1. How do you like how the forum is developing? Do you have any suggestions for improvement?
I don’t participate much in the forum simply because I work all day on computers and don’t use them much for recreation. I do try to check in whenever Michael requests us to, however, because I want to support him and this endeavor.
2. Are you enjoying the blog articles?
The blog articles are invaluable for learning technical skills that I am still trying to master. They are an excellent, “evergreen” documentation of many things that Michael covers in the webinars (like bowing techniques), and together, the blogs and webinars dovetail nicely (like having a book version along with the videos). Often, after viewing a webinar (and especially while practicing), I go to the blog to locate information about what Michael has demonstrated or said so that I can also read more about it…and if I am still having trouble, I also look for a video in case there is one to demonstrate in detail what I am not clear on.
3. Have you found the lessons helpful?
OHMYGOSH YES! I just wish I could execute the technical aspects given in the lessons. It is easy to “raise my hand” to indicate I understand something that Michael has demonstrated or described to us in the webinar and an entirely different thing to then be able to translate that understanding into physical performance. There is brain knowledge and kinesthetic knowledge. In my case, the disconnect is a chasm.
4. What do you think about the webinar classes?
I really like and enjoy them and have signed up for probably more than I can handle. I need to eek out more practice time to master the skills required by each class…and because the pace is rather swift and music selections get covered in a few short classes, I have not yet mastered the playing of any of the music…but I continue practicing the songs, and I am truly enjoying the opportunity to play such rich and varied music.
I particularly like Michael’s teaching methods. He does a great job of sharing his screen and the sheet music notations and also playing the passages to demonstrate the skill he wants us to perform or sound he wants us to play. Also, he is very generous in his interaction with us students–accommodating our requests and offering personal comments, encouragement, and suggestions while conducting the classes. He has a real gift for teaching and a joy in playing that directly translates into a general enthusiasm within the group. I marvel as his energy because conducting these webinars back to back is probably exhausting, but he never exhibits anything but enthusiasm, and his joy has translated into my renewed efforts to improve my skills. The classes and this website came at at time when I was thinking of putting away my instrument due to a personal frustration with my playing ability. The webinars and features on this site have given me a renewed passion for the violin. The sound of my playing has improved rather significantly; and now, because of what I have learned in Michael’s webinars, when I start screeching and hitting other strings as I bow, I have a better idea of what is causing the problem and can adjust for it
Thank you, Michael. And thanks to all the Violin Tutor Pro staff.