And sorry for the long post, but felt I needed to explain. TL;DR.
I started on Suzuki latter part of last year, then had to leave that teacher when my job in that area ended. I found another teacher near my home. She started me off on All for Strings and reading exercises. I've come along, but it certainly was not any fun.
I have a couple of bands I front that play Cajun and Zydeco music, with some up-tempo blues thrown in (which I currently only sing on, as I cannot play blues on any instrument I currently play, diatonic accordion and fiddle, and I'm not playing fiddle with my main band anyway because I'm not good enough).
In order to be more flexible, and able to play some of the off-genre stuff (market forces are requiring me to diversify), I've rekindled my violin studies.
I liked the structured progressively building process of the Suzuki books (only got up to the minuets in Book 1 before having to drop that teacher). With my current teacher, there was some progressive reading stuff with All For Strings, but then the assignments got unstructured as my reading got better.
I tried some O'Connor stuff, but a lot of it didn't enthuse me. I have some other blues and bluesy oriented books that are not progressive methods, but might be used as a tool.
I told my teacher I needed to return to some sort of structured approach as, given my own tendencies, I can get too pulled in too many non-constructive directions with my own tendency to get scattered.
If I could ever read and play well enough for a low level community orchestra, that might be titillating, but, I already have some bands to play with.
Teacher now is suggesting returning to Suzuki, after I asked for more structure. This was after she pulled Devil Went Down To Georgia out of nowhere on me. Not a song I would play in my band, but could be an instructional tool. She's a classical player, but I guess is trying to meet me half way.
So, how much Suzuki will I need to begin approaching blues numbers. I know that's possibly like comparing apples and aardvarks, but just wondering if there is a dovetail in there anywhere. I know dexterity, intonation, double stops, and some scale knowledge will help, but, other than that......?
Or am I S.O.L.?Tweet
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