Good evening everybody,
I'm a longtime lurker and first time poster to the community here. I finally took the plunge ahead and just registered an account. I'm a twenty-one year old college student who has recently picked up learning the violin back in February.I'm still very green to the violin, and have absolutely no musical background or knowledge beforehand, so please forgive me for saying anything stupid or outrageous.
I've recently come into a wall, and it feels like I've been in a rut for the past month or so now. What's been troubling me is intonation. I've looked at a couple of other threads here about it and the (great) advice given there, but my brain just doesn't quite understand the concept, so I wanted to ask it personally myself in an attempt to understand better.
As of late, my teacher has been emphasizing on intonation more than usual, and not letting me slide like he used to. In the middle of scales or practicing a new piece, he'll stop me if I'm not within a hair of a centimeter on the note and adjust it accordingly. I usually have no problems with this and try to enforce it through repetition throughout the lesson and when I get home, but I still seem to have some issues with it. My teacher has told me to "test the waters" by playing a note too flat and too sharp, and listening very carefully for the correct pitch. To me, this doesn't make much sense. What good is listening for something when you don't know what it is you're listening for.
My question is how do you practice for intonation exactly? For that matter, what if you have been practicing the note wrong all this time? Then you would be trying to listen for the wrong note. For somebody who is completely new to the world of music, are there any guides at all anywhere to help you through this endeavor other than trying to hit a target in the dark? I take weekly lessons, but that hour each week seems to fly by without me ever having accomplish anything, so I'm hoping it's something I'll be able to do on my own.
I'm very sorry if this doesn't make sense or just seems to be completely obvious. I just don't really understand it...
Thank you very much for your help!
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