If you’re more of an arts/music lover, try joining the music club or the string orchestra of your academy. You’ll find that the violin relates the most to a human voice, and that’s just what you need to wind down with after a day of school work and stress. Something you can play on to relax to!
Plus, co-curricular activities can be used for school applications as well. In Singapore, this is termed as direct school admission (DSA), where you audition into the school with your co-curricular activity. In their pursuit of recruiting talents, this might just be your golden ticket into your dream school!
2.Playing the violin as an emotional outlet
Know an angry teen? Or you’re one yourself? You probably feel that there’s no way of venting or fully expressing your emotions. I mean, I was once a teenager not long ago, so I know and have been through the many emotional rollercoasters during my teenage. However, what allowed me to remain sane was actually my love for the violin and me using it as a tool for my emotional outlet. Whenever I’m sad, angry, disappointed or just very moody, I would whip out my violin and just churn out some tunes according to my mood. Somehow, it always made me feel better. I always feel that I’ve expelled what were bottled and inexpressible feelings after playing the violin.
So the next time you feel the urge to hit something or punch someone, why not do it the elegant way, play the violin instead 🙂
3. Trains your coordination skills
Playing the violin is the ultimate training for your coordination of your upper body (arms, hands and fingers). Your left-hand needs to hold the violin up, while your left fingers press the strings to change to the different notes. On top of that, your left arm needs to move to different positions to attain certain notes. Meanwhile, your right fingers hold the bow, while your left hand/wrist determines the pressure of the bow. On top of that, your right arm needs to move to brush the bow across the strings in various speeds.
How is that for a brain workout? But what you get as a result is an improvement in your coordination skills. Daily tasks will be much easier for you, such as driving, cooking and multitasking. It’ll even help in sports such as pool/billiard, ping pong, bowling and others that heavily involve the upper body.
4. Improves the agility of your fingers
Notes are produced from the violin with the help of the left fingers changing notes and also right fingers determining certain techniques. Learning the violin allows you to hone your finger agility and also its strength. It makes your finger movement much more flexible and you’ll find that your typing skills would largely improve as well.
5. Learning the violin increases perseverance
What determines one’s success is one’s level of perseverance. Giving up fast after failing is what stops people from achieving what they really want and more. There’s no shortcut in life, (unless you’re filthy rich, but even so you need perseverance to get there first). Therefore, in order to get what want, you’d have to work hard for it until you get there. The violin is an instrument you cannot cut slack on. You can only achieve results if you practice hard and diligently. Learning the violin thus trains your level of perseverance as results are guaranteed once you work hard (and smart) enough for it.
Odds are, you’ll be able to apply this to achieve other bigger things in life. Perhaps you want to build skyscrapers, start a startup business or create your own empire. All these come with perseverance!
6. Improves your memory
Playing the violin, you’ll train this memory called the ‘muscle memory’. This memory is required for you to place your fingers correctly on the strings to play all the right notes. It is also required for your right hand in memorizing pressure applied to the bow and its motions.
Other than muscle memory, violinists are also required to memorize scales of different keys. These range from ‘A major’ to ‘G major’. There are a total of 28 sales that can be memorized (plus 2 more variations of each). On top of that, music is usually performed memorized. This trains your mind to remember patterns and tunes more efficiently, sharpening your memory
7. Heightens your discipline
Additionally to the 5th point above, perseverance, there’s heightened discipline. Ever found yourself go back to your old patterns of procrastinating and leaving things stagnant for a long period of time? Perhaps a lack of motivation, or you’re just feeling lazy… However, learning the violin can largely help in enhancing your discipline in general. It forces you to be proactive in practicing by yourself in order to improve. It trains you to realize the importance of self-discipline and also responsibility.
Other than practicing, taking care of one’s violin is also important. It could mean how often you apply rosin to the bow hair, how you tune, clean, replace strings and upkeep your instrument.
8. Lower stress levels
For a full scientific report on why music lowers stress levels, click here. I’m sure you have heard of music therapy. By playing an instrument yourself, you can also receive similar therapy. Playing the violin requires you to be fully focussed, which takes your mind off things. Also, by playing something relaxing, it relaxes your mind and brings you to a whole other world. Perhaps you can treat it as an ‘escape’ from your worries.
9. Makes you set higher standards for yourself
I have a very high standard for myself, be it my achievements, people skills, aesthetics, life skills and others. Although constantly comparing yourself to others is not encouraging, but having the ability to accept that comparison and push yourself to greater heights is really what determines success. I feel that learning the violin has pushed me to higher levels of achievements, making me a better person as a whole.
10. Boosts your confidence
Learning and playing the violin has given me greater confidence in myself and what I’m able to attain. As a performer, you are thrown into the spotlight or the stage quite often. You’ll find yourself (sometimes alone or with one other person) in front of a large audience. With regular performance opportunities, you’ll find yourself more accustomed to the idea of an audience and gain greater confidence in presenting yourself. This, in turn, improves how you present yourself to someone or a group of people, such as giving a speech or presenting a proposal, to achieve greater things that you want in life.
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