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My Progress as an Adult Starter

December 18, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Since the topic of last week vote was about starting violin as an adult. I thought I should write about my progress so far as an adult starter. I had my first violin lesson when I was 18. I took 2 semesters of private lesson in college which was about 9 months. That 9 months didn't get me very far. I could play in first position making somewhat tolerable sound. I learn vibrato as well, but the way I hold the violin and the bow pretty much made it impossible to make a decent sound or do shifting.

So after college and having been working for a while, I felt that I had some money to pay for violin lesson :) I decided to take violin again and gave it another chance. So I have been taking part time violin lesson in the past 5 years. What I mean by part time is that I'm taking my lesson every other week, so it gives me more time to practice. I have been blessed to have excellent and supportive teachers. It was hard work, but violin playing is starting to feel more natural to me.

Two weeks ago I had my first mini recital, in which I played:
Kabalevsky Concerto
Kreisler - Liebesleid
Kreisler - Schon Rosmarin

I was really nervous the whole time, but fortunately it didn't sound as bad as I thought :)

I'm not really planning to be a professional, but I would like to pursue violin playing to the highest level I can possibly achieve. I'm enjoying playing in the community orchestra and feel very lucky to have found other musicians to play string quartet with.

Also I should mention that there is an adult starter violinist group on facebook where we share experience and support each other. Anyone is welcome to join, no matter what level you are at currently.

From julie Littleton
Posted on December 20, 2011 at 11:52 AM
Sounds like a fun group loved the picture of the cookies. I would like to join but our only internet is my phone and my son sighed up on Facebook using my phone so we have not found a way to get me on it.
From Corwin Slack
Posted on December 20, 2011 at 2:48 PM
Bravo! Nicely done.
From Marsha Weaver
Posted on December 20, 2011 at 7:27 PM
Hi, Reynard --

I attended the MCCO's concert on the 11th -- you guys were absolutely incredible!! Loved every minute of it. Hope someday I'll be good enough to play in it, but right now New Horizons is just my speed -- challenging, but not overwhelming. :)

From Reynard Hilman
Posted on December 21, 2011 at 3:43 AM
Thanks! Marsha, I probably have seen you but I must have not recognize you :)
From Marsha Weaver
Posted on December 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM
You probably know my teacher, Earline Lewis. She's in the 2nd Violin section.
From Eloise Garland
Posted on December 22, 2011 at 1:51 PM
Very well done! You're absolute proof that an adult can learn the necessary skills to learn how to play the violin to a very good standard! I keep telling my parents this to try and persuade them... :-)
From Reynard Hilman
Posted on December 24, 2011 at 5:33 AM
Thanks Eloise, good luck with persuading your parents :) yeah, I hope rather than spending too much time discussing whether it is possible, more people would just go and do it!

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