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    I started over about four years ago. I may be about as bad now as I was when I started college. Some people make amazing progress. Not me.

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    Hi hmoulding, don’t give up!! Everybody is different and we all progress at different rates. What’s most important is that you keep enjoying it for yourself. Maybe you have some songs you really like and can play well? Enjoy those songs and keep working on technique. Just a bit every day and you will progress anyway!

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    I agree with mariko. Even if you will never be able to be on stage, you picked it up as an enjoyment for your life I’m assuming and that’s what it’s all supposed to be about. Not putting as much focus on how you aren’t as good as others you may see, may help you learn to enjoy the moment of playing for yourself! Change the way you think of yourself playing and usually that ends up making an impact on your music. Play on my friend! 🙂

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    When I first started playing, I was in my senior year of high school, playing with a very mediocre school orchestra. The teacher offered absolutely no help in learning the violin, and my classmates were barely able to offer the basics. I managed to teach myself, and by the end of the year, ended up being the best in the class. Still however, I wasn’t great. When I got to college, I had a fairly large ego, and was in for a major culture shock when I saw the level of students in my college orchestra. Luckily my school had a class for string instruments, and with my fairly decent level, I was able to have one on one lessons with the teacher. Its been 3 years since I’ve started playing, and I’ve climbed up to the second chair of the 1st violin section of our school’s orchestra. My advice to you, find a good teacher who you can get along with. I can write out all my struggles and accomplishments, but it all comes down to the fact that I was able to study with a teacher for 45 minutes each week. It helps greatly. Good Luck!

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    Don’t give up! Everyone experience’s ups and downs. Sometimes I lament that I will never be a great violinist, like Jascha Heifetz or any of the other great violinists. Then I remind myself why I decided to learn the violin, to have fun and play music and I strive to be the best violinist I can be. There is always someone out there better than you somewhere. So learn for yourself, have fun and when you want to compare yourself to others, compare yourself to yourself and your own progress! Happy practicing everyone!

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    Chris Guleff

    Coming back to string instruments can be frustrating at first. I was especially disappointed in the way I sounded — gone was the beautiful tone quality I once had and it seemed so difficult to keep the bow from touching more than one string. Actually, watching some of the videos on and paying closer attention to what I was doing helped. Also, I lowered my immediate expectations and decided that if I had once been an excellent violin and viola player, I could do it again! Tonight, I was inspired to take my viola out and work with it awhile. I had to drop down to a much smaller viola due to arthritis and loss of range of movement. At first, I couldn’t seem to reach the “C” string, but as I played, I managed to play at least a few notes on the lowest string — a small victory for me! Now I have the confidence that I can regain my reach and someday go back to a full-size viola.

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    I too have found it frustrating with all I lost with not playing for many years. But it is slowing coming back. Violintutorpro is making all the difference too.

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    Emi Smith

    I haven’t played in 7 years, and I just recently started back up. I know how you feel. I just had to walk myself through Twinkle Twinkle Little Star the other day, like I was back in 6th grade. Consistent practice is key in learning and mastering a craft. Don’t give up, and more importantly, DON’T compare yourself or your progress to anyone else. You can rock this. I have faith in you!

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    Trying to please others and their goals for me to compete and perform was a big reason why I stopped playing at 15 even though I was 1st chair in the 2nd violins in a decent school orchestra. I didn’t realize that I wasn’t enjoying it because I was trying to fulfill others’ goals for me, not my own. I didn’t like the choices of music that we played, either, much of the time. Now I can choose my goals and music and enjoy the process. I believe I can be better than I once was in some ways that honor my heart and tastes.

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