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hey guys! so I've been away from my violin for awhile, and getting back into it. i'm still a super beginner. I see the learn a tune a week on the website - is that too lofty a goal for a beginner to mix in with scales and etudes ? maybe, a tune every 2 weeks ?? even then for a beginner it would'nt be perfect by that time, but would it help or harm my progression ?
can't afford to go back to lessons atm, so i'm on my own for the foreseeable future!
Hi @michelle.lea - don't concern yourself over that - I believe ( @Fiddlerman can correct me if I misunderstood ) - I think the "tune a week" was just Pierre's way of "getting folks involved" - there is - as far as I know - no expectation on anyone to learn to play any one of his tunes in a week. They are there to inspire us, a tune to pick-out if we are interested, and so on. ( I *think* the "week" thing came from when FM started the idea, they were posted regularly - i.e. weekly - but - he's a busy chap, so the interval between posting has somewhat extended these days ! )
As far as helping or hindering your progress - well - we all come in to learning the instrument in different ways - and if you have a regime that works for you ( your etudes and scales ) then sure - of course - stick with that - BUT - if practice time allows, it is my enduring belief that it does no harm to branch-out, explore, investigate, try ANYTHING that takes your imagination - like simple tunes you just know in your head from childhood, pop tunes you just know the melody to, and of course, anything from the "Tune a week" series....
Very glad to know you're back into the violin groove ! Good to have you back !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Anything you do at all would be great even if it's a tune a year. The more you practice the more time you devote to learning new pieces, the better it will be for your playing but anything, baby steps forward, is positive. YOU set the pace.
So I have this habit of looking for new things to work on with violin. I call them my "projects". They are songs that I look for to play in addition to what my teacher is giving me. I guess the books I am working in tend to get boring. Besides, I love working on a piece that I really love or inspires me in some way.
I eventually end up bringing these to my teacher so we can work on certain techniques that are in the piece. My teacher has never objected to any of the pieces I have brought so I plan to keep finding them.
- Pete -