cellist here: how do I proceed to learn violin on my own?
I am cellist currently about to play dvorak concerto for my final exam. Now I want to learn violin or viola. I think violin is the better choice because the G clef is easier to read to me than the C clef (and I own a chinese made volin that is not bad, versus a chinese made viola I own which is of the cheapest kind).
I was dabbling at it and managed to play everything from suzuki volume one in one run, so to speak (piece 1 to 17). A violinist friend recommended Kaiser studies so I picked that from IMSLP and I am currently working on the study number one.
Anyway, I want to ask for some recommendation on how to set a more systematic and orderly approach, that I can do on my own. Something that can be worked daily, like scales, etudes, pieces, etc. Preferably material that is available on IMSLP.
Get thee a 1/8 cello. Tuck it under your chin, and saw away! Just watch that end pin. LOL That is how I used to tune my daughter's little 1/8 cello. I got a few laughs out of it.
Rob, I've been along that road (and got to the other end)! Although cello and violin have a lot in common in that the neuro-muscular coordination of the left hand and bowing arm are similarly developed, there are many important and not immediately obvious differences.
Play the violin cello-style :D
I'm with John. Why not play the violin the cello way -- good enough for du Pre:
Is there a reason you must teach yourself? If so, that's okay. Online instruction and observing yourself in the mirror is better than nothing.
Your advancement on the violin will be badly frustrated if you do not get set up properly at the beginning. You cannot do that by yourself. Suppose a violinist said they were going to teach themselves cello ... you know exactly where they'll go wrong, don't you.
As a triple-threat guy (violin-viola-cello) I can say that there is a lot of good advice above. I started on violin and after 10 years added cello. My first viola ventures started 25 years after that.
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