Tagged: Banana thumb
June 18, 2016 at 6:03 am #15653
I was wondering what would be some useful tips or advice for a person just starting out on a violin? Is there certain things I should look at first and what are some easy things I can do to help me become better at playing the violin?
Any advice would be appreciative,
TallyJune 18, 2016 at 12:23 pm #15656
Hello Tally, I’m a beginner too. 🙂 One of the things I didn’t do from the beginning and it’s been holding me back for some while, is not using my whole bow. I think it’s of great help to immediately get used to use your whole bow. You could just practice long bow strokes on open strings. This is also good to see if you’re bowing straight. Then in the songs you play also try to use as much bow as possible.
And something else that can be really helpful is checking all your notes with a tuner. Of course you tune all 4 strings of your violin. But when you start adding left hand fingers to play the notes, also check with your tuner to see if you’re in tune. Once you’re in tune, listen very carefully to the note. Will help your intonation a lot! 🙂
Good luck to you!!June 18, 2016 at 6:08 pm #15662
Very good tips from Mariko!
I’m also a beginner (been playing for 9 months).
I recommend getting a good practice plan in place. I follow Michael’s practice plan and it works very well. Lets say if you do 30 minute playing session, the first 10 minutes should be split between exercises and scales. The next 10 minutes should be your studies/etudes. The final 10 minutes should be any songs you want to learn.June 19, 2016 at 4:31 am #15680
Thank you so much for letting me know because my boys want to learn as well and I want them to learn right. Thank you so much again for helping me. I appreciate this so much. I wouldn’t have known this because I am very new to violins, I mean I have electric guitars and acoustic guitars, but the violin is my dream and something that means the world to me.
Just know I will take notes on this stuff.
Thank you so much
TallyJune 19, 2016 at 4:37 am #15681
I appreciate you helping me too and I have been watching the lesson videos. They are amazing and I think it is wonderful what he does to help people make dreams come true. So basically start of with a schedule and pretty much keep it in that order until you get it. This is wonderful advice and something me and my kids can learn together.
Thank you so much
TallyJune 19, 2016 at 10:49 am #15685
Hi Tally, happy to hear that you like our tips. 🙂 It’s so cool that you’re going to do this together with you kids!!
Do you have a teacher or will you be learning via this website and YouTube videos? If you don’t have a teacher, then I would highly recommend to post a video of your playing after a couple of weeks. I know it will probably sound horrible, but even so it’s a good idea to post your video on this forum. Because then you can receive feedback of what you’re doing good and what has to be corrected. That’s very helpful because indeed many things can go wrong at first and it’s better not to develop bad habits. 🙂 Good luck to you and your kids!!June 20, 2016 at 5:16 am #15699
I wanted to thank you so much and I love the tips because it helps me teach my kids good habits. My kids said they wanted to get into something so I suggested musical instruments. I was in band and I was in singing, I have played guitar and bass clarinet as well. So I am like ok lets play violin and the kids are excited and ready to go. I plan on watching the videos on YouTube to learn because I learn by watching and so do my children. I just figured if they want to get into something then let them get into something that is safe and they can use for good, hey even maybe a career. We will be learning via website here as well. Again thank you all for being so wonderful and amazing. I love this forum, everyone is just amazing and so sweet.
Thank you so much,
TallyJune 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm #15708
Hello Tally! It’s so wonderful that you’re doing this with your kids. I’m learning a lot from YouTube videos as well and from forums like this one. It’s great to be part of a group and have a place to go to when you have questions or need some motivation. Maybe you would like to check out the video I made a couple weeks ago? It’s about my learning process in my first year of playing the violin. Hope you enjoy (my progress video). 🙂June 20, 2016 at 6:29 pm #15714
This may be a useful tip to beginners ( me being one of them) When it comes to keeping your thumb curved and not developing the habit of the “banana thumb” try putting a small piece of scotch tape across your thumb while its bent. It should help to keep you aware of your thumb ( just by being able to feel the tape on there) and if you pop it off then you know your extending your thumb and again, its making you more aware of your thumb. Hopefully it can help me and someone else be more conscience of our thumbs! Hope this is helpful 🙂June 21, 2016 at 4:54 am #15731
I will take your advice and do that. It is neat what others can teach you about making your experiences with learning the violin so much easier. I love the idea and will use it, if you find any more ways to help it would be appreciated on tips to help with learning the violin. Thank you for taking the time out to post to help all of us.
Thank you so much,