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I am fond of listening music. Both violin and guitar equally motivate me to play it by myself (although I haven't yet).

So, I have decided to go for music lessons on either of these. What are the parameters that one should consider to make the selection of instrument for music lessons?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by h22, Fergus, Dom, Shevliaskovic, Sergio Jun 29 '14 at 7:53

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This is up to you to decide, this is primarily opinion based. Try to rewrite a question so that would be more obvious that is unclear to you. – h22 Jun 28 '14 at 19:44
I'm going to risk taking serious flak and say you should probably learn guitar. Unless you're very serious and prepared to invest a lot of time, you have more chances of achieving some level of playing ability on the guitar. It's easier to learn, there's more resources available to learn it, it's more flexible. I love the violin. I love it. And anyone can learn violin at any age. But based on my experiences teaching, and my knowledge of how the average music learner fares, I would suggest making it as easy for yourself as possible. – Grey Jun 29 '14 at 2:43
I do NOT think it's true that violin takes more time to master than the guitar. However, I DO think it's true that when compared to guitar, violin takes longer to learn the basic technique. In other words, the learning curve is steeper in the beginning. – Grey Jun 29 '14 at 2:44

There is no answer, because, as framed, there is no question.

I'm a guitar player and violin owner, and the violin has three things that make violin harder.

1) Lack of frets. I am sure that your ears and brain don't really know what in tune is, and frets mean that you can get an electronic box to figure that out for you, while violin means you need to know the right notes. You will sound horrible at first.

2) The bow. The wonderful sustain from violins come from bows, and that is a skill. I bow like I pick, very percussive and choppy and not singing.

3) Ergonomics. You hold a violin with your chin. You feel like you want to hold it with your hand, but that leaves you stuck in one position.

If it was just zero-to-song, guitar is much easier, but that doesn't mean "don't play violin". Violin is mostly a lead instrument, so you can't really sing and accompany yourself like you can with guitar. But, don't you know, they make a beautiful sound.

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so before electronic tuners, most guitars were out of tune? They may not always have been in concert pitch, but... – Tim Jun 29 '14 at 7:35
You're reading into the answer. Before the box there was the pitch pipe and tuning fork. And if you and your band agree in what A is, even if it's nowhere near 440, that's okay. I'm told Band of Gypsies it's all flat, but they were in tune with each other, so it worked. With violins, I'm sure, a good player could take an out-of-tune instrument and play in-tune music with it, because intonation is in their hands and ears, and because intonation is something you set with a screwdriver when you change strings with guitars, I'm not convinced any but the best could proceed without tuning up. – VarLogRant Jun 29 '14 at 12:49
You're right. If a band in the 60s , with only guitars and bass, recorded, it didn't really matter. Try playing to some Kinks stuff, when you're in concert pitch !My pitch pipes weren't even in tune when they were new ! – Tim Jun 29 '14 at 14:02
"Lack of Frets" and "Bowing" are not just problems. Once you've learned the instrument, bowing gives you the capability for sustain that electric guitarists need pedals and volume to get, plus an ability to change dynamics from loud to soft that isn't nearly as possible with guitars. Lack of frets gives you access to any pitch possible, giving violin music a vocal quality that draws you in. – VarLogRant Jun 30 '14 at 23:38
+1 for pros/cons and for "beautiful sound" – rishimaharaj Jul 2 '14 at 5:02

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