Learning 2 instruments at a time

Daniel Camilo Molina said: Aug 1, 2016
 1 posts


So im like very troubled at the moment. I started learning violin just almost 2 months ago, I would like to say I have a natural talent since I am close to ending suzuki book in just one month and manage to play full songs, but, Im in love with cello too, I just get the feeling these 2 instruments are what move me and make want to play music. But going to the point, I need advice to know if starting to learn cello at this mokent could be very harmful for my violin progress. Thank you

Kurt Meisenbach said: Aug 26, 2016
Kurt Meisenbach
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Plano, TX
45 posts

Hi, Daniel. I’m glad you are finding a place for yourself in music. You have asked a good question, and you may receive a variety of answers, all from competent sources. So if my opinion differs from another, it doesn’t means one is wrong and the other right. It just means that different people have different perspectives.

In my experience, learning violin and cello at the same time will in no way harm you. In fact, the different types of muscle development on the two instruments will complement each other. For example, there are some stretches on the violin that cello practice will strengthen and there are some velocity exercises on the violin that will speed up your cello technique (especially the cello passages that are performed in the upper register). The only issue that you need to be aware of is that both instruments are making new demands of your muscles and your mind, and you don’t want to overdo it. Listen to your body and your mind and don’t push yourself too hard, especially during the first few months when your muscles are adjusting to new movements.

At some point you may decide that you want to get really good at one of these instruments. If this happens, you may want to concentrate on only one instrument so that your progress will be faster. In the meantime, have fun and good luck with your practice.

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