Champagne Violin

ADVICE TO THE YOUNG MUSICIAN

Sharing ways the young musician can navigate through being a beginner.
Photography- Alvin Connect


Hey loves,

So today’s post I’ll be sharing some tips for any young musicians. If you’ve been playing for anywhere less than 5 years, this post is for you. If you are dropping by here for the first time, well hey there case you are new here, I am Kimberley Champagne, and I am a performing violinist. I have been playing the violin for 11 years, having a long record of performing at many levels. I was also an orchestra member at the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya, and the Kenya Conservatoire of Music Orchestra. I have also headlined for the Sauti Sol song Nerea and have been on several interviews both print and television.

It can be pretty hard and scary learning a new instrument. And during the initial stages you may feel like you just want to quit. But I’m here to encourage you to keep going, because there is something else on the other side of your commitment and dedication to your craft. I hope this article will encourage you as you trudge through the tough times of being an instrumentalist, and let you know that you are not alone! I’ll tell you for free, I was THE MOST excited person when I learnt how to play Twinkle Twinkle on violin. And my mother is a witness on how hard it is to have to listen to a beginner practice a C major Scale. So as we go through this, keep the faith.


Keep taking lessons

The one way proven way to make sure that you are able to perfect your craft is to make sure you are continuously learning. Take lessons, and learn a new skill even if it’s from YouTube so that you never forget. There are many music schools in Nairobi and many people across the country offering lessons in instruments. Put up a post on Social Media and look for recommendations. Search for music schools on the internet.

Browse through the free music lessons & resources available on YouTube.

Here are some sites you can get free music. Click the link.

IMSLP

You Tube channels that you can get violin lessons. Click the links below.

The online Piano and Violin channel

Violin Tutor Pro

Violinspiration

Violin Lab Channel

Violin Viola Masterclass



Practice your skill

You know how they say, practice makes perfect, and the same applies for music. The more you practice the better you become. Make a point of setting up a bit of time every day to make sure you stay in touch with your skill.



Set goals for yourself.


It is important for you to set goals for yourself to achieve. Write them down in a practice journal, set your mind to achieve them. You will feel more encouraged as you are able to check them off one by one.



Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and share your work




It can be scary deciding to share your work with the world, especially when you’ve just started, Do it anyway. Share your work and your progress with your audience. Perform songs for your family and friends, and even start to play songs at family events. This will help you build more confidence.



Celebrate your progress and wins.



Every small win is a win. Whether it is learning a new scale, or figuring out the tough bar in your piece, every win is a win. When you learn how to play the piece that has been haunting you all week, then you’re allowed to celebrate when you get it right! Clap for yourself and continue to work on improving.



Wishing you all the best,

Champagne.


Author


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Kimberley Champagne

Hey, I’m Champagne. I’m a professional performing violinist, book lover and cat mama. I’m totally sold out for Jesus. Founder of Women With Grace and Kaleidoscope Kenya. African Literature connoisseur. ❤️