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advice for a beginner on violin but experienced on other instruments
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March 30, 2015 - 7:29 am
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hi guys.


i wanted a bit of advice about how to start learning. basically i have been playing classical guitar for over 20 years so i know all about reading music, theory etc.  but i really want to learn violin.  however, every book i look at for beginners is too basic.  i have a good ear and can intonate pretty well already and have the coordination from being a musician on another instrument.


what i need to is some technical studies at a basic level focusing on finger position and bowing (especially bowing, ahh cats fighting!)  generally something i can memorise and work on for an hour or two until i get good tone. 


so basically i want some simple etudes (not just in first position - i can already hit 2nd, 3rd and 4th quite well)

so any recommendations?



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April 1, 2015 - 11:59 am
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Hard for me to make a recommendation without hearing you play, but check out the books that you think would suit you in this list. Chances are the early beginner books would work great. Also, see the sheet music links above to find suitable etudes. :)

Sassmannshaus, Egon Early Beginner, Books 1 & 2

Schradieck School of Violin Technique, Books 1 - 4

Sevcik School of Bowing Technique, Op. 2

Sevcik School of Violin Technique, Op. 1

Sassmannshaus, Egon Early Beginner, Books 3 & 4

Fischer Basics

Kayser 36 Studies, Op. 20

Sevcik Shifting, Op. 8

Wohlfahrt 60 Studies, Op. 45

Flesch Scale System

Galamian Contemporary Violin Technique

Kreutzer 42 Studies

Sassmannshaus, Kurt Virtuous Moments

Sevcik Double Stops, Op. 9

Sevcik Preparatory Trill Studies, Op. 7

Dont 24 Caprices, Op. 35

Fiorillo 36 Caprices

Gavinies 24 Etudes

Rode 24 Caprices

Paganini 24 Caprices, Op. 1

Wieniawski Ecole Moderne, Op.10

Wieniawski Etudes Caprices, Op. 18

Ernst Six Polyphonic Etudes

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April 3, 2015 - 3:59 pm
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thanks!,  i'll have a look at them.  i have been speaking with a teacher and i might begin lessons to get a good solid technique in place.

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April 5, 2015 - 7:01 am
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This list is long and overkill. When I was learning to play the violin it was expected to go through many of those.

Check out our free etudes under the above links.
This one for example

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April 5, 2015 - 11:28 am
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I KNOW the feeling! LOL  I have over 25 years of classical training on Trumpet with 2 master lessons from Vuyek Zembrowski (sp?) and made the jump to violin!

My brain just wasn't having any of the Suzuki method! 

The hardest part for me, is adjusting my sight reading, bowing and learning positions.  On all the other instruments I play, if I make a minor mistake, I usually finish the section then retry.  With violin, I have a really bad habit of stopping at the mistake, trying to fix it right there and losing where I'm at! LOL 

I also played Bass guitar for over 15 years and was in for a shock when I picked up the violin when I learned the strings were strung backwards! :D  That took some time to get readjusted to.  

It sounds like you just have to get the mechanics down since you have the theory.  I tried to go at it alone for the past few years and I think I've reached the point where my mechanical difficulties are keeping me from progressing to stuff I really want to learn. 

I think a few good lessons from someone who understands your situation as a theoretically advanced musician AND beginner violinist, will do you a lot of good! 

......then you'd probably just need a "catch up" lesson once in a while to learn even more advanced techniques, once you have the basics down! 

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin



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