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So evidently, it is probably not the best use of my time to sit by the door waiting for my new violin to arrive!

It is scheduled to arrive today, and since I have an odd job (I install safes in restaurants), I am off today, and most likely the rest of the week.

I've been watching over a lot of youtube videos, and listening to a lot of performances. My daughter and I didn't want to wait yesterday, so we made a cardboard fingerboard, which led to making it thicker with an empty paper towel roll, then making the body of the violin with more cardboard.

I measured the lengths of the finger board and total length of the violin; all else is just eyeballed. heh.

"The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be."

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Now this is, of course, a one-of-a-kind, hand crafted piece.
It is priceless, but it will never be for sale, for it is now a family heirloom
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I cannot quite describe its sound, yet, as it has been difficult to tune, but at least we got to practice some finger placements. ;-)

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Fiddlerman
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Can those pictures cannot be the BaldBeardedViolinist????

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haha nope, those are not me, but my daughter. I was going to wait until I get the violin to create a profile pic with me holding it.

Although, I do try to convince both of my daughters to shave their heads and glue the hair they shaved off, onto their chin. ;-)

They don't think that's a better look though.

"The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be."

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Looks like fun! You must be an awesome father, wish my father had time for stuff like that. xD 

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Very cool. 

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Absolutely fun.. love this. I would have loved this project as a young one. :)

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Jerusha77 said
Looks like fun! You must be an awesome father, wish my father had time for stuff like that. xD 

Thanks Jerusha, but unfortunately I either have too much time, or not enough, with my job. I might be on travel for up to 3 weeks, then get a week or two off, depending on where and when we need to do installs.

I am finding that time is definitely worth more than money though, as my last job had me on the road even more often, which is why I quit it. This job will only be temporary until I get one with a better schedule.

We're (finally) very fortunate that my wife is now able to pay all of our bills with her job alone since working her butt off getting her master's degree and a new promotion, but I haven't convinced her to let me rely solely on music for a career yet.

Maybe I need more practice, considering I don't have my violin in hand yet. ;-)  

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Priceless indeed. 

This is the kind of thing I would do when I was a child. I remember drawing characters from toy story and cutting them as paper dolls in primary school because I couldn't have the real ones. I remember making cardboard computers too XD

Hope the violin arrives soon!

 
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Ha! Cardboard computers sounds awesome, and extremely difficult to make.

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If memory serves, I think Pierre (Fiddlerman) made a violin of cardboard or paper when he was little.  So there definitely is a precedent.

 

Violins made out of cardboard are also used sometimes with little kids, so they can practice the moves until they get their first "real" violin.  So it is a pretty cool idea to do while waiting for your violin to come in. 

There's a free template and instructions for making one here:

http://www.fiddleheads.ca/shop.....mplate.htm

And Shar music actually has a cardboard violin called the "Cherub Box violin" for folks who would rather spend 10$ than have the fun of making such a thing.

[ Suggestion to Pierre: Maybe we should get some nice pics up of some of the more popular models of Fiddlershop violins so people could print them full size to make cardboard violins for kids or while they wait for a real one they've ordered to make it through the mail.  Or heck, to hang on the wall as highly nifty wall art.  Just a thought for ya..]

When I was waiting on my first violin, I cobbled together a 1 string instrument out of some dowelling and small wooden box strung with an old guitar steel B string.  Bow made out of a piece a dowel and "haired" with about 60 lengths of cotton sewing thread.  Used pine pitch from a nearby tree and beeswax to "rosin" it.  It actually did work and while it wasn't very loud, one could play on it a little.

But yeah, most of us have waited by the door, looking for the delivery-person a bunch of times a day waiting for an instrument to arrive, BaldBeardedViolinist.  So ya ain't alone, most of us have been there. 

"New Instrument Day" always feels like it should be an official holiday or something.  Like the moment your new violin gets there, the world should just stop and take the rest of the day off, so you can play with your new toy. LOL

"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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Very cool Daniel! I hope you kept your hand-made violinish instrument. ;-) If not, you should re-make it and hang it on a wall somewhere.

I might make a better cardboard violin with the link you gave, for my younger daughter. Thanks!

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Nah BBV.  I didn't keep it.  A friend of mine liked it, so I let him have it.  It's not unusual for me to make weird things from time to time, or for friends to ask if I plan to keep them.  

It didn't much resemble a violin at all.  The sound box was only maybe 3X4 inches.  Instead of an F-hole, and I gave it the more old fashioned crescent moon shaped soundhole.  So it ended up being called "The Outhouse Fiddle"  LOL 

Back to cardboard topics, though.. If any of your daughters are young enough that they might need a fraction-size violin, you could look up the length of those instruments and print to that size and make one.

There are a few "toys" (really more training tools) that they make/sell for usually very young players as well.   I remember seeing one for sale a while back as a "toddler violin" or something like that. It was basically a wooden dowel with a hole drilled through it and a smaller diameter dowel through the hole.  The ends had small wood balls on them so a little kid wouldn't get hurt on it.  The idea was that a child could play with it by pretending it was a violin and would actually be getting an early introduction to the movements for the bow stroke.  A very straight stroke, in fact, since the "bow" sized dowel went through the bigger diameter dowel at right angles and couldn't be moved any way but straight.  I thought that was kind of ingenious. 

I will mention that while waiting for your violin, you could practice bowing with a yardstick or any other convenient similar shaped object.  Even with adult students, some teachers start them with a "shoulder bowing" exercise where you take something like a paper towel tube and rest the bow in it and hold the tube on your shoulder so you can practice the bowing movement by itself before you do it with the distraction of strings and notes and etc.

However, your cardboard violin would work even better for that, I think, and it looks like you and your daughter have already figured out that exercise.

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"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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I didn't think so.... She wasn't bald or bearded but children can be imaginative and humerous at times. LOL

Daniel, I don't know how you knew that but yes. I made one for our daughter and Suzuki. They required it but our kids gave it up quite quickly and we let them decide. :(

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Fiddlerman said
I didn't think so.... She wasn't bald or bearded but children can be imaginative and humerous at times. LOL

True! She is the reason I stuck with the name. I just made a joke saying I'd be "the bald bearded violinist" when we were first talking about choosing an instrument to play, and she later told me I couldn't shave beard because I wouldn't be the bald bearded violinist anymore. :-D

But anyway, the wait did finally end yesterday evening. It is definitely louder than I was expecting, so I really do need to get us a mute! ha

Fortunately we are moving across the hall in our apartment where we will have no connecting neighbors (except for below us) with the way the apartment complex is set up.

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Hey, it is an awesome enough moment to show it twice.  LOL

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Awesome!  Congratulations!!

Nothing quite as exciting as when you start to open that box... 

Never mind maneuvers, just go straight at them.

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Awesome! I'm kinda eager to see what it sounds like. :D

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Whoops, I fixed your post then I noticed follow up notes on the double posted picture which make no sense now. LOL

In any case, what violin did you purchase?

Happy for you. Look forward to hearing about your progress.

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