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Bach Chaconne
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AnnyJ
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This is so beautiful. I never get tired of listening to this piece:

I wish one day I could play it, but I'm thinking that's an unattainable desire, especially for an adult beginner without any instructor. drooling

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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Hi AnnyJ - Beautiful, but why is that unattainable?  You might need to play in your shower for those acoustics, though!

With all the wonderful tutorials and help available by Fiddlerman (not sure if he has anything specific for this), this Forum (help finding/using online instructors if you want) and the internet - why not learn it and become good at it?

If I LOVE a piece of music - I don't think anything could stop me.  I might use a simple version while I gain the skills I'd need or just learn a small section - certainly wouldn't be great at first. 

I'm an adult self-learner, 14 months of practicing almost every day and I'm just starting to feel I should begin tackling double stops and chords.

Have you seen this?  Might help you start on your way.

 

Thank you for sharing this performance!

cheerleader- Emily

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I suggested an orchestrated version of this piece a few weeks ago as a group project, which gathered no response.  Why not?

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed. —William Gibson

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Irv said
I suggested an orchestrated version of this piece a few weeks ago as a group project, which gathered no response.  Why not?

  

Mostly, a string orchestra sounds very different from a solo violin or even a chamber ensemble...

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AnnyJ
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@ELCB That's actually the most positive response I've seen. Quite some time back, I was looking for information and came across another site/forum (no names mentioned). I don't post in any of them, but someone else had asked a question related to what I was looking for and they were quite down on adult learners ever being able to play pieces like this one any satisfactory level. There's a lot going on in that piece.

Surprisingly, they were down on online lessons as well, especially for beginners. Reading those sorts of things really muffled my ambitions.

 

Irv said
I suggested an orchestrated version of this piece a few weeks ago as a group project, which gathered no response.  Why not?

  

Was that directed at me personally? If so, it's more than likely I didn't see the post. Things have been really crazy in the last few months and I don't find as much time anymore to just sit and read. I wish I did.

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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@AnnyJ .  A personal response (at least by me) would be by private message or by prefix with a tag.  I was just hoping to solicit support for a group project.  This was, of course, before I discovered that adapting by nature a solo piece into something with a group voice would be taboo.  

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed. —William Gibson

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AnnyJ,

I started playing about 7 years ago (I’m 51 now).  The first two years, I did on my own.  For the last 5 years, I’ve taken weekly lessons from a wonderful teacher who I’m grateful to have.  However, if I did not find a teacher who would teach me (or take me seriously), then I would have continued on my own.  It’s my journey--another person can decide not to be a part of my journey, but they do not get to define what my journey is or what it should be.

I know (as I’m sure you do at this point, from the negative responses you’ve received as an adult learner) that there are people who are set in their way of thinking, for a variety of reasons.   You don’t need to listen to the “they say” people (“they say” to play violin, you have to start as a child, etc.,).  What “they say” often has more to do about them than it does about you.  Your objective is for your own learning, not to help those people use you to convince themselves that they are right. 

I think there is going to be a paradigm shift here soon about online learning and adult beginners in general (I think it has already started), partly because of social-distancing & the financial aspects of adhering to the belief that music education is wasted on the over 18-year old crowd.

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July 27, 2020 - 3:48 pm
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I can never get too much Bach!
I remember the first time I heard Chaconne. Had to learn it very quickly afterwards.

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