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Playing without teacher, just with fiddlerman website ?
Is that ok if we don’t have teacher to teach us how to play violin ?
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August 13, 2019 - 6:04 pm
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Hello !

I’m a newbie in playing violin and in my state (better say country), there is no teacher (at least, no one I heard of).

So I’m very grateful of learning violin here for free and wanted to tell everybody!

But seriously, is that normal I don’t even progress a bit ? 
It’s been 5 days ago I started, maybe I’m too much impatient?

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August 13, 2019 - 6:32 pm
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5 days is pretty quick to expect to see progress.  I've been practicing every day for a month, and I'm seeing a little progress.  I'm using the Essential Elements book, which seems to progress pretty slowly (and I've seen Fiddlerman recommend it).  BUT, realize that 1) the bow hold is difficult to get right, 2) bowing is difficult to get right, 3) hitting notes (tonoation) is horribly hard to get right.  etc. etc.

There's a reason they say the violin is the most difficult instrument to learn.  Stick with it.  You'll get better.  

August 13, 2019 - 6:38 pm
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5 days is way too soon. Just take baby steps. Learn the basics and take your time. It will be so worth it.

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August 13, 2019 - 7:02 pm
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Try out some different free lessons, websites like this can be helpful, there's also several on youtube  https://violinlounge.com/about/


August 14, 2019 - 3:19 am
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I'm learning without a ("live") teacher, been doing that from the beginning (it's been nearly 4 years) : it's not impossible considering all the info, method books, videos on youtube, etc that are available with the internet. At least up to a certain level. But after 5 days, you're just too impatient :) , stick with it and you'll see the progress. And you can't do anything but progress, seing as you're starting from zero, so I think you are progressing and just not seing it : can't do anything else, right ? Don't obsess too much over what you can't do, or learning speed, and focus on having fun… it's the most important part I think.

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August 14, 2019 - 10:42 am
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If you don’t have access to a teacher, the fiddlershop website can still teach you how to play. Some suggestions, periodically use your bow to check that your wrist is staying straight and look at videos on left hand placement. It must be in the exact same spot each time you play, has a lot to do with intonation. And finally, if you have access to intonia app, use it to play scales and music, it will help. I have been playing one year as of August 15th.

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August 14, 2019 - 8:49 pm
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5 days is a bit early to worry about not making progress, just keep working at it :)

Youtube is a great resource for finding great players who offer free tutorials on how to play. 

Also, don't rule out finding non-local teachers who use skype for lessons. There are teachers in my area, but I am currently taking lessons from a non-local via skype, and I rather like how it's working out (though I did have an in-person teacher when I first started, I do like having lessons over the internet).

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August 16, 2019 - 4:06 pm
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You should be playing Paganini by now. 😭

Just kidding. Think of learning to play violin as building a house. Start with the foundation......

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