I'm an adult beginner violinist and I have been playing for 9 months. I'm currently on Suzuki book one and practicing Minuet I and Minuet II. IMO they sound pretty horrid, my bow shakes and sounds TERRIBLE down by the frog, on long bows I at times get a wobbly uneven sound. Overall I would say when I play it isn't pleasant to the ear. I have a death grip with my left hand, I still don't really understand bowing at all.
Now I am seriously not looking for blanket encouragement to continue, or looking for pity because I'm down that's annoying when people do that. I'm looking for brutal honesty (which I can't get from my wife, all I get from her is "it sounds great honey" although I do give her credit for keeping a straight face), is it worth it to continue? Or is the violin just not my instrument?
I've been renting and I don't want to anymore, so it's either hang it up, or I'm going to dump a bunch into a violin since the resale always screws you, and I don't see a point in buying a $400 violin, then a $700 violin, then a $1,200 violin all the way up and losing money on each one, may as well buy the $1,800 one you want right off the bat. So before I blow the money is it worth it to continue?
Thanks for any brutally honest replies, don't worry about wearing kid gloves or hurting my feelings, I can take it.
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