What piece should I learn next?
I've been playing violin for 2.5 years. I've learned Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in A Minor about a year ago, along with the Gigue from Partita No 3 in E Major around the same timeframe as the Vivaldi Concerto.
I don't take private lessons, but I've had friends recommend I play Viotti's Violin Concerto No.23 in G Major and Meditation from Thaïs.
What pieces do you recommend I learn next? I've advanced quickly over the past year and can play in the upper positions well and have a nicely developed vibrato.
Strongly recommend you get a teacher.
Thank you for the recommendations, and while I really want a teacher I cannot afford one at this current time. My public school orchestra teacher works with me extensively on proper technique though. Do you know where I can get the sheet music for the G minor concerto?
I totally agree with Mary Ellen, and you should see if there are GOOD teachers in your area that teach on a sliding scale. My teacher is excellent, studied with the best teachers in the Soviet Union, and I believe gives some students reduced rates, so don't assume that you won't be able to find a good teacher.
I suggest buying the Galamian edition, especially since you don’t have a private teacher. It will have fingerings and bowings in it that you will find much less frustrating than trying to play from the IMSLP sheet music
The edition shown in IMSLP is copyrighted in the US.
Since your orchestra teacher is working with you, I suggest asking them for suggestions. I would have expected the Partita to have been much harder than the Vivaldi A minor.
What etudes do you recommend?
I’m in Texas; you can message me through my v.com profile.
I just realized that I was thinking of the Gavotte, not the Gigue.
I tried clicking on the contact button, but I keep getting an error message.
Mary Ellen, your contact says "blocked."
In Texas you can also contact Bruce Berg -- his email information is publicly accessible because he's a university professor. I'll bet he would not mind forwarding your message to Mary Ellen, if that turns out to be impossible using the links provided on this site. Another violin teacher in Texas is Beth Blackerby in Austin.
My High School Orchestra does have a degree in Violin Performance, however, his lessons are quite expensive so I can't afford them. As for the Suzuki Books do I get the newer or older editions.
That’s weird. To the OP, I’m in San Antonio but I do teach online. I’m not in a position to do much but I can hear you play once and make some suggestions. The problem with low priced violin lessons is that anyone good is going to charge a lot (and quite a few teachers who are not so good also will charge a lot). What you need is a good teacher with a scholarship. I am quite sure that for ethical reasons your high school orchestra director could not take you on as a private student anyway. Please email me at maryellengoree at gmail dot com.
Mary Ellen, I emailed you from this email address email@example.com. Thank you for the help everyone.
In the context of taking online lessons, "the Texas area" could reasonably be a time zone thing, e.g. it could mean all places on Central time.
Andrew, I understand that which is why I specified on where I live.
These days with zoom time zones don't have to align, and you can access teachers all over the world, some at much lower rates. Check out Play With A Pro for example.
In my opinion, any edition of the Suzuki books will do as you have to take things like fingerings and bowings with a grain of salt with some pieces anyway. I try to play them as written but sometimes my old nervous system just isn't up to it.
How about one of Dancla's Air Varies? Sorry for recommending these pieces over and over again. It's the only beginner-intermediate piece that I have learned (or remember learning).
Paganini's Cantabile is nice and relaxing: