I'm a fifteen-year-old beginner violinist, I've only been playing about two months or so, and I am trying to teach myself. I've read a couple of other blogs on self-teaching and before you open fire on me for awakening this dragon I have a couple of reasons why I am self-teaching. Firstly I live in a small town in Arua, Uganda, Africa. So not any violinist, like at all. Secondly, we don't always have great wifi and it is really bad over Skype, Facetime etc so video calling is not a great option (although we are looking for ways to fix this, even so, distance and time difference would mean I would still be mostly self-taught). Thirdly since Mom and Dad are missionaries we're not exactly loaded. So if anyone has any extra tips or advice on learning by yourself and things to watch out for when taking this route would be very much appreciated! :)
If you are able to record yourself and upload your recording to a file sharing service like Google Drive or YouTube, I'm sure some of us here would be happy to listen and give you feedback, privately.
It will depend quite much how bad is your internet. If you can watch youtube videos, you have many good tools. To me, the video lessons of Professor V were clear and concise. The reference is here: www.toddehle.com
Freeze in the middle of playing and have someone take the violin and bow out of your hands. Are your shoulders up? Are you swaying back? Are you uncomfortable? Maybe you can ride horses there? - that's the very best posture.
Do you have any other musical experience?
Make a goal for the week, something you know you can achieve, and a plan to get there.
I agree that if you want to use Suzuki, I would supplement it with other exrcises and stuff for reasons mentioned above.
Thank you, everyone, for all your advice, I do have good enough Internet to watch Youtube and generally use Wifi, its just Skype type of thing that doesn't seem to go well. I messed around with the recorder but thankfully I was in England when I first picked up the violin and I've had a couple "initiation" lessons so that's good. I will definitely try all of your tips.
Aidan Wright. Type speedtest.net to check your internet speed and if you have facebook page also, write your name and I will search you there, will try also to support you in your way.
There's a thread in the discussion board on online lessons, or you can search the site for similar threads.
Lol Ella, your responses crack me up.