I'm admittedly completely new to the world of violin, though I've been dying to learn for ages.
I wanted to learn as a child but we simply didn't have the money for it. I grew up in england where it was compulsory to learn music in school, but found the teachers very unattentive to those who weren't already in the school orchestra.
Despite this, having been boning up on my music theory these last few weeks, I realise I did learn quite a bit which I have retained well enough.
I'm 21 now and want to pick up violin. I'm not very good at piano so I'm nervous that I might just plain suck at it. I'm very determined however and have looked into having one-on-one lessons nearby.
So, here's my barrage of newbie questions. :)
Does the colour of the violin affect it's quality? For example, if one was to buy a blue violin, can they assume the sound quality would be worse than the same violin with a natural wood finish? (I'm awfully fond of the black violins, but am worried it would sound terrible.)
Also, is there a cut off age for really becoming good at the violin, or is it subjective? I've heard people say you have to start at 4 or so if you want to get anywhere, which has added to my apprehension.
Also, are there any suggestions on fair quality violins for a beginner on an extremely tight budget. Is EBAY a no-go zone? How about Amazon? I have considered renting and am not fond of the idea of using a violin that I don't technically own. It just makes me plain nervous. The violins at my local music store run around 300 dollars, which I really don't have. Am I doomed to the world of screechy balsa wood violins because of my budget? What if I buy one and my teacher says I can't use it because it's awful?
I've read some really good and some bad reviews on the Helmke violins supplied by ebay seller Great Tunes Select. I have been eying their full size ebony fitted set.Their pricing is within my range. Some people have said they're excellent and have no complaints about them, and others have said that you must buy a violin that's at least a thousand dollars to really be able to play.
I'm trying to sort fact from fiction basically, before I decide what to do. I think really the most I can currently stretch to is about a hundred dollars. My fingers are crossed as to whether this is do-able or not.
I'll stop talking your ears off now. I appreciate any advice anyone has to give.
Thank you in anticipation.
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