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Sean
Hello all, 
I strongly need your advice (which is typically why i post), so PLEASE read this fully to understand where I'm coming from, as I'm on the verge of making a very rash decision which I hopefully will not regret. This is where you all come in...


My Violin Background:

So, I've been playing violin for... a little over a year now (around october/november 2010) and I'm alright. I started off with group fiddle lessons provided freely by our school, and let's just say my technique was far from proper or anything close to ideal. 

I joined violin lab around... July (?) of 2011, and i feel i have improved a lot! No, i haven't learned very much repertoire, however I feel my technique has come a long ways since my fiddling days (which i still take). However I strongly prefer classical music, and I've been aspiring to become a classical violinist for some time. 

That being said, i'm primarily a pianist so I don't have as much time as I'd like to play my violin. To top it off i also try to fit some guitar in there!! (aside from high school and friends, family, etc.)
However not long ago I restarted Beth's video lessons again to revise and correct bad habits, as I don't have a violin teacher (I've had a handful of lessons, but nothing serious -  my main source is violin lab), and I feel I've once again improved (especially with my bow hand! there is an ASTOUNDING amount of improvement!! Thanks beth!!).

So, i suppose you could say I'm content with how i'm progressing.


Main Story of Post:

Before christmas, while looking for present ideas, i was searching online and I came across a violin - I immediately felt a connection. If you guys are familiar with Harry Potter, you will know what I'm referring to when I say this, but similar to how 'the wand chooses the wizard' in their world, I felt as if this violin had chosen me; i had seen others on the site, but when I saw this one I just knew - I had to have it.

So I stared, oohed and awwed and established a strong desire for this instrument.
But... I never asked for it as it was very out of a christmas gift price range. Instead, I asked for an electric guitar and other things.
Over the next several weeks, up until last night, i had basically forgotten about this violin.
However, last night I got this urge: so i went on my phone and eventually found myself on the violin webiste: and it was still there! I felt so relieved that nobody had bought "My violin". That's when I realized - i must buy this violin!!!

So throughout all of last night and today, I have been thinking of means to purchase this violin. In order to buy it, I would most likely have to ask family members for loans and pay them back as soon as i could. If I was to borrow around 1 500$ from them, with the money I have, I would have enough money to buy the instrument.
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Question:
I know already that in the end it will ultimately be my decision, but I truly do not know: do i buy the instrument? Despite not having played it, I feel already as if this instrument and I have a 'connection'. I can't really describe it... do you guys know what I'm talking about?
On the other hand, i almost don't feel as if I am "good" enough to own and instrument of this caliber. However, I fully intend to become good enough one day and I feel as if my 'soulmate in the instrument world' has already presented itself, and if I don't buy it then I will never have a shot at 'true love' (don't mind the cheesy figurative language). 

Well... Thoughts?

P.S. - According to the website, there is a 7-day refund.


Thank you for all of the time you have put into my new novel, which should be on the New York Time's Bestseller List very soon! (lol)

Sean

5 Responses
Posted: January 23, 2012

Cammy Stewart
where do i find the vibrato exercises

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Posted: January 23, 2012

Kirsty Cameron


My question is a techincal issue with the videos. Most of the videos appear to just stop. Mid sentance. Mid word.

Is this normal? The lesson appears to be almost finished, but its like there is 10-20 seconds missing.

 

thanks


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Posted: January 23, 2012

Ray


Does anyone have a good source for Air on G string the original version?

Ray


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Posted: January 22, 2012

jack
Hi Beth!

Just a quick note to thank you again for these series and also for the great flashcard resource. I did also look for the recommended apps (and even contacted one of the developers), but unfortunately they are presently for Apple devices only. I'm an Android user (at the moment), so I guess I'll have to borrow my wife's iPad every now and again. :-)

On a similar note, the Superstudies tutorials are great and I'll be incorporating them in my daily routine as well. I certainly won't run out of things to practice for a long while.

Thank you very much for catering to our needs.

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Posted: January 23, 2012

Joe (aka Pecos)
If anyone wants a good practice book on double stops you might try Double Stop Studies by Richard Hofmann.
Some of these exercises look deceptively easy they are not in my opinion. I started the book about a year ago and am now about half way through the book.
Anyway,for what it's worth I think it is a good book.


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Posted: January 22, 2012

bm
hi Beth,

No questions or ideas to share now... 
but compliments to you Beth, and all in VL for the marked improvement in my skills since I joined VL.

cheers,
Bonny.

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Posted: January 22, 2012

Olivier
Hi,
I have started violin lessons last September with a private teacher, and I learned only today through one of your tutorials that only the thumb of my left finger should be in permanent contact with the violin. I'm shocked!!! I've tried to play in this manner the simple tunes that I normally can play, and I feel like I have to start everything all over again!!!

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Posted: January 21, 2012

Sean
Hi Beth,

I just thought I'd mention that I'm doing more revising (I love revisions, I learn so much each time!) and I'm noticing, with each video I've watched so far, that it cuts out right before the end and doesn't fully finish...

Just thought I'd point that out for you. Or is it just my computer? Or was there perhaps some sort of purpose?

Sean

6 Responses
Posted: January 20, 2012

Beth Blackerby
Someone on Youtube shared this with me, and I was profoundly moved. Never underestimate the human spirit!!
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Posted: January 17, 2012

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