Learning to play

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    Alrighty then...anyone out there ever tried to learn to play a musical instrument at an older age?

    I am considering trying to learn to play the violin ... it's something I have always wanted to do and never had the wherewithall up until now. I guess what I am asking is does anyone have any advice for an old dog about to attempt learning a new trick?
     
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    A violin? You BIG puss!!! :lol:

    How ya been?

    BTW... go for it..
     
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    Been doing ok...

    Would it sound less wussie if I called it a fiddle?
     
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    DO IT!!!!



    I tried to teach myself to play guitar this summer. I even got on youtube for "how to" videos, they have something for anyone. I'm sure if you got on there and typed in "violin playing" you would get many vids of free lessons. Or go to a violin teacher, if you live near a university maybe a music student could teach you for cheaper than a studio....

    I love the violin, love to hear beautiful music played by it. Here is a great vid with music by Bach that was written for violin:


    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOVwokQnV4M&feature=related]YouTube - J.S. Bach - Air on the G String, Sarah Chang[/ame]
     
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    Yep! :thup:
     
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    I have been cruising the net for a while now looking for stuff on violins and violin music as well as various teaching techniques. I have been interested in doing this since I was a kid ... I imagine it will be a bit difficult and I am sure I wont ever be one of the world's greatist violinists. I look at like the guy who was less than well endowed who hired the hooker. When she saw his rather diminutive package, she started laughing and asked "Who do you think you are going to make happy with that little thing?" and he replied "ME!"

    Learning to play the violin, no matter how well or poorly will make ME happy.:lol:
     
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    Good for you. It is very doable. I played some and now I am teaching my son. With practice and dedication, you can become a decent violinist. Do you plan to go to an instructor or are game at trying to teach yourself?
     
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    Probably a bit of both. From what I have read, self taught is doable but it wont point out or correct bad habits that a person can get into and not be aware of. I will probably take a lesson periodically to correct bad habits but rely on self teaching for the norm.

    I take it then that yo play the violin. I'm jealous!
     
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    I teach guitar to the young and old. If you have the gift and the motivation, you can play. It doesn't matter how old you are. Work on your technique first. You'll need a good instructor for this. What kind of music do you want to play?
     
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    I play several musical instruments, in addition to singing, and am currently working on learning to play the psaltery (a type of lap harp, for anyone wondering), and write songs. My advice is to find yourself a good teacher, and to practice for an hour every day without fail. It's how I learned every other musical skill I have, and works wonderfully.
     

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