April 15, 2016 at 6:25 pm #14942
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Hello fellow adult beginners, in my case I am 29 years old and started on November 2015, I did play guitar before so some of the concepts are not new, I do not know how to read music but the concept of a string instrument and pressing my finger to get a note is very familiar. That said the violin is extremely different to a guitar so my previous knowledge did not help much. Bowing is an art altogether and I find it takes a lot of conscious effort to produce an acceptable sound. I admit to not being patient and sometimes skipping some pieces to practice a more difficult one that I like, all from Suzuki Book 1. I think I am doing well for now and only get like 30 – 45 minutes of daily practice.
So what has your journey been like? How much do you practice?
An interesting question is what is your dream piece you would like to play?April 15, 2016 at 11:29 pm #14953
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I began violin the first of this year after playing the guitar for several years also. I am finding bowing to be the most difficult thing as well. You have to keep the bow straight and on the correct angle. On top of that, your arm and bow hand have to be relaxed. Easier said than done! I find I do well the first few minutes practicing, but tension builds up after awhile and the squeaks set in. I find if I go do something else for a few minutes and come back to it, my sound quality is better again. I am sure it will all come together eventually if we practice enough and get that muscle memory going.
I am also going through the Suzuki book on my own, but have just found another book I like too, to supplement the Suzuki. It’s called String Builder by Samuel Applebaum. It breaks learning down string by string in smaller increments and gives you more instructions on how to finger the notes, etc.. Suzuki assumes you have a teacher giving you directions. So far, I have not found a really good, all-in-one self-teaching book, but this one fills in a few more gaps. Of course, the videos on this site are essential to get you started.
Another thing that helps is posting a video of you playing. There’s a forum on here to get feedback on videos. That’s great! People are so helpful and will point out things you don’t see yourself. Good luck!April 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm #14970
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I used to play guitar as well, and yes, violin is very different, but familiar. All of my muscle memory is about fingering a fretboard, and its hard to break that habit when trying to learn new muscle memory on the fingerboard. Slowly, but surely.April 18, 2016 at 2:31 pm #15015
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Yes the muscle memory from the fretboard is hard to get rid of and change into “violin mode”, I find myself tilting the hand too much to the side like if the violin was a guitar when the violin commands a straighter hand. Also the pressure you need to apply with the fingers on the violin is very minimal compared to a guitar. I think the most difficult part to accept about the violin when learning it is you hear all the youtube videos saying you need to have a solid hold on the instrument but at the same time everything must be super relaxed, that at first is just extremely awkward but after a few months I found it makes sense and it just requires a lot of practice.
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