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hello everybody i m new here. I just got my first violin (i ve never touched a violin before, i just only listen to it when i was studying another organ in conservatory and violin always made me want to cry) I love this instrument and because i know the music theory i thought that it would be easy for me to learn it.... Unfortunatelly it is not. I am 39 years old and i think that its too late to learn violin. I dont want to be a professional player, i just only want to play for my personal pleasure. Do you think i can make it ? :((

15 Responses
Posted: September 7, 2011
Last Comment: September 9, 2011

Posted: September 9, 2011

Nice to watch that one, though short and quick. Hope the pinkies are more tamed now.

Posted: September 9, 2011
Welcome Vasilis.
Understand that the forum has already given a warm welcome. Let the energy be shared and percolated through your daily practices. I started violin at the age of 17, but had to quit for studies. But Violin was always there at the back of my mind; while listening to any piece of violin it would make me feel so nostalgic and take me back to those good old days. Now I am happy that I've started it all over again at 40 !!. Good luck.

Posted: September 9, 2011


I am 61 years old but I keep thinking Iím only 39. Like many of the members who have responded I started my quest with the violin with absolutely no musical background. I had always told my wife that I wanted to play the violin someday, and on my 57th birthday she presented to me a rented violin with beginner lessons. Since that day I have never looked back and keep striving to improve my playing. There is no greater feeling than to attempt a new technique, a new piece of music, and finally succeed after many hours of practice. I will never be invited to Carnegie Hall for my playing but that does not matter, because everyday this musical instrument gives me incredible pleasure.

Posted: September 8, 2011
Welcome to the club from another late starter.

I don't play that well but it's the pleasure from learning and improving that keeps me practicing. Enjoy the journey. 

Posted: September 8, 2011
Oh, Bonny,  If you come across this post.....this is a vid I made long "before" I started working on that pinkie !

Posted: September 8, 2011
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Yeah !  Definitely Vasilis !  So glad you've decided to continue.  I started at the age of 39 as well....with "NO" musical background at all....I was never even in the same room with a violin till my friend pulled her's out and asked me if I wanted it.  I've been learning now for about 8 years. 

Here's a vid I posted back maybe a year or so ago....for a bit of encouragement !  You CAN do this !

Posted: September 8, 2011
Great News Vasilis!
I'm glad we convinced you! :)

Posted: September 8, 2011

thank you all my friends ;-))) I will do my best to learn violin :D

Posted: September 8, 2011

I am 61 although some people say I only look 60 and I have been playing the violin now for just four weeks.

Most people think I am raving when I tell them that I have taken up the violin but I regard it as a project, and so far I am enjoying it immensely. You are in the right place and as others have said we are all in the same boat. Beth's videos and support are outstanding and I wouldn't have considered taking up the violin if I hadn't seen Violinlab first.

For me it's all a question of having realistic expectations. Even though she is a very accomplished violinist, Beth has said somewhere on this site that she knows that she isn't going to play at the Carnegie Hall and enjoys working with her local music groups in Austin. I am happy just learning very, very  slowly and my current goal is to play Frere Jacques / Are You Sleeping by Christmas (2011).

Good luck and welcome aboard.


Posted: September 8, 2011

Welcome Vasilis. You are in the right place.

There is no age limit for the development of musicianship, only that in a child techniques grows the fastest. A child absorb everything around them with very little effort like an sponge absorb the water.

However, the advantage of an adult is the love and passion for the instrument and practicing is part of your recreation with no person forcing you to practice for a test or an exam. Consequently you invest more time, making up this way for the difference.

This is my opinion, What do you think?

Best of luck!


Posted: September 8, 2011

I am new here as well but I can tell you in the short time I have been here this is one of the most welcoming forums ever!

I am 42 and picking up the violin again after a 20++ year hiatus!  Even though I *used* to play it is still challenging to get back into it. You will do great!  Just practice, practice, practice!  And if you have questions, then ask!  Everyone here is very friendly! :-)



Posted: September 8, 2011
Hi Vasilis, I started age 37, never touched an instrument before in my life and never studied music theory before either!
you can see me/hear me playing on this site, I posted a video only 3 days ago, I warn you though...am not good yet, but at least I might be able to show you that I have 'made a start' on it LOL

ps am 41 at present and have been learning 4 and a half years, so all I can say is: what are you waiting for? start learning!!! ;)

Beth Blackerby
Posted: September 7, 2011
Welcome, Vasilis!  You are surrounded here in our little cyber community by people who have been exactly where you are now. Take a stroll through our posts, and you will hear echoed the many thoughts and feelings you are having now. I know you'll be welcomed and encouraged here at every turn.

Posted: September 7, 2011

thank you Ray you made me feel better :-)))))))))) be well

Posted: September 7, 2011

Welcome Vasillis,

If you want to instantly want to feel like you are in the right place, and in my opinion you are, take a stroll down the verrrrrrrry long list of members.  Just have a read of those members that have had the same concerns as your self.  The fact that you all ready know music theory is great, since for sure I for one will want and need your input. 

In my case I never picked up a violin before and I am 55/56

So a very hearty welcome, and as the saying goes, start at the beginning and let the adventure begin.