Hours of Practice to Learn Violin?

When you watch a child prodigy who, given the opportunity and the training, can perform like this young individual, you have to question the notion of whether playing well at a violin or any instrument takes years of practice. In the video below, you will watch a single performance from a concert wherein this boy was featured. Obviously, by his age at the time, he hadn’t studied for years.

I wish I could tell you who this 4 year-old violinist is and where the performance was, but I can't. The video comes from a FaceBook share by Violon Blanc, September 23, 2013, which means this prodigy is now at least 6.

I wish I could tell you who this 4 year-old violinist is and where the performance was, but I can’t. The video comes from a FaceBook share by Violon Blanc, September 23, 2013, which means this prodigy is now at least 6.

How Long Does It Take to Master Violin?

This video, as with other prodigy video demonstrations I’ve shared, speaks to something quite different from long, disciplined practice. I imagine this young man puts in hours alright. Maybe this song is the only one his parents let him play. But I think not. I suspect something far greater is at work in prodigy performance.

Yet how do we show what prodigy is? Watch the video and then I’ll give you the rest of my conclusion:

So What Exactly Is Prodigy?

Wiktionary, that new standby of open content definitions just tells us that prodigy is generally a beautiful thing, an anomaly, an out-of-the-ordinary development or expression in a child, a wunderkind.

Maybe so. Maybe that’s exactly right. Maybe I just missed the boat, that’s all. (By several miles, LOL). But these definitions don’t satisfy me. I want to know what prodigy is specifically, what allows it, what causes it.

My own private spec is that the expression of prodigy in random individuals is a display of the potential we all have in the map of our minds, that given the right circumstances, everyone carries the potential of genius within their makeup. Maybe it’s in the soul? Who knows?

About all I can conclude when I witness a demonstration like this young man’s exquisite violin performance is that I love it; I deeply appreciate it and I wonder about it, just as I’m doing here….