I'm going to introduce this topic with my story.
Ever since I started playing the violin, I felt discouraged because I was left-handed and every orchestra and/or violinist I've seen was right-handed. This made me feel very discouraged because I was left-handed.
Regardless of how I felt, I had my violin converted for a left-handed beginner and I started practicing on my own (using the Internet to aid me). After a few weeks, I made very little progress, which made me want to quit; I stopped practicing for a few months (I've been playing since March). However, I didn't want to quit, I was encouraged by the beautiful sound that's produced from a violin; and my love of classical music gave me encouragement.
I finally decided to seek a teacher, but then the one important question appeared again; "how will I ever find a teacher that is capable of teaching left-handed players?" I thought it would be almost impossible because most people were right-handed players. How can I find a good teacher for me? This question is open to suggestions and/or discussion.
I, still to this day, feel very discouraged. I thought of having my violin converted back to right-hand (right-hand on the bow) because that's how most violinist are. I've been told on "Yahoo! Answers" that several violin virtuosos were left-handed yet they played right-handed violins and that I shouldn't feel any different. That being said, should I convert back to right-hand and start from the beginning?Does anyone recommend this, or have any other suggestions?
I'm a beginner violinist, started last March (when I was 17). I've had some practice, however I couldn't find a teacher this summer because I was very busy. My most difficult challenge is learning the vibrato. I've had very little progress in practicing the vibrato and I seem to get muscle tension from attempting the vibrato. Does anyone have any tips and/or suggestions? Would a shoulder rest attachment help me learn the vibrato (I noticed when I attempted it, my violin would move around too much, and I thought maybe the shoulder rest would help stabilize my violin when practicing the vibrato). Lastly, it seems to me that learning the violin for a left-handed beginner is almost infinitely more difficult than a right-handed violin and a right-handed beginner. Again, everything I've stated is open for discussion. Any tips, any encouragement and assistance would be greatly appreciated; I feel that I need it the most. = (
Thank you reading, and caring! Friendliest regards,
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