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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?
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! 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!
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