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Oliver
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Maybe I missed it or it never happened ?

Survey ......Do you take lessons ?  Private or school group ?  Other ?  You Tube ?

 

coffee2

 

I took lessons for about 3 months.  My teacher said I was not serious enough.  She was right banana

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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Oliver said

Maybe I missed it or it never happened ?

Survey ......Do you take lessons ?  Private or school group ?  Other ?  You Tube ?

 

coffee2

 

I took lessons for about 3 months.  My teacher said I was not serious enough.  She was right banana

Haha, when I see the dancing banana at the end of your post, I'm inclined to agree that she was right!roflol

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and to my surprise I still have most of it left!

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The truth is that I expected her to play occasional duets but she was reluctant.  I think that playing with distraction of other instruments is an important skill and learning tool.  I did not want to just go solo while she wolfed down her lunch. 

dancing  ( I'm bad )

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KindaScratchy
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I take private lessons. Violin is not my teacher's first instrument (he also teaches guitar and banjo) and maybe I'll have to switch to a different teacher eventually when I'm ready for more advanced stuff, but for now I find the lessons helpful for several reasons.

1. It's great to get immediate feedback from someone who is right there watching me play.

2. It's refreshed my memory about music theory, tempo, etc. Even though I learned to read music a long time ago, because I haven't played with a band since high school, I haven't had to pay much attention to the fundamentals.

3. It gives me experience playing in front of another person. At my age, I'm not going to make a career out of this and don't expect to play in front of an actual audience. I would, however, like to be able to play comfortably in front of family and friends.

The lessons are at a small, local music shop in my town.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Oliver
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Sounds like your comfortable with the situation.  That means a lot.

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I have never had a lesson, no teachers near by.facepalm

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Why do folks so often not consider an established method book when a teacher is not available ?

There is no better teacher in print than a guy (deceased) named Applebaum.

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I do use a book.dancingdancingdancingdancingdancingdancingdancingdancingdancingdancing

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SaraO
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I don't currently take lessons, but I took violin lessons for years as a kid. I'd love to take lessons again sometime if I had more time to devote to practicing.

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Springer     Outstanding !!!

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Fiddlerman
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Oliver, you did right to quit. I would not have stood for that either. How dare she eat while you are paying hard earned cash on lessons.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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I'm working through an internet fiddle course. It's perfect for me because my schedule is so screwy these days and I can work at my own pace. Each lesson has about 8 videos, which is very convenient because I can watch them over and over (and let's face it, over and over again) and go back for a refresher whenever I need to. I don't learn quickly and I'm sure I would frustrate a Real Live teacher if there were any near me. It also simulates duets, but without the wincing on my "partner's" part laugh

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No lessons from a live in person teacher but FM is now my virtual teacher. I'm getting better at reading music as well. lolcheers

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@ Oliver, does she brown bag it ?  If so, that explain's it, she needs the money.

How dare she eat in front of you and not offer you food and spirit's.  I'd have quit too.

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Fiddlestix     Well, I should have been more cautious at the start.  She really did not have room for me in her tight schedule so I wound up as "lunch".  coffee2

CAT ............ Your fiddle course sounds really worthwhile.   Yeah, "instant replay" is handy and, long range, you can re-visit topics as you please.

You get a STAR !!

 

cdennys ......... Sure 'nuff.  Just watch FM and you have to wind up playing like him violin-student

(If I had to pick one "life altering" video from the internet pedagogical pool it would be FM's  HOW TO HOLD A VIOLIN. )

Yes, you also get a STAR !

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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ATTN :  Fiddlerman

This site is in serious need of a new icon. 

A gold star !

How else can a teacherless student get proper recognition for a job well done ?

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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SaraO
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Ooooooh, I would LOVE a gold star. Stars are quite motivational.

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Fiddlerman
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OK then. Oliver you get a gold_starand Sara agold_starfor seconding the idea and me a gold_starfor doing it. bananabananabananabananabananabananabananabananabanana

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but the one who needs the least."

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Oliver
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This will certainly inspire increased interest in practicing  violin-studentviolin-studentviolin-student

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I live out in the boonies and I haven't a teacher nearby so I happily learn from Fiddlerman, YouTube and books.

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