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    violinist062391
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    How would you recommend a person that has played for years to play again when they have taken a small break since they commenced college?

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    dancingviolinist
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    Hello and welcome!
    Michael has some great video lessons, including one on how to have a set practice schedule. He can teach anyone!

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    Dianne Adkins
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    Hi! I would recommend just starting! Open the case, check the instrument for any necessary repairs, tune it up and start playing. After you do that, you can assess the next steps. Your practice should include drills for warming up the fingers. Some kind of etude or easy melodic, but technique oriented pieces and a major piece of literature, like Handel Sonatas or Vivaldi Concertos, depending on your level. Also, there’s scale work. For folks getting started again, I find sometimes the hardest part is opening the violin case.
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    Tulsagirl
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    I stopped playing the violin for several years due to a problem with performance anxiety. They have better solutions now than they did when I was in high school. I began with three octave scales, of course, a few easy etudes and then started taking lessons. Within a few years I was playing with a community orchestra and still play in my church. I enjoy playing now more than I did when I was young. I am more appreciative of the ability to play with others and even enjoy practicing. It did take a while to be able to sight read again due to a long period of inactivity. However, the experience has been worth the struggle! I believe you will find that it may start a bit slow, but eventually you will recover the time that you have lost. Best of luck!

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