The 10 worst things about playing the violin

Violinist's neck is not to be taken lightly... We run through the 10 absolute worst things about playing the violin.

worst things about playing the violin

1. Violinist's neck

Is that a love-bite? A weird rash?! Oh. No. You're a violinist. 

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2. Excessive leger lines

"Hang on, so let me count how many lines above the stave… one, two… so that'll be a-OH GREAT I'VE MISSED IT."

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3. Double, triple and quadruple-stopping

Just take a look at the score for Paganini's Caprice No. 22 and weep for the memory of both your fingers and your bowing arm. 


4. Supporting your clearly inferior desk partner

Unless, of course, you are that clearly inferior desk partner. In which case, congratulations: you're making money for doing nothing!

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5. Severe finger trauma

You've successfully finished your recital and you're ready to bathe in the adoration of your audience. Your fingers, however, have approximately 11% of the skin they used to have and the sight of them will make a grown man cry. 

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6. Shattered rosin all over your beautiful violin

"What's this? Some sort of beautiful pixie dust to make my violin look even more wonderful? No. My rosin exploded in the case and now everything smells horrendous and sticks to me."

shattered violin rosin

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7. When the conductor suggests new different fingerings to the ones you've learned

And obviously everyone has to do exactly the same ones. 

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8. Stock photos of violinists are literally always the worst

Look at the bow hold. Look at the bow hold!

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9. Over-enthusiastic section leaders

Yes, we heard you exchanging bowing ideas with the conductor. Yes, we saw you gesticulate ridiculously at the beginning of the last movement. No, we're not impressed. 

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10. You will never look like David Garrett playing Paganini in that Paganini film

Smoulder all you want. It'll never happen. 

David Garrett Paganini film