Adult-beginner of Violin
I'm an adult-beginner of violin (21 yrs). I'll be taking weekly lessons for an hour each. I was wondering how long should I practice on a daily basis to be able to finish grade 1 in 6 months? Is that a realistic goal? I have no theoretical background in music and I don't know how to read music either. I'll be learning everything from scratch. I'm willing to take this at a slow pace but I'm just curious. How much time does it usually require to become an intermediate? Is it possible to learn vibrato by the end of the 1st year itself? Could you please suggest me some free online resources or sites where I can learn more about violin techniques? Also recommendations of any easy-to-read books on theory or a short history regarding music will be most welcome... Thanks in advance!
Welcome to Violinist.com Shiruma!
I would go with the flow and see where you're at.
All of those questions would be well asked of your teacher during your first few lessons.
I made a big mistake when i startet out approx 9 months ago. I played and played and played... until i had an injury, i still suffer from this from time to time. You are 13 years younger than me, but anyways; take care of yourself and your body.
If you are gonna do it without a teacher the chances of you becoming good with the violin or sticking with it is close to 0. The situation I can imagine you can do it on your own, is if you already play viola very well. To become intermediate.. Definitely think in Years. Seriously get a teacher if your serious about it. Not only is it incredibly difficult. It's very demotivatie too by yourself. (I'm a adult beginner too who first thought I could do this on my own I wasted many years thinking that)
I value the importance of having an in-person teacher. However, there are self-taught players who learn a lot and progress well as they look at all kinds of online resources. Please keep in mind that if you have a good teacher, be fortunate about it. Some people are forced to teach themselves for personal reasons (e.g location). This OP already seems like s/he's going to take lessons, so don't worry.
She said she was going to have weekly lessons.
There are huge variations in the rate of progress between students. Your teacher may be able to give you an indication of how you are progressing. I would say that on average, people your age may play for about 30-45 minutes a day, and progress is usually good with that sort of practice time. However, progress is much more about deliberate practice than playing many pieces. Deliberate practice is where someone sets out to achieve the exact objective the teacher has stated, such as for instance certain bow exercises, or an exercise for the left hand, so follow instructions very carefully and you will be achieving the most in the shortest time possible. Be aware with online materials that you do not know the source of. Try www.proamstrings.com for good quality instruction videos. Good luck!
What is GRADE ONE? Is this SUSUKI or some other course of study.
Assuming you are talking about Suzuki book 1, I think covering it in six months is a very realistic goal for an adult beginner.
I'm an adult beginner violinist too, I've now practiced seriously for about 13 months or so, it's hard to tell.
Thanks a lot everyone for all your responses!
When I turned 30, my birthday present to myself was a violin. I always wanted to play so I started. Best advice I can give you is to really focus on the fundamentals of the Suzuki method (also how I learned) and not so much on hurrying to progress through the first book and learn a new song each week. The first book gives you a firm foundation for all your future playing, so it's important to give yourself the time you need to form a good bow hold and the proper left hand position. After you have the basics mastered, you'll be able to play whatever you want.
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