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I had to change teachers. My old one is no longer teaching.
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pchoppin
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Hey everyone!

So I recently got a new teacher!   My old teacher has stopped teaching.  

It’s like a new adventure!   She has her own way to teach, her own preferences of technique, her own focus.  It will only benefit me.  Another point of view!  Another way to learn violin!  

It’s a new adventure for me!  I can’t wait!

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Great news. It's always beneficial to have several teachers. Just don't tell your teachers that I said this. 😉

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but the one who needs the least."

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LOL @Fiddlerman so hilarious!!!

Never has anything ever been so fulfilling to me as learning the violin!

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pchoppin said
Hey everyone!

So I recently got a new teacher!   My old teacher has stopped teaching.  

It’s like a new adventure!   She has her own way to teach, her own preferences of technique, her own focus.  It will only benefit me.  Another point of view!  Another way to learn violin!  

It’s a new adventure for me!  I can’t wait!  

It's good that you are open-minded. Elsewhere I see people who insist their new teacher use exactly the same method as their old teacher, as they are convinced it's the only method that will work for them. Really all you can do on a journey is put one foot in front of the other - play pieces and studies that are where you are or a little bit more difficult, to push you along the way, so I can't see why these methods are treated like some kind of esoteric secret.

I always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but my parents wouldn't let me.

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@pchoppin That's great that you're so pumped about your new teacher experience. Would love to hear more specifics on the differences when you get a chance.

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@Andrew Shumway I agree 100%.  If you are serious about learning this instrument, you need all the help you can get.  The more perspectives and points of view, the better.  Violin is a difficult instrument with hundreds of years of history.  Who am I to say one method of learning is better or worse than another.  The only bad way to learn is to not play your instrument.  

@bocaholly yes, I will definately give details on the differences and benefits.  Absolutely!

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Great news and I hope you enjoy youre ‘new adventure’! I started the violin teaching myself but have lessons now since 3 weeks. I really enjoy it and it’s helps me to get out of my comfort zone. 

Lots of fun with the new lessons 🎻

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

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mookje said
... and it’s helps me to get out of my comfort zone...

Great point about getting out of our comfort zone...

My teacher is sometimes incredulous at how I filibuster to avoid letting her take me to that uncomfortable place. I used to "win" but realized, as I drove away from the lesson, that I was actually loosing. Now I'm starting to let her win and tough it out through the scary "don't want to fail" feeling.

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My teacher is just a young pup, but we have a very good relationship, we get to aggervate each other while i'm learning new techniques. He just loves to see me struggling with a new concept he intrduces, grinning from ear to ear. I asked him once if he grinned like that with his other students who were struggling with a new concept, he quickly replied oh no never with my other students, you told me when you started lessons you were serious about learning the violin and you Excell with a challenge, if I challenge you you leave and come back improving on that particular technique. Smart kid.

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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pchoppin said
LOL @Fiddlerman so hilarious!!!

Yep, teachers are sensitive about that kind of stuff.

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but the one who needs the least."

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@bocaholly and others 

A follow up on my new teacher...

I had another lesson today.  It was awesome!  All the jitters and braves went away.  I could focus completely on what she was teaching.  

We added an octave to our scale modes.   This is all about fingering and learning where all the fingering is in all modes of a scale.  

More duets!  Duets! Duets! Duets!!!  She loves playing duets.  But we don’t just play.  We stop periodically when she shows me things she notices about my playing.  Like today she noticed I played my E a little sharp.. every time.  So she stopped me and showed me when I played it correctly how my violin resonates so much better and stronger.  That’s how I can tell when I hit the note in tune!

Which brings me to my tape.  She said I am ready to remove the fingering tape on my violin any time!  So today I have removed the tape and now I am relying much more on my ear.  

The difference with this teacher is that she is gently pushing me forward. She is helping me play better and setting me up to advance more.  Yes, I need to work and will likely have more I work on during practice.  But this is how we get better.  This is how we learn this instrument.  

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Duets are fun. I like playing them with my teacher. Can't wait to play Bach's double concerto! (lol)

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pchoppin said

...A follow up on my new teacher...

I had another lesson today.  It was awesome! ...

... Which brings me to my tape.  She said I am ready to remove the fingering tape on my violin any time!  So today I have removed the tape and now I am relying much more on my ear.  

Very exciting and inspiring news! Keep those reports coming... your little nugget about "relying more on your ear" is an evergreen I all too often loose track of.

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Sounds like real progress with your new teach - @pchoppin - congrats on the losing of the tapes ! thumbs-up   

You're right - and even for people who have never played ANY form of music before - the ear and instrument response really will tell the story ! 

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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*** New Update ***

So I had to move and now I am again looking for a new teacher.

I tried to stay where I was but it was just impossible. 

The good news is there are several inexpensive teachers in the area.  I just need to chose one.

I will update when I do find one I like.

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Good luck with your new place, Pete.

You had a great attitude with your new teacher a few weeks back. Now you have even more experience in choosing. Good luck in finding the best option for you.

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pchoppin said
*** New Update ***

So I had to move and now I am again looking for a new teacher.

I tried to stay where I was but it was just impossible. 

The good news is there are several inexpensive teachers in the area.  I just need to chose one.

I will update when I do find one I like.  

Congratulations on the opportunities you are receiving. I am truly glad that you are safe and warm, must be freezing out there.

I have looked online for teachers in this area and it looks like we just don't have them outside of colleges and grade schools. Seems everyone plays piano and guitar. What does an affordable music teacher charge? 

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Might be a great idea to book a trial lesson with several and decide after you've met with them.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Hopefully you find a great teacher soon and it’s a good idea about trial lessons as Pierre wrote.

good luck 🎻

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Fiddlerman said
Might be a great idea to book a trial lesson with several and decide after you've met with them.  

I do plan to ask one of the violin teachers here if they would be ok with me sitting in on one of their lessons.  However, I’m not really sure what I could get out of one sit in to determine whether I will like them.  I think it would take a couple lessons working directly with them to really get an idea.  And it would only cost about $30 to try that.  So your suggestion of a trial makes more sense to me.  

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Congratulations on the opportunities you are receiving. I am truly glad that you are safe and warm, must be freezing out there.

I have looked online for teachers in this area and it looks like we just don't have them outside of colleges and grade schools. Seems everyone plays piano and guitar. What does an affordable music teacher charge?   

@shaneuk2 yes it’s averaging about 35 degrees here daily.  Night is in the 20’s.  So, yes I am glad to be safe and warm.   

The most I have seen charged here in Utah for violin lessons is $35 for a 1/2 hour. However, I have found lessons for as cheap as $50 for 4 weeks, 1/2 hour each.  But actually I don’t want to go cheap, especially now I am nearing 1 year of playing.  I am more choosy and my pace, abilities, level of playing, and how I want to learn violin is much more defined now.  I am willing to pay a bit more for quality lessons I need.  

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