Hi, I am new to playing the violin as an adult beginner with some previous experience in learning to sing and play an instrument. I've had a lot of help from this forum since I started little over 2 months ago and will now venture to ask a question about intonation. I've been bothered by my playing out of tune, and trying to get it right, without a lot of success. In today's lesson my teacher instructed me to listen for the 'ringing tones' (harmonics?) and I am very happy to find that I can actually discern them. This, however, is my question: should I be aiming to play my (simple) song perfectly in tune? This may sound silly, since obviously I would *love* to, but at this point it requires a tremendous amount of concentration and effort, which hampers my attempts at relaxation and spontaneity. So I would love to set myself a realistic goal and would like to hear opinions on what that could be at my level.
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