Top Benefits of Learning Violin
For music lovers around the world, the violin is one of the most beloved string instruments to listen to.
For aspiring musicians, learning to play the violin is at the top of many bucket lists, and for good reason.
Learning violin gives you more than just an enjoyable hobby and the ability to entertain an audience. Read on to discover some specific physical and mental benefits of playing the violin.
Have you ever seen a concert violinist hunched over in her chair? Of course not.
Playing the violin requires impeccable posture, more than almost any other musical instrument.
It takes strength and balance to hold your body and your violin in the proper position for extended periods of time. This means your core muscles are actively engaged while you play.
As you practice more, expect to feel (and see!) a noticeable difference in the way you carry yourself through your back, abdomen, and shoulders.
Improved upper body strength
Playing the violin also requires incredible strength in the upper arm and shoulder muscles.
In fact, playing the violin is comparable to an upper body workout you’d normally perform at the gym!
When you’re first learning violin, it’s normal to feel fatigued after only a few minutes of playing. With practice, your deltoids, biceps, and pectoral muscles will become stronger and visibly toned.
Your physical stamina will also gradually improve, allowing you to play for longer periods of time.
Violinists are the ultimate multi-taskers. They must do two very different (and equally complex) things with their right hand and their left hand – at the same time!
As your left-hand stretches to reach the strings, you’ll gain strength and dexterity in your fingers. Learning more advanced techniques like vibrato will further fine-tune your fingers’ abilities.
Your right hand will also become more skilled and precise as you learn to correctly hold and move the bow.
Surprising mental benefits
Playing the violin improves your physical strength, hand-eye coordination, and dexterity. But those aren’t the only benefits. There are also a few mental benefits specific to learning violin.
One research study found stronger verbal and visual pattern completion skills in young violinists than students who played other instruments.
Interestingly, these two skills are not usually linked to any musical background.
Another study published in Science Magazine found that violinists had larger-than-average brains. The areas of the brain connected to left-hand movements also showed increased responsiveness and sensitivity.
The scientists attribute this to the violinists’ varied amounts of finger pressure and movement while playing.
What’s stopping YOU from learning violin?
These are just a few of the many benefits of learning to play the violin.
Are you ready to dive in but aren’t sure where to start?
No matter how young or old you are, it’s never too late to start a new hobby – one that is sure to bring you countless satisfaction and benefits!