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Luis
Hello, I have recently joined as a member and this is my first post, so apologies in advance if this is not the right forum, or format. I am 40 years old, and on the heels of my six-year old daughter, I started learning the violin about one year ago. I never knew music or any instrument, so I have been drinking from a firehose for a while now (and loving every bit of it). In any case, I have a teacher and we are following the Suzuki method/books, and supplementing with other (more fun) songs. I am currently wrestling with Humoresque (middle of book 3). My question is simple: which number video lessons and sequence would you recommend that roughly equates to what I am doing within the Suzuki method? Thanks in advance. Luis
Luis
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Posted: April 28, 2010
Last Comment: May 2, 2010
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Luis
Posted: May 2, 2010
Beth - thank you very much for such a detailed response! With regards to the wrist position (too low), that is something I will try to fix asap. OTOH, I think I was overcompensating because I used to have it the other way around, that is too high, as if the fingers were "hanging" down. The addition of the note for the shifting is great, and I know it will help. I will review the video and try to apply all of them. Thanks again.

Eileen
Posted: May 1, 2010
Oops....that would be Luis..not Louis.. :-D

Eileen
Posted: May 1, 2010
Wow Louis ! That looks and sounds pretty good to me ! Yeah, a few mess ups with notes and stuff but you're left hand looks nice and relaxed and so do you. You're off to a great start with the vibrato too. Keep at it ! You're going to be great !

jack
Posted: April 30, 2010
Very nice Luis. As Beth has pointed out you have lots of things going right for you. Keep at it and you will soon master it. On your post, you also mentioned your teacher and how he "has [you] practicing a piece until [you] can sort of play it and then [he has you] move to the following one". I initially had a teacher with the similar approach and that always bothered me and that is perhaps one of the reasons that I am trying to learn the violin on my own now. That and the fact that I am a perfectionist and always felt that I was being rushed and not truly taught. So I am eager to hear the answer to your question: "When is it 'ok' to move to the next piece?" Thanks for sharing your violin playing with us.

Luis
Posted: April 30, 2010
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@EMG - thanks for the comments. What started as an experiment to teach Chloe the value of perseverance has turned out to be a cool activity for both of us. Nice! @Beth - thanks for the clarification. I think I have a bunch of problem areas. I have posted a video and you can see and judge for yourself. It is pretty terrible, but I usually do a bit better when I am not taping myself. In any case, the problems I know I have (besides the obvious ones like forgetting the notes, rythm, and intonation) have to do with shifts, and especially if I combine them with vibrato (or whatever you call what I try to do :)) Which brings me to a related question.... My teacher has me practicing a piece until I can sort of play it and then we move to the following one. I feel I always play the pieces badly, but then again when I go back now to earlier songs (say Book 1 or 2) I tend to play them much better. Is that an ok approach? In other words, when is it "ok" to move to the next piece? Thanks in advance, Luis

Eileen
Posted: April 28, 2010
Hi Luis ! Welcome to the club ! I started about 8 years ago at the age of 39...also with NO musical background whatever. It can be frustrating at times but stay with it. You'll be so glad you did and what fun learning with your daughter !! Don't be surprised if she sails past you in a hurry. They're little brains are so much better equipt to learning new things and they do it quickly ! Bravo to the both of you ! Of course, this post doesn't help a bit with your question...lol....