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  1. Hi Nickia! I think that all the advice that's been given thus far is good advice, especially from hanxiao. I strongly feel that technique is much more important than the teacher's playing. Not to say that their playing should be aweful, nor should the teacher be a jerk, but the teacher needs to be able to impart and apply the technique in a way that is understandable. It's not enough for a teacher to be great at his/her instrument, they MUST be able to impart to their student. There's no getting around that. Believe me when I tell you, I think that learning and being picky on technique and scales and can be a pain the butt, but, also believe me when I tell you...it's worth it, and I'm seeing that everytime I play! I think that it's good to have a balance between "Teacher A" and Teacher B". For me, I need someone to push me and give me practical advice, and hold me accountable, but also has enough patience to help with my lacks as a musician. I also think that you need a teacher who'll allow you to grow as a musician. What I mean is, someone who's gonna guide and direct you, but allow you to make some choices in your learning. NOT letting you play with poor technique, but explore the technique and helping to find your "inward musicianship". In other words, I would chose a teacher that gonna push you and hold you accountable. Not a babysitter, but will give you the time that you deserve. I assume that since you're taking your playing seriously, so your teacher should be willing to put in the time for you IF YOU'RE willing to put in the time and effort. It's a two-way street. Wow, I can't believe all of this is coming out a 16 (almost 17) year old, but I guess it comes from my experience from being a musician and being around musicians and teachers and mentors. Best of luck in your decision!
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    Stillnew- Thanks for your comments. That's enlightning for me as well. It's a beaufiful piece of music. Did you sing the entire piece. We only played/sang two movements of it.
  3. I know this hasen't anything to do with strings or music, but i'm sure that this is music to a lot of ears! Did you all see the lauch this morning in Florida? It was awesome. Very beautiful and breathtaking. We finally made it over a two-year hump. Let's hope and pray for a safe return home, too.
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    I recently played two baroque pieces: "Wachet Auf" by J.S. Bach, and "Gloria in D Major" by Vivaldi with our String orchestra at Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS). We did use some vibrato, but not as much of a lush, except for an adagio movement in "Wachet Auf", and an adagio movement in "Gloria". So, I it depends on what sound your trying to get. Whether you're trying to keep true to the original sounds of baroque or your sort of in a modern tradition. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
  5. I know it sounds like a broken record, lupe, but the answer is: YES!, YES!, and another YES! for good measure! I STRONGLY encourage it. It will help to have someone hold you accountable for your playing. I'm not saying that they're your babysitter, but she or he will be able to direct you where you're personally at right now. She/ he will be able to help your level of playing come up. What you have is good, too, because you need the group experience too (I believe), but the private lessons are a must. You will get help in personal struggling areas, and will help with your technique and posture (which is very important). Taking lessons also helps with getting advanced to where you can audition for orchestras in confidence. If I lived in LA, I would definately try to help you with a good teacher. I know that the Twin Cities has some fantastic teachers and musicians. It takes a lot of effort, but becomes more and more worth it! Take care! Danny
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