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OMGitsDannie
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March 31, 2013 - 10:47 am
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I've been playing the violin for 4 months now and i can now read music, improvise music and i've nailed vibrato :P i think this is a little too progressed for someone who has only been playing for 4 months. do you think i should slow down a little?

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Why?

Hit it as hard as you can and keep going until you hit a plateau.  You will eventually, and then it can feel like hard slow work for a while.  But until then, why put up any artificial barriers?

I think there's a good chance that at some point in the future you will revisit some of the stuff you feel you have down already.  You'll come back to get it more perfect.  That is fine, when it happens.

But why slow down, unless you have to?

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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OMGitsDannie
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Thanks for the reply, as soon as i ordered my first violin i was so excited to play and since then i cant seem to put it down, but i've heard violinists on youtube say (take it at a steady pace)  (slow and steady wins the race) quotes like that haha.

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Slow and steady is the way to do it, when you hit a barrier.  It is far better than stopping.  Not stopping is how you finish any race.  Who wins will be down to many factors, including what criteria someone is judging the race on.  But the only way to guarantee a lose is to stop.  Slow and steady is what you do instead of stopping.

Might want to remember that when it happens.  But until then?  Bah.  Play and learn as hard as you can and show the world how it's done. 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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slow down????! Heck no! If youve got it, flaunt it man!! Post a vid or something, seriously teach me what you are doing. Im 42 and the learning is coming slow enough. If you are younger I think your age and natural ability allows you to learn somethings rapidly. Everyones diff and you appear to be blessed with this talent.

 

(seriously, show me what you are doing so maybe I can learn it too.)

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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OMGitsDannie
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I am thinking about posting progression videos soon, probably after i finish college in a few month, i'm not sure age determines learning speed. i dont know i'm not an expert at violin haha. i've been playing guitar for 7 years so i'm not sure if the knowledge of another instrument helps with learning another.

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i've been playing guitar for 7 years so i'm not sure if the knowledge of another instrument helps with learning another

 

You bet it does! Music is the ultimate whole brain stimulator! I hope you are planning to participate in our Canon project! Its always encourage to hear of and share in success! Keep it going!

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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Having a background in other instruments helped me a lot. I came to violin already knowing how to read music. In addition to guitar, I already played--among other things--bass (including fretless) and mandolin. Knowing how to tweak intonation by ear and feel, and knowing scales and intervals on an instrument tuned in fifths, gave me a leg (or two) up on violin and viola.

Anyway, it sounds like you're doing really well, even allowing for the fact that you've played another instrument for a while. Keep it up!

 

 

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