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    Rebecca Rivera
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    Hi everyone! 🙂 I was actually a part of the Google+ Hangouts back in 2013, but unfortunately was not able to start lessons until last September. I am also a university student, so I am still in the process of trying to balance that with trying to learn violin. I know I have signed up for a life-long commitment, but I look forward to it. 🙂 I just need to try to establish a practice routine, but perhaps being part of a community might help with that. I look forward to sharing my accomplishments and struggles, and getting to know you guys.

    #11505 Reply

    William Allen
    Participant

    Hi Rebecca! I’m a university student as well, an engineering student to be more specific, I started playing violin a few months before I started university, sometimes is hard because I feel like I don’t have as much time as I would like to practice but it keeps motivate to study in advance for my tests, recently my grades are improving because of that, at first they weren’t so great because I love playing violin so much that I wouldn’t study as much for me tests so I would have time to do whatever my violin teacher tell me to do but now I think I found the right balance, good luck, everything is possible!

    #11507 Reply

    Rebecca Rivera
    Participant

    Hi William! Can I ask you what discipline of engineering? I’m a computer engineering major. 🙂 I think the hardest part of it for me is getting over the self-doubt. I know it’s unavoidable to not have people hear you practice, no less in a dorm. I am just overly self-conscious. honestly. The motivation is there, it’s the lack of self-confidence that’s crippling.

    #11520 Reply

    William Allen
    Participant

    Mechanical engineering, for now don’t mind about others hearing you play, I totally understand you it happens to me all the time don’t be shy, playing violin is very hard but when you finally are able to play something that you love it is worth it, if you don’t want others to hear you playing you can buy a practice mute I have two one made out of rubber and other out of metal they are awesome the second one is great for late night practicing

    #11524 Reply

    Rebecca Rivera
    Participant

    I know that if I don’t get over that, I won’t get anywhere, much less where I want to be. I actually have two practice mutes– a rubber one, and a rubber-coated one. Hopefully, it will be easier to get over this, and a lot more so next semester.

    #11525 Reply

    William Allen
    Participant

    one more thing, don’t use mutes when they are not necessary, my teacher told me that they can be good cause you have to put an extra effort on hearing your intonation but you are a violinist so you must get use to hear your violin as loud as it sounds

    #11526 Reply

    William Allen
    Participant

    yeah you are right it get easier over time, just don’t think too much about it, just enjoy playing, been able to express yourself is beautiful even if you are out of tune something that happen to me very frequently hahah, try to show you progress to your family and friends or maybe you can post I video in this community (as I will) so you get use to play in front of others

    #11527 Reply

    Rebecca Rivera
    Participant

    That’s a very good point! 🙂 I want to just be able to do that. Be able to play like it’s the most natural thing. I will probably definitely play with a mute in my dorm, and without one when I feel comfortable enough, or when I go practice in the music building. It’s nice to have that option, too.

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