Live from China: Coverage of the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition
How does a cheap violin affect progress for a beginner?
I'm convinced that part of the reason for my very slow progress is the brand. I was just reading a previous thread on good sounding cheap violins, but I still have my own question. In that thread the person has a Palatino. So do I. I just started playing 5 months ago. It was only 3 months into that I finally felt I improved. But since then, I feel that I have not improved. That I keep hitting a wall. I practice 2 hours a day 5 days a week, sometimes 6 days depending on my schedule. I've been taking weekly violin lessons. And still, with all that, I can't seem to get over the next wall. I was thinking, it can't be all me can it??? I also have a very cheap brand trumpet, but I can play beautifully on it with no problems. But, I have been playing brass for years and years, so maybe that is why. When I decided to learn violin, I was not ready to pay $1,000 for one until I knew it was something I really wanted. So I went with the cheapest, most inexpensive one they had, which was a Palatino. The guy who sold it to me even said there is a difference between the one I'm choosing and the more expensive ones. At first I thought, he was just trying to get me to spend more money. I practice hard. I take my practices seriously. I love playing violin. And I know its something I'll continue pursuing. I get frustrated because I keep thinking my lack of progress can't be all me. I don't want to blame a cheap violin for my lack of progress, but is it possible that something here? That my lack of progress has something to do with the cheapest violin in the world?