Well, I just got a violin today. Got it set up, tuned up (I think), aaaand... Most horrible sound ever heard in my life! :D
So, it is time to learn to play it. Apparently, it is highly advised to get a teacher (Do I need a teacher to learn violin?), since many problems I have can be too specific and require someone to help me with them.
I'm a bit busy, but I will have time to learn with a teacher in a few months.
... a few months! Now, I'd hate to let the violin gather dust, so I'd like to attempt to learn to play it during my unusual free time moments.
Now then, I am having trouble finding a proper resource for learning alone. There are some sites and youtube videos that try to introduce me to the violin, but they don't seem to be very effective (some explanations are a bit vague, and they don't really seem to cover many basic points [like, dunno, how to play each note correctly etc] and instead rush to the point I'm expected to play something fine).
In summary, before attending to a formal course with a teacher, I'd like to learn as much as possible (informally) anyway, but I can't find good resources for this. Perhaps a book would do better - I admit I haven't researched books for this (any recommendation is appreciated!).
Clearly, this is very hard since it seems I do need a teacher... what can I do to help me learn violin before actually attending a course?
Perhaps it is worth mentioning - I used to play the piano (just memory-based, I don't really understand what's going on), and an application called Synthesia helped me a lot to learn to play lots of tracks. Despite it being rather informal (actually, it is just a game), it was great to get me started with the piano (which I eventually stopped playing XD). So even a game like this would be a great asset to help me learn (if there is any for the violin).