April 10, 2008 at 01:23 PM I've worked with a number of people who taught themselves in order to play fiddle music, and then came for lessons. What I notice with many is that they come to \"logical\" conclusions about technique that are very contrary to common practice, and then need lots of extra time to undo before they can play more successfully. As a simple example, a student decides to hold the violin more or less straight, thinking that it is a good thing to be able to look directly at the fingers with both eyes. Or pulls the bow mostly from the shoulder. Watching very good players and READING all the teaching content in books designed for school programs would be some help. Being in Viet Nam with no available teachers is one thing. But there have been many posts here about ways to get some solid instruction via group lessons, joining a community group for \"advanced beginners\", etc., for someone who feels they can't budget some private lessons. At some point it does come down to what your time is worth, when you have to redo, or plateau out much too soon. Sue
Which book to read Try to read them all. I tend to favor the older books and methods/technical material, as written by people like Auer and interviews with violinists of years ago. I think I must have gotten reasonably close to checking most of them out. I frequented libraries for many years. I still do when I get the chance. The quiet library is my temple of knowledge, and if you have access to a good one you are fortunate. All the best to you!
April 18, 2008 at 08:13 AM Hey Juda, Violinmasterclass.com is an excellent site, I've used that myself. I got this new book recently called \"Basics\" by Simon Fischer, it's extremely detailed and very helpful. Also, he wrote a book called \"Practice\" which is very helpful, I recommend it strongly. There are pictures and step by step guides for every technique on the violin. VERY helpful. Learn more than you would from most teacher, really. 1e1e36bf2d