Interested in learning Violin... Where should I start?
Hi all! I am a 31 year old guy and recently I have decided I would like to learn to play the Violin. The only other instrument I have ever played in drums, and that was when I was in my teens.
The closest classes I have nearby are about 45min-1hr away... so I was thinking about possibly taking lessons online. Is this a bad way to learn if I am brand new to this? Would I be better to just suck it up and take the 45min-1hr drive to lessons?
My other question is I was thinking about getting a Cremona off of musicians friend. Around $200-$300 violin. After reading reviews it seems these are a good bang for your buck for beginners. Is this true? Or am I better off renting one first? I was advised by someone that most "beginner" violins are junk and I should rent one first.
Thanks for your time!
Renting for the first few months is a good plan. By then you might have some idea whether you're going to stick with it. If you do rent a violin, remember that you're not likely to be renting the kind of violin that a pro would play in an orchestra. It'll be a "student" instrument.
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Rent a violin for at least the first 3 months to find out if you are going to stick with it for years. Lots of $200-$300 violins are around, so you can buy at any time when you know its worth it.
Get the All for Strings book (there are 3 and a theory book). It will teach you every term along the way you need to know. I start students at the page where they actually have staff, not note names.
I started over a year ago with violinlab.com. Payed into a 3 month lesson plan to watch videos. The videos were OK, The lady seemed knowledgeable enough. The “community” that went along with it wasn’t very helpful. So something was missing in a big way. I ended up letting it run out as I started looking for an in-person teacher. It took me a year to find a teacher I could afford. I realized quickly what was missing with the online videos, it was the hands on, direct critique and correction, and communication, I think a new adult student needs. Perhaps after a while with live lessons, the video thing would be something to do, I don’t know. I don’t plan on giving up my teacher for quite a while.
As a life-long violinist who taught (as an avocation) for about 40 years and am now securely into my 80s I would like to offer my advice.
I had the same dilemma as you at one time. My drive was an hour away. I did that for awhile. Even if you only have one lesson every month or once every two weeks, it's better than nothing.