QUOTE(AmandaL @ May 30 2009, 10:06 PM)
QUOTE(Terra @ May 28 2009, 12:08 PM)
I know that I'll stick at violin, it's just that ocational chance or the fact that I don't have Â£800 odd to spend right now. I must admit if I did I probably would have brought a violin that would have seen me past grade 8.
I'm really happy with my violin. I'm quite attached to it and the next one I get I'd like to be a really good one that will take me to grade 8 or further.
Speaking as an experienced violinist and teacher of the same, I would advise taking both your playing and violin purchasing one step at a time. While I do not want to dampen your enthusiasm of wanting playing to a high standard, on a bowed string instrument it's a long long road - a never ending one even.
Additionally, if you buy now what you think you'll like playing in a few years time, the chances are you'll have changed your mind by then. You have to nuture and improve your skills and technique first, before deciding what type of violin suits you best. Bear in mind that bow choice will also become important, it's not just the violin that will need consideration.
Hi, I would completely agree with this - it is a very long learning process and one of the major aspects is the development of an acute ear for all the nuances of sound - I don't think it's at all easy to make an informed choice about an instrument or bow if you are a beginner because your demands and expectations change so much with experience.
I'm still finding that the holes in my technique get in the way of evaluating instrument and bow quality (perhaps I'm a bit of a slow learner!) and wish I hadn't spent several hundred pounds on a bow which I now realise, a couple of years later, doesn't really do what I want.
It's an interesting dilemma; good equipment certainly helps you play better but it is hard to know what 'good' means until you can
I hope you enjoy the process anyway!