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I feel like I'm stalled. I know I don't play/practice as often as I'd like but I seem stuck in one place. I'm trying to start a few new pieces, perhaps a little more challenging, but I doubt outside my skill level. BUT I get hung up somewhere in the score and can't get past. I hoped to find a local instructor, but schedule and locations are not always the most ideal. Looking for suggestions. Should I just make the sacrifice and find a local instructor or look for one of the online instructors (skype type). Are they as effective as being in person? TIA
@Ripton You said, “Should I just make the sacrifice and find a local instructor or look for one of the online instructors (skype type). Are they as effective as being in person?”
Did you mean to say, “Should I just make the sacrifice and not a local instructor or look for one of the online instructors (skype type). Are they as effective as being in person?”
I would try to find a local one. Maybe put an ad the classified to see if there is someone you don’t know of that plays violin and would like to work with you. That might be better than Skype. At least the person would be standing there and see your bowing, holding and fingering in person.
Also, maybe hold back a little. Maybe you took too large of a step forward, or, although comfortable with what you have learned, you still need to work with that level.
Or, if you want to advance, pick one new piece at that level, but still do a couple of the ones you are set with as warm up for practice.
If you feel you are ready for that piece, work on the first line or two until you get it, then add the next line, etc, etc. Or, work on that section that gets you as its own “piece”. When you can do it, add the measure before it and the measure after so you can do it smoothly in the piece, then work on the whole piece as one, but section by section.
Just my thoughts. Someone else might have a different strategy.
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I've never used Skype but maybe using an instructor over it for just the section you're having trouble in would help. Or maybe post the section you're working on in the forum and see if someone can help on just that. As a general opinion I would rank in person lessons first, probably skype 2nd, and online last. I've done in person and the online website route before and learned from both but there's nothing like having an instructor say "if you put that finger down again I'm gonna break it (jokingly of course..I think 🙂 ." True story
I still use this person btw.. and have never had a broken finger.