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Hi Beth, First of all, I love, love, love your website! I'm an adult student. I started taking violin lessons in February. The video tutorials perfectly augment my weekly 30 minute lesson, helping me with all those very important elements of play. I particularly appreciate the the early focus on good bowing. My question for you and the community has to do with wearing glasses with progressive lenses. It's been hard for me to focus on the finger board and also look at bow placement on the strings. I seem to always be closing one eye to keep things in focus. Otherwise I "see" too many strings, or need to move my head too much. I see many violin players wearing glasses at the symphony. Is there some trick to this? Are their glasses made differently? As I go along I need to look at what I'm doing less and can keep my eyes on the music, but it's still a challenge when I need to see what my fingers are doing. I can't imagine that I'm the only adult violin student who has run into this problem. Any help, advice, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much...........Patricia

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Posted: July 9, 2010
Last Comment: July 10, 2010
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Posted: July 10, 2010
Beth, Thank you for your response. I was trying to describe glasses like you already have, made to see at a certain distance, like a music stand. My fixed point description wasn't exactly correct. I was thinking of progressive lenses that have a range of points to focus on, from near to far. (In my opinion definitely preferable to bifocals, not just for their appearance, but ease of use.) I will take a look at your videos on the blog. I'm sure they will be helpful. Actually it's getting a bit better for me to see only four strings. Maybe my eye muscles are getting trained along with my fingers. I appreciate the comment about only a fuzzy peripheral glance to chek bow placement. Thank you for this wonderful website! Patricia


Posted: July 10, 2010
Thank you Jack...I have tried the learning techniques you mentioned, like using a mirror. I was four months into lessons when I came across violinlab. My teacher doesn't use tapes, so I have been training my ear (and pinky finger) right along. At this point my fingers seem to know the first fingering position pretty well. I spoke to my optician today and he told me there is such a thing as dedicated music glasses, more recently known as computer glasses. They have a fixed focus over the entire lens at a mid point in the progression. Kind of like "reading glasses" for musicians.


Posted: July 9, 2010
very good advice from Jack there :)


Posted: July 9, 2010
Hi Patricia! Welcome to the site! :) I don't have any 'eyesight requirements' so don't know what's out there, but I am sure there is 'bifocal' lenses? I mean those that do 2 jobs in one kind of thing? Not sure how expensive that is and whether you tried but do not suit you for one reason or another, have you asked your local optician? And congrats on taking up the violin, the best instrument on the planet (says the biased person LOL ;))