Learning to play the violin is a unique experience that your child will love.
And it is that this elegant instrument will challenge your abilities and will give you a musical training to another level.
As for the benefits that your little one will receive, when practicing the violin, I can mention some, such as:
- It improves long-term memory and keeps the brain sharp.
- Shape character.
- Develop discipline.
- Help your child process emotions better.
- Reduce stress.
- It increases your creativity, etc.
As you can see, studying the violin will help your child reach his full potential and develop skills that will serve him for a lifetime.
First of all, you should know that the recommended age to start learning the violin is 7 years old.
Why to choose a violin?
Because it is at this age that your child’s fingers will have more strength to play a string instrument, such as the violin.
If your little artist is already 7 years old, then he is already capable of taking classes on this instrument.
I am sure that now the question will arise: How do I choose the right violin for my child?
You should know that the instrument you are going to buy does not depend so much on a brand, but rather on a size.
The reason is that the violin is a custom instrument.
Let’s see this important aspect, when getting a violin for your child’s classes and what will help you make the best purchase decision.
1) Choose a violin to suit you
As we explained above, the violin is an instrument that comes in various sizes.
The first and most important recommendation, before buying a violin, is that it has to be the exact size for the student.
How do you know which is the right size for your little one?
1) Your child should extend their arm (parallel to the ground).
2) Measure how many centimeters the distance is between the middle of the palm of your hand and the neck.
3) Use the image below as a reference to know which violin size corresponds to your little one, according to the measurement results.
There are more sizes (which are smaller), but the ones we show you in the image correspond to the recommended age to start learning this instrument.
Another question that you will surely ask yourself is the following:
Why is the size of the violin so important?
And the answer is that it affects basic aspects of your child’s learning, such as:
- The way of playing.
- The way to learn.
- The correct or incorrect application of the technique.
- Correct posture , which will help you avoid future muscle or tendon problems.
So now you know: when choosing the instrument, make sure it is the exact size for your child.
2) Ask an expert for advice to choose a violin
Another way to be sure about the violin you are going to buy for your son is to ask his future teacher for advice.
Given the experience and extensive knowledge that your child’s teacher should have, they will be able to recommend brands and of course, will help you confirm the correct measurement of the instrument.
They can even provide you with reliable contacts or places to get your first violin.
When buying, keep in mind that if your child starts from a young age, you can buy a standard quality brand.
Remember that after a few years you will have to change your instrument again and then you can take advantage of it to obtain a better quality violin.
In Ecuador, you can find an average violin (of acceptable quality to begin with) from approximately $120 dollars.
Of course, the prices of these factory violins will vary, depending on their quality.
There are also custom violins, with much higher costs, which are made by a luthier.
For any of the options you choose a violin, always keep in mind that the instrument must really like your little one.
It must be a violin that inspires you to practice daily; an instrument that excites him and with which he feels very comfortable learning.
3) Make sure you have your starter kit complete
It seems obvious, but you must make sure that your child has the complete kit to start their musical learning.
What does it consist of?
The violin with its bow.
A case to protect it.
It must also have the resin , a material that serves so that the bow has more adherence with the strings and that they vibrate properly.
This is a basic element for good sound quality to be produced.
In some cases, the violins come ready to be tuned and after this, they can be played.
But, if you bring it from another country, it does not usually come with the bridge treated or installed.
The bridge is the piece of wood that holds all the tension of the instrument.
It supports the strings and is what conducts their vibrations towards the instrument’s resonance box, to amplify the sound.
When a bridge is not treated, it can come in a square shape and you have to work on it, giving it the ideal shape so that it has the right drop for the strings.
This is another aspect that you should review and fine-tune before your child’s first violin class.
Keep in mind that, over time, the choice of violin will be much easier, since your child will have more knowledge and will even be able to try the instrument for himself.