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How do I teach my little sister how to play the vioin?
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I've been playing the violin for years and now my sister wants to learn how to play. Her teacher at school is also teaching her but she asks me so many questions that I really can't explain in words. How do i teach her in a way that she could understand?

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Share your enthusiasm with her and don't get tired of her questions.
If you can't explain- show her how to do it. And if she has her own violin, play along with her.

It's very likely that she is interested because of you, so remember that your attitude towards her learning to play will have a huge impact on her continued interest.

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Great advice from HeadCheese.

Maybe you can learn how to teach. It's really not that easy especially if things come easier to you than her. Refresh your memory, back up a little bit and get back to basics. It could be good for you too.

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Welcome Asian_Blood!  You were once a student, then a player and now on to the role of a coach than a teacher.  As Fiddlerman meant, it is not an easy job. You are going to polish her playing.  Post a video of your sister playing, show her the comments from our friends here.  Good luck!    

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)

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HeadCheese's suggestions are great! My daughter loves it when I play along with her. Her teacher teach her mainly by showing her what to do.

How old is your sister? My daughter is 5. 75.

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if you can't explain something, (or just dont want to) show her the fiddlerman lessons 🙂

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This is a really interesting question to me because when I went to enroll my son in violin lessons, and I mentioned to the teacher that I played, she just said, "well then why am I teaching him? Why don't you teach him?" Honestly, it didn't even ocurr to me to try to teach the kids myself. I knew I'd be able to adequately help them at home, but not teach them alone.

Just because you play, doesn't mean you can teach. Teachers have ways of explaining things....I mean, some things i just don't KNOW - I just DO. You forget over time how you were taught to do them. Or maybe you weren't taught to do them. Or maybe you weren't taught very well. I learned a lot of things just by observing the other kids (like the concertmistress) in the community orchestra I was in as a youngster. I think that's what you mean by not being able to explain in words.

Having said that, now that I've watched the teachers teach my kids for a few years, I probably could teach someone else's child.

So my best advice to you would be to go along with your sister on her lessons if at all possible (probably not if its during school). Or ask her teacher to tell you what she wants her to work on. You will learn so much - I know you will pick up stuff that will help you to even play better, believe it or not. You might even be able to pick up some students.

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Jauniba said:

........when I went to enroll my son in violin lessons, and I mentioned to the teacher that I played, she just said, "well then why am I teaching him? Why don't you teach him?"..............

How in the world could a teacher say this, unless she was joking, to a parent. Even if you were the greatest teacher in the world, it could be tough to get your child to listen to you the same way they do a teacher that they don't live with and are parented by 24/7.

Secondly, teaching is not the same as learning and playing.

Your points are great Jauniba.exactly

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HAHA is she really a teacher? Shouldn't she be happy that you not teaching your kid means she has a job? Or does she have so many students that she doesn't want to teach anymore? Seems funny that a teacher would say that to you. I just think that if I were a teacher I'd be ecstatic to have students, and further more to have a parent that is willing and able to help them out so that their progress is faster than the average student. Just my 2 cents worth.

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My daughter's violing teacher is teaching her own children. She said it is tough to teach one's own children. I wouldn't teach my own child piano even though I play and had students before. It's just different and I have not played for a long time and I don't play well. However, my daughter and I have fun practcing violin together.

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If she knows its tough then why did she ask you to teach your own kid? I kinda wish I wasn't the only violinist in the family sometimes.

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No no, Chinny, it's jauniba's son's teacher who ask that question, not my daughter's teacher.

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Chinny said:

......I kinda wish I wasn't the only violinist in the family sometimes.

You're fiddlerman family is big and we all play the violin. thumbs-up

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Well... Not ALL of us. LOL

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HeadCheese said:

Well... Not ALL of us. LOL

小提琴提琴家族中最小、音高最高的一種,比它大的提琴中提琴大提琴低音提琴.

 

In Chinese, Violin, viola, chello, double bass, they are all in one family. Even if you can't read Chinese characters, by looking at the blue characters, you could see they all end with the two characters 提琴, the character in front of these two characters indicate the size/type (violin, viola, cello, or double bass) of instrument.

So, Well... I want to say HeadCheese is a family member of the fiddlerman.com, but he is, Well, i think what i want to say is, HeadCheese, you are playing a kind of  提琴 as well. Does this make sense?

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You're just playing on the BIG violin, that's all. Not much difference.facepalm

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Very sweet of you to say so, PKY.

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pky said:

No no, Chinny, it's jauniba's son's teacher who ask that question, not my daughter's teacher.

 

Ohhhh I see, m'bad.

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You're fiddlerman family is big and we all play the violin. thumbs-up

Yes Sir Fiddle Daddy! Lol there there HC there's only really one string that separates violins and violas.... and also maybe their clef..... and their slightly bigger instrument. But not much difference really!

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Fiddlerman said:

You're just playing on the BIG violin, that's all. Not much difference.facepalm

 

That's exactly what I wanted to say!!

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