February 4, 2013 at 1:35 AMIt's been four years since I stepped into my very first violin teachers studio. There were good and bad times. There were times I got lazy and didn't want to practice, and it will last for months. One thing that I stick with is playing with my amateur orchestra. Being surrounded by good players, all making music together just makes me a happier person.
Being a later starter, I realize the difficulty and challenges ahead of me, but I know I will overcome them.
I have a new teacher now and she has a very different approach. She likes me to work on all 3 movements of a concerto at once (Bach a minor). She also wanted me to start on de beriot to get a flavor for different style (done accolay already).
Some of frustrations I still have is the inability to play fast. No matter how much I practice, hooked method recommended by buri, dotted rhythm, going fast by metronome little by little.
My double too kind of sucks too!!
And I cannot play fast appregios for the life of me.
My vibrato still sucks.
However, I'm proud of my progress. My sight reading is getting better. I play first violin in my orchestra and I never felt like I'm worse than other people in my section, of course with a few exceptions.
I will continue to work hard. One day. I will be able to play Mendelssohn
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