It's actually an American one-dollar bill bill, folded and rolled up which he uses as a mute. Asked him post-concert after the recital the screenshot is from. He also revealed this in a post on his Instagram.
They probably weren't secured very well at the tip (which is where I assume they were falling from) and when you pulled a couple out it freed a bunch of others.
If half the hairs are gone it's time to find a Luthier or "Bow Guy" and get it re-haired. It's not a huge deal, bows need to be repaired just like Cars need to have their oil changed.
The only ...
The first place to start is to purchase a violin, if you have not already... You can't start playing music without an instrument ;p
That said, I will give you some of the advice that I gave in this question:
What is takes to play any music seriously is a drive and passion for
playing music. Unless you are a prodigy, long hours of effort and
I'm pretty sure it's a mute. Violin mutes come in various forms as well as the 'quick access' type favoured by orchestral players. This is the classic type (though not the type we see in the video).
You can play a violin (or a brass instrument) very quietly without a mute. Or quite loud with one. The mute is about getting a DIFFERENT sound, not ...
What you are asking is somewhat subjective. It's never too late and you are young. If you had wanted to pursue a career as a classical musician then the gap in playing takes you off the standard path. But whether or not it's too late depends on you.
I was in a similar situation in that I started violin at about 5 and quit at 9 or 10 in favor for guitar....
The picture shows the MM indication several times,
first time MM=52
then a series of MM= without a number
later on MM=40
and finalley MM= without a number
MM indicates the metronome speed. So for the options without a number you probably decide the speed yourself. I can't think of any other meaning of MM in this context.
As far as I know MM is an ...
You will need to find the time for regular practice. It doesn't have to be long - 15 to 30 minutes a day is far better than nothing.
Pretty soon, you'll need a teacher. Otherwise you will end up learning to play wrong. There is only so much that YouTube videos can do.
You will need a degree of grim determination. When you are faced with a piece that ...
In the US, it would barely even be unusual for someone of your age with your musical history to decide pursue a professional career, though you'd have the same slim to nil chance of becoming a soloist that every other violinist faces and you'd have to put in the same hours of effective practice that other aspiring professional faces. To pursue such a career ...
I agree with above. In my own personal experience, I switched directly to a 3/4 from a 1/4 with no in-betweens. This was challenging for me but gave me more time to practice with the spacing of the larger violin. At age 16 I got my LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) in violin performance, so I guess I turned out ok?