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fiddlinmama
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May 28, 2015 - 11:48 pm
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I have only been a member for a short time, but I have to say that in my limited experience the people that frequent this forum are the most helpful and non judgemental  that I've seen so far. I was a member of a forum on another website, but most of the people seemed to be snooty. They seemed to have a holier than thou attitude towards people who teach music and are good at it, but lack a music degree, even if they have an education degree in another discipline. 

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BillyG
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Well said @fiddlinmama 

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.  

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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coolpinkone
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@fiddlinmama ... It feels pretty safe here ... I agree.   Glad you feel comfy .  I hope to know you more.

What a nice thing to say about the site.

Cheers Toni

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Jim Dunleavy
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I agree with that. I'm also a member of a UK forum that's frequented by a lot of teachers (it's a general musician forum, not just for strings but for all instruments).

While the majority of people on there are very helpful (which is pretty good as most of them teach for a living and yet are still willing to give free advice) there are also the snooty condescending types there as well.

They made some very scathing comments about my Skylark fiddle anyway. laugh

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Fiddlerman
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May 29, 2015 - 11:52 am
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fiddlinmama said
I have only been a member for a short time, but I have to say that in my limited experience the people that frequent this forum are the most helpful and non judgemental  that I've seen so far. I was a member of a forum on another website, but most of the people seemed to be snooty. They seemed to have a holier than thou attitude towards people who teach music and are good at it, but lack a music degree, even if they have an education degree in another discipline. 

Thanks for sharing. We have heard that many times before. As with all forums you sometimes get bad apples but I think that we as a team have handled them very well and they probably found those other sites to hang out at instead. 🙂

We try not to judge and do our darnedest to help whenever possible. 🙂 Not too long ago we implemented some rules or guidelines and can always refer to those when a member is rude or lacking respect towards another member.

Very happy to have you here Fiddlinmama.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Yeah, fiddlinmama, when I had just started playing violin over 3 yrs ago, I noted that the tone of a lot of at least some influential members of some forums and communities was not always pleasant.  "Snooty" is a pretty nice word for some of them. 

That's why this is the one where I actually made an account and introduced myself.  I still feel it was the best choice for me, this is a great bunch of people and a wonderful community to call home.

For what it's worth, my degree does happen to be in music, but I consider playing experience to be more important/impressive. 

It is also quite possible to play well or have a degree and still not have the teaching skills necessary.  I play guitar and some other instruments, and over the almost 40 years I've been playing music, I've known plenty of people that were great players but weren't good at explaining things or had no idea what order to present things in to build a good solid base for a beginner to learn from.  

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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KindaScratchy
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May 29, 2015 - 7:59 pm
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You hit the nail on the head, @fiddlinmama ! lumpy-2134

That's why I've stuck around here for over three years and don't spend much time on other forums. Everyone here is great...except for the occasional bad apple (as Pierre mentioned) or troll, but we haven't seen one of those for quite some time now and hopefully won't again.

This is definitely a safe zone where you can feel free to ask any question, post about your progress or share a video/audio of yourself playing. You will get friendly, helpful, supportive and constructive responses.

Welcome to the Fiddlerman family!

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I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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