I Have Some Questions.
Hi I am a beginner violinist my name is Christopher Liu and have just turned 16 years old, my sister plays the piano and my brother plays the cello (I am a triplet so we are all 16) and I really felt that I would be cool if I learned how to play an instrument and play with them and since I already really liked listening to violin music that was the instrument I chose. So I asked my dad for a violin and he got me one but I still was a little unsure whether or not I truly wanted to play so I bought some Suzuki violin books and some other ones so I would not just be using one book to keep my learning balanced (my dad offered me lessons but its been taking awhile to find a teacher) , and have been teaching myself for almost a month now (on previous forum threads I have noticed how everyone advises not to do so and I just would like to acknowledge that before someone tells me it is a really bad idea). Because I don't feel like waiting is a good use of my time I just started playing in front of the mirror in my basement library and learning the basics, technique and all that fun stuff... and I had a few questions.
1. If I also wanted to play the viola is that possible (like how does the sheet music and technique differ???).
2. Idk how much I should be practicing (I like to do this thing where I set goals and write down my progress so my goal is playing 728 hours this year) but Every time I look up how much I should I get the answer "oh It just depends on the student" or "it is based on your previous progress" but l am sure that there is a minimum amount of time it took you guys to learn the violin.
3. I have two violin bows but I made the mistake of leaving one strung sooooo is there like a way to fix it??? if you could tell me how to fix this that would be GREAT.
4. What is a reputable website where I could buy another violin?
5. Has anyone EVER learned the violin by themselves I have been googling self taught violinists but nothing comes up and still have yet to find one that taught themselves successfully anywhere (its actually really discouraging) and it would be great to hear how they learned.
6. If you could answer any of my questions I would be very grateful THANKS!!
Welcome Christopher! Nice to meet you! It's great to see you here! Answering your questions in order:
I think Ella did a great job addressing your concerns. I just have a couple observations.
No, you're right. Just to add that if you're going to watch videos on YouTube to learn violin, the quality varies depending on who did the videos.
There's a reason that there aren't tons of brilliant self-taught violinist out there, and it's as much mental as physical.