How to Teach Myself Violin
I have been learning violin for multiple years now. I learned basics(posture, violin/bow holds, where the fingers go, etc.) through orchestra class at my school. The class was disbanded because the teacher quit and there weren't that many people in the class. I have tried to self-teach myself ever since. Violin lessons where I live are very expensive. I think I've done a pretty good job teaching myself, but I feel like I'm slowing down in my learning. I'm playing Vitali's Chaconne and the Bruch concerto right now. I guess my main problem is with technique. I kind of just learn off of Youtube, but the tutorials there are mostly for beginners and it's hard to tell if I'm doing them right.
With so many of us teaching via zoom, I think it is very likely that you can find a teacher. Don’t feel limited to the local options if they’re out of your price range.
I returned to the violin myself almost 2 years ago and since the pandemic hit the US in March I've had Zoom lessons with my teacher. It has worked better than I thought it would - and remote lessons opens you to a much deeper pool of teachers and price ranges if local isn't an option.
There are also a lot of programs providing free lessons from high school and college students online during the program. If you have good internet, you can do it from anywhere. We recently hooked up a kid from India who has never been able to get lessons before.
It is very hard to teach yourself until you reach a certain level, and even then there are some things only certain good teachers can communicate. It is the goal for every teacher to make themselves irrelevant-to make the student his/her own teacher, but that is a long journey ahead, even after playing Bruch and Vitali/Charlier's Chaconne. Lots of discipline and self-observation are required. Most times, an intermediate player needs help seeing/listening to things they are not aware of in their playing and music making, and even great players take lessons or like to be heard by someone else every now and then.
The secret to self-learning violin? Don't!
I think you should be applauded, Sophie, for pushing ahead as you have in a difficult endeavor! Shame on your school for abandoning the program! Well done that your teacher inspired you to want to continue! But everybody is right that you need some lessons with a good teacher.
This site needs a way for people to easily post a video of themselves playing something.
How old is the OP? After a certain age, monthly lessons are almost certainly best. I have heard of an adult being forced to sign up for "a course of" weekly lessons. I would hazard a guess that that was with a poor teacher. The cost of those weekly lessons (4.3 weeks in a month) might be more per month than monthly lessons with a properly trained teacher who will teach good technique.
Any competent teacher is going to want to see a beginner weekly. Too many bad habits can creep in over the course of a month.
OK, the other adult was a beginner, but Sophie isn't, and my main point was that the cost of lessons can be looked at from different perspectives.
Sophie, Contact my teacher, Mirabai Peart, and see if she can help you. Best of luck.
Thank you guys so much for all the advice! I haven’t really thought about online lessons that much. For me, violin is a hobby, I’m not really looking for a professional career, but I do want to progress. I will definitely look into the online lesson option.
I'm not following your train of thought, Gordon. My best progress has been happening since I started doing lessons twice per week, two or three years ago. Monthly is like coaching, where you'd really need to be at a near-pro level to be able to make the most of the time in between lessons.
I think that late intermediate to advanced students can "self-teach" to some extent, assuming that they've received a very solid foundation. However, improvement is likely going to be much slower than it would be with solid regular teaching -- or even the occasional bit of coaching.
+1 to Lydia.
In a short time a top professional can spot your weaknesses and assign you etudes to work on.
+2 for Lydia. At this point, I know what I need to do, however, I find that recording myself, analyzing the performance from multiple angles (position, technique, musicality, etc) and then making appropriate corrections to be a very slow process. I prefer to have either a formal teacher or a practice buddy.
If you really have to self-teach, then look for as many opportunities as you can to get feedback from knowledgeable people.
Hey Sophie, it would be good if you enroll in some lessons. Don't let your talent stop there. I found
There are plenty of online teachers thanks to this pandemic. You'll find lower costs if you look in lower cost of living areas/countries.
The more I take lessons, the more I think I need lessons! I started on my own, and started lessons at Suzuki Level 3. Had (and still have years later) to relearn and correct many things that severely limited my ability to progress beyond playing the notes, which isn't "music". Needless to say what I recommend.
My first three years playing the violin were largely self-taught from observing the violinists in the orchestras I played in as a cellist. Because of my experience as a cellist this worked to a certain extent, but then I came up against the proverbial brick wall and progress stopped. My local violin shop advised me on a selection of local teachers, one of which I opted for, and was with for 7-8 years.