Thoughts on adult self-taught violinist (video)
I'm curious what some people think of this practically self-taught* violinist. He started maybe 15-20 years ago as an adult (maybe late 20s, early 30s), practiced pretty hard , but then unfortunately, pretty much stopped around 2015.
*I write self-taught because he never really went to teachers, but he had a lot of famous violinist friends who gave him pointers
I'll have to ask him next time I see him his exact violin biography, but it seems pretty impressive to achieve all this on his own starting at a very late age!
EDIT: I posted this because lots of adult beginners are asking what's possible someone who starts late. Of course, this guy practiced A LOT and was surrounded by some of the best violinists out there. He's most definitely an exception but still, it's great to see that there is some sort of possibility to achieve a high level
Good for him! I am sure he worked hard to make such progress.
His talent is good, but why self-taught? The sound could be more smooth and more time would have been saved if trained in another way. Maybe he can call a professor to teach him to play Nel cor più non mi sento.
Many people say that teaching yourself violin is a bad idea. While I agree, many people cannot take lessons due to a teacher shortage in their area, finances, etc. There are alternatives to in-person lessons like Skype lessons, low-cost group lessons (or discounted or occasional in-person lessons) and video exchanges. If you want to learn violin, go ahead, even if your life situation doesn't allow regular in-person lessons. To sum up, unless taking lessons is a real problem for you, please do try your best to find a teacher.
Let me explain one possible mindset -- I self-taught for the first 16 years I played.
His reasons for being self-taught are multiple. He lives in a tiny village where the only musicians are Gypsy musicians (he is part of this community). In this western Gypsy community, musicians are all self-taught. Not necessarily because it's better, but it's just how it's always been.
If the person has a lot of famous violinist friends who give him pointers, and is surrounded by the best violinist out there, then he definitely isn’t self-taught, just in my opinion.
“He is considered like the Jascha Heifetz of guitar”
Or it could just be a mirror image video...
I don't think it's mirror image; the man next to him is wearing a T-shirt and the printing is not reversed.
It's not a mirror image, he's left handed :-) . He started on the guitar when he was very young
I cannot access the link. But this is so cool. It's inspiring for me that he's gotten so far because I'm teaching myself, too. It's amazing where patience and dedication can get you.
I do have one more story:
Sorry, but Yngwie Malmsteen was the Heifetz of the guitar!
I don't want to get into that kind of conversation, Scott. ;-)
"...upon seeing him play the teacher told her that it was best that her son didn't take formal lessons as he could see a natural creativity in him that he thought would be best left "raw"."
Who was it that you saw at the Q? I played there a long time ago! I tihnk I know who it is ;-)
I cannot remember the name of the young Hungarian (?) guy at Quecumbar, with an obviously trained bow arm. It is years since I went there, as I am not so much in London as in the past, and when I am I live further from centre than I did, so Battersea is quite a trek. It was not Tcha Limberger, whom I do remember--was sitting right by his elbow. Must go again...