I was a happy-go-lucky violinist
Until I discovered violinist.com I never used to worry about:
My violin; auditioning for a better one is an angsty business
My bow; over the years I stopped noticing it
The strings; Dominant
The setup; if it ain’t broke it may come back sounding worse
The bow hair; when it’s gone...
The rosin; wipe it off occasionally
The case; just remember to place it INSIDE the car
The fine adjuster
The shoulder rest
The chin rest
The chin rest cork
or anything, really
Did you ever record yourself?
You really made me laugh.
You're not wrong. Sometimes I'd imagine I haven't had chosen violin so that I don't have to be obsessed with the tiniest change of my instrument.
@erik - all the time (see biog). What people make of it is another thing I don't worry about
Now you have all of that taken care of right?
Steve, you forgot to mention that you need to also worry if you started too late to get into a top conservatory...
@Timothy - I don't think my violin would benefit much from a checkup from the neck up, but with all this worry...
It's good that here one can get a "proffesional" opinion.
Enjoy the journey, because the few who get there then have to stay there!
Brent, you're right. At least we don't need to make our own reeds.
Take heart: joining V.com is sort of a right-of-passage, a hazing if you will; eventually you laugh at the anal obsessions and go your own way, a wiser - if considerably older - violinist!
but what brand and type of pencil do you keep on your music stand?
There is a thread on that too:
This returning beginner is taking notes on those things she should be obsessing about if she isn't already...My teacher will appreciate the additional items :-)
Somebody on that pencil thread tried to talk about erasers! Really, that should've been a separate thread.
Do you play like a monarch?