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  1. My lessons for flute and piano were both 1/2 hour sessions once a week.
  2. I didn't mean to make it sound like the pressure came from memorizing the 2-4 page solos, it wasn't that they were long, it was that i was never told what i did right, but that the teacher would tell me what i did wrong over and over again, though she was only trying to let me know so it could be fixed. And then, I would have to get up in front of 200 people and play this song that i had been told for the past 2 months, everything was wrong with.
  3. I started taking piano lessons when I was 5, and I hated it. My piano teacher was not mean, she just put a lot of pressure on her students, even the ones who were 5 years old. We were expected to memorize 2-4 page solos for formal recitals, and I was 5! I remember during one lesson she was going through everything i did wrong and I burst into tears cause I couldn't take it anymore. Needless to say, i quit the second my parents let me, which wasn't until 6th grade. However, my experience with piano did not keep me away from music. In fifth grade I took up the flute which I love dearly, an
  4. I am currently looking into recieving private lessons for the violin. I know that i can easily get the names of some qualified teachers in the area from my band director, however, i was wondering about some things. I suppose looking for their quality and knowledge must be fairly the same as when i looked for my flute teacher, but i was wondering what i should expect price wise. I know i paid 10 a week for my piano teacher who had studied music since childhood and was very and talented, and I currently pay 16 a week for a flute teacher with a masters degree in music. However, I have heard a
  5. I mainly play the flute, but I am currently learning to play the violin. I myself don't hang my violin on the lip of my stand, but I am guilty of resting my flute there. Anyway, what i have noticed is (while there are only 4 string instrument players at our school, which is huge, we just don't have a string section) the Base player at our school is guilty of leaving his base on his side, but even worse, he leaves it right next to a door that 400 people atleast go in and out of everyday. I've seen this, and i wonder if he is nuts, I'm suprised that nothing terrible has happened to it yet.
  6. My bow was warped pretty badly. I didn't really notice it before, but when the people at the shop told me, i could see it very easily. In fact, now i wonder y i never noticed it in the first place, i guess i just wasn't paying much attention to it. I would say the bow curves about 15-20 degrees to the side.
  7. Thank you for the help, i appreciate it. I will try that with the rosin. Unfortunatly, our school does not have a strings section as large as it is. The only other place i can really think of is my friends new step-sister is a violin player, but i have never met her, and she is away at college most of the time. Thank you for the advice. I will let you know if it works.
  8. Okay, I am in highschool, and i am a flute player. I posted here a few months ago to get advice on where to start with learning the violin, (i have my great-grandfathers). Thank you so much for people who responded. I went and got my violin checked out like you guys advised and the actual violin was in near perfect condition. All they did was put on a new set of strings. I wasn't as lucky with the bows. They were both made of an exspensive wood (i can't think of the name right now, but one of them might have been called zebrawood or something), but they were guessing they were a few hundr
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