My name is Joe, i'm 25 years old and from the UK.
I have never played an instrument before. 2 days ago I decided to buy a Violin and try teach myself to play. I'd love to met some people who are on, or have been on a similar journey to enthuse with and discuss our progress. Please let me here your stories, and if you are interested, we could exchange emails/facebook profiles.
I'm a monkey hanger you know!
Living in Leeds now.
I'm somewhat disheartened at the moment as ive read of people taking lessons and spending months on bowing technique before even attempting tunes. I can't afford lessons at the moment so I feel like i'm going to really be missing out on something vital here.
Not going to give up though!
Ah, from just down the coast from here then (Washington).
Yes, there's a lot of work to do on basic technique if you want to get into good habits from the start, but it isn't that long before you can knock out some easy tunes.
I'm teaching myself as well - these days there are enough on-line resources to do that successfully - have a look at Fiddlerman's tutorial videos if you haven't already. YouTube is full of instruction videos, though you do have to be selective.
Welcome Joe, and beware of this new addiction. You'll love and hate it all at the same time. I (re) started 8 years ago, took two lessons with my daughter's instructor and then I was left to my own devices. As long as you have an ear for music you can make noise. Look at many of the "famous" old time fiddlers. Now tell me they went to Juilliard. I don't think so. While I have now been taking lessons for the last 2.5 years, I find it helps with some finer points of technique. Online resources and videos can help an awe full lot as well. Here is a "Critique Corner" where we can post our self playing and get some very helpful critiques from other players. Best part is, aside from what you pay for internet, it's FREE. Welcome to the family
If you have looked through Fiddlerman's video lessons, you'll see you can get to playing tunes pretty darn quickly. And those are lessons. The internet is also full of lessons. Lessons are something you do not lack, joehelsing. Plenty of them are around just waiting for you and your violin.
Finding a *good* teacher can definitely speed up the learning process and save you some time and frustration. But many good players on almost every instrument in the world have been self-taught, too. Teachers can save you some headaches and dead-ends. But in the end, only you can make yourself learn, and it can happen with or without getting actual sessions with a live teacher in person. More of what you can do is up to you than is ever up to any teacher.
A teacher can help by explaining things and showing you exercises to work on certain skills that they, from experience, know will be useful. They can help by selecting pieces and exercises that may challenge you a bit more than you might challenge yourself without their influence. But the work of applying it and developing those skills is always just you. It may take you longer without a teacher, but you can get there.
Another thing is that not all teachers are good, or may not be good for every student. Some can be more discouraging than encouraging, or may obsess over points that it could really be better for a particular person to skip over for now and come back to. I think that a bad teacher or one where you and the teacher just don't have the right "chemistry" for them to be your teacher can do more harm to a beginner than going it alone without a teacher would have.
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
@joehelsing - WELCOME ABOARD ! I seem to have missed your original post some days ago - so no need to say more - I second everything already said !
I'm also an adult beginner, albeit with a few more miles on the clock. UK, as well here, good to have another UK member !
Enjoy the journey !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)