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December 4, 2011 - 10:57 am
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Hello All,

  Tried to start learning over a year ago with lessons, but got discouraged by my teacher. So I Stopped for a while, Started back up a couple weeks ago and figured I would do better on my own, or at least till I find a better teacher.

  A little old at mid 40's to learn music and an instrument, but better late than never.

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LOL, RE, New Violin.  I am 63 nearly 64 and just started again after discouraging violin teacher.  If I can play Twinkle Twinkle and Mary had a little lamb, you can do a lot better.  Take courage and watch the instructional videos.  You will do fine!

 

Shalom Shalom

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Mid-Forties is certainly not too old and you're in good company here (I started last year at age 41.) Many of us don't have Real Live Teachers, but I think that adult beginners can do just fine without a teacher to get over the first learning humps. Welcome!

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Hi, CGBownut! Welcome to the site!

  A little old at mid 40's to learn music and an instrument, but better late than never.

I guess here are several people who is about 70 y.o. And they are lerning to play violin and don't tell them that 40 is too late! roflol I believe they do pretty well, so no reason to not to play in any age =)birthday_balloon

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Welcome CGBownut, no one will be discouraging here in any case. Welcome to the forum and site. Hope you find everything you are looking for here.

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Hi CGB welcome! don't worry most of us are trying to learn by watching the instructional videos and posting our own videos up 😀 If you have any questions, I'm certain that many people will help you out, all you have to do is ask

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Wish I had started when I was forty. Id probably be some kinda virtuoso by now.! roflol

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And I thought I was the only one who wasn't a virtuoso here!  serenade

 

Shalom Shalom

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Thanks for the warm Welcome everyone. I already feel better know that my not so advanced age is not going to be a problem. I've gotten Twinkle Twinkle and even just taught myselt Hark the Angels in about 2 hours. It is still very rough, but we are getting there. Trying to focus on songs I really like, but all just single string stuff. Found myself enjoying much more now without the teacher. Looking forward to learning more and getting to know other here.serenade

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Hey, that was something I was wondering about, I have spent a lot of time on bowing, stopping the bounce and scales.  I am finding combinations that sound like songs and putting them together and playing them.  By ear like my father did, LOL. 

Is that a bad idea shouldn't we study the music and play by notes rather than by ear?  Will that develop a bad habit or hurt our progression in learning the violin?

FM is this a problem?

 

Shalom Shalom violintongue

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No problem at all BCShalom. Almost everything you do on the violin is good for you. Playing by ear is great exercise for being able to jam with people and play along with music then the sheetmusic is not available. Also, any playing you do on the violin will help improve your understanding of technique vs sound, etc.

The only thing that you won't be improving by doing this is your reading skills.

When you focus on what you have learned without the notes you tend to put more focus on what you are hearing rather than what you are seeing.

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