Hello, all! I am an adult beginner (21 years old) who has just recently worked up enough courage to actually consider learning the violin--which I have always thought would be a beautiful to play. I am already familiar with the piano and I also sing, so I have some experience musically.
I think knowing my goals would be helpful here, so I'll state them: I basically want to play for myself--this is not a career and I don't care to play in a large group. I would like to play some classical pieces that I love and I would also like to play "fiddle" with my banjo-ist brother and guitarist sister. I'm not ambitious! I just want to enjoy it.
Now, I have several questions for you:
1. Considering my goals and the fact that I can't afford much, what in your opinion the best student violin to buy? I can't spend very much (even $300 is high for me), but I don't want something that is ugly. It doesn't have to be a glorious violin, just one that is beautiful enough to motivate me more!
2. I am 5'2" with a slight build and small hands. I have been told I should use a full 4/4 size violin, simply because I'm an adult, but I don't know if that makes sense. What do you recommend?
3. I happen to be allergic to many chemicals and other allergens, and I found that using some student rosin made my asthma worse. I'm rather afraid my violin experience will end before it began because of my asthma!
Which rosin do you think produces the LEAST amount of powder while still giving a good sound? I may be able to use a nearly powder-less rosin.
Also, I have read good reviews about the synthetic Clarity rosin and others, including Mortrya Gold Rosin, but I don't know how powdery these rosins are, especially the Clarity rosin. I'm not sure I like the idea of breathing in gold powder or a synthetic powder either. How have other allergic violinists handled this problem? Has anyone noticed long-term health problems from Clarity?
Thank you all so much in advance! I have been reading through the very useful archives, and I can tell you are all so patient and helpful!
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