Is the violin or guitar easy to learn to play?

And is the guitar or violin more fun to play? Thanks!

Chosen Answer:

Guitar is much much easier, you can learn more quickly and it’s more forgiving if you make mistakes.
Violin takes years and years of practice before you can get a decent sound and play a reasonable complicated piece. But it’s worth it.
As for fun, it’s a matter of opinion. Guitar is good for mucking around on, you can jam with friends and bring it out at parties and that kind of thing, and you could even form a band, which would be awesome. But violin means you can join an orchestra (easier than forming a band) and be part of this amazing family and go on tour and stuff which is just amazing. People look up to violin a lot more as well, you know, because anyone can strum a bit on a guitar, but to be good at violin takes talent and dedication.
However, guitar is much cheaper and you can teach yourself to some extent. You can’t teach yourself violin, lessons are expensive.
It’s up to you really. Think about how much time you have, how much money you have, and how determined you are.
Good luck.
by: Iona
on: 16th September 09

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14 Responses to Is the violin or guitar easy to learn to play?

  1. andrew says:

    guitar is easier and once u practice regularly it isnt too difficult to learn either

  2. Iona says:

    Guitar is much much easier, you can learn more quickly and it’s more forgiving if you make mistakes.
    Violin takes years and years of practice before you can get a decent sound and play a reasonable complicated piece. But it’s worth it.
    As for fun, it’s a matter of opinion. Guitar is good for mucking around on, you can jam with friends and bring it out at parties and that kind of thing, and you could even form a band, which would be awesome. But violin means you can join an orchestra (easier than forming a band) and be part of this amazing family and go on tour and stuff which is just amazing. People look up to violin a lot more as well, you know, because anyone can strum a bit on a guitar, but to be good at violin takes talent and dedication.
    However, guitar is much cheaper and you can teach yourself to some extent. You can’t teach yourself violin, lessons are expensive.
    It’s up to you really. Think about how much time you have, how much money you have, and how determined you are.
    Good luck.

  3. SKCave says:

    Yeah, I play both, and I would say go for guitar, especially if you want to have fun.
    That having been said, there are two types of violin playing – classical violin and folk fiddle. I’ll leave jazz out of the equation for the moment.
    If you are going to play classical violin, there is an awful lot of work to do with correct bow holds, correct holding of the instrument under the chin etc etc. Folk fiddle is a lot more informal and, if you like jigs reels and hornpipes, a great deal of fun.
    Basic guitar is a lot easier to start with, I think, cos the neck has frets to tell you where to put your fingers, and strumming is easier than bowing. you can sing along to it, or get friends to sing along and liven up parties and stuff.

    Final decision is yours though. Good lick.

    Hope this helps

  4. techfiddle says:

    Guitar is easiest, violin is hardest. For a discussion about this, please see: http://beststudentviolins.com/Quik_FAQ.html#5

  5. Cello Girl says:

    A guitar is so much easier than the violin. Guitar is a fun instrument to play with and it has frets on it so that way you can just look at where you place you fingers. Not to say you would still have to practice, but you can teach yourself how to play chords and music.
    The violin is very difficult. It will take a long time until a person beginning will sound decent. The violin posture and hold is also difficult to become used to. It may be frustrating to you how difficult the violin is to learn at first. The only way to really become good on it is to practice and take lessons. But professional string players are some of the best musicians out there due to the many years of work and ear training. The violin is very much a listening instrument. It takes a lot of work to play with perfect intonation and control. It is so much fun though to learn how to play any instrument. I am biased and will tell you the violin is more fun to play because if you can become good on it, it will bring you so many more music opportunities. Not to say the guitar won’t either, but there is soooo much music out there for violinists to learn and practice. Good luck to you and whatever you decide, it will be fun either way.

  6. Lana says:

    It kind of depends, I’ve been doing piano since I was 5 so I’ve had musical experience so in 5th grade when I started violin it was very easy for me, however it does take a long time (and preferably some private lessons) to get a better sound, etc. I’ve been wanting to learn the guitar currently and I’ve heard of non-musicians teach themselves so I’d assume it’s pretty easy.

  7. eine kleine nukedmusik says:

    It is a question of learning curve.

    The curve on the guitar is gentle at first… you can get started playing, and play something recognizable to others as music very quickly. But, as you reach a higher level, because the guitar is a complete instrument like the piano, there is much, MUCH more ground to cover, and a very high level of proficiency to aim at.

    The violin is the opposite… the learning curve is long and punishing at first. Learning to finger and bow properly to produce good tone is the hardest, most punishing part, and can take hundreds upon hundreds of hours to get the technique, but once you do that, it gets pretty simple to add techniques. Often, this is because of the teaching style concert violinists are taught at: each part in perfection before the next is taught. Meanwhile, Johnny B Goode is encouraged to strum his heart out with that radio, no matter how bad he may suck at the moment, until he learns pieces whole-cloth.

    It IS possible to teach yourself both instruments to some extent, but you get limited results from both. One reason you can do more with the guitar on your own is that there is a WEALTH of information out there from all sorts of people on every technique known to man. Classical instruments suffer from the obfuscation of institutionalism… the instrument is taught in a needlessly round-about manner. Try and find a concert violinist willing to post everything they know on the internet for free. No way. They paid way too much for their education. Since the guitar was adopted by the rock and roll movement (which intrinsically rebels against authority and institutions) it carries a very strong every-man tradition. If you go to learn classical guitar, it is just as punishing as concert violin, while rock guitar is the Elton John approach to populist music.

    And do not forget a certain self-taught Johnny, who played violin so well that he beat the devil for a certain golden fiddle. Chances are, he used a drunken bow.
    So my answer is neither. They are simply different. The approach you take (or are pushed into) for learning will affect how quickly you play also. The classical method has you waiting years to play your first song, while the populist method starts you out that way.

  8. Bboy DiSpirit says:

    guitar fr both of em

  9. Luke B says:

    I played guitar in a country band for 20 years and decided I’d pick up a used fiddle and play 2 instruments. How hard could that be?

    Two months later I gave the fiddle away. Guitar is much easier to learn in my opinion.

  10. Vassilis says:

    Guitar is much easier. I have a friend who has recently started violin, after learning the guitar, and he admits that it is a pain in the ***! No frets, hard to play and not too beautiful, if you don’t know how to play well. So, go for guitar, and then you can learn the violin as well!

    Hope it helps!

  11. Stanislav says:

    Guitar is definitely easier. You will have results a lot faster and be able to share your music with friends.

    Personally I prefer the violin. It can be very emotional since the sounds are close to the human voice.

  12. Thom Z says:

    Guitar is certainly MUCH easier. You can be playing songs after a handful of lessons. Violin will take a bit more work, but its definitely worth it! Its great showing up to a party with the violin and being able to jam with the guitarists- everyone wants to steal you for their band!

  13. Sophieeee :) says:

    They both take some skill and learning, but you will get there in the end.
    I play guitar, and i would reccomend it, you can teach yourself too… thats what i did 🙂

  14. Daniel says:

    Almost all of these answers are wrong, unfortunately. eine kleine nukedmusik is the closest to the mark. With guitar, you can play something recognizable the first day. Something like the Smoke on the Water or Iron Man main riffs. You can’t do that with violin. It will take quite a bit of practice before you can make any sort of sound come out of it that doesn’t cause every cat in the neighborhood to run in the other direction.

    However, once you get the technique down for violin, it becomes a matter of speed, accuracy and articulation. The learning curve becomes much easier. On the contrary, with guitar, the learning curve actually become more and more steep the more advanced you get. As you get into more and more difficult pieces, the amount of talent you actually possess begins to show. And there will be some pieces that, unless you’re another Eric Johnson or someone like that, you will simply never be able to play.

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