Progressing without a teacher
As of last month, I took a mock grade three exam with my tutor and passed - didn't take the official test as the violin for me is a hobby and nothing formal.
However, I then moved to a foreign country and had to give up lessons with my teacher. It would be immensely difficult for me to find a teacher here as I'm working on a full-time job and don't speak the language.
I don't want to give up playing the violin as it would make this past year a total waste, but as I'm a beginner there's obviously a lot I still need to learn. Does anyone have any tips on how to continue progressing even without a teacher? I don't want my time abroad to negate the time I spent learning and would like to eventually return to my home country *better* at the violin, not the same level or worse.
Thank you in advance!
Skype lessons: The world is small.
To progress, or even to not regress, we have to pay attention as a teacher would do: observe what to keep, what to change, and choose how and when.
I agree with Paul. If I moved to a country where language is a barrier, I would try to have lessons via Skype. I know my teacher does Skype lessons with other students, and I'm sure many other teachers also do them.
Probably a risky choice, but video lessons and texts.
I was 11 or 12 when I had my last violin lesson. I was definitely not advanced - even after 8 years of lessons and had no vibrato and only gotten to 3rd position. After quitting for a year a resumed - and have been playing until now for the intervening 70 years. During those years I definitely advanced by accepting every bit of advice i could and by setting attainable goals. I was concertmaster of my high school orchestra for 3 years and later one after age 30 i was concertmaster of my community orchestra for 20 years. I have been playing chamber music and in orchestras pretty much for the pst 7- years and having a ball.
Thank you all for your comments!
Or just get a little amplifier. The Fender Rumble is what I use for my violin when I'm using a pickup. The smallest one I think is 15 amps, that's plenty for your lessons -- and later even for small-venue gigs.
Buy sheet music that challenges and excites you and keep working at it. I've slowly acquired various baroque violin sheet music and I enjoy my very slow progress. Had 3 lessons a year ago, been playing 2 years and a few months, and as bad as I am, I'm better than I used to be! Vivaldi, Corelli, Handel, Vitali, Baroque Violin Anthology (vol 1 & 2), etc. --this is the stuff that keeps me inspired and happy. Find whatever suits your taste and keep playing!
I highly recommend violinlab. Lots on video lessons, with syllabus, feedback and discussion forum
How is violinlab useful? As far as I know, they don't offer personalized lesson. I thought it was basically a bunch of violin videos, which I'm not sure if they will do much more for you than watching youtube videos.
I probably was held back about 30 years by character traits getting in the way - being self-taught on violin since 17, so not a good advisor perhaps. But I think I am maybe learning something about how to teach yourself violin.
I listed violinlab because that's where I started, how be it briefly. Once I realized, for me, it would be better to have a live instructor for at least the first year, longer if my finances hold out long enough. But violinlab is affordable to almost anyone and Beth Blackerby's videos are well presented, and there is the online community where she will take the time to evaluate you if you record a video of your playing. The others I listed, the price goes up considerably since they do private live streaming.
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