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Jun 18, 2013 by McChubbyFluffy | Posted in Classical

Piano vs Violin? What do you think?

I was just wondering everyone's opinion on this. I am a bit agitated at the fact that everyone I've asked or read off forums that piano is soooo easy and basic just because you press a key and there's the sound. I play piano, I've played for about a year and I' m level 8. That doesn't say it's easy because throughout the year I've practiced almost 500 hours... The thing is that yes it is simple to press a key but to be actually good at it you have to be able to control the tone and sound. And be able to multitask while still making it sound cool... I always hear on yahoo answers how people who play both violin and piano say that violin is harder. I know for a fact that it is truly difficult, just that everyone who says that it is more difficult always brings up the fact that piano is just keys laid out for you...to be honest it's a bit irritating. I don't think piano is harder than violin but I also don't think violin is harder than piano. I know that it is different for everybody, but in the back of their minds they will think one is more difficult than the other. Here's some things pianists have to deal with -reading two lines of music -using two hands and feet -controlling the tone by way of fingers hitting the keys -music is more complex -88 different keys 8 octaves -etc But violinists have to -get right pitch by hearing -fingerings... -etc. Basically this is just asking about your opinion on violin and piano


ahhh.... EVERY instrument is difficult when played to its highest level. but for beginners, some instruments make more sense than others with piano, there is a mechanism built into it that makes the theory a bit obvious, so the idea of "what is a sharp" is clearer than it is on violin. beginning violinists think its weird that "high 2" is sharp on some strings and natural on others, because the theory isn't built into the instrument. and that mechanism also stops beginning pianists from being able to play out of tune. you can play a wrong note, but you cant play something that just isn't considered a note in the diatonic system. (also, that means for really modern music, violins have to learn to hear and play quarter tones, which you can only play on a piano by tuning it differently.) beginning pianos also can't just make a bad sound. you can learn to control tone, but even at the beginning, you cant just sound disgusting. on a violin, just making it make a noise is tricky because you have to learn to keep the bow in a straight line. and refined sounds like vibrato and contact point choices take a long time to learn. so you have to sound immature for quite a while. now the fact that the piano has an easier interface means that composers can write very complicated music for it. so in the long run, yes they are equally difficult. but when people say piano is easier than violin... they just mean you get to a point where you can play a recognizable melody sooner on piano than violin. its not something to get offended about. but the differences are something that is important to remember when student pianists play with students violinists. parents of pianists often complain that a young violinist isn't as good as their kid because they have intonation problems when shifting. its not a fair complaint, the

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Stéphanie | Jun 18, 2013
They are different instrument you can't compare them. Both the piano and the violin have different technical issue and both need pratice, perseverance and passion to learn. In term of difficulty i think they would be equal, but in the beginning violin is a little tougher but in the end virtuosity is never easy
Ina Cui | Jun 18, 2013
Both are beautiful instruments. It depends what sound you like most, hear some videos on YouTube and decide which sound is better for you. I play both instruments, you can do first violin then piano. Or if you can't decide, try the flute. I don't know if you like more of string or percussion. In my opinion, I think piano is much better because you can move around your hands more than the violin. But it's your choice. They are both beautiful instruments.
angelharp7 | Jun 18, 2013
First of all, don't take what people say personally, as if the piano were somehow "less" than the violin. (It would be interesting to get the late Van Cliburn's opinion on that.) There's snobbery in most areas of life, and music is no exception. I think it's easier for a rank beginner to SOUND better on piano than violin. A violin can be an instrument of torture at first, and it's hard on the fingers. Piano, recorder, trumpet, violin....it doesn't matter: if you hope to get to any level past intermediate, is going to take a lot of time and also some innate talent. This is my non-professional-musician opinion, but I think some instruments are easier physically for some people to play than others; maybe it has to do with body proportions or something, or maybe with certain kinds of coordination or the ability of the brain and body to multitask. I think vision may also play a role in some cases and I KNOW that hearing (ear-hand coordination) plays a big role in learning other instruments. I've "played with" the harp for over 10 years. I love it. It's straightforward like a piano. But I still have trouble reading both bass and treble at the same time, and maybe I always will. I'll probably never be able to get past lower-intermediate tunes and even these take a lot of practice. I see kids of 7 and 8 play better than I do on Youtube. Yet a few weeks ago I picked up a recorder for the first time and had a blast (literally) with it. It just came easily. I'm not playing Renaissance melodies by any means, but it's fun and a lot easier for me physically. If you want to expand yourself, why not try organ or harpsichord? Those are two really cool instruments. No one can fail to be impressed by one of the huge pipeorgans with multiple keyboards and all those stops. I love the little harpsichords and would have one if I could afford it and had room...they're just pretty. Anyway,
Nick | Jun 18, 2013
they are two completely different instruments, but from my experiences the violin is a much harder, and i wouldn't say the piano is easy it too is a difficult to master.
bka | Jun 18, 2013
ahhh.... EVERY instrument is difficult when played to its highest level. but for beginners, some instruments make more sense than others with piano, there is a mechanism built into it that makes the theory a bit obvious, so the idea of "what is a sharp" is clearer than it is on violin. beginning violinists think its weird that "high 2" is sharp on some strings and natural on others, because the theory isn't built into the instrument. and that mechanism also stops beginning pianists from being able to play out of tune. you can play a wrong note, but you cant play something that just isn't considered a note in the diatonic system. (also, that means for really modern music, violins have to learn to hear and play quarter tones, which you can only play on a piano by tuning it differently.) beginning pianos also can't just make a bad sound. you can learn to control tone, but even at the beginning, you cant just sound disgusting. on a violin, just making it make a noise is tricky because you have to learn to keep the bow in a straight line. and refined sounds like vibrato and contact point choices take a long time to learn. so you have to sound immature for quite a while. now the fact that the piano has an easier interface means that composers can write very complicated music for it. so in the long run, yes they are equally difficult. but when people say piano is easier than violin... they just mean you get to a point where you can play a recognizable melody sooner on piano than violin. its not something to get offended about. but the differences are something that is important to remember when student pianists play with students violinists. parents of pianists often complain that a young violinist isn't as good as their kid because they have intonation problems when shifting. its not a fair complaint, the
Damian | Jun 18, 2013
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Jun 05, 2013 by Adam | Posted in Performing Arts

Violin bow horse hair width?

So as far as I understand, the width of the horsehair varies from violin to the viola to the cello and so on. Is that correct? My other question is is the diversity in width for sound or comfort of player. As in if you play a violin with a bass bow will it sound different than playing it with a violin bow?


The width also varies from violin bow to violin bow. One might be as much as 3/16 wider than another of the same size. It all depends on the maker and some French style bows are very narrow. The real difference actually is not so much in the hairs width but the weight of the stick. Violins bows average 60 grams, Viola - 70 grams and cello 80 grams. The larger instruments require a heavier bow to pull the sound out from the thicker less responsive strings. Using a cello bow on a violin will just sound harsh and rough and it will be hard to control the sound.

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Rixt | Jun 05, 2013
Yes it will because bows are made for the specific instrument. I am not sure about width, but I do know that it does sound different, even to an untrained ear.

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