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Violin Lesson #1

First violin lesson went great! The Eastman School is right in the heart of the Jazz Festival, so I wasn't sure if there'd be a problem with me getting inside (many badge-only events are held inside), so I made sure to arrive early. I think they'll let in anyone with an instrument in hand, though, hahaha.

I sat where we agreed to meet and gave her a text, to which she immediately replied that her last lesson just ended, so let's meet up in room 404, and she gave me succinct directions.

When we met, I thought for sure I'd met her assistant, but nope. She is really young. I'll wager 10 or so years younger than me. She doesn't look old enough to buy her own drinks (though I'm pretty sure she's older than she looks). But she is wonderful and kind with a bright personality.

The actual lesson involved the very basics, which involved preparing the instrument components (she gave mine a quick tuning, helped me to find the right place for the shoulder rest, and went over bow-hair maintenance), holding the violin and bow properly (elbow, arm, hand, and finger positions, as well as how to wedge it between the chin and shoulder), and playing open notes.

She said she was very surprised of how quickly I caught onto things, while most of her students take up to four weeks to correct their arm/hand postures, and run the bow without screeching (which I almost never have, even while tooling around with it myself). But I was definitely not without my flaws.

The hardest part for me was keeping my bow pinkie in check. While I quickly catch my instrument arm slipping out of place, I almost never noticed my pinkie slipping. My fingers are double jointed, so I have to actively pop my pinkie back in its correct position so forcefully that it breaks my stride. I also need to find the perfect placement for my shoulder rest.

Oh, and right when she told me a way to help lower the risk of breaking my rosin... wouldn't you freakin' know, I dropped mine on the floor and it cracked right in the middle! That is going to be a huge pain (I will keep using it til it's completely split).

All-in-all, I had a really good time! My next lesson, unfortunately, isn't for a week & a half, due to her schedule and my money. But I've got a lot of homework! I am working through a note-speller book, as well as a tune-a-day book.

Next lesson: first-finger placement.


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Jun. 27th, 2014 09:18 am (UTC)
That sounds awesome! I've always wanted to learn violin but it's always looked way tricky to me
Good luck with the rest of your lessons!
Jun. 30th, 2014 04:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've almost got the pinkie problem down ^_^
Jun. 28th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
You're learning to play the violin? That's awesome!
Jun. 30th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
I've been sitting on that decision for a good 12 years :)
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