I played the French horn for about 10 years, and put myself through college doing that. I honestly got very burned out on it, mostly my own fault. A couple years after I graduated college (I had sold my horn, and still don't regret it), I decided that I'd like to learn the violin because it is 100% different than the French horn. The music that I really enjoy on the violin is folk/bluegrass/fiddle music. However, I found a teacher that wanted to teach me Suzuki (even though I am proficient at reading music), who got me started on really difficult technical etudes almost right away, and basically sent me very mixed messages about whether I was a beginner or not! Also, I just really despised the music that I was playing. So my practicing slowly dwindled down, and at the first chance of an excuse, I stopped taking lessons.
After not having picked up the violin for over a year, I have recently decided to try again. This almost made me fall over, but the A string was not a bit out of tune. I guess that is points for the quality of the violin. :D The teacher did sell me this violin and bow, and I really love them.
Anyway, I would like to start over, but I do think I am more likely to succeed if I find the music interesting. So are there any violin instructional methods that focus more on techniques from folk music? I do want to gain the technical ability, but I am wondering if I can do it while skipping the music that I find uninspiring?
I am 26, and from the other posts here I do see that it isn't too late to start! I don't want to be a master violinist or anything, I just want to have fun with it and entertain myself, my family, and maybe play with some small local group some day.
Thanks in advance!
This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.
Violinist.com is made possible by...
Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.