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Hi Beth and ViolinLab members, I have a musical background but am a very beginning violin student, and am looking for any advice on interleaving the beginning technique lessons with the Suzuki book 1 tutorials. I would like to create a lesson plan to help structure my progress, and would bet that someone in this group has been down this path before and could share pointers. Thanks in advance for any input!

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Posted: April 9, 2011
Last Comment: April 10, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Posted: April 10, 2011
WOW. You'll definitely have to stop by and say "hi"!

Posted: April 10, 2011
Hi Beth, Jack and Anne, Thank you all for your feedback. I do not have a private teacher and am learning strictly through VL. This seems perfect for now, as my practice time is evening/weekend and I can repeat lessons as often as needed. (However, since I'm in Austin, Beth, I definitely plan to visit your shop in person!) I understand how difficult it would be to put together a single curriculum, especially because there is no one-size-fits-all path. In my case in particular, for example, I would want to focus specifically on the violin technique aspects as I already have extensive musical experience with other instruments. For now, I will focus on working through lesson 35 of the basic technique as suggested. My Suzuki book is in hand when I am ready for it. As a former Suzuki piano student, the Twinkles are very nostalgic and take me back to my first piano lessons at age 4 - that will be fun!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: April 10, 2011
Hi Carlie, Jack and Anne have wonderful advice. Do you have a teacher? I would love to know how many of the VL members are without a private teacher. It has been suggested several times that the site should have a syllabus. I have been toying with the idea, and have worked on a couple of formats for a training cuuriculum. My problem is that I want to get too massive with it and want it to be all inclusive: A comprehensive training manual and music reading course.

Anyway, to give you a quick answer, start using the Suzuki book after you've watched lesson 35. You should have may of the basic skills down and starting the Twinkles will be pretty accessible.

Meanwhile, I will at least make a list that inserts Suzuki book 1 tutorials into the video sequence.

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: April 10, 2011

Welcome to ViolinLab! Are you self-instructed? I imagine that the wealth of material here might be overwhelming. Perhaps you could start with the basic lessons on holding the violin and bow, and then study the videos on Suzuki I, watching out for pointers to other pertinent lectures? Best wishes!

Jack, I like your approach! I used to have lists of things to practice between lessons, and I ticked them off (or even noted the time I had spent on each task). A good method to keep focus. Nowadays, I just put my sheet music into a sequence when starting a day's practice, and do as much as I can as focussed as I can until time is up.