Violin Beginners Lessons: Buying vs. Renting a Violin
One question that every violin student faces right at the beginning of their musical journey is whether to rent or buy a violin for practicing. It goes without saying that you need an instrument available to you in order to be able to get the best out of your violin basic lessons. But whether this should be rented or bought is a matter of opinion. It is advisable to check out your options before committing to either course of action. Let’s see the advantages of each below.
Long term investment
Purchasing a violin is a large investment for anyone, especially if you are a beginner. But the fact is that if you plan to work on your musical skills indefinitely and continuously and are passionate about it, then buying a violin outright can be much less expensive than renting for years and years. If you take good care of your violin, it should last you for decades and perhaps even be used by your children and grandchildren. Just imagine paying the rent for a violin all those years! Violins are built to last and as such, if you plan the purchase with a long-term vision, then buying it outright might prove to be the cheaper alternative.
Just having a brand new instrument in your hands should give you the motivation to practice, especially in the first few days when you realize that the violin can be fun, but also very taxing. Who wouldn’t want to look at their lovely new instrument and not itch to take it out and play? Apart from this, you won’t have to put up with other people’s instruments and the damages they have wrought on the violin before it reached your hands. Having your very own violin means that you can leave your mark upon it, gradually getting more and more comfortable with it as time passes.
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Unsure of violin lessons
Not everyone who starts violin lessons Singapore is passionate or looking at it from a long-term learning perspective. In fact, many people start violin without having any idea on what they are getting into or whether they would even enjoy the instrument or not. If you fall in this category, then it makes complete sense that you might not want to splurge on a fancy new violin right from the get-go. However, you must give yourself a chance to practice, so having an instrument at hand is also important. In this case, renting is the best option for you. If you later decide you want to continue with your lessons, you can always re-evaluate the situation.
Not everyone can afford a high-end violin. Of course, you can save up gradually for a good violin, but this might take you months. What are you going to do until then? It would not be a good idea to push off beginning your classes or to not practice until you are able to afford a violin. So, the best option is to rent. You can get pretty good violins to rent at a very low and affordable rate. Another thing to beware of is to avoid buying a cheaper violin just because it is cheap. If this is the case, it is still better to go with the rental option until you are able to save up money to buy a decent violin.
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