You're never to old.
I'm excited like I never have been before.
When I was about twelve years old, I went to my very first Symphony. As I sat there listening with the rest of my classmates that strange Saturday, I remember the inspiration that washed over me as I heard the Violins over the rest of the Orchestra. Yes, I could hear them over the rest even when they were playing softly.
I asked my parents for Violin lessons and I was told no because it was to expensive.
Time passed on and over the years I remained inspired by the music of the Violin.
I asked my parents several more times over the years with the same response.
Eventually, I grew up and life seemed to take over.
Time passed and now that I am forty-nine, I am finally about to pick up my very first violin at the beginning of the year and learn to play it.
My goal in this endeavor is a humble one. All I want to do is to be able to play it competently. That's it.
That way I can maybe have fun with improvisation, perhaps perform on the street. The important thing for me is that I have FUN with it and enjoy the process of learning this wonderful and beautiful instrument.
I hold no illusions about what's in store for me in this new journey, and that's why I'm posting this.
I like this forum, but I find delving through the archive rather vexing and chaotic.
So, now that I can finally post a discussion I'm here to learn as much as I can before my first lesson.
I’ve already been watching the YouTube videos from Allison Sparrow and a few others. I have a few wonderful apps on my phone that seem to be helping with knowing where the notes are, the parts of the violin, I am even a little aware of some of the basic technique.
As I learn more, especially as I read the posts here, I can plainly see just how daunting this new world of music appears.
What I would like to know is simply this; beyond hunting down books, what else can I do ahead of time to make this journey a tiny bit easier and that much more enjoyable.
Hi Emma. I'm glad you're now getting to do this for yourself! One thing I would say is if you are going to watch YouTube videos to start/enhance yourself before lessons, don't use Alison Sparrow. In my opinion, there are a lot better teachers/instructors out there than her. But that is only my opinion
LOL, thank you Jake.
I wish I had the option to do YouTube stuff when I started 12 years ago. But I didn't have the oppurtunity to do that sadly. But take advantage of it!
I did the Allison Sparrow videos for a few days, then I had my first lesson. It only took about three minutes for me to realize the problem with the YouTube videos. There is no feedback on how you are doing. Without those comments, you can quickly fall into bad habits without even knowing you are dong so. I suggest you stop watching the videos, find a teacher, and start the journey.
Right on, Michael!!
Hi, Emma. I don't know if you already have a violin or not. But if you're shopping for one, and if it is possible, ask a knowledgeable person that you know to help you pick one. Perhaps your future violin teacher? Or go to a reputable shop to get one. The violin does not need to be expensive, but you do want to get a violin that is setup properly, and has a decent tone that you like. Getting a good violin that is easy to play, and pleasing to your ear will enhance your learning experience. It may even encourage you to practice more. Have fun, and I wish you the best in your new endeavor.
Thank you, Ben.
"play violin competently".
The other problem with Alison Sparrow is that she takes shortcuts to get people playing tunes as quickly as possible, and really spends more time repeating the same ideas over and over than actually explaining the concepts behind them. This is especially conducive to developing bad habits. Some of her technique is also very unorthodox.
One thing you can do is to start training your ear(s). I took up violin in July at 71 yrs old. There are a number of ear training apps. I have one on my phone called Perfect Ear. It's helping me to hear differences between notes better. It's slow going, but as I work through the exercises, I'm learning a little about music theory (e.g. what's a third or a fifth?). I also find myself listening to violin music online (soloists, string quartets, orchestras). It too is helping me to listen better.
Welcome Mrs. Brown and I like the picture of your dog.
Welcome to violinist.com!
Thank you all for the warm welcomes.
You and I have almost the same story...I asked and asked my parents to let me play violin too. Some of my classmates played in the string orchestra in my grade school, and I wanted to play so bad, but they wouldn't let me.
I too started late- about 60 almost a half dozen years ago now, and have wished I'd started 10 or 20 years before ever since- before that and I wouldn't have had the music knowledge from guitar and piano and harp that has helped me move along quickly. And mandolin held me back- I broke the two outer fingers of my left hand when I was young and they are a liability- I got a mandolin 25 years ago, and found it's just too small for my fumbly fingers. I figured that violin would be much the same being about the same size. But not really because it's not so chordal and I can get by with one note or double stops at a time- I simply enjoy it better. So now I have several violins and a 5 string viola, I somehow get more involved with over the winter. I really like 'em!
Congratulations on making this first step into the violin world, Emma! One thing that adult beginners need to keep in mind is to not compare yourself with violinists you admire. That's the biggest problem I run into with adult beginners (I don't teach violin, I teach woodwinds and brass) -- they get upset when they don't sound like their idols after a few lessons. Children never have that problem when they start. So take joy in each little step along the way, enjoy the journey and don't worry about how far way the end-goal might seem. And don't get frustrated with how slow the progress might seem -- be happy with each beautiful note you make and with each new song you play. And keep playing the first songs as you progress, so they will continue to sound better and you'll always remember the happiness when you first played them and you started to sound like a violinist.
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