I was reading a few recent threads of people who are late starters and who ask about their prospects of becoming professionals.
I'm not interested in becoming professional. My plan A works well and music is just a hobby. I'm a very lonely person and I'm used to my own company, and if all I ever do with my violin is to enjoy its company in my kitchen, fine by me. For a brief moment, I even thought playing with other people could be fun, but I've changed my mind. I don't wanna the pressure, nor the feeling I'm a burden to the others.
But I do love playing. I'm curious to know the problems an adult beginner will meet.
The science I've gathered:
right and left brain hemispheres are linked by the corpus callosum (CC). The CC of people who took the study of an instrument at young age are thicker than the ones of people who started late, or people who don't play at all. One could guess it means their coordination is better.
What people on the other threads about late beginners said:
late/adult beginners problems are lack of flexibility, including on finger tip, so, they aren't able to produce good vibrato. And some people talked also about problems to do some double stops, as 10ths, for instance.
My (very limited) experience: what I think will be the insurmountable problem for me, is speed. (I'm not saying I'll master the rest!!!) I'm working on speeding up pieces to play them at tempo and it is very, very difficult to get there. The Bach of suzuki 4 and 5 (1st mov of the double concerto), I can only play at 80-85% of the tempi of my cds. I can play faster, but then it doesn't sound like music at all. My strategy is increasing tempo at slow steps. After I play, say, at 78% OK, I try at 79%, and so on. I talk in percentages, because I play with the other violin/orchestra recorded, which I slow down with software in order to play together.
My question: what is your experience, or things you've heard from other people, relating to the difficulties of adult beginners? Flexibility? Speed?...
All inputs are welcome.
Just for the record: I've asked it to my teacher and all he said was: why do you need to play fast? I say I don't need to, but that even slow pieces have fast passages sometimes (like fast arpeggios, or fast scales into an otherwise slow piece). I've asked for strategies, but he dismissed the subject. Please, don't make this a discussion about my teacher, because I already have a thread on that.
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