Hello! New guy here.
I am 53 years old, and decided I want to learn the violin.
So, here I am. Looking forward to my 4th lesson Monday, and excited to hear and learn from many of you.
Welcome aboard! Listen to you teacher and do your best to follow instructions.
The best student spends the least time playing and the most time thinking! The importance of analysis cannot be understated.
Cotton, that may be so, but I find that everything I know about playing my instruments is useless unless I'm warmed up or just teaching and not playing.
Greetings Chuck Roberts!
I mean after you've done your scales, of course. My fingers are leaden when I first pick up the fiddle, too, and I'm not even close to your (let's call it) level of wisdom.
Thank you all for the welcome, and encouragement.
Consolation to late starters.
One of the best things you can do is to recall what Beethoven said: "To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable." Good luck and have fun!
The most important decision you will have to make as an adult beginner: should you use a shoulder rest or not?
The decisions you make as an adult beginner especially regarding setup, posture, hand positions, etc., will hopefully and properly be made for you by your teacher.
Hi, Chuck! I was a late learner also. Now that I'm on my second teacher after a 3-year hiatus (my first teacher died and I switched to viola), there are two things I learned that I'd like to pass down which can be said in one sentence: don't try to cut corners. Be patient and do what your teacher says to do, even though it may feel awkward at first. (But painful is a different thing--don't play through pain.) I would have been so much better by now if I had followed this advice. Awkwardness disappears surprisingly quickly if you stick with it. Impatience only creates bad habits that have to be broken later if you want to progress. I'm also sorry to say that I should have known better at my age.