Hi all. New here. I have recently made the decision to return to violin in my 30s. I stopped when i was 15/16 at grade 4 but never took the exam. I have my first lesson booked with a great teacher on Friday. Is it realistic that with hard work I will be able to get back up to where I left off and continue from there or is it much harder as an adult? I am really looking forward to it but also slightly nervous. I sing as well so I have the advantage of still being able to read music quite well. Thanks.
Welcome! I'm a beginner, but I think you'll be able to get back to where you left off and progress from there. I think it will be part muscle memory kicking in, the knowledge you already have, and the fact that you are dedicated. Very excited for you and hope you'll report on your progress!
You will get as far as your motivation, training quality, and intelligent labor of love gets you. In my estimation, playing the violin at any age is always a plus, and never a waste of time (unless you make it as much.) Go forth and work patiently, not even thinking about "playing levels" or comparing yourself to kids who started at a year and a half old-enjoy the process, and you will likely end up surprising yourself.
Based on my own experience and others I have seen, I would think that at your age you should be able to get back to where you left off at 15/16 and go much much, much further.
Thank you for your responses and encouragement.it is appreciated. I have a violin i love. Its not the most amazing one but there was something about its sound and how it felt to me that made me fall in love with it. I will let you know how it goes.
You will need a bit of time to rebuild your dexterity and your reflexes. But you will also be more intelligent and mature, with a lot more listening under your belt. So while some things will be slower to pick up now, other things will be faster— and will run deeper.
I restarted 2.5 years ago at 32 and am now much better than I was at 18 when I stopped playing. If you focus on the fundamentals and get a good teacher you'll go far.
Of course you can! I played the piano as a kid. I quit it for some years and I returned to it when I was 22. To my surprise, in less than a month I had almost recovered my previous level! Some years later in my mid 20s I decided to start with the violin... just to see if it was as difficult as people say. Being still a beginner, I'm enjoying it and progressing at a good pace regarding how little I practice. If I can do it, you can. For sure. Good luck!
I'm adult returner (25 year hiatus). In my case I had kept playing another instrument, which helped a little (at least in thinking about music). But I regained and surpassed my original skillset within a year. I've been back at it for 13 months now and I'm significantly ahead of where I left off. It's possible.
Thank you everyone. It is really nice to hear how others have got on and the encouragement. I have been playing a few bits (just basic scales etc) today to see what I remember. I hadn't realised just how much i had missed playing. I cannot wait for my first proper lesson now and thank you for the advice about not being nervous in front of my teacher. You are completely right.
I think I win--I recently returned after 38 years away! It's been about 3 months and I'm making good progress. I still have the same issues I did at 17 LOL, but I feel that I have a more mature and reasoned perspective on how to work on those problems.
I returned after 25 years, and I've been at it several years now. I definitely can play much better than I could when I left off at the age of 17. I don't think I'll ever get much past the Bruch Level though. That's okay. I'd like to play well enough to perform an occasional recital of mostly salon pieces with some solo Bach, play with a decent community orchestra in my retirement, and play chamber music with friends, the latter goal being what I consider the biggest challenge. I also play the violin in a jazz trio for the past couple of years (4-5 paid gigs per year).
or, hanging out on v.com ;-)