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Dd1's violin practise - how involved should I get?

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Elk Tue 06-Oct-09 21:19:54

Dd1 is 6.6 and in year 2. She has just started the violin at her own request. I am not sure how far to get involved in her practise. I learnt the violin for a year a little while ago and then moved house and didn't find a new teacher. I don't want to interfere with what her teacher is telling her what to do as I am aware I have very little experience.
She likes it if I get out my violin and play her tune with her (she is learning Mary had a little lamb).

Should I be helping her put her fingers in the right places when she gets it wrong?

Also, she tends to look very awkward when holding her violin so should I be correcting her posture because her teacher seems to be showing her a different way to the way I was taught?

pointyhat Tue 06-Oct-09 21:26:02

I wouldn't do a thing myself - apart from listening and encouraging and you rplaying sounds good.

Elk Tue 06-Oct-09 22:03:35

I thought it might be better if I kept 'out' of it so to speak. I did have to retune one of the strings today as it was so out of tune it was horrible.

I am also not sure what to expect her to do. she seems to be mostly plucking the strings at the moment rather than bowing. As her teacher also does guitar I am starting to wonder if he has forgotten what instrument he is teaching!

pointyhat Tue 06-Oct-09 22:06:52

They all start off plucking. Tis the norm.

IsItMeOr Tue 06-Oct-09 22:11:54

What you're doing sounds lovely. I learnt a bit older than your DD, but my mum always said that she enjoyed hearing me practice. She may have been a very good liar (although, actually, she's generally a terrible liar), but it was very nice to think that she enjoyed the "music" we made.

Oh no, you certainly wouldn't want her to be using the bow until she has a better idea of how to cope with holding the violin [Strangled cat emoticon]! Didn't you start plucking?

Elk Tue 06-Oct-09 22:18:03

I started of by bowing practically straight away. I think it might be different if you learn at 26 instead of 6 and already play an instrument.

IsItMeOr Wed 07-Oct-09 07:41:27

grin I see your point Elk. I've seen my niece take up the violin when she was about 8, and even then it is difficult to coordinate holding the violin, the bow, moving the bow, connecting it with a string, connecting it with a string so that it sounds okayish, and moving your fingers to the right positions. But it's great that she's so keen, I'm sure she'll get there.

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