One of my CAS goals, since the early days of DP1, has been to learn to play the violin. Finally, I’m glad that I have something to show for this objective!
Learning the violin was a musically educational experience for me – as a musician, I had no idea how different the approach to playing a string instrument would be. I also really liked the rich timbre of the instrument and how romantic it can sound. It’s so different from the piano, and a great way to express a different type of music, and musical ideas.
Technique, technique, technique!
As a piano player, learning to play a string instrument posed many challenges, most of them that I did not see coming!
- The violin needs to be tuned almost daily, unlike the piano
- I needed to apply rosin to my bow to give it better grip and ‘catching’ ability.
- I had to endure Fridays with aching arms and collar bones after class until I got used to playing the violin.
- Unlike in the piano, I had to practice until I knew which finger position correspond with which note.
Changing it up…
After playing mostly classical and western songs on the piano, I thought it would be a good idea to also learn sinhala songs, which was something my mom was very excited about! I think it was a good way to take CAS to the next level and express my creativity in my own culture. Below is video of me playing the sinhala song ‘Ganga Addara’ by Vijaya Kumaratunga, which I have been working on:
My main goals for my violin lessons are…
(a) Correctly learning the fingering for the higher octave notes, and being able to switch quickly from a lower position to a higher position.
(b) Being able to play quavers and semi quavers smoothly.
While my violin lessons progress, I am still maintaining my piano and music theory exams. At the moment, I am preparing for my Grade 7 music theory exam, which I talked about in a previous post. However, I am also making sure that I still have time to practice the piano and learn new songs:
My main goal for my piano lessons is…
(a) To keep learning and practicing new songs, despite my increased focus on theory in preparation for my exam.