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Mattwatt
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January 6, 2013 - 9:24 pm
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Yes, I know it's dark and hard to see anything. But it's a start!

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Steve
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And a mighty good start it was! How long have you been playing? Taking lessons or doing it on your own? 

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Thank you Steve! I've had a violin since September, but didn't really give it much attention until about a month ago. I gave up smoking several months ago and have replaced that habit with playing music (it's only a tad cheaper, lol) and have been trying to figure out what I enjoy playing. I'm slowly realizing that the violin is probably one of the more difficult instruments to learn but the payoff is much higher. I've also been playing the mandolin, and guitar more steadily.

I'm doing it on my own. I played brass instruments in school and have retained a small amount of knowledge from that (mainly reading music and practice habits).

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Kevin M.
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Welcome to the forum Matt.  Very nice playing. Keep up the great work and congrats on quitting smoking.  I quit a few years ago and it gets easier as time goes by.  I still want a cigarette but it's easy to get the thought out of my head now.

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Mattwatt
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Thank you Kevin! In my quitting process I did some research and found something that said that nicotine hits that pleasure center of your brain, kinda like a reward system. So once the chemical addiction passed (took me about 3 weeks), it was all psychological. So I did some deep thinking about what has brought me the most joy in my existence and the answer was MUSIC! I just played a lot of whatever was closest to me for about 2 months when I had a craving and eventually the cravings mostly stopped (I believe weird cravings will probably crop up for the rest of my life, but I know it will pass and isn't an issue.) My wife smokes, kids and their spouses smoke...went to a wedding recently where I met up with some Army buddies, who mostly still smoke...not one craving (well, except while on the airplane). I might not be a very talented musician, but I can honestly say that playing the fiddle has made me healthy, wealthy and...er...happy!

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January 7, 2013 - 3:53 pm
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Hi Matt ! Welcome! That was smooth. Congratulations on your journey! We have a lot of fun here! Posting videos is a great tool! Wooo hooooop
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Fiddlerman
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January 8, 2013 - 10:41 pm
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Great start Mattwatt. I love that you replaced smoking with playing the violin. Way to go :-)

Glad to have you here.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Well done Mattwatt. Welcome to Fiddlerman!cheerleader

 

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Welcome to our musical little abode. Nice video.

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