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  • #5897

    Mackenzie Alldrin
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    Hey adult violinists! Are you picking up the violin (or viola) for the first time, or have you played in the past and are you returning to it? What made you want to learn (or return to it)?

    If you’re considering learning violin but you doubt yourself because of your age, check out this article: http://violintutorpro.com/is-it-ever-too-late-to-learn/

    Keep practicing!

    #5928

    Tony
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    Seriously? No posts here yet?

    Okay, I’ll bite.

    53 years old in Idaho. Started playing the violin 2.5 years ago when arthritis started to rear it’s ugly head. It was a “now or never” sort of thing.

    Inspired to learn when I first heard the Ashokan Farewell as the theme for Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary. Inspired further by reading the Patrick O’Brien Master and Commander novels.

    Now practice and playing are my mental refuge and I usually get in 45 min to 2 hours a day, morning and evening. This instrument is so demanding that I find I can’t think of anything else while I’m working on it… a real relief and escape.

    Eclectic tastes in music/artists from Bach to Boccherini, from Mark O’Connor and Jay Ungar to Natalie McMaster and Hanneke Cassel. Bryson Andres to Peter Lee Johnson, Regina Carter to April Verch. So much to choose from that’s fun to listen to and inspiring. One of my favorite pieces is Chloe Hanslip’s performance of the theme to Schindler’s List.

    Anyway. Go adult learners. There’s something lovely about picking up something new and demanding later in life.

    Tony

    #5992

    AtTheMapleTable@yahoo.com
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    I was wondering if any adult learners could share the hardest part of learning to play at an advance age? Something they didn’t expect?

    #6001

    fbellezzo
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    I am 47 and started with the violin just a week ago. Still trying to figure things out and create a solid practicing structure. My practice is a bit hindered by the fact that I have to worry about the noise. have a mute coming in the mail but it is taking so long!! :-). Anyway, it seems like for a nice practice you have to challenge yourself with a piece of increased difficulty on your 3 or 4 songs repertoire. I play everything by ear ( tt little star) and will be learning to read music as this goes ( i hope) . Does it matter how difficult is the piece? Where is the line that separates a difficult piece from a frustrating one in the case of a beginner like me?

    #6002

    fbellezzo
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    Time to practice without bugging friends and family….

    #6008

    brianduffy17
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    Keeping the violin in tune is an issue for me. It maybe just me or the violin I happen to own.

    #6019

    BettyG
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    brianduffy is it slightly out of tune or dropping out of tune a large amount?

    I find my violin goes slightly out of tune daily I think that is due to humidity and how warm it is. IF it drops out of tune large amounts it due to the Pegs working their way out of holes. When you tune with the Pegs you need to Press inward as you turn.
    Also IF the strings where not put on correctly it could contribute to it not Griping properly.

    #6020

    newbieviolinist
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    Never played in the past, but have wanted to learn for a long time. Started learning back in late September this year and am very thankful that I can read music as it has helped me as I go through my lessons with my instructor. Though my biggest issue is really keeping my hand in place when using my fourth finger. Everything seems to shift and I’m out of tune fairly quickly because of it. Happy to see that I’m not alone in starting later.

    #6081

    Kayanne65
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    I just turned 50 and I have wanted to learn violin since i was young. I’m hoping to get a violin soon, so that I can fulfill this lifelong desire.

    #6130

    Kitty
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    I picked up the violin for the first time 3.5 years ago because it was something I always wanted to learn. It certainly keeps me busy as now I am part of an amateur string ensemble.

    #6135

    BettyG
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    For me the Hardest part is trying to play songs I never heard before.. I have terrible time with keeping rhythm and tempo, always did.
    IF I cant hear the song in my head I cant seem to get rhythms right . Takes me ages it seems to get a new song playable. I do use now the music notation programs on my computer to hear the music slowed down and at speed but still end up needing to make mp3s of it and listen to them often to learn. IF it has words to go with it it makes it easier as I will learn to sing it to get the tempo
    and rhythm

    #6140

    Brooksley Mihoch
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    Hi, I’ve been playing about 13 years total. Just been back playing in the last couple of years. We adults have our challenges and it’s nice to know there is a blog where can help each other! Will be checking blog often.

    #6171

    jodihunter
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    I’m 39 and am beginning lessons later this month, so fingers crossed I pick it up smoothly.

    #6298

    Anteros
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    Thanks for this video.

    I’m 37 years old and I just started playing the violin 2.5 months ago. It has been a blast so far.

    #6412

    sarajoy024
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    I’ve just been on this site for about three weeks now. It has been very helpful in my decision making process in wanting to learn the violin. I’ve wanted to for years now and this website is a great spot to learn more about how I should go about the process. Thank you for all of the good discussion forums for us to look through. Very helpful!

    #6584

    margaretellen
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    I took 10 years of lessons and then at the age of 17 sadly laid my violin aside and am just now picking it up again at age 56! Better late then never, and I’m loving it.

    #6715

    William Bickerstaff
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    I’ll be 60 in a few days. I played violin from 1963 to 1974 in my youth but got away from it after high school. I find that I am a bit more productive (meaning I take my playing seriously). I started taking lessons this year after a 40+ year hiatus. I think I am progressing fairly well.

    #6780

    Beginner
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    Ok, so here’s the situation: I’ve been listening to string music for the past year or so and just lovin’ it. A friend gave me a viola lesson last week, using his viola, and it seemed to make sense to me. I’m now considering getting a violin now, and looking around. I’ll probably get a new one here or maybe a used on on craigslist. But I’m 61 years old, and a little worried that I’ll never have the time to play the beautiful music that I’ve fallen in love with. Is it too late, or should I take the plunge?

    #7072

    Johanne Aube
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    I’m 54 and started violin lessons 1 1/2 year ago. I could play by ear but wanted to learn properly. Through a friend I found this amazing teacher. He’s a professional classical musician. He is fantastic and going to my lessons with him are always a joy and something I look forward to. This week he said “You have a good ear. You know when the note is not right and you fix it instead of just sitting on it”. I was happy to hear that. I’m really enjoying playing!

    #7549

    Alteria117
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    Started learning two months ago. My tutor is pleased with the speed of my progress right now. I think I wanted to learn a classical instrument at around the age of 5 or so because I loved classical music around then, nowadays more metal, but in recent years I found myself listening to the violins as a piece was playing. Thanks to a friend selling her brother’s school violin, sadly too small, I snatched up the chance to go for it. Now have a 4/4 sized one that a fellow parishioner kindly let me have from her collection and I have yet to put it down for more than a day’s theory learning.

    #7707

    Christie Morehouse
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    One of my biggest challenges is finding enough time to practice. Retirement is so busy.

    #7721

    Claudio Freire
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    I am 44 years old and I just bought my first violin. I never played before, completely newbie. I am starting the lessons 1-10 this week and one thing I am having trouble with is to how to keep the violin in tune. I read that it must be for the fact the violin and the strings being new, it could take a while to keep it longer ( I have already broken a string trying to tuning it 🙂 ).

    #7722

    Claudio Freire
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    I read the article http://violintutorpro.com/is-it-ever-too-late-to-learn/ . Very inspiring!

    #7774

    sarajoy024
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    Thank you for encouraging everyone out here to get back into learning an instrument. I need all the encouragement I can get! 🙂

    #7957

    Christie Morehouse
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    Claudio, are you trying to tune by using only the pegs? If so, invest in some fine tuners that attach to the tail piece. Much easier. Also, get an electronic tuner.

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