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My 10 year old cousin asks to play the violin

I haven't taken any ABRSM test but my teacher graded me as grade 3 in violin performance, but I'd say I'm closer to grade 4 from what I've seen. Anyway, I have no experience in teaching but I do have some ideas from what I've seen online, since there was a long period of time where I would self teach myself from youtube videos and other resources, (and I managed to improve my playing by myself drastically, more than my teachers ever did honestly).

I taught him once to play open strings and he was a fast learner, his posture was not terrible. Should I keep teaching him? I don't think he'd be so serious as to ask his mom to buy him a violin or get him a teacher though, that's why I'm keen on teaching him and keeping things light and fun. Any advice or steps you think I should follow in the teaching process will be much appreciated!

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2024/05/20
20:35 UTC

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Is there any way to fix this?

Im a new violinist and I recently noticed this dent in my violin. I dont think it will affect my performance but I know it’ll bug me, is there a way to fix it?

3 Comments
2024/05/20
20:28 UTC

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Feeling lost as an adult intermediate violin player and looking for advice

Hi everyone,

I (23) have been playing the violin since I was a child. However, I'm not as good as I could've been because until 18-19 I wasn't practising as I should've etc etc etc etc.

But since then I've been doing scales, arpeggios, double stop octaves and thirds, all of the good stuff. And my playing really has improved. I played Mozart 3, some Bach, Accolay A minor, Saint Saens and whatever else I could've found. I've had teachers who have helped immensely, and my thinking has also developed a lot just by looking at masterclasses and listening especially to my most recent teacher describing the way you accentuate every single note in for example Bach. And that EVERY note is of value, has to be thought through to create the entirety.

But it just seems, and especially as you grow in to whatever field of study you are into, that really the time is not enough. And had it been, the times you do practise, you realize you can't because of neighbors and not having the same sort of freedom as when I was in my parents house.

This past year in uni has been so intense, and I wish I could've practised more, and more effectively. But then you catch yourself having worked on the same concerto for five months because for many of those weeks you haven't been able to practise more than once or twice. And I catch myself getting so sick of the pieces that I never want to hear them again - especially the Bach Doubles from the B minor partita, accolay a minor, and Mozart 3, which have been my most recent pieces.

Finally, the lack of engagement. I mean, you can play Mozart 3, or whatever piece for that matter. But without other people it feels dull. And for the past year or two I've started questioning the whole point of playing if I'm not sharing it with others. Then the problem is finding others to play with, to start a quartet or whatever. But I wouldn't know the first place to start, nor am I likely good enough for something like that, because I have never practised playing with others. So I'm just alone in my room going over scales day in and day out, playing concertos, and while it does give me something - I feel good and accomplished - eventually it just falls flat because the only one I ever share the music with is the teacher I'll see maybe once or twice a month due to time constraints on both ends.

I'll be moving to a new country in a week, and I really have no idea if I should bring my violin or not. I don't want to bring it along only to take it out for 30 minutes here and there to play the same things I've played, pick up another bach double or concerto. I need something new!

I do apologize for this rant, I am honestly looking for advice as I am considering putting the violin on hold. At the same time, if I do that I'll likely get even more frustrated with it. It's not a good violin either, which has been bugging both me and previous teachers who have encouraged me over and over to purchase a new one that will inspire me. Finally, I'll get frustrated if I go over the same scales and double stop octaves and pieces again, going through the motions of getting better - and improving - but not having anyone else to share it with.

Appreciate any pointers, thanks

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2024/05/20
18:02 UTC

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some of today’s practice. need new strings too </3

4 Comments
2024/05/20
13:11 UTC

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Electric violin parts

I want to build an electric violin for my brother's birthday. Never built one before but I trust my woodworking skills will be enough for the build. Any tips about the process would be well appreciated.

Which shops in Europe would you recommend for the premade parts (tonal wood, endpin, chinrest, tail gut, tailpiece, fingerboard, piezoelectric pickup)?

2 Comments
2024/05/20
11:40 UTC

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Help please

I think the violin is broken.

it looks like part of the rib lining has cam unglued, and I don't know what to do, my parents will probably not get it fixed, because it's expensive and they don't understand how much even a cheap violin actually costs, and for reference of how cheap the think violins are, they think a strad would be around £10,000-£50,000 and don't believe me when I say they cost millions, they believe my violin is worth £50 when it really isn't, I've had it valued at around £800 - £1,200

I have stopped playing it rn, as I don't want things to get worse.

But what should I do?

The rib Lining has cam unglued a bit, will it break really badly if I leave it?

It looks like the Rib Lining has become unglued at the bottom of the right upper bout side

What should I do? And will it break if I leave it?

For now I've stopped playing it,just so I don't make it worse.

10 Comments
2024/05/20
11:14 UTC

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Do you teach your kid violin? Or you find a teacher for him/her?

Personally I just don’t know how to teach them. I know how to play doesn’t mean I know how to teach.

What do you do when your kid showed interest to violin? My 5 year old asked me to teach him but I just too lazy to teach…..Also, he already taking piano lessons every week and he’s doing great. I’m not sure should add another instrument for him? I don’t want to stay with him to practice two instruments everyday,it just too time consuming….

11 Comments
2024/05/20
08:10 UTC

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Ray Chen's playing/sound is harsh to me

Quick background about myself: I do not play violin, never have. I have an 8 year old whom we are considering violin or cello lessons, though. YouTube seems to think I'd like Ray Chen's channel and keeps recommending him. So I've watched.

With that out of the way, I don't like his sound and I'm trying to figure out why that is. He is a professional player, yet when I hear others on YT play the same pieces they sound better and some aren't pros. To me, Ray's playing sounds harsh. Almost....scratchy. It's not warm like I hear violins in my head. Does anyone else hear this or am I just a guy that knows nothing and he's amazing? Trying to understand the mechanics of what makes violinists sound different. Thanks!

40 Comments
2024/05/20
06:19 UTC

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Did my first jam today, need some help

Hi r/violinist. A little background on me before I dive too deep into it; I'm a 22m violinist who has been playing on-and-off for about 11 years now. I started in a classical orchestra and until today; that was basically my only type of exposure with the instrument. As such, my ability to read and play sheet music is good, but I'm severely lacking in my ability to improvise and come up with something off the dome. As far as theory goes, I can vaguely recall the circle of fifths to myself (I know how to play in every key but I sometimes forget the names of them) and I know different finger patterns but I can't really play a scale if somebody told me to play a ___ scale. So my theory is quite limited as well.

I recently got invited to a jam session by a friend, and I ended up taking them up on the offer. I knew it was gonna be hard for me, but I toughened up and just went with it. The way it was structured was that we'd kinda just freeball it. Someone would start off with a rhythm, usually the drummer, and then everyone else was trying to fit their puzzle piece in. The electric guitar player next to me was extremely well versed in theory, and he pretty much spent most of our session guiding me in what would sound good for me to play.

I truly did have fun, but it was so overwhelming to know so little. I don't even know where to start with my solo practice in order to prepare myself to play with a group again. I'm hoping the next time I come to play with them that I don't have to crutch on him so hard and I can start to formulate things on my own. I've spent a while scouring the internet for how to improvise on the violin but all of the advice feels so general; I really feel like I need way more specific ideas to hone in on.

If anyone's been in this situation as a violinist before or started off as an improv violinist with some nuggets of knowledges to share; I'm all ears. Above all else, I'm looking for things I can study/practice on my own time to come back more prepared. Thanks!

4 Comments
2024/05/20
05:50 UTC

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5 year old wants to play

Hey all,

I played violin as a child until my late teens and haven’t touched a violin since. My 5 year old has been begging me weekly if not nearly daily for a violin and to teach her how to play since last October. She just turned 5 in December.

I used to play videos of violinists playing Disney songs and just random music on our television while they were playing with their toys so I think that’s where she may have made the decision that she wanted to learn.

I was going to order her either a 1/8 or 1/4 off Amazon since they’re only $60-$80 and there’s no rental places near me.

Am I crazy for wanting to introduce it to her this early? I’ve been putting it off thinking it’s a phase of wants but she’s been relentless about asking to learn. Would it be detrimental to get it for her, help her learn how to hold it and make noise while we look into the possibility of Suzuki in the fall? Is she too young for Suzuki? I don’t want to avoid exposure because I think it’s too young if she does have a genuine interest. Any thoughts?

22 Comments
2024/05/20
00:30 UTC

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Is it just me or is playing in tune really annoying.

Does anyone else ensure their scales are in tune by checking the intervals? IE listening for thirds, fourths, sixths, octaves in your notes to ensure that everything is perfectly in tune? I find it really frustrating and ultimately difficult to do this for more than 5-10 minutes before I just want to move on in my practice.

17 Comments
2024/05/19
23:15 UTC

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informally teaching violin at sixteen years old?

help!!!

Background: I am taking private lessons myself from a non-local teacher, and am working through Level 8 (from the link below) repertoire (Bruch, Saint-Saëns concerto, Lalo) right now.

http://violinmasterclass.com/en/graded-repertoire/violin-and-orchestra

I have taught a friend's little sister before, weekly, for money, and found it fun and rewarding--however I got a request from my neighborhood's repairman, who has no violin experience but does have a violin laying around that he says he's always wanted to play, and he would be really grateful if I could teach him the basics, and pay me as well--I know that teaching an adult beginner is a pretty different thing than what I've done before however. His goals are just to be able to play for fun.

I would have my parents in the room watching for safety reasons, he is a stranger adult after all, though he does seem very nice. Honestly, I think it would be a cool, new if challenging experience to teach him, but I'm not sure if I should--is it a bad idea? Please give me some advice!

Obviously I would expect low pay, since I am a teenager and not a virtuoso or anything. I could attempt to get some local teachers and give him their contact information, but since he works in my neighborhood I'm assuming he would just like to learn from where it's convenient.

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2024/05/19
22:24 UTC

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Vibrato!

I recently returned to playing after a (gasp) 40+ year absence. My instructor is starting me on vibrato. He warned me that I might hate him (I don't - yet LOL) but ... wow. Is it this hard for everyone? My hands are so confused about what I am asking them to do. Not really asking for advice (but will gratefully accept any offered). Really just want to vent to people who might get it.

27 Comments
2024/05/19
20:58 UTC

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Where do you fit it all in your case??

I’m slowly transitioning to my BAM hightech case (many reasons, some are sentimental, some involve actual comfort reasons). But I can’t fit everything in the tiny accessory pouch!

Are there larger pouches that can be replaced in the case? Any creative suggestions for how to fit stuff in there? There isn’t even enough space for me to stash an extra set of strings in the pouch.

8 Comments
2024/05/19
20:40 UTC

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Will getting surgery affect my posturing

So I’m a trans man looking to get top surgery. I’ve used my chest as a way to hold the violin in some way for as long as I can remember because it is so large. Would getting surgery affect my posture and playing? I know I won’t be able to play for a month afterwards at least and I’m worried about what comes after that.

6 Comments
2024/05/19
19:22 UTC

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Which Mozart concerto + movement is your favorite and why?

10 Comments
2024/05/19
17:02 UTC

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Tonic/Subdominant/Dominant drones for intonation practice

A couple years ago, one of the last lessons with my old teacher was to practice intonation using drones, namely the I, IV and V pitches of whatever key the piece was in. I could never get clarification to why tuning past the tonic was helpful, since tuning in just intonation will result in slightly different pitches for the same written note when tuned against different drones.

Granted, my intonation improved when tuning to the tonic, but I couldn't get the logic behind the IV and V drones because I assumed that would just muddy up my intonation even more. Like, having three different spectrums of pitch is gonna just turn into a brown mush if I combine them together.

Any opinions to how this may/may not help me in the long run?

2 Comments
2024/05/19
16:50 UTC

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Lengthy Mozart Symphony no. 39, mvt. II excerpt discussion

Hello everyone!!

I don't know how many "pros" frequent this subreddit, but I was essentially wanting some feedback surrounding this excerpt.

Here's the thing: virtually all of my colleagues, along with a few teachers from when I was younger, say you essentially HAVE to go up the D string (and then A string later for the Bb) at the beginning of this excerpt. Aside from the musical arguments that it's a more warm, beautiful sound (debatable), I've also been told multiple times that not going up the D string could be seen as chickening out by a lot of string players on a committee and that in reality, it's actually safer to go up the D string so as not to set off a red flag to the committee that you're scared of a fingering that's "more musical," but more difficult to play in tune.

Everything in my own musical sensibilities and knowledge rebels against this fingering! My counter argument is that A) you sacrifice resonance for warmth. I think there's too much edge to the sound in higher positions for my liking in this excerpt B) if you're a decent violinist you should be able to play this passage using the A and E string without the sound becoming too bright and C) even if period instruments had a different sound quality, it's almost certain that players in the 18th century would not have been going that high up the D string.

I'm aware that in the context of an audition, if you play your other excerpts and concerto beautifully, this rather small detail probably won't lose someone an audition. However, I frequently vacillate about what to do in this excerpt and I guess what I'm really wondering is are there any players out there who, even if it's not how they would chose to play it, at least think my arguments are musically sound??

4 Comments
2024/05/19
15:55 UTC

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Anyone agree? 😂

2 Comments
2024/05/19
15:03 UTC

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suggestions on romantic, slow and soulful violin duets for advanced violinists?

hello! for context, me and my friend both have an atcl in violin, and we're looking for a romantic era or type of duet piece to perform together, but the internet is not being very hepful. if you have any favourites or suggestions, do help us out! thank you so much <3

similiar pieces with the kind of tone we're looking for would be handel/halvorsen sarabande for violin and viola or barber adagio for strings in b minor, op 11 mvt II!!

4 Comments
2024/05/19
11:08 UTC

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I need help with my practice routine

Hello, im 26 years girl with a limited time to practice. I'm struggling with my practice routine, currently in the suzuki book 1, last song, gavotte. But I don't feel like I'm progressing, not reaching any goal, especially if I don't have a deadline. At the moment I have not been able to attend my classes due to financial issues. Could someone guide me especially when I have such limited time? (2 hours max).

Thanks in advance to everyone who can help me. English is not my native language, so I apologize for any errors.

5 Comments
2024/05/19
05:11 UTC

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Folders

Anyone know what those black leatherette music folders with the brass corners are called? You know what I’m talking about.

3 Comments
2024/05/19
00:53 UTC

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Arcus bows and technique

Hi everyone,

I'm currently trying out some Arcus bows and I really like them, but I'm a bit worried about claims that you need different technique to play with them and that they basically play themselves. Could that hinder my technical development in the long run and make me unable to play with any other bow?

15 Comments
2024/05/18
23:29 UTC

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Slight buzzing sound probably attributed to bow

There's a slight buzzing sound sometimes from my bow and it's really annoying. My teacher can't help me diagnose it because she can't hear it and it's intermittent. It's also hard to present to a luthier unless I wait till I hear it, then rush over to show him.

  • the buzzing sound is very slight, as if there was a sheet of paper flapping in very high wind. Not the flap-flap-flap-flap sound, but the resonant flapping that sounds like vvvvvvvvvvvvvv

  • it seems to be associated with rosin use. when it happens, if I wipe down my bow hairs with a dry cloth, it gets slightly better, but it's still there

  • I once found a tiny hair or fiber on the string, and when I removed it, the buzzing got better. This might be a red herring since all the other diagnoses point to the bow.

  • a different bow works fine

  • It gets a little better after wiping down the strings to get rid of the white powder (rosin).

  • the buzzing is consistent on at least three different violins

  • the buzzing goes away completely when using the other side of the bow hairs, so like extreme pronation to be "backwards"

  • the buzzing is intermittent.

Has anyone else had this issue? It's so frustrating because only like 1/3 of the time I get the sweet resonant sound I know my violin can make.

8 Comments
2024/05/18
20:59 UTC

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Recommendation: Eletric viola or 5 string violin? What do I need to start and perform?

I am a professional violist with lots of experience in acoustics instruments but I am looking forward to make the jump to the ELETRIC VIOLA world.

-what instrument would you recommend to start? -what other material is needed to plug in and to make a nice sound? And later to perform? -where can I find this material in second hand?

Thanks in advance ✨

11 Comments
2024/05/18
19:43 UTC

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How do you assess a violin?

I am a beginner who has barely even played the violin and I've decided I want to buy a violin. When I go to buy a violin how do i assess the quality of a violin. I am a beginner and I have yet to take a lesson so i how do i assess the quality of violin i cant play apart from how its built which correct me if I'm wrong but can check by just studying on violins online.
Edit - Renting is not an option and neither is getting a teacher. Since, the nearest shop I'm thinking of going to is really far away, so they wont allow renting and i also would'nt be able to find any teacher just for the small period of time I will be there to make a purchase.

17 Comments
2024/05/18
18:18 UTC

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