Lessons For Violin

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A Little More than Meets the Eye

According to the specialized vernacular of all things violin, you take lessons for violin with your tutor, you take classes with your conductor, and you study under your master. The three different kinds of instruction complement and reinforce one another, and they combine to prepare you and build your confidence for your greatest performances. Each kind of instruction has its place in your violin curriculum, and each has its own pattern and sequence derived from the requirements of violin mastery.

Step by step and little by little, your violin lessons build your knowledge and skill. Then, as you learn to read music, place your fingers properly, ply your bow or pluck the strings, your tutor guides you through series of drills and practice pieces, showing you how to apply your new knowledge and technique. If you work with a well-crafted internet tutor, you will run out of new drills and practice pieces at about the same time you begin to feel you have mastered the last lesson's skills.

For the most part, the pattern and sequence in your violin lessons develop according to common sense. You must learn to hold the violin before you pluck or ply your bow across the strings. You must learn to tune your violin before you play a melody. You must learn simple major scales before you learn minor keys and chromatic scales. You must learn to hit the right note before you wriggle your finger for vibrato. You must learn to read music before you play Chopin or Gershwin. Your intuition will suggest how your lessons build upon and reinforce one another, but because the sequence seems so natural, you will not pay a lot of attention to it.

Although common sense and the inevitable demands of skilled violin play inform the design of lessons for violin, internet instruction derives from sophisticated analysis and detailed planning, too. Educators and musicians have collaborated in development of the most popular online violin lessons, applying all they know about how you learn to their designs for your lessons. They have developed your lessons with attention not only to knowledge and skill but also to interest and motivation.

As you chose an instructor, you almost inevitably selected the one that sustained your attention and maintained your motivation. The pattern and logic from lesson to lesson probably seems so natural, and the lessons probably progress so seamlessly you do not even notice how they build on and reinforce one another.

Collaborating in design, development, and delivery of high-quality online violin lessons, musicians and educators endlessly debate how to measure a student's progress toward mastery, acknowledging and accepting the obvious facts of violin life, but maintaining radically different points of view. At first, they agree performance tells the story: If you perform like a master, you have become a master. From that fundamental agreement, however, their views diverge: The educator wants an inventory of the skills and knowledge that empowered your masterful performance. The musician cares more about the passion you invested in your play. The educator wants to know which skills, what knowledge, and which aspects of the performance would reveal your passion for the piece and your instrument. To some extent, the musician focuses your precision and discipline; but the musician also allows for original interpretation. If you heard, felt, and performed the piece in a way that showed its motifs and themes as no one ever had shown them before, the musician will relinquish some of his concern for strict compliance with the score. The educator, however, will remain focused on your precision.

Obviously, genuine measures of mastery include both skills and knowledge, all that tests can measure and quantify; but certified violin masters willingly admit their mastery depends more on values and attitudes than on skills, and those attributes defy measure even as they resonate in masters' performances. In the end, educators, and musicians grudgingly must concede you know violin mastery when you hear it.

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Hailey Alton is a violin performer, music lover and teacher. For more great tips on Lessons for Violin please visit http://learntheviolinfast.com/

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This article was published on 2010/04/01