Kudos to you. It is not easy to change the way our brains operate as we age. It's called neuroplasticity. Congrats on not letting that prevent you from doing what you want to do. This experience and new skill can only add to your happiness now and in the future.investingdad wrote:So I probably won't update this thread quite as frequently going forward. But I did want to mention that I've now been doing this violin thing for six months. I continue to do once a week lessons with a very nice teacher. And despite being a 40 something adult, I still get nervous when showing off a new skill or piece to her that I've managed to get the hang of. Good thing she's older than me.
It's funny how easily we slip into the student teacher relationship with the desire to show of what we've learned despite our age.
I'm now in the second Strings book and she's guiding me though some new sharps and flats in other keys. I've peeked at what's coming up and it appears third position is at the end of this book. Yikes! That will be my first attempt at anything other than first position.
I've also picked up Suzuki Book 2 at her recommendation. The first couple of exercises are awesome...focusing on notes that ring together. As my finger placement, intonation, and ear has improved, playing the exercises that focus on those lovely, ringing notes is amazing.
I'm still working on Gavotte, Happy Farmer, and Minuets in Book 1, but I can play them all. I even earned a, "wow, that was really nicely played" from my teacher on Minuet 2. Sweet!
And...I'm violin shopping this month. My rental is actually pretty good, but I'm going to buy my own from the local, well reputed luthier from whom I rent.
Seven to nine hours per week is my normal amount of practice. At some point in the future I'm going to see if I can find a group of fellow adult beginners to play with. Probably a little ways off, though...I suspect my teacher can probably point me in the right direction.