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Anxiety attacks from practicing

Hello everybody, I'm 22f in a music program in quebec and I play the violin. To give some context: I'm mentally ill, I'm bipolar and anxious. Recently I've been overcoming weed addiction as well. I've had a lot on my plate and school has been stressing me out a lot. Particularly practice. I would try to practice and I'd get an anxiety attack. It's been almost a few weeks of this. Some days are OK and good but most days have been bad. I see a psychologist, a psychiatrist and an addiction specialist so this shouldn't be happening. I plan all my practice sessions before hand but haven't been able to achieve my goals for a while now. I was wondering if any of you have ever had a similar experience and if you had some advice for me. Support would be deeply appreciated.

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2024/02/25
19:36 UTC

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Played viola for 15 years in school (including youth symphony, private lessons, etc), then took a 10 year break due to burnout, and now I just got a rental violin. Any recommendations of pieces?

Kinda still sick of the approximately 3 pieces of repertoire for the viola, so now I've joined the dark side 🙃

Haven't been having much trouble with scales/finger placement like I was expecting. I think retaining my ear plus having small dainty hands has been making the transition fairly smooth. And once my music has arrived that shouldn't be a problem either because I can read treble clef. I don't plan on taking lessons because that seems like a waste of money until I reach a point that I'm not sure how to improve on my own.

I ordered an etudes book and then meditations from thais (that was the one I remember all the violinists spamming before rehearsals to show off, before their level increased and they switched to doing that with the beginning of the Mendelssohn violin concerto haha). Other than that my knowledge of the violin repertoire comes mainly from listening to the standard violin concertos (Brahms/Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn/etc), which may be a tad difficult to start out with. So can anyone recommend some, uh, "violist-friendly" pieces?

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2024/02/25
19:26 UTC

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Ted Brewer Vivo 2 Violin

Hi I'm someone who played acoustic violin growing up as a child right through to the end of school, in my childhood I had a German 3/4 violin that I found made a beautiful sound it seemed quite high quality and I loved the whalebone (imitation I think) bow that came with it.

I then got a full-size violin in South Africa by Czech based Strunal, I can't remember exactly what violin it was inside it just says handmade Dvorak. It was one that had been "antiqued" which I didn't particularly like but it was the only violin at the shop that had most of the things my violin teacher at the time had said to look out for as being higher quality. Because my parents spent so much (for our family) on the actual violin they brought very cheap strings, case bow etc I didn't particularly like the sound I got in the shop but they said it was new strings and would wear in etc.

Basically when I got home I never liked the tone I got and it always sounded squeaky and scratchy and generally a bit eugh I found I preferred my old 3/4 size but obviously I had outgrown it. I ended up playing the new violin with a mute on alot of the time because it made the sound a lot more mellow. I still have these two violins but they've not been used in a long time and the full size has been sitting in a cheap case for years.

I've decided now I'm an independent adult I want to get back into violin and I always wanted to play an electric violin (in fact it was listening to Vanessa Mae on electric) that got me into violin in the first place.

I've got my eyes on a Ted Brewer Vivo 2 air and I'd love to hear what people who have them think, although before I spend £1000+ on a new violin I was wondering if people think it's worth me taking my 4/4 violin to a luthier and seeing if they would be able to adjust things to get a better tone and get a new bow, case etc. I must admit that my violin teacher was able to get a better tone out of it than me, but it still seemed vastly inferior to her violin, I also never had an issue at all with bow bounce on my 3/4 violin but I found myself battling a bit with bounce when I got the new one.

I kind of want the violin to just record myself playing songs that sound nice to post on my Instagram and just enjoy playing for myself. I'm the sort of person who's looking for the best sound to skill I can get, I'm not particularly good and I just want to able to jam something that sounds nice whilst keeping a nice form

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2024/02/25
16:30 UTC

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how was your first experience with teaching and when did you start?

I'm currently doing my master's degree in violin performance, thinking about starting to teach. wanted to hear some advice and your experiences with teaching violin as someone who never done it before

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2024/02/25
15:57 UTC

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How to practice with vibrato without feeling awkward

title ^ hehe 😅

in our last lesson, my teacher told me that i’m going to have my book one graduation next month, so she made me practice vibrato along with the pieces for the first time. i’ve been doing the exercises for around a month now, and can definitely do them in scales and such, but when i started incorporating them into the pieces, i started doing really badly. i know suzuki book one by heart, but on top of focusing on playing and making sure i’m on time with the accompaniment, i have to think about the vibrato, which made me forget the notes and lose track of what i’m doing. my teacher was very understanding about it, as she knew that it was my first time and told me to make sure i practice and that i’d definitely improve over time.

i know that this type of thing improves with practice, but as i do so at home, it just feels weird and awkward, and i don’t really like the way i sound. do you guys have any recommendations on how to practice playing vibrato along with the pieces?

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2024/02/25
15:42 UTC

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How do you know when to rehair the bow?

Basically the title. Background info: I bought my current violin with two nice bows last September, and I'm practicing daily 30-45 mins (sometimes 60-90). I don't know when the bows were last rehaired, the violin was rarely played in the two years before I bought it. The hairs are not missing, but in the last two weeks I always change them every 10-15 mins when practicing, because I'm not satisfied with the sound. Nowadays I rosin them every 4-5 days. When the luthier rehaired my cheap cf bow I used before these, it needed rosin every three weeks. (I asked my teacher a few weeks ago too, she said that the bow hairs are okay.)

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2024/02/25
14:51 UTC

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Any good resources for Hungarian folk tunes?

I've been enjoying playing Monti's Csardas recently, but I was wondering if you know of any collections with legit Hungarian tunes in this kind of style? Preferably something free like IMSLP but am open to paid suggestions too.

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2024/02/25
12:53 UTC

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Progress after 8 weeks

17F, feedback appreciated. Filmed during my 8th lesson

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2024/02/25
11:33 UTC

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Where to experience large orchestras?

have a couple of free days during easter/April, which I want to dedicate to the experience of a large symphony orchestra, ballet or opera, in one of the larger cities in Europe. Can I get recommendations for websites which has an overview of the events, or in general where the better venues or orchestras are? Thanks!

10 Comments
2024/02/25
08:51 UTC

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Critical performance edition of Ernst "Erlkönig"

After spending countless hours carefully dissecting the piece and scribbling in my music changes I wanted to make when performing this piece, I eventually decided to just engrave everything and make a full critical edition, highlighting all the changes I was making and possibly making more.

I'm pleased to now be able to present that edition. I still am working out some small mistakes, kinks and issues with it. But it would be great to get some feedback on this edition from others in the meantime. Once I get it to a "perfected" state, I plan to release it on IMSLP for the benefit of everyone. I also intend to someday record or publicly perform this myself -- though I'm not sure which version I will end up recording; merely the "corrected" version, or a version with all of my ossias.

At your leisure, feel free to check this out, try it out, and give me your feedback. In particular, the ossias I write may be highly controversial, and I am interested in opinions about whether they are good rewrites or not.

Link to score: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xM_wQPhyvJAPwoGRoFbd54D-NTBc9N2c/view

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2024/02/25
07:24 UTC

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HVPV-30

Hi,

I've just picked up an electric violin but the preamp/pickup isn't working. On the battery case is the only place any model number is mentioned and it's HVPV-30. When i search for this a lot comes up referencing other violins but nothing explaining what the acronym means or where to get a replacement part. Can anyone assist with the meaning of HVPV and where I could find a replacement part?

I've found this one

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/355240270703?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=705-154756-20017-0&ssspo=itiqzmjxsvw&sssrc=2047675&ssuid=Vft9DZz4Tgu&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY

Which almost matches the part number on the circuit board which is HVPU-301. Would this work?

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2024/02/25
05:14 UTC

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Most brutal feedback you've received so far?

Played for a member of a respected opera orchestra, one month before an ICSOM audition. They said, "I have to be blunt, it's not good enough." They were right, I was burnt out and I wasn't practicing like my life depended on it. But their parental-like disappointment gut-punched me hard enough to quit music, which is what ended up happening for several years. The rest of the hour was spent slowly practicing in front of them, stopping and explaining every moment a note was out of tune.

At least I'm back into it, and starting to piece together a freelance career. But her words still echo in my head once in a while, no matter if I move my ass or half-ass when practicing.

What was the most memorable feedback that hurt, but was true?

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2024/02/25
04:52 UTC

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Hello From a Beginner!(I have questions that aren’t fully answered in the FAQ)

Background Context.

Hello, Im a beginner Violinist! I have wanted to learn how to play since I was 9! When offered the chance to learn an instrument in school, i didn’t get my first pick because my surname was towards the end of the alphabet. So I played trumpet for 3 years instead. I quit playing because I clashed with the school’s new band instructor at the time. Later, My High School Orchestra teacher even let me barrow a school instrument and offered a few lessons during lunch hour.

As you can see, I do have some experience with music that have definitely been helpful tools to bring to the table. From band I learned the basics of reading music. I also took choir for 7 years, over which the latter few I was introduced to things like sight reading. Despite this, my underlying dream to learn violin persisted, but opportunities where slashed when Covid hit. At the time, I had just received a Violin for Christmas. Nothing too fancy or special, but a violin that we were told by the local music shop was a very good model for beginners when compared to average school rentals. As Covid lighted it’s grasp on the world, I went and tried to find a local place that offered lessons, but between University and Summer Jobs, it didn’t work out due to scheduling conflicts. I wasn’t able to get lessons at my educational institution either because their music department was for conservatory students only.

But Here I am today!

Finally after transferring to a bigger University, I am about 5 weeks into private lessons and I have an absolutely amazing violin teacher. On day one she said that if there was any music I wanted to learn that she’d find it and modify it for me to play for my final exam, during which a panel of 3 judges watches me preform. Now despite the acomedations, there has been one thing that has bugging me, which is where the background info comes back to relevancy.

My previous teachers (High School Orchestra, and the teachers I tried to get lessons with locally that didn’t work out) all taught that you have to loosen your bow when you are done playing. The FAQ page here mentions it as well. But for some reason, I’m 5 weeks into real weekly consistent lessons and my new teacher hasn’t had me touch the little knob on the bow to loosen or tighten the bow hairs.

So here are the questions.

Is it something I should try doing on my own? (The FAQ says to, but it doesn’t say exactly how) Previous teachers showed me but I don’t remember if there is a method to it. How much do I loosen/tighten it? Should I bring it up to my new instructor? She hasn’t taught me to tune my instrument either, which to my knowledge is something that should be done whenever you pick up the instrument to play. Do I have a bad teacher?

Sorry if I’m missing proper terminology or if the answer actually is somewhere and I’m just not aware of ti. I’m still new to this and I don’t know all the words for things, and it’s my first time on this sub.

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2024/02/25
04:13 UTC

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Do I need to change my A string?

I just changed a full set of strings. My A string was rubbing against the D string (I redid the D string, so it’s not anymore), but now the purple part is all frayed. Do I need to buy a new string or is it fine 😬 and I have an audition in 2 months, so should I change it before then? I’m also planning to get a new violin not long after my audition, so I don’t want to buy a whole new string just to use it for a short time.

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2024/02/25
03:51 UTC

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Violin practice (1 month of playing)

Any tips to make it sound better? (I can't get a teacher because it's too expensive but I still want to try)

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2024/02/25
03:30 UTC

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Does anyone know this maker?

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2024/02/25
02:52 UTC

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She has some notes

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2024/02/25
02:00 UTC

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Need help finding a solo

I need to find a violin solo from the classical period for my class, could anyone give me suggestions Preferably level 3

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2024/02/25
00:10 UTC

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wieniawski 2 or paganini 1?

Hello everyone, I'm wondering which piece, out of the first mvt of Paganini 1 and the third mvt of Wieniawski 2 I should learn. I just finished Saint-Saëns' Rondo Capriccioso and my violin teacher is asking me for a piece that I would like to work on next. Which do you think would be more appropriate? I'm learning towards Paganini but do you think it's too difficult?

I'm a grade 11 (school grade) student hoping audition for a conservatory next year btw

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2024/02/24
22:39 UTC

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My violin sings C# back to me

So, when I talk or sing near my violin, it sings back to me with its resonance.

I noticed it especially sings C# back to me.

(I think!)

Which seems odd to me... I'd expect G, D, A or E to be the strongest....

What's the strongest note your's sings back to you?

7 Comments
2024/02/24
22:14 UTC

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Bow rehairing worth it?

Hi! I've recently been to a luthier for a few settings on my stuidies violin. He told me that I should rehair my bow, as it should be done every year and it's been 4 years since the last one. He also told me that it was 75 euros. But my all violin kit costed about 700 euros (with bow, violin, rosin, case...) and I wonder if it's really worthy to rehair my bow (even if it's not top quality) or should I better wait and then change my bow? Thx

5 Comments
2024/02/24
21:57 UTC

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Back after break

I took two month break from playing.

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2024/02/24
21:18 UTC

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Violin price?? + @

So I played the violin upto Grade 8 (stopped while prepping for the diploma exam) and focused on the final yrs of hscl.

Really loved performing and wanted to major in the violin at uni but couldn’t as my parents stopped me from doing so. Should’ve gone against them but was too young and too afraid of making mistakes before entering into uni.

Anyways, I’m a college student now and it’s been 2 yrs since then - since I last touched my violin.

I really want to pick it up again. I’m not sure if I’d ever come to a realization where I’d like to pursue it as a professional career, but at the moment, I’m just so yearning for it after remembering how much I loved to perform.

The problem is, though, my mom, after I left to uni overseas, sold my violin. Fuck.

Stuff happened between then and now but anyways, long story short, I’m now looking to pick up the violin again and purchase a new one, but got a few concerns:

  1. It’s been a bit over 2 years since I last touched the violin; I don’t even know if I’s be able to have control over my hands like I used to before. Do you think I can still pick it up again? I’m seeing like much younger violinists who are playing in professional orchestras at like 16 yrs of age and just seeing them makes me feel like a fucking loser.

  2. If it is a good idea to pick it up again, where should I start from? Just look for a teacher and start lessons straight away? Or should I give myself some time to get my hands used to playing it again?

  3. If 2. Is true, where’s a good place to start looking for teachers + purchase a new violin? I’m living in SoCal LA area

  4. How much should I be aiming for? I guess I could say that I’m an intermediate player since I played it for a while before.. and I saw that it should be around 4k - 10k for intermediates - is this true?

Thanks guys in advance!

Edit: typo

9 Comments
2024/02/24
21:15 UTC

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Would you consider the second violin more important in the Vivaldi Concerto in A minor for two violins?

A thought i have. The second violin has many parts where he does the melody instead of the first violin in the first and third movement

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2024/02/24
20:43 UTC

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Keeping expensive violin in cheap case

So I have an expensive violin that I don’t use often. I have a more expensive case from 30 years ago with no suspension, and a cheap $40 modern case with suspension. I’m thinking it’s better to keep it in the cheap modern case as it has suspension, is there any reason to prefer the 30 year old expensive one?

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2024/02/24
20:02 UTC

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What does this mean in sheet music? And what’s it called?

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2024/02/24
19:29 UTC

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Applying to royal college of music or junior guildhall

I want to apply for royal college of music music violin. I’m 14 and around grade 7/8 so do you think that’s good enough to apply??

I’m also grade 6 piano, I did grade 5 music theory and I can sing.

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2024/02/24
19:23 UTC

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Is it time for a new violin?

Adult beginner here. I've been playing for a little while now on a beginner Scherl&Roth (I think it came used and abused from a school music program) and I'm at the point where I'm questioning the sound quality and playability limitations of the instrument itself. Just wondering if the effort required to make a cheap violin sound good is of value and making me a better player, or would I get more out of practicing with something nicer?

9 Comments
2024/02/24
18:52 UTC

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My experience so far, 2 years playing

So i did a post on other community kinda sometime ago, going back on time, its not like ive been 20 years playing but already 2 years have passed, i started watching videos about 6 or 7 years ago in youtube especially twosetviolin and classical related stuff, to then go and buy a violin and start with classes, i started playing on a orchestra and after some time i had the opportunity to play on the kinda more proffesional orchestra of the academy as a guest on a ghibli concert, it was something i dont think i wil forget, it was an awesome experience to live and even though i didnt had the opportunity to join that orchestra, being able to play in that concert it was awesome, i played as second violin and it was like a month or so of studying a lot of hours a day to be able to play, i asked for some help on this reddit back then with some fingerings for "tonari no totoro" and it was really helpful with the help of my teacher after.
Thanks for this community and i wanted to share some of the stream of the concert, thanks.

https://reddit.com/link/1az1o9j/video/0kr6666aukkc1/player

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2024/02/24
18:33 UTC

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