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September 15, 2018 - 10:02 pm
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Hi! My name is Sara and I've been self teaching violin for 6 months now. I work 12 hour nights and have 2 children, but still find time to practice at least 3 hours a week (sometimes more) I am using suzuki book 2 and working constantly on my bowing technique, wrist bending and bending from the elbow.

Some days are frustrating, and I do hope in the future I'm in a situation to have lessons. I can't see myself being ready for vibrato anytime soon. Nice to meet you all!

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September 15, 2018 - 10:38 pm
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Hi @LucilleLelant and welcome to the Fiddlerman forum. It's great that you've found time to join us. 

Suzuki book 2 in 6 months with 3 hours of practice a week sounds very impressive to me. Do you play any other instruments or sing?

As for the "some days are frustrating", welcome to the club :-)


September 16, 2018 - 2:16 am
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@bocaholly Thank you! I've only been practicing 3 hours recently, previously I had been practicing an hour a day but with my job at the moment it's become difficult. I went to music school for a few different instruments as a child including voice. I was there for about 2 or 3 years, so I could already read music.

It may be frustrating but I love violin and I've improved so much since I started so I always come back to it. I did take a break where I just practiced one day a week for a month.. but I am back to it now practicing more regularly. I am trying to increase my practice time! I have PTO this week so I'll be practicing every day :)


September 16, 2018 - 9:39 am
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Welcome to the forum and the love of the fiddle.


Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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September 16, 2018 - 9:11 pm
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Welcome @LucilleLelant

I am in my 6th month of playing and I began with self-taught going through the first couple pages of a basic book 1 violin book.  That went on for about 3 weeks and I found a teacher. She continued with me and I completed that book a couple weeks ago.  We then began Suzuki book 1. She is not certified in the Suzuki method but she does teach out of the Suzuki books. 

So I am working on those techniques.  I should be starting vibrato soon and I hope we will begin 3rd position soon as well.  

I hope you do find a good teacher because they can help you to avoid some habits or postures that can be detrimental to your playing.  A teacher can see you play and will correct where needed so you can play better and avoid problems.  

Good luck and have fun with your violin!

- Pete -

Mimi Aysha

September 17, 2018 - 11:34 am
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Welcome Lucille! - That's awesome that you are using those books, I love them...I think they introduce a little something with each new piece, so it kind of gradually moves you along.... I have random lessons when I have the time, and my teacher says they are wonderful to teach from (although he skips through he ones he doesn't like so much, or the boring ones....I of course have no idea so I'm just hanging on in there!) He says he'd rather have me move along and not get bored or frustrated and go back and forth and surprisingly when I go back it it much easier.

Good luck! Mimi

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September 18, 2018 - 12:14 pm
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Hello and welcome to the forum ?? I’m playing the violin for about 7 months now and teaching it by myself. Enjoy your journey and lots of fun!

 Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about dancing in the rain!!

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September 25, 2018 - 10:01 am
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Welcome to the Fiddlerman forum, so happy you found us, Lucille! I'm really impressed you find so much time practicing!

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