The Difference Between A Piano And A Violin

So now you are wondering why I bother writing this. On the surface, the piano and the violin are siblings. They are both classical; they are both sophisticated instruments, and both require years of training to master.

But in reality, those instruments are quite different. In ways you might not have heard of…

1. Complexity.

The piano is is the simpler instrument. There you have white and black keys all lined up from left to right from low-note to  high note. The violin however, is much harder. While it too has notes from left to right from low to high because of the instrument’s four strings, the instrument is quite sensitive.  If you ever so much move even a centimeter from the correct placement, it is the wrong note.  Also, the way you hold the violin is also hard. You hold it with your shoulder and chin–shoving the instrument against your neck. The left arm is only for fingering not for support. The piano position hardly goes past the curved fingers on the keys. The violin requires special treatment.

2. Flexibility

The piano is one of the most popular Western instrument to play, just behind the guitar.  While the violin is also a beloved instrument, the piano’s take-me-anywhere-but-I-still-play-great form makes it a better choice. Pianos, and keyboards are everywhere: classical, gospel, country sometimes, jazz, folk music at times, rock ‘n roll–the piano fits everywhere. The violin, despite its ever-present popularity, is a strictly classical instrument, with only very few exceptions.

3. Family

The orchestra is a home for violins– and often omits the piano. Except for the parts of music that require a piano, the violin family dominates the classical stage. There are the violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. The double bass is a popular form of violin that is very versatile. It finds itself at home in the jazz bands and most recently(anyone listen to Meghan Trainor?) pop music. Even country bands find basses among their troupes. The violin comes in many forms. Meanwhile, the piano stands there with only the harp– a distant relative– to keep it company. Sorry piano, you just don’t have a long neck like them.

This is why, the piano is affiliated with expression and classic simplicity. And the violin is a reminder of the sophisticated, traditional resistance against the leniency of modern culture.


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