It's not perfect, but I'm still pretty pleased with the speed of my progress. I started working with first finger, first position notes last night (day 3), and today, I've really been working on getting them IN TUNE.
What people don't understand about tonal memory is that your ear will acclimate itself fairly quickly to think slightly-sharp or slightly-flat is correct, if you allow it to. I don't care how good you think you are. Unless you have absolute pitch (and not just excellent relative pitch), this is truer for you than you want to believe. What this means for me in learning the violin is staying right next to an electronic keyboard AT ALL TIMES, constantly checking my intervals for tuning.
This isn't perfect, of course, but I'm pretty relieved at how close it is getting and how smooth my bowing is getting, overall. Video recording myself both helps me check my pitch accuracy and watch my bowing to see if I'm actually getting the right swooping motions with my bow-hold at changes. - 1 year ago