I have been playing the violin for 6 months now. In the beginning I had a teacher, but now I am self-taught due to pandemic situation(lockdown). So far I have learned staccato, legato, vibrato, 1.-3. position, C, G, A major and a minor scales, Rieding Violin concerto in B minor and also Kreutzer etude no.2. Do you have any suggestions what other techniques and pieces I should start learning to improve my violin playing? I take it seriously, so I use to practice 3-4 hours a day.
Thank you so much
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PS Do one hour less practice and spend that time listening to recordings of great violinsts. Try to memorize not only the melodies but also the sounds they make. They creation of this sound bank is a fundamental part of learning the violin. It is as important as practice right from the start.
I would suggest maybe uploading an audio recording? That is, in response to Mr. Duarte.
Due to the pandemic, you should be able to take online lessons via Zoom. Many excellent teachers all over the place.
I don't know what Rieding B minor sounds like, but you could maybe look at Dancla's Air varies?
I second Buri's notion of filling our aural memory with beautiful sounds, so we don't only hear ourselves..
Mike is right, the Dancla are beautiful. If I had to hazard a guess (always a waste of time) I would say they are a notch too difficult at this point.
I take lessons via Zoom with my violin teacher twice a week. I practice my repertoire, scales and etudes for hours each day until I think it sounds fairly good. Then when I play for my teacher he immediately finds all the many weaknesses and flaws. He is instantly able to provide constructive feedback and solutions. I’m convinced learning occurs at a much higher level when you have professional instruction - even if it’s remote.
I too endorse Dancla Airs Varies. Dancla Twelve Easy Fantasias for Violin and Piano, Op.86 are a way to just relax into some easy, lovely music.
Congratulations on your progress so far. You must know, however, that nobody can really evaluate that progress without watching you and hearing you, because it's one thing to play an A major scale and quite another to play it properly.
Yes. Wohlfart. Very nice! (Except when sheep do it)
It takes a lot of voles to compete with one sheep.
One of the most important things a teacher does is watch one's technique and form. I had several flaws in my form because of some elementary positioning things I had forgotten and I ended up with a serious hand injury. It turned out the form flaws were easy to fix except that I had burned them in with assiduous practice.
There is this Sevcik (I think) study where there's a trill one line, note one-line thing. Very good for developing finger strength and independence. It will help you if you ever have double-stop runs.
Stephen, There is a week one Suzuki exercise for that I remember. Now I go through some gyrations to get my double chin positioned. I need to invent a fat sling for violinists.
It's better than having kinky vertebrae.
you’ve been binge watching Jurassic Park again haven’t you?
I am a highly motivated adult returner. ....started playing again after over 50 years. (!)
Robyn, I have heard from many people that it does work though not as efficiently as in person lessons.
I know people whose major source of income for years has been from giving lessons. They seem to have continued successfully using ZOOM during the pandemic.
"I have had a lot of bad luck with lessons, not of my making." What were the problems? You do need to find a teacher who can work with you on your pace and with your violin-playing goals in mind. But you also need to be willing to do the same kinds of things that kids do when they learn the violin -- playing simple pieces at the start, working on studies to improve technical aspects, etc.
Always the peanut gallery asks for a recording. I don't believe that Amália Foxová was asking for an evaluation, merely advice on next pieces.
A part of learning violin is accepting criticism. I ONLY suggested a recording to possibly address the concern David Duarte pointed out: ""I have learned" is very relative.". No one is forcing the op to send one either, nor is it a priority. Without a teacher (or someone else critiquing you), it's harder to progress and "learn" a piece at a high standard. Just curious, what happens when people present recordings here? Do their flaws get pointed out, leading to increased defensiveness and aggression against any critique? I've read a couple of past posts here (most vividly one about Wieniawski 2) and that seems to be the most common route. It's also easier to suggest pieces to someone you've heard play (especially for beginners). Beginners also might not know that they don't play a piece correctly, so the OP could be at a lower level than what they suggest (harkening back to "I have learned is very relative"). but... we will conveniently ignore anything that does not fit into your argument and proceed to use ad hominem. That is the strategy of the peanut gallery ;).
Some post videos asking for help, others expect praise....