First of all, i have no background in music except for singing. I'm 15 years old and i recently got really interested in classical music, and the instruments that have me the most interested is the piano and the violin. We have an electrical piano at home so i'm familiar with how the piano feels etc. (i like to play for fun, i know some melodies) but i haven't ever held a violin! If i play piano i can play with some of my friends and play classical pieces, but i'm more intruiged by the violin. Any tips or recommendations?
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I see no reason why you can't play both if you are interested in both. I started playing drums and guitar at the same time at age 15 and now 19 years later I still play both and I have also dabbled in other instruments (like piano) but I consider drums to be my main instrument.
Learning piano is widely applicable to other instruments and the visual layout of the keys makes it much easier to learn music theory, compose songs, etc. So learning piano is definitely worth it even if you decide to focus primarily on violin and only learn the basics of piano.
Another benefit I found to playing more than one instrument is when you hit a rut on one instrument you might be more inspired to practice another instrument. Sometimes just taking a break for a little while is what you need to feel inspired again, but instead of watching TV during your break you have another instrument you can go play so you are still improving your overall musicianship skills. :)
PrincessMarth, if you are unsure or if you already see your yourself as a diversified musician, perhaps not as profficient at any single instrument but able to fulfill different roles in a band or your personal project, or become mainly a composer, then go with Tekkerue's advice and try both, at least for while until you're more familiar with both instruments and are able to make up your mind.
But if your purpose in the long run already is to excel in your instrument, then I think you should follow Airdish's advice above and focus your time and energy in a single instrument. Achieving proffiency in an instrument will require daily practice of several hours for quite a few years. Splitting your time and energy between two instruments will almost for sure be detrimental to that objective.
Piano or violin? That's a bit like chosing a girl or boyfriend friend, if you're going to dedicate yourself to one, you have to be in love with it (so to speak, I think it was Arthur Rubinstein who said that he didn't love the piano, because it has three legs :-).