I can't hear my violin
I hope I can make this make sense. When I play my violin (I'm just learning) I can hear it fine. But, when my instructor plays the same series of notes at the same time, all I can hear is her violin. It is driving me nuts. Any thoughts?
Yep, you will learn it by time. If you are very desperate try to move a bit, what is not moving relativ to you is the sound you make, rest will change.
The positive side is that you might well be playing in tune with your teacher :)
some violins are harder to hear, especially when there is other sound around. I have several violins and for orchestral playing I have always chosen to use those violins I could hear whatever other instruments might be playing simultaneously. Some of the violins I have owned just did not cut it!
@Tammuz, that's what she said, I am playing in tune.
Maybe turn your head a bit so your left ear is focused more on your instrument. Just be sure to remain in a relaxed and (somewhat) natural position. Perhaps you may also need to switch to the other side of your teacher. But first discuss this with your teacher before doing anything. I tend to have regular ear check ups with my Dr. I have pretty good hearing but back ground noise cancels it out fairly easily.
Your violin might have a more mellow tone than your teacher's. Your teacher might be playing louder than you. Or you might be playing in tune and in time and the sound is blending with your teacher. The mistake that some orchestra violinists make, especially high on the E-string, is that they can't hear themselves, so they unconsciously push the notes sharp, to check them, which annoys the wind section.
"Better sharp, than out of tune" Famous quote, but from whom?
It sounds to me as if your teacher is simply playing too loud when playing along with you.
@joel, that very well may be, I do have a low-end violin, strings and bow that seem weak; her's, a beautiful and strong voice.
@Carlo, "Better sharp, than out of tune". A Google search failed to identify any one person who could be said to be responsible for that useful bit of advice.
I practise with such ear plugs to keep my ears in working condition. Its a bit loud otherwise.
@Andrew, that may be an option. I thought about an earplug- been looking for a v51r that I used on the flightline but haven't seen them in a long time. I'll give something a try though.
Move your bow to the other side of the bridge. To the negative lanes. You'll hear yourself then. :)
lol, I'll try that Paul.
Your teacher could be playing too loud.