Will I be able to learn Violin at age 54? For my personal enjoyment of course!
I'm Sharon Weber looking for any advise on learning Violin at an older age, I have always wanted to learn Violin for my personal enjoyment, so I decided to purchase a Violin and do a Tutorial on YouTube which is very helpful to a point. My Daughter plays Cello and she helped me with learning how to hold the Bow, and she even knows how to hold the Violin and helped me with that, but, I think I really need a Violin Teacher at my age, to really show me what I am doing correctly and incorrectly, Is it possible for me to learn Violin at such an older age? How do I go about looking for a good personal Violin Teacher any suggestions? Or should I go with an Online Tutorial for Violin?
Of course you can learn to play violin at 54. I would get a face to face local teacher then I would find a group of people to play with once you have gotten some basics under your belt.
I am sure that a descendant of Carl Maria von Weber can
Of course, go ahead. You should "Test" various personal teachers and find one that you like. Good luck!
Yes, of course you can learn violin at 54. I know a couple of women in town started learning violin or cello after their retirement and are doing well. The most important thing is to have a teacher who will get you start a good beginning so that you don't build habits that needed to be corrected later on, or worse, get injury due to improper setup.
Yes ofcourse you can! I first started at 37 in 2009! Admittedly, I've never had a lesson so when it came to 2nd, 3rd positions ect it got tricky. So for that reason (and ofcourse a passion for Folk), i chose to play mainly Folk Fiddle, as nearly all Folk Fiddle is in 1st position. But, i still very much enjoy playing Classical Violin too. So really, it is up to you which direction you want to take and how far you want to go with it. I'm a good Fiddle player as i play in public, but an alright Classical player wich is purely for my own enjoyment. To sum it up, go for it!
Anyone can start violin as long as you have the basic physical capabilities. It's critical to have an in-person teacher who is not only a great violinist himself/herself but also experienced with teaching beginners AND teaching adult students.
Hi! You can definitely learn violin at that age with time and practice. :)
You may want to read about this article on "Learning the violin as a child, teen, or adult" : https://goo.gl/7zv16K
Learning the violin is not rocket science. If you have a good teacher that will give you a method and you apply that method conscientiously you can play the violin. The biggest problem I find with adult students is their pre-conceived and often unshakeable notion that they are too old to learn.
I started learning the violin in my late 60s, but this was after a lifetime of cello playing, and a little bit of Irish fiddle. I took advice about a suitable teacher from my local violin shop. The proprietor came back to me with a 4-page printout of teachers in my area, with details of their qualifications, specialities, and the levels they taught. Four names were highlighted for my attention, and, as it happened, the first one lived only 10 minutes walk from my house, and I had 7 years of teaching from her.
Trevor probably it is fair to say that you applied deep knowledge of how to organize your practice effort based on your cello experience. That prompts me to suggest to the OP that she make sure to reserve some of each lesson time talking about
Sharon - I started older than you and am loving the experience.
Learning a good setup (how to hold the violin and bow comfortably) is essential to making progress in the long run, in part because you can't practice for any length of time or with deep concentration if you're always uncomfortably while holding the violin, and in part because you'll hurt yourself eventually if you force yourself to play through the pain anyway.
I started out at a later age.I started at 53 and a half. I outright asked my teacher if I was wasting my time. To that she answered a resounding no.
Tong Keat Goh, thank you for your link! Great article. A couple of points are particular helpful:
OF COURSE you can learn violin starting at age 54! It's EASY!
Life is short but the road is long, which is what makes our life meaningful, even if it's not always enjoyable.
Thank You everyone for being very helpful! I really enjoy this Music Community, I have already taken a step towards getting a music teacher, and I feel more confident on learning something I have a passion for.
Sharon, learning to play the violin is a long, hard and enjoyable process. Your commitment to the instrument is more important than age! When I first took up the instrument as a child, my commitment was not there and I was not practicing as much as I should. I did not get very far after 10 years. This time around, I am much more committed as an adult and I am making progress at a rate I didn't think was possible.
Sharon, the most important thing once you get a teacher is to practice every day. Even if some days you can only play scales for fifteen minutes, that's better than nothing. If you can do that along with practicing most days for 1-2 hours, you'll end up pretty good eventually and can look forward to that day as motivation to keep doing the hard work to get there. There is no magic, just consistent, thoughtful practice guided by a good teacher.
I absolutely echo the bit about every day. Really, it's pretty simple, if you find yourself picking up your fiddle every day, if you enjoy it and don't think of practicing as a chore, then you have a good chance of success.
I agree with Thomas that we should enjoy "the PROCESS and let the destination take care of itself", but I don't understand why it's important to "NOT set goals". Why can one treat goals as part of the process -- as means to motivate us to practice regularly in a more focused way. Personally, I find it's been extremely rewarding to set very specific goals each day, week, month and during each practice session, as I can see how I progress (or not) in a concrete way and get a clear sense of accomplishment at every step. This approach leads me to not only having fun play for myself, but also meet and play with other musicians in town, in workshops/boot camps, and work with amazing musicians around the world. Violin is not just a music instrument but it's also a tool for connecting people. I firmly believe that people at 50+ can reach such proficiency that will enable us to do whatever we want with the violin, if we use our energy and efforts wisely.
Hi Sharon, of course You can do this! Let's do it! I started at my 31 (seriously, I had a few tries earlier). I have music school on guitar (jazzrock - electric guitar), it helped me a little bit. But there is a lots of work. But it is passion. And if Your passion is too strong to force You to start, it is strong enough to hold and feel the joy a few weeks/months later :)
You will understand fast, and have high expectations. Connecting the left hand's brain cells and loosening its joints will take noticeably longer than for a child, and both you and your teacher must plan accordingly.
I most certainly hope so. I'm 60 and picked up violin classes about two months ago. It is going well. In a way I think it is taking a lot, but everything I read and videos I've watched say it is no easy task, and patience is a virtue (young or not so young). I'm really enjoying this journey.
I am 60 and have just begun viola over the last couple of months. This comes after performing as a semi-professional trumpet player for lots of years and then converting to acoustic and classical guitar about 15 years ago. I have always wanted to play a bowed instrument, and I see this as a hobby (challenge) that will carry me into retirement in a few years. For me, I had to think seriously about my goals: I really have no intent to rejoin a symphony and no designs on string quartets. If, after a couple of years, I can successfully execute a melody, then I will be satisfied. Anything beyond that will be "gravy."