My progress so far as a self-taught violinist. (3 months)
Wow! It feels like yesterday that I posted about 2 months progress. I feel like I haven't progressed much in the 3rd month as I did in the last two months. Maybe because those months were spent getting used to the finger positions and posture and bow hold so I felt like I was getting somewhere. But now that I've got the basics down I feel like I've reached a dead end. But I still want to get somewhere and there's still intonation to improve (I think that's what always needs improvement with the violin).
It's not like I didn't do anything except play old beginner pieces over and over again.
I've finished the violinspiration songbook by Julia Termeer. There are still some pieces that need to be played quickly like "Cantina Band" from Star Wars. But other than that I've finished it. I thinks thats one of the little joys in playing the violin; finishing a book.
I started suzuki book 1 but I can already play most of the pieces in there so I guess I'll be finishing that one, too in the next month or so.
I've progressed in Canon in D.
And a few measures of crystallize have been etched in muscle memory. Well enough that I can play in proper speed with my eyes closed. The rest of the measures have started to sound less distorted.
I've learned He's a pirate. The scratchiness and squeaks have reduced to a minimum.
I've noticed that modern day pieces from movies are actually much simpler than classical pieces from long ago. A good example would the prologue from beauty and the beast. It's simple to play but there's still the matter of intonation. So with those kinds of pieces I can actually only focus on intonation since the notes are easy to memorize.
I can also play the lullaby from Pan's labyrinth pretty well. There's only single note in that piece that is in the 3rd position so I progressed pretty well in it.
I'm going to start etudes and scales now. I know I probably should've started sooner but there was so much else to focus on. So, now that I've taken care of the little things I can finally focus on that.
Bow hold is getting better and better. My pinky finger isn't stiff and straight anymore. It naturally curls now.
I have the sheet music to Turkish March that I play whenever I just want to spend some time playing the violin instead of practicing and even that is coming together very well except that I can play it very slowly. I'm not at that speed yet. The fastest song I can play is He's a pirate. lol
I can ply aloette very well now as well.
I realized that my intonation is worse when I don't have the notes memorized. But when I play something memorized well enough I can play it really well.
And... I guess that's all.
What do you think? What if this was one of your student's progress? Is it good? Is it slow?
This is a familiar pattern; a time to understand and try new things, and a "plateau" while we assimilate and consolidate them. Progress depends on constant repetition of
Just remember that improvement can happen in many different directions, not just upwards. In fact, I would argue that sideways improvement is far more valuable to the average student than upwards improvement.
@Adrian Heath, You're talking about focusing on the mistakes once I think I'm doing good enough with a piece, right? It's that's what you mean then yes. You're right. And that's what I've been doing with all of the beginner pieces that I learned. I understand that if I go back to them and they still sound terrible that means there (is a/are) mistake(s) I need to correct.