May 22, 2015 at 9:02 pm #1969
So who are you and what brings you here!? Would love for us to build some community here and get to know each other.May 24, 2015 at 5:19 am #1974
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I am Kay Chang. I’m a Christian homemaker in Missouri. I home school my kids. I intentionally got them interested in playing violin since I already play violin and I thought it’d be fun to play together.
I began violin in 6th grade the old-fashioned in public school way. Played all the way through college (though not as a music major). I didn’t play for quite a few years and then when the kids got old enough to play I picked it back up in order to encourage and help them learn. It was really hard to hear myself play for quite awhile at that time. I still cringe frequently at my own playing. I wonder if I’ll ever play again as well as I did in high school!May 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm #2000
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I am Eric Dugas. I have a musical background from my childhood and my adolescence. I played piano and guitar. I also tried the violin but only for a very short time. I did not thought that this instrument was for me. Before I reached 20, I forgot about music. I decided to try to play violin again in 2013. Discovering Michael Sanchez’ activities on the Internet made the difference and gave me the motivation and the help to decide to learn more and not giving up.
I live in Canada, in the province of Québec and I speak french. I am sorry for this, but I am not good in english. I can make important mistakes, I don’t understand everything that people say and I have a little difficulty to find my words.
I am very happy to be part of the «community» of students of ViolinTutorPro and to discover this new version of the Internet site.May 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm #2016
Good to see you here Eric! Hope you enjoy the new community.May 27, 2015 at 4:08 pm #2023
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Thanks! Its a pleasure! I hope that the «old gang» will participate a lot, as well as the new members!May 28, 2015 at 3:50 am #2034
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Hi, My name is Becky. I’ve been playing violin for about two years now. I take private lessons and frequent the Violin Tutor Pro website often. The Violin Tutor Pro classes and videos have helped me immensely as I progress and improve! I have found that Michael Sanchez’s way of teaching and his ability to reinforce and explain key concepts has been so helpful! I have watched several You Tube videos over the two years and follow several other online violin teachers. But, by far, Violin Tutor Pro is the best website and has the teacher that I’ve found. The videos and classes are very beneficial and invaluable! Thank you!May 28, 2015 at 3:52 am #2035
Happy to see you here Becky! Glad you have learned from my lessons are interested in learning more!May 28, 2015 at 11:31 am #2039
My name is Charlie, I live in the Branson, MO area. I have been playing guitar and most other strings for over 50 years and about 5 years ago decided to learn the fiddle… I rreally thought I could get it down to passable in a few months!! Haha..that aint NEVER gonna happen! I play mostly Bluegrass and Old TIme Fiddle and have some pretty good mentors that I play with sometimes weekly or more.. They mostly just laugh..and show me the right way to play a tune! I go to as many jams as I can always looking to pick up a new lick or way to do a lick. I am a believer in ‘Less is More’, most of the time, preferring to keep pretty much to the melody line. Jams are supposed to be fun, and playing simple jam friendly songs makes them fun. I enjoy playing with people I dont know, just to see different styles and tunes.
Hope to enjoy this site and maybe learn how to put some vibrato in my music!May 28, 2015 at 11:25 pm #2075
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My name is Tracye, I am 53; I am from Texas, but now live in Boquete Panama.
I picked up the violin for the first time in January 2014. I had never played a musical instrument, but have always wanted to learn the violin.
I found Micheal’s old site and signed up. I bought a beginner violin from him and played on it for about 10 months, taking online lessons from Michael when he was doing Skype lessons.
I became quite enamored with the Elda Marina when I heard how warm of a sound it produced and saw how beautiful it was; it was not a hard decision to trade in my beginner violin and buy the Elda Marina. I love that violin!!
I still take online Skype lessons from another teacher and am making pretty decent progress.
Picking up the violin was one of the best decisions I have made, I really enjoy it.May 29, 2015 at 2:29 am #2081
Nice to meet you Charlie and good to hear from you Tracye! Charlie have you seen my video on vibrato? Is one of the best ones I have put together over the years I think. Learn how to do vibrato.May 29, 2015 at 3:57 am #2093
Yes Mike I have, than you! I have been working on it….will take some time I guess! for the old time I do it isn’t needed much, but like your video an Ashoken it really ‘prettifies’ that tune! I will get it sooner or later! Thank you for all you do!June 3, 2015 at 6:47 pm #2438
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Hello! I’m Ivana from Italy! I play violin since I was 11, now I’m 27 and I’m a professional violinist and a violin teacher. Few months ago I was trying to play bluegrass music and I found Michael Sanchez’s video on YouTube, so here I’m. I would improve myself learning to play bluegrass and irish fiddle, but also to improve my english. Thanks Michael for your job, you’re a very talented teacher!June 6, 2015 at 7:10 pm #2531
Thank you so much Aine! I highly encourage you to get into my webinar classes. It is very easy to sign up and I will notify you about various fiddle webinars by your submission. Hope to get to know you better!June 9, 2015 at 5:56 pm #2648
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Hi! My name is Maddie! I’m from Central Virginia! When I was in first grade, I took piano lessons at my old school. That continued till fourth grade, when I started homeschooling. I took violin lessons then, starting in either fourth or fifth grade, from a girl who used to go to my church. I continued in that till about sixth grade, when I quit because I had lost interest in playing the violin. This was due to my violin teacher keeping me on the same song for five weeks until I could play the song the way she played it, rather than developing my own style. I started taking piano lessons again during the second semester of sixth grade, from the same lady who used to teach me. I have continued taking lessons from her, and will continue till the end of next school year, when I graduate high school. Recently, I have decided that I’d like to pick up violin playing again, especially fiddle-style. I’d also like to join my pastor’s bluegrass gospel group, but only once I get the hang of playing again.June 9, 2015 at 7:47 pm #2654
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Hi Maddie and welcome to the Violin Tutor Pro forum!June 10, 2015 at 3:58 am #2671
Hiya Maddie….keep up the lessons! Learning at your age will be a breezeJune 11, 2015 at 1:01 am #2740
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Hi. My name is Meg. I studied cello for 10 years as a child from age 8-18. I also had 3 years of piano. In summer camp at Interlochen, I learned the flute. I spent two summers at the Aspen Music camp playing cello at age 16 and 17 and studied during the school years in high school with a teacher from Julliard. I went to college at Indiana Univ. where Janos Starker was teaching cello but I was losing interest. When I was 18, I quit playing music. At age 64 I decided to learn to play the violin. I studied with a local Suzuki teacher, learning viola at the same time. When she moved away, I was lucky enough to find a new teacher in a well-known violinist who lives in my area. I play violin in a local orchestra and viola in two other local orchestras. I have been playing now for almost 6 years. I only wish I had started sooner. A couple of years ago, I found that I can also write music and one of the orchestras I play in performed a quartet that I wrote and also a canon for three violins. I mostly write violin duets to play with my teacher. I also play in an occasional local quartet or duets with violin and viola. I have dabbled in fiddle with a local group but find that I enjoy the classical music more; practicing the fiddle music, though, does seem to help with the classical so I play it on my own since I have a collection of books now. I find the webinars very helpful and I think it is good to review the basics so you can change bad habits or just pick up tips on playing better.June 18, 2015 at 2:19 pm #2974
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This is a great success story, Meg! I just joined this forum and am pleased to know that there are people like you in this community who take on music at a later time in life and are successful! It’s very motivational.June 18, 2015 at 2:24 pm #2975
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My name is Ben Chan and I bumped into Michael Sanchez about a month or so ago as our musical worlds crossed via the internet. I started playing violin at 5 years old and have been playing ever since. I did my bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance but decided not to pursue it as a career in favor of my parallel passion and skill set in web development. I’m now a full-time web developer with several clients and struggle to limit myself to 40 hours a week, plus I teach 3 students ages 12, 14 and 16.
I have a YouTube channel “BenChanViolin” that has stagnated lately due to a busy schedule with my wife and 3 daughters ages 4, 2, and 3 months, but it has at least grown to slightly over 50,000 subscribers and 11 million views.
I’m also collaborating on a program called InstruNote (www.instrunote.com) which gives kids and adults of all ages and skill levels basic ear training, rhythm, and eventually sight-reading abilities through a permanent memory process called spaced rehearsal.
I love music and am excited for my 4-year-old daughter to begin taking piano lessons this summer. Eventually she’ll start violin but she showed interest in the piano first, so that’s what we’ve decided to start with. And I’ll be paying a local Suzuki teacher to teach her violin rather than teaching her myself – I think it’s better this way for a number of reasons.
Glad to be part of the community!June 19, 2015 at 1:30 am #2994
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Thanks, Ben. I checked out your playing of the Tchaikovsky on Youtube. Well done! That gives me inspiration to practice harder. I don’t expect to get to your level this late in life but I do have a bucket list of concertos I would like to be able to play.October 4, 2016 at 9:19 pm #18831
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Hi, I’m a 20 year old trapped in a 55 year old body (Can anyone relate?) Been a musician all my life (guitar, bass, & keys) and have always wanted to try violin. Ever since I became a big fan of classical rock (Kansas anyone?), I have wanted to learn. I have a pretty wide taste in genre’s but classical rock to straight up classical is my favorite. I haven’t actually got a violin yet cause I want to find out a good starter violin from those who have been there. I want to steer clear of cheap but don’t have the funds to go 10k+ either. Would like to get one with good tonal sound and built very well.October 5, 2016 at 4:52 am #18833
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Welcome to the forum. Im a new learner on the violin aswell, though I haven’t had any musical background.
Lol jealous of your abilities! Anyways, contact Michael, he can answer all of your questions about which violin would
be good for you! Lookin forward to seeing your progress.
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