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Wesley LOVES his Suzuki Violin lessons. He tends to do better at home then the actual lessons. His lessons are at 10:30am on Saturdays and this early in the morning he tends to be hyper. So the first 10mins is showing the teacher what we have been working on all week. She then spends the next 10mins telling us how to improve or take it to the next step. 5mins practicing, and then the last 5mins is her talking about what we should work on this week and maybe a game of Simon Says as a reward(using some violin exercises)
Turns out his violin IS a touch to big for him as someone pointed out to us, we are having issues right now with him holding the violin with just his cheek. He told his teacher on Saturday that she was “choking” him. However she said that it is only a touch to big and one growth spurt and it will fit perfect. One thing that will help him though is making sure he stretches his arm out properly. He tends to tuck it in too much.
Wonderful news! He FINALLY has learned how to hold his bow properly. We were having so much trouble because he was holding his bow too tight. We would place his hands properly and he would start doing his exercises and they would just slip into a tight grip hold. But now he can hold it properly and move his bow around while still keeping a good hold.
All of this happened in a one weeks time practicing using “Bow-Nut Donuts”. I saw them online and told his teacher. She had never used them but had seen them too. She said lets give it a try so I placed an order. By him knowing where to place his pinkie, the rest of the hold just improved 10 folds. in a few weeks I will remove the Bow-Nut so he doesn’t rely on it. So far I have nothing but positive things to say about this simple but effective product.
Well…. Wesley had his first violin lesson this morning. In my option it when ready well. He was only a little shy with her, but not to the point where he was hiding on me. We spent the 30mins session, just learning how to hold our bow and violin. She also toned his violin for him. I noticed she was doing it by ear and I asked her if she had perfect pitch and it turns out she does. This wonderful because I would really like Wesley to learn perfect pitch.
She gave is some exercised to do. We have to practice moving our fingers individually, practice our bunny finger hold on the bow, and practice holding our violin with the giraffe stretch. She also taught me how to rosin our bow. Which I did as soon as I got home because I know life will get in the way if I didn’t do it right away.This was a pain at first because our rosin that came with the violin just didn’t seem to work, the hair was not turning white. Just as I was about to give up, I guess I worked it enough and it started to coat the hairs on the bow.
She said the violin we purchased is perfect, and makes great sound. The bow that came with it is less then perfect. However she said we would use it for now till he gets use to holding it. I’m going to contact the company I bought it from to see if they will replace it for us. If not I priced one out at our local music store where I bought him Suzuki book and shoulder rest today and they are only $28.
Anyhow all is well and Wesley even waited to practice in the car. I’m planning on having a practice session before evening story time. Lets hope this is still fun for him in a few weeks.
Well my son was in his glory yesterday. I got an email that from UPS saying that our violin had been delivered. I started thinking, “What?” Then I looked and they delivered it to our old address. So called the new people that live there up and the husband was just walking in the door and he said “No I don’t think so.” Then I heard the wife say “No something DID come in for them, I was going to tell you to call them when you got home.” So we drove there and picked it up.
We got in the car and Wesley wanted to open it right away. When I opened the case he said “Can, Can, Can I please hold it!!!”
Now I was really worried. I bought this 1/8 violin on ebay and with shipping the total cost was $65. Yes that’s what I said $65. So needless to say I was concerned about quality. So I took it to the local music store and the guy looked it over. Besides the fact that one of the strings is slightly kinked(this may have been when I was installing the bridge*blush*) it looks to be an excellent violin. He told me not to replace the string until my son gets use to handling the violin.
On the way home we had to stop at Superstore and my son wanted to take his violin in with him. The case was sitting on his lap and he DID NOT want to leave it. LOL. I convinced him it might get broken, so he left it.
When we got home he ran upstairs and told my hubby and step-daughter “Look What I Found!!” Then he told my hubby to “Be careful not to break it.” When he was looking at it.
So I’m hoping this excitement will continue after we start his Suzuki lessons on Saturday
Well it’s official! Wesley is starting Suzuki violin lessons in two weeks! We will only be doing the private part of the lessons, because a) the group lessons would be an additional cost I’m not sure I could afford right now. b) Wes doesn’t do will in large group classes c) the time slot is not convenient for us. Maybe we will reconsider for next year but for now once a week us a good start.
This afternoon Wesley and I shopped for his new violin. He picked on a metallic red 1/8 violin. I was surprised on the color selection because his favorite colors are yellow and blue, but we talked about it and that’s what he wanted. He showed the picture of it to my dad and said “Isn’t it beautiful! Now I get a French horn” LOL! What a kid.