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    maxi126
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    Do you play another instrument? If so, do you find that it has helped you pick up the violin better?

    I am thinking about taking on another instrument (classical guitar), but I am worried that I will neglect my violin practice as a result.

    Any tips or advice for beginners who want to learn multiple instruments at the same time?

    #16938 Reply

    dilawless54
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    I play mandolin, piano, guitar, ukulele and fiddle. The fiddle takes most of my time and practice because of the difficulty of the instrument. However I think learning all of the instruments has helped me with fiddle. They seem to build on each other. With that said I would concentrate on ONE instrument and then have the secondary instrument take any left over time. Good luck and have fun.

    #16948 Reply

    maxi126
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    Hi dilawless45,

    How do you think your other instruments have helped with your fiddling? I suspect that playing a secondary instrument would be helpful, but I am hesitant given that I am still fairly new to violin.

    #16953 Reply

    dilawless54
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    Hi Maxi126

    I think the mandolin has helped me the most with the fiddle since they are tuned the same and fingered the same. A lot of times when I am learning a song I will pick it out on the mandolin and then transfer that knowledge to the fiddle. Guitar and fiddle are completely different and I just use my guitar for chording and an occasional finger picking song so that one doesn’t help me as much with the fiddle as the mandolin. It is a nice change though to be able to play around with other instruments. The guitar was the hardest on my fingers so that might be an issue in the beginning. Good luck to you and have a good time since that is what music is all about.

    #16970 Reply

    murakami sandy
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    for me, even if i didn’t take lesson , i played a little of piano and guitar. i though, for me they are really helpfull to develop my ear. the guitar also helped me to have strengh in my left fingers but on the other hand, i have to be carrefull not to put to much strengh on the string for the violin. keep the balance is a bit difficult.

    #16991 Reply

    maxi126
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    I think based off of what I have read here and elsewhere, I think there is no harm in taking on a secondary instrument. Especially one that isn’t similar. The only caveat is that I should wait until I am more secure in my violin playing.

    Thanks to everyone who has input into this thread so far. 🙂

    #16994 Reply

    xk4nk4nk4
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    I remember Victor Wooten, one of my favorite bass player, said that he takes inspiration from all kinds of instruments, even random stuff like gold and Taichi (he’s weird but cool like that), and transform them into his bass playing. That sounds coocoo till you hear him slap his hand on the bass in a movement that mimics Taichi and makes a slap+slide sound.

    #16995 Reply

    b4reich
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    Many of us play multiple instruments, but as “dilawless54” stated already as you’re learning, you need to concentrate on one primary instrument when starting out.

    #17473 Reply

    Musicloverk
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    I started piano almost five years ago. It has definitely helped me understand some music theory better, especially the fingerings for different keys and ideas of whole and half steps. It also helped me realize patterns of stressing, self criticism, and pushing myself beyond reason that had been destructive with my violin playing when I was young. I could recognize my part in the dynamics that caused me to quit violin when I was young and to recognize that I grieved the loss of my playing. Ultimately resulted in restarting violin almost 3 months ago after a 48 year break!

    #17626 Reply

    Cynthia
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    I’m also trying to learn the electric guitar. I have not had the time to practice the guitar or the violin, so when I start Ill let you know. Lol

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