Hello, Strings Forum - this is my first post here and my first post on the forums for a while
I'm posting on behalf of my fourteen year old daughter, who wants to learn to play the violin. We have hired a Stentor 2 for three months today to see how she gets on but this is not necessarily the instrument we will buy. I understand that these are decent starter instruments but there are better alternatives out there when we come to purchase.
I hope to speak to some teachers locally on Monday, so that we can get on with lessons as soon as possible. In the meantime, she has got A New Tune A Day and has been watching the DVD, and practising bowing long notes. As a woodwind player, I confess to complete ignorance of string instruments but obviously I want to help her all I can. We've tuned the instrument and she is getting some decent sounds from it. I've told her to try to use her ears rather than relying on her tuner all the time - she has some previous musical experience, since she plays piano and electric and acoustic guitars and is good at playing by ear anyway (much better than I am!)
I think it is likely that she will need to use a shoulder rest and obviously I will seek advice from her teacher (once we've found one!) but wondered if anyone could suggest a good one to start with. She is currently using a scarf - is this acceptable for the time being? Also, are we right in thinking that the rosin needs to be applied to the bow every time she plays? We found a Youtube clip which suggested 5 - 10 strokes - is this good advice?
Grateful for any advice, tips and suggestions!