|Member Since:||July 26, 2019|
|Last Visit:||February 23, 2021|
I started violin aged 9, in group lessons at my primary school. After finishing "Fiddle Time Joggers" in 6 weeks, I was started on ABRSM grade books, which formed the majority of my training, with some Suzuki books on the side. (Suzuki was not widely used in the UK when I was a child). I was also a member of the County Youth Orchestra system, starting with County Training Strings and moving up into the Youth Orchestra in my final two years of secondary school.
I completed my DipABRSM as a teenager and have studied higher, but have not taken any other formal exams in the violin.
Viola has been a far more recent addition to my musical life. I dabbled a little in secondary school and borrowed a friend's spare viola for many years. A tax rebate in 2018 meant I could buy my own. I started proper lessons privately, with a local viola pro in 2019 and have quickly progressed. I am now studying for the Trinity Viola ATCL, with the intention to teach viola beginners in the future.
1890 French probably some sort of JTL. "Rosie"
1974 English made by my grandfather. "Ron"
Circa 2005 15.5 unlabelled Gasparo da Salo Copy "Cara"
(I name my instruments, I am not the only one that does!)