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Just finished up the first week of fiddlin'...
The good news is, I've graduated from sounding like a bag full of cats being slammed against the wall to the sound of stepping on a few cat's tails. So, I'm making progress.
One thing I had forgotten was just how difficult playing an instrument is. Not necessarily the violin...in many ways it's reputation as the 'most difficult' instrument is unfounded (in others it lives up to its hype). It can be played and each practice sessions does pay dividends. But it's playing instruments to actually produce music that I've found to be the most difficult part so far! Not only is it about getting the instrument to make the notes you want (see cat note above) - those notes have to be in tune, at the right rhythm, and at the right volume to really make music.
Maybe I was too young when I picked up the sax in elementary school...or maybe I just didn't practice enough to ever know how it was supposed to be...but I had forgotten just how much goes into actually making music.
In many ways, this first week has left me much more encouraged to continue. I'm hoping I can post something in the next several weeks for critique...I'm doing this the truly self-taught approach so I'll need the feedback.
I really enjoy this site though...great folks on here and I love the camaraderie that seems to exist especially within the projects and what not. Can't wait to contribute.
Great to hear your enthusiasm - it spills out in every word you wrote !
Keep at it - and when "blocks" occur - as they will - and you feel you're going backwards instead of progressing - never fear - the next day it will be better ( as a stumbling beginner myself I can vouch for that )
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
I had similar ideas in my mind after the first week. Don`t worry about "the sound of stepping on a few cat's tails". It will become better. You just need to work on it.
The main areas to work on at this step, I suggest: 1) right posture, 2) flexibility of right wrist, 3) intonation in 1st positions.
Once again, don`t worry too much. When you are motivated enough and when you have a theoretical model of what you are supposed to do to play on violin, all you need - time! I wish you success!
You will get better. You will notice a big difference between the first week and the 3rd week. I'm 3 weeks in and sound decent at twinkle twinkle, Mary had a little lamb and amazing grace. I am in agreement with Hurton-You should work on the main areas he suggested, this will help tremendously.
Patience is necessary to learn the violin: But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.-James 1:4
When I get discouraged: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.-Philippians 4:13