December 18, 2011 at 7:18 AMSince 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.
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.
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. :)
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