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  1. Sorry if this has already been said, but one thing you can do is to lean your right elbow against a wall or something sturdy and play. Do that for a while and then stop, then play without the wall and see the difference.
  2. Thanks for the suggestions! (Just to let people know I'm the one who posted this )
  3. Whenever I play, my pinky finger on my left hand always stays straight up except when I need it. Is this bad? I know I'm not supposed to do it for piano, but what about violin? If it's bad, what can I do to have it stay semi curled like the rest of my fingers? Thanks!
  4. I know that it depends on how hard I work and what I really want, but does anybody know if someone can play in a decent (paying) orchestra if they start at the age of 11? I know I started way late, but I want to get semi good.
  5. Which do you prefer to use? I like fine tuners, partly because I don't have the experience of using just pegs with the fine tuner on E, and that it seems easier to be in tune. But I can't exactly judge yet.
  6. I've definitely heard of them, but I have no idea how to know one's grade level. Therefore I have no idea what grade I'm at. Help?
  7. Thank you all for the replies! The level I'm currently at is Suzuki 3 (and have been playing close to 2 years), and I'm learning the higher positions. It usually takes me at least a week to pass a piece, and it has to be pretty much perfect. But I do have to admit, I have been slacking on my practicing. I'm going to try to increase it to 3 hours a day. Again, thanks for the replies, experiences, advice, tips, and suggestions! It has really helped.
  8. I read in a thread here that a student should complete a Suzuki book in a month. It takes me almost a year to complete one. Am I just slow?
  9. Does anybody know of any summer music schools/programs/youth orchestras in Colorado? All I'm going to be doing is sitting around and practicing this summer, so I want something to do. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  10. Kath- there definitely is the opportunity to join an orchestra if you put lots of effort and time into playing the violin. I agree with ShadowHawk, later beginners tend to appreciate these things more than young beginners. Remember, try to practice every day, and have confidence when playing. I definitely believe you will be good. Much better late than never with the violin. Nobody should ever pass up the chance to play if they really want to. Best of luck! Sara
  11. Thanks for the replies! I'm buying the violin from Fein Violins, and they provide a 1 trial week. The website is www.feinviolins.com.. Again, thanks!
  12. There's a violin I really want and plan to buy, but in order to get it I'd either have to go to Minnesota or order off the internet. Obviously I'm going to go with ordering off the internet. What are your thoughts on ordering off the internet? Is it good or bad? Thanks!
  13. There's a lot of tension in everything when playing the bass...or maybe it's just me. Hmm, did I answer the question? Let me go read it again...
  14. Quote: For an adult I believe you are definitely not on the fast side. <BR>Fast adults do about one book per month.<P>How come you are not fast?<P>May be<BR>1) You don’t have time to practice.<BR>2) You are concentrating on more than just those books.<P>Your teacher may be telling you the truth but if all his/her students are slower then <BR>“In the valley of the blinds the person with one eye is king”.<P> It takes me about a year to complete just one book! If an adult went through a book a month, they would be done with the whole method in a year, meaning they could be professionals in 2 years. I'm confused...is this even possible?
  15. Odd, I've never heard an electric violin before...
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