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    bhimberg
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    Hello everyone. I played the violin way back in middle school, about 20 years ago, and over the last year I’ve been practicing on and off in hopes of becoming proficient. Other than playing the violin I’m also working on the piano.

    To pay the bills I’m a full time graduate student, working in computational physics. Specifically I’m studying systems of particles interacting on a ring. I have to admit I’m psyched at the prospect of winning this most recent contest, which is what drew me here. My current electric violin is a VSO at best, and my acoustic not much better (though a little). Anyways, I’ll try to stick around!

    #17878 Reply

    Suzanne Cox
    Moderator

    Hi there! Welcome to the forum!! I play violin and piano as well, it’s a great combination. There are a lot of fellow adult musicians here, some great content/information, and video lessons to enjoy. Let me know if you have any questions! Good luck with the contest too!

    Suzanne Cox
    Violin Tutor Pro Teacher

    #17889 Reply

    bhimberg
    Participant

    Hey Suzanne, thanks for the reply. Was wondering if anyone was reading….

    Summer is finally winding down, so I’m likely to find time to start working at the piano again. I thought it would be easier than the violin, but key combos are killing me.

    #17896 Reply

    Suzanne Cox
    Moderator

    Summer is coming quickly to an end isn’t it. So you are having an easier time with the violin then? That’s great! Piano does have its challenges too.

    #17907 Reply

    bhimberg
    Participant

    Hah, thanks for the encouragement. Yeah, I guess I’m finding the violin easier than the piano. Thinking about buying a book to learn from (for the piano). If you or anyone has any suggestions, let me know: plan is to start with scales.

    #18015 Reply

    Suzanne Cox
    Moderator

    There are some great adult piano courses available from Alfred’s Music as well as FJH publishing written by Faber I think. I have used them many times with students. Just do a search for Adult Piano Method. The adult books are nice because they move at a faster pace and avoid the little kid songs. 😉

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    Musicloverk
    Participant

    I liked the Faber series the best of the adult piano books that I used. Finished them and am now in John Thompson’s grade 3. It is much more challenging. When I first started piano I did group lessons. The teachers changed twice after the first year and each teacher would change books each new semester. When I changed to private lessons the teacher used Faber which had a more logical progression of skills than some others and more gradual, so that it didn’t seem to be as much of a struggle.

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