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I always wanted to play the violin. I got one as a gift a 6 years ago and took 3 lessons from a woman who thought I was one of her 10 year old students. Didn't go over so well. Then I put the violin away. 2 years ago a friend told me that she was going to Alasdair's Sierra Fiddle Camp. I went with her and got excited about the violin again. Have been trying to teach myself, and I just found the classes here, so I am very motivated to learn more. I work as a nurse and have my own acupuncture clinic, so getting to lessons is hard, plus I live in the country and finding a teacher is difficult.
I actually live in Fiddletown, so I figure learning to play the fiddle is a must!
This is a great place and I think you will enjoy it very much.
Admiring your determination to learn violin and you make me feel much better now. It will take some time practicing violin for me to be qualified to move to your Fiddletown since I definitely need some acupuncture therapy.
Even bad video can be good, at least for your own viewing. The old recommendation to practice in front of a mirror to see things like your bowing and posture was good in it's time, but didn't have rewind, and with a mirror you can't focus on playing 100% and then on watching 100%.
So video is a good tool, as is audio.
If possible, it isn't bad idea to record your practice sessions and watch them, you can always delete the file right after. Yeah, you will see/hear some things you don't like, but also there can be things that worked better than you thought when you were playing them. So it isn't just about catching mistakes, it is also about sometimes finding things you didn't know actually worked/sounded well.
If you can manage it, I would recommend recording at least part of every practice. Mostly just throw it away after you've watched or listened back, maybe save a clip once a week so you can review the clips to see the progress you've made when you have those times where it feels like practice just isn't getting you anywhere. It is easier to see/hear your progress over a period of weeks or months. After that, the "delete" button can be your friend.
People here tend to be keen on encouraging video, perhaps because it helps with putting a face to the online nick and words. Don't get rushed on that, though. If you see other videos, you'll see that most folks here are positive and encouraging, and everyone was (or still is, in many of our cases) a beginner themselves. Relax and settle in, and it will be nice to see you when you are comfortable with sharing that.
But at least for your own use, recordings and video can be very worthwhile.
Welcome, nice meeting you.
One of my oldest friends is an acupuncturist and TCM person.
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