I am an absolute beginner for violin learning and playing. I am also a beginner for piano, but at a tad higher level, so I know basic music readings.
I am currently learning (in a group class) with an ensemble of beginners. We have a very good teacher, but we mainly have practiced Twinkle Twinkle together! (Got to start from somewhere, right? )
A few months ago, I had about 3 hours of private lessons with another teacher who is a professional violinist. I learned how to hold the bow and a few basic bow stroke techniques with this teacher. These fundamental primary techniques require in-person learning, and no YouTube could actually substitute such an experience!
However, I stopped the private lessons because they are way too expensive for me to afford at this time!
Subsequently, I have watched and learned from YouTube violin teaching videos and also from lessons and music scores posted in this Fiddlerman.com website. I am so thankful for the Fiddlerman.com's violin lessons! They are well-crafted. He definitely knows how to instruct beginning students! Some music scores even have tutorial notations on how to do the bowing for the notes!
When I am ready to upgrade my student violin, I'll definitely think about buying a violin from his store! Until then, I'll try to practice as much violin music at possible on this student violin of mine!
Thank you for the welcome! The music journey will be challenging but joyful.
By the way, I attempted to learn the Christmas song, the Little Drummer, for the Fiddlerman.com's 2019 Christmas project. The music score looks simple, but it is quite difficult for me to maneuver the bow strokes! Hopefully, I can play better by next year / next Christmas....