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It has been almost two months since I received my Artist violin. I am still riding the wave of my new adventure! It has been an on going trial with chin rests and shoulder rests. The Guarneri was not fitting the jaw just right, so tried the Dresdin and Teka. The Teka came close, but went back to the Guarneri using a micro fibre cloth between my jaw and the chin rest. The Berber is next on the list to try. The Fiddlerman shoulder rest comes pretty close with a couple of hair scrunchies put on it. The Bon musica looks interesting so thats on the list. As far as practicing on the violin, I have kept to working on my bowing on open strings. Trying to get a nice even sound. Wife raised an eyebrow when she found me standing in front of the mirror doing this. I have also tried the notes on first position. Been sticking to E and A strings trying to work up flexibility. [small hands, short fingers] I need to up practice times as the fingers are still not getting used to pushing the strings down for a good sound. I would like to have a teacher, but the closest would be Las Vegas or Phoenix. For now I will use the videos on this site and Mel Bays First violin lessons and the Essential Elements book. I just need to implement what I am learning on the violin. There has been some frustrating moments, but I remind myself [ old cliche moment] that Rome was not built in a day! Thank you all , for I am learning quite a lot from your posts.
The violin is quite the beast to conquer, just when I thought I was getting good I added in playing with people and.....oy......
As for finding a teacher you never know, some people just do not advertise and I found an amazing teacher through my local university with an email to the head of the music department. Try any and all local schools you never know.
I started as an adult and was playing simple songs in the first few weeks. just hit the fourth year of playing as of last April. Don't give up though! Nothing worth doing is going to be easy.
Good luck and nice to hear your progress. Very nice that you are trying and evaluating shoulder rests. On my list are Bon Musica and the Slipper.
I currently use the Fiddlerman rest and the Original Kun. They seem to be okay..something is lacking for me for the ultimate confidence.
You are right Rome wasn't built in a day. The violin can be humbling I suppose. I take it a day at a time.. I make goals. I had 10-12 lessons my first year but have spent the last years self teaching from FM and you tube and my violin friends.
I think I am behind where I should be at almost the 4.5 year mark... Month after month and year after year things happen (I mean if you play everyday).... things get more natural and the mind teaches the hand to draw out music.
That is one thing I have now that I didn't have in the beginning... I don't just play and hear my music, I really listen for the note and really take note to correct as I play based on what asking myself.."did that sound right..."
Still not the best at ear playing...maybe I am challenged? I can't always hear that what I played is wrong, but the good news is that I do hear when it is played right. So actually acknowleging.. "yes..thats a very good D note" is what helps me out.
Anyway.. I blather on and on.
Good luck.. keep playing and making violin music.
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
Zak and coolpinkone
Thanks for the replies! I'm taking this adventure one step at a time. I have started to try and get my ears trained for the notes. The snark tuner is my friend! I place it on the violin as I attempt the first position notes. My idea is to get my bowing correct and the notes to sound as they should, before going further. I have even begun to look at another violin though I have yet to do justice to the violin I have. Bad habit of mine, I test the waters and once I know I am committed I upgrade my gear. I continue to watch the videos on this site and read the forum for insight on what I need to learn. Still need to toughen up the finger tips to get the notes clear when played. I know I have a long road ahead of me, but I have the time. I still hope to play twinkle twinkle before the year is up[at least a recognizable facsimile]. For now its the basics.