I've been registered here since 2009 and regularly read, but I think this is my first posting. I'm after some advice about improving my technique. Brief summary, I began playing violin in school at age 8, it was suggested I study under a private tutor - which I did, and took my Grade 4 the following year, then Grade 5 and 7 by the time I was 12. Due to financial constraints, I had to have lessons at school which weren't so good, and although I was studying for Grade 8 the following year, I quit lessons and focused on my other instruments (beginner and intermediate).
Fast forward 20yrs: I still continue to play and I tutor beginner and intermediate students, but I find it difficult to improve without a teacher. I'm currently looking for someone in Liverpool with a view to taking lessons again in Autumn, but would appreciate any tips or advice in the meantime, as I don't feel I play any better than I used to!
I would like to achieve orchestral standard, if possible, just for my own pleasure as I'm probably too old to think about auditioning for orchestras (plus I did a Contemporary Music degree). Did I reach my apex as a child? Is there any hope for me to get better? Grrr, it's frustrating.
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