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Learn to Play Violin

 WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN?

Shape Young Minds with Music

It is said that the sound of the violin is the musical instrument closest to the human voice!  Like most things you learn in life, what you get out of your lessons depends on what you invest in them.  We have students as young as 6 years old and adult students up to and including those who are retired.

Learning music can be compared to learning a language.

Music is not a language, but the learning process is quite similar. Practice and immersion in the language gives you a foundation to build upon.  It is the same in learning the violin. If you know how to read music, you already have a great head start. The first and most basic form of learning any instrument involves knowing how to read music.  If you don’t read music, learning to read music is part of the skills you will learn in your violin lessons. Tatiana will help you learn to read music and show you the proper fingering, bowing, and other mechanics involved in playing the violin. Tatiana teaches in your foundation lessons.

Will it be hard or difficult? Yes, absolutely!

Bowed instruments are difficult to learn. They are very complex and sensitive instruments, so it takes a lot of good quality lessons and good quality practice to be able to play tunes beautifully and achieve the realistic goal you should set for yourself.   This is where a good violin teacher is most important!  Getting a good foundation is essential.  A good foundation, such as posture and holding and drawing the bow properly is necessary for you to achieve eventual success.

Are you committed to doing what it takes? Is your goal realistic?

There are many ways you can take music lessons.  Online, YouTube, Self-taught, as a group in school or private lessons.  Again, like most endeavors in life, you get out of it what you put in.  In my opinion and from what I have observed, private lessons with an experienced violin teacher are the best and fastest way to learn to play the violin.  We have students who become frustrated trying to learn on their own or online and come to Tatiana to learn the right way.  The problem is they already have bad habits that need to be corrected before they can begin to achieve the success they want to achieve.

Learning to play the violin takes a lot of time and energy.

Sorry, I’d like to be honest and I don’t want to make it any prettier than it is. If you like practicing, playing around with your instrument and sorting things out, then it won’t be hard or difficult. You will have fun along the way. That’s the most important thing.  Practicing is what you will do 90% or more of the time you spend with your instrument.  Even if you are a professional, you still need to maintain your skill set and still need to practice and prepare for your performances. Tatiana has taught, played and performed as a violinist for most of her adult life.  Hardly a day goes by that she doesn’t pick up her violin and practice – to keep her skill level at its highest.  Those individuals who take the time, and put in the effort to learn to play the violin can reap rich rewards by possessing this wonderful skill. The satisfaction and joy you achieve and share with others is worth the effort!

Private instruction:

If you are going to learn to play the violin with a personal tutor. The instructor you select for lessons is critical to your success.  Just because someone knows how to play violin does not mean they know how to teach effectively.  Maybe you are in school and in the orchestra. A private teacher is also a wonderful enrichment for a serious student to have in addition to group lessons offered at a school.  All of Tatiana’s students are playing in Honor Orchestra or first or second chair in their respective orchestra.

The main thing to remember: when you employ a personal violin instructor is to practice, practice, and practice! A weekly lesson and no practice will not give you the results you want.  You must take what you learned in the lesson, go home and practice to re-enforce by using your hands and muscles to help remember and retain the information.

You can call Tatiana to discuss lessons

(702) 769-7685

 

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