This discussion is intended for beginners like myself (are there any out there?). Advanced players are not excluded - just requested to encourage us newbies :)
Having first picked up the violin 3 1/2 months ago, and after four one-on-one lessons, I'm wondering how far one is expected to have progressed in certain areas.
1- left hand tension! And if I loosen up, I get a scratchy sound. Can't figure out the balance between pressure/weight of the fingers/arm vs loosening up (I.e. aiming towards learning vibrato)
2- intonation and tuning by ear? I sometimes think I'm on tune, but then when I record myself I cringe. (I took off the fingering stickers after 2 months.) And I still tune my violin with a tuning app.
3 - smooth transition between notes: there seems to be a consistent 'scratchy break' between notes when I play a song; they don't seem to blend smoothly.
If any advanced players have good practicing advice related to these areas, please share. Thank you for your encouragement!
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