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Becoming a better novice violinist

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Published: December 18, 2013 at 9:03 PM [UTC]

Hello, first blog on, long time reader though.

This will be a sort of summary of 2013 for me as a novice adult violin player.

My violin journey began with me getting an intrest in the instrument, awhile ago, but it was only now that I could make the decision if I wanted to try playing an instrument or not. Very glad that I did decide to try it out.

It has been an alltogether fun experience of learning to read music, bowing my first note (sounded horrible, hehe) and learning to hold and take care of the instrument.

7 months later I've just come so far now that I'm playing for the first time on the E string, and I find that I have some difficulties with the bow crossing over to the A string, but that is something that I'm going to work on for next year.

I thought in the begining that my fingers was sort of "placed on one note, then sloowly moving to the other one". But I've found that it's much easier to switch between fingers rapidly when playing scales etc. I thought that I'd always have that slow finger movement, but it has genuiely surprised me that I actually got the fingers to move faster and faster with more and more practise.

Bow control and tone quality (placing the fingers just right, not above or below the note) is also something that I want to learn more on, but that is another thing for 2014 and beyond.

Hearing the music and getting a feel for how the violin sounds has been fun aswell, I've always liked the violin's sound. I then started to listen to recordings of famous composers and have found that I really like classical music and of course especially violin. But that is another thing I want to learn more about, good violin concertos/pieces and the likes.

To wrap this up, I want to close with the highlight of 2013 for me (except for violin playing).
That was the Britten violin concerto played by Janine Jansen in Sweden late this autumn. It was a outstanding concerto, and I definitely want to go to more concerts after this one!

Also what are some of your tips for a beginning violinist?

From Christina C.
Posted on December 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM
Unless you're just wanting to mess around with the instrument, the best advice I can think of for someone wanting to learn to play the violin is to do whatever you have to do to get at least an occasional lesson with a qualified teacher. There is *way* too much that is not intuitive and there is so much that can go wrong.
From Erik Bystedt
Posted on December 23, 2013 at 8:42 PM
Thanks for the advice, though I regularly, once a week have lessons with a violin teacher. For me that was a prerequisite for beginning to play, because I knew that it would be hard without a teacher.
From Christina C.
Posted on December 25, 2013 at 3:18 AM
Very glad to hear it. My next piece of advice would to be to get yourself playing with others as soon as possible. Perhaps your teacher has another student close to your level with whom you could play easy duets or you know a pianist who could handle the part for some easy violin sonatas? Or even ask your teacher to play with you, just so that you can experience it. For me group music (chamber music and orchestra) is where the real fun is & it's a great motivator. There is music written for all levels & all sorts of combinations

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