bowed string instrument. Didn't realize
[you-tubes]. Which to start with? What method of teaching? Want to eventually do folk/improvise, seeking sympathetic string sound, but still love classical.
I have said for years that I want to learn Violin/Fiddle, now I have the time to do so. Am 25 with previous "12 years experience" on Piano (which I quit officially about 5 years ago for the worst possible reasons and feel I forgotten everything music related... hope not, but was never really good with theory anyway). I don't have an instrument yet, but that is part of my question.
To wit: my questions:
-of the 4, Which instrument to focus on, at least to start? (leaning towards standard Viola [previous askme
-What teaching style? Suzuki? straight to improv/ear training? classical first than folk? other?
-What price range instrument to start with?
I really love Celtic/Irish folk fiddle, and southern folk fiddle (live in NC). I also love classical. And while I like the fast happy stuff, I would die a happy man if I could just once make music as slowly dark, melancholy and beautiful ornamented as around 0:37 to 1:33 in the Fargo Score.
But Silly me, until last week thought every bow string instrument under the chin was just a size of violin. Didn't realize that there were so many variates and that it seems the sounds I am really drawn to are the Hardingfele
(like in fargo) and the viola d'amore
(btw really like this
.) I guess I just really have a thing for those instruments with sympathetic strings. (incidentally those are the one's with the best Myths don't use AEAC#!!
I am leaning towards the standard Viola because
1) I have already had initial meeting with a teach who teaches it (but i'm not sure of her method/experience)
2) in general I would guess a Viola resources easier to find than the sympathetic stringed instruments
3) I guess (tell me if I am wrong) it is easier to start on one of the standard instruments and then branch to sympathetic strings.
4) I hear beginners on a Viola are not as screechy
5) I know I am the right "size" for viola.
6) Ummm.... I like the darker mellow sound of a Viola better than violin
But I am concerned because:
1) potential lack of solo/folk material on the viola.
2) Can a viola really be "a fiddle?" (in the folk music sense)
3) Would it be easier to learn violin first then viola? Would I pick up better habits/fingering? Does it matter?
The one teacher I mentioned is younger but expensive (relatively). she plays/teaches both Violin and Viola, a plus. But only Classically trained. Is that something to consider from the beginning or just down the line after the basics are learned?
What really concerns me is:
1) She suggested I just buy the cheapest instrument I can find ($200-300 on CraigsList). Which is good on my wallet, but I have read most everywhere else that is a big no-no, you should start on decent instrument so you tune your ear. But maybe she has a point since if I bought a "student instrument" from the violin maker in town it would be like 1200$ and I don't really know what I want yet.
2) I'm not thrilled with the instruction book she showed me. It looked like a kid book and the mush of stuff I remember on Piano which made me hate it. I'd prefer theory presented straightforward in a technical manual or let me mess with the instrument and figure it out with some assistance. But obviously I failed at Piano, so...?
I would be willing to pay 2,000 for an instrument now, but my thought was rent for 6 months and then make a jump to an owned instrument. There is apparently another violin maker in town that rents and has good quality (for rentals) according to another violin (not viola) teacher I talked to.
Finally, just as an aside... I get this fear that (as always) I naturally gravitated towards the most expensive, esoteric, hard to master areas of a field (the sympathetic strings, d'amore and Hardingfele). Should I just give up on those now? or could a devoted hobbyist actually make something beautiful on one of those without paying a fortune and wasting years?
Thanks Hive Mind!