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I have had my violin for two days now. I am 55 years old, a two day beginner and wear glasses. Whenever I look towards my left (fretting) hand it is out of focus as is the fingerboard and scroll. Is this normal for a beginner? Will my eyes learn to adjust? I think this will make it difficult when I start learning to fret notes.
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I wear contacts, so that was not a problem but, ...Oh wait... I read music so when I was/am learning I didn't look at my fingers that much!
Could you focus on what your fingers are feeling? Or maybe more on what you are hearing?
Violinist start date - May 2013
Fiddler start date - May 2014
FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius. BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.
Do you have bi-focals? I'm 59 and have tri-focals. As I am having to re-learn fourth finger position after a long ago injury, I put a marker on the fingerboard for third and fourth finger positions and I need to watch it (for now) because when I do go fourth finger, my hand shifts a little and everything goes sharp on the others. I have to use the mid-point of my tri-focals to see it clearly. Took some getting used to and bobbing of the head to get the right focal point!
i have to take my progressive lense glasses off to play the violin if i look at the neck; I am mostly near-sighted when i play with them on i cant have my head in a comfortable position and look at the strings through the bottom of the lenses.
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