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Dianne Adkins

Hi Seth, I’m not 100% sure what you mean by a ‘learning routine’, but I think for each person, this is probably going to be somewhat different. The important thing to remember is to set attainable goals and give yourself the time you need. In violin, the most important thing for starting out is not what you play but HOW you play it. There are many methods of learning out there, lots of music, but the goal is not to play lots of music. The goal is to play WELL. In violin, that starts with holding the bow and violin properly. Even scouring youtube on ‘bow grip’, you’ll get dozens of approaches and suggestions, often conflicting. Study them all until you find it making sense to you.

Personally I teach the Suzuki Method. One of the main precepts of this method is listening, because musicality, ear training, and tone production are critical to good musicianship and being a violinist. Especially with not having a teacher to answer to and guide you, it will be really important to find good examples of people playing the pieces you are trying to play well. I would advise the study of reading music to be approached as a parallel. One side of the brain (or different neural networks) read music, the other hears and play it. So right now, listening to music is your first, best teacher. Memorizing what you are playing will allow you to watch the bow and get the ears engaged in the process of playing. While simply playing from a sheet of music allows you to totally ignore technique.

You can also record yourself playing, ask questions or just request feedback and I will provide professional guidance.