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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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Well... Not ALL of us. LOL
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?
No no, Chinny, it's jauniba's son's teacher who ask that question, not my daughter's teacher.
Ohhhh I see, m'bad.
You're fiddlerman family is big and we all play the violin.
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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