Should I Take Private Lessons
So my current conductor recommends that I take some private lessons to help further my knowledge in violin. I’ve been playing for 5 years already and have pretty much mastered all the basic techniques that you would need to know and have some knowledge in music theory. But now I’m wondering if I should take his advice, would it really help me improve or would I just be going over things I already know. I would like your guys opinions in this matter. Thanks ??
If your conductor is 'recommending' you take lessons then I would immediately look at myself and ask 'why are they saying this'?
Based on Justin's previous postings, he's learned in public school and considers himself to be playing at the grade 4/5 level or so. He also posted a recording of himself previously (
Yes, you should. When your conductor tells you to get some private lessons, that means you are in need of help. You said that you've been playing "for 5 years already and have pretty much mastered all the basic techniques". Well, you will learn a lot better if you start to entertain this idea that you probably don't know what you don't know about violin playing.
4/5 level is nothing to sneeze at if it's solid and mostly self motivated. I can't look at the recording as I'm at work at the moment, but I am happy to trust Lydia's assessment. I would expect anyone playing at that level to be taking lessons, as you are still very far from mastery and only now approaching 'middle school'.
I am not really sure what "Grade 4/5" means in this context, but I listened to the link. Yes, yes, yes, yes, you would benefit from private lessons. There are likely many excellent teachers near you.
I know in Canada grade 4/5 would refer to the Royal Conservatory system.
Thanks for the opinions guys.
The problem with public lessons is that the teacher cannot effectively notice everything that is going on. That means that poor technique is likely to slip under the radar, and sooner or later the student will come up against an insuperable brick wall. Perhaps your conductor was already noticing that?
Here's my take. You got to a reasonable level on your own. What that means -- probably -- is that you have talent and motivation to practice. And that, in turn, means that you will benefit
Justin, your bio says PWC. :-)
OH lol I didn’t realize that I put that there
Thanks Paul I’ll keep her in mind