I started learning the violin as an adult in June 2015 at the age of 30. I was so happy to start learning to play but after giving it a first try I realized it was going to be quite some challenge. Also I don't have a private teacher so that is an extra challenge. Luckily I found many good YouTube videos that are helping me to learn. I especially like the lessons by Heather Broadbent, Eddy Chen, professorV, Violin Lab Channel and violinmasterclass.
Keeping track of my progress helps me stay motivated and it's a great way to see what needs further improvement. So each month I choose one piece and that represents my progress for that month. You can find them all in this playlist. I'll be uploading a new video here every month.
I found a great book with 25 famous fiddle tunes that are easy enough for beginner fiddlers. I'm learning one or two of them each month. I started with the slowest fiddle tunes in the book because it was really hard to me to play fast songs. It's still hard but it's getting better thanks to these fiddle tunes. To able to play them I have to learn to play fast and it's getting better every time.
Some of the fiddle tunes I really liked are: - Road to Lisdoonvarna - All the Rage - Scollay's Reel
What I like about this book with fiddle songs is that that all come with piano accompaniment which makes it real fun to play. And there are classes by Loralyn Staples from Red Desert Violin to learn to play each of these songs. I'll be uploading more fiddle songs each month. Hope you like the songs.
I love playing violin etudes. I believe they are very helpful to focus on technique. I started playing the violin in June 2015. And I've started with etudes after 6 or 7 months. So far I've been playing etudes from Franz Wohlfahrt Opus 45, Hans Sitt Opus 32 and Robert Pracht Opus 15.
With these etudes I've been focusing on: - playing in different keys - working on rhythms with metronome - staccato - slurs - dynamics - wrist flexibility And so much more. I will definitely keep practicing etudes and I will upload all etudes here after practicing them so that you can follow my progress.
When I started playing the violin in June 2015 I mainly used Suzuki Book 1. The songs were easy enough to start with yet fun to play. I finished the first book quite fast and continued with Suzuki Book 2 which has some great pieces! My favorites were Gavotte by J. B. Lully, Waltz by J. Brahms and Minuet by L. Boccherini.
After Suzuki Book 2 I took a break before continuing with Suzuki Book 3. I needed to play some more pieces in Suzuki Book 2 level before moving on. Also I wanted to focus more on some techniques, intonation, scales etc. Soon I will continue with Suzuki Book 3. And of course I'll be uploading my recordings after practicing the pieces. Hope you will like it!