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I have only had a few 3 sessions with my violin teacher and he is giving me practice work and I am improving. I asked him to play my violin so I could see what it is really capable of or so I can hear if it is a decent violin, so he played twinkle twinkle little star.
I can play that, is there a communication problem or do I NOT have a violin teacher but a musician who plays another instrument teaching violin? and should I look for a violin teacher to teach violin?
You have more experience than I do on the violin, but I'll give you my opinion. Personally I wouldn't take a Ferrari to a volkswagon mechanic. If it's how you believe it could be, then I would look around. That's not to say this person is not qualified. I played trumpet in high school and my band teacher played trombone. And he still taught me well. And I was really good. But with the violin I would rather have someone who can not only teach me, but show me what to do.
Screeeech ... in a perfect world you could interview 10 teachers and then choose the most appropriate.
In my case, there are no teachers around to choose from but when I travelled last year I had a lesson while away. I asked that teacher to please show me what my (cheap) violin could do, and she played a beautiful piece so nicely that I was assured the dreadful noise I was making was not due to the equipment. And also assured the teacher knew what she was doing.
So, if I were in your shoes, I'd go along to the next lesson, and ask the teacher politely to please play something complicated, so you can assess whether the violin is capable of continuing with you, or whether you should at some stage upgrade. That should kill 2 birds with one stone, you can check out the quality of your violin, and also discreetly check out the quality of the teacher.
If you think you can, or you think you can't, you're probably right.
But don't miss understand I've only had my violin 3 weeks and have been steadily improving.
I don't want to bash my teacher I believe I'm being coached into playing better, I was just concerned. I bought a low cost violin and wanted to see if I practice really hard and keep going to classes what it might sound like one day.
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