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Learning the Violin as an adult – it's possible!
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Fiddlerman
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June 8, 2017 - 9:32 am
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Meet 'Damfino' from the Fiddlerman Forum. She is 37 years old and lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Her journey as a fiddler started in July of 2015. She's been playing the violin for 1 year and 7 months now and still going strong.

During the day Amanda spends her time working as a secretary at a janitorial business. She said that it isn't an exciting job, but it gives her the energy and time to spend on her hobbies; which are spoiling her 3 dogs and rescuing baby animals, because every orphaned baby bird or stray animal seems to find her. She also enjoys nature photography, knitting, and now fiddling.

She comes from a musically gifted family, most of them on her father's side. They all play several instruments, including the fiddle. None of them can read music and only learned their instruments by ear.
In hopes that at least a tiny bit of musical genes were inherited, Amanda went and bought her first fiddle. READ MORE>>>

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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BillyG
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June 8, 2017 - 12:56 pm
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Great response @damfino - and an interesting change to the "interview" questions - I like it @Fiddlerman ... cool - much more targeted to the violin.... thumbs-up

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

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Fiddlerman
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June 8, 2017 - 3:17 pm
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BillyG said
Great response @damfino - and an interesting change to the "interview" questions - I like it @Fiddlerman ... cool - much more targeted to the violin.... thumbs-up  

I didn't make up these questions. Apparently Cristina did. 🙂 I wasn't aware that they were not the same questions till I saw the interview. The interview was actually done for the Fiddlershop.com blog and Fiddlershop Facebook.

I've neglected doing interviews so I'm happy for this one. I'll try to do them more regularly. 🙂 You guys are welcome to remind me from time to time. 🙂

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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BillyG
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June 8, 2017 - 4:17 pm
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Ahhh - OK - even so - I think the original set of "interview questions" have their own place as well - they give a wider insight to the members' background - the usual interview questions are good for folks with "some kind of musical background" - even if it was just listening, this one is clearly more targeted at the violin itself, and of course it then depends on the response of the interviewee and how forthcoming they are, or want to be, especially if it is their first instrument....  but both interview styles are good...  bunny_pole_dancerYup....  all good...

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damfino
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I liked the questions 🙂 I felt like all my answers were a really wordy way of saying "if you have been wanting to try an instrument, just do it" haha.

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Fiddlerman
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June 9, 2017 - 2:34 pm
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Like Nike. Just do it!!!
Thanks

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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However, that can be misinterpreted.

 

If you start feeling inclined to either play your violin with a tennis shoe, or run in a pair of violins, don't do it.

 

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June 10, 2017 - 8:16 am
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Very nice interview.  It's nice to meet the people behind the avatars and hear your motivations for playing.  Keep up the great work with the violin and with animals too!happypug

Charlie

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June 10, 2017 - 6:36 pm
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Very good, congratulations Damfino.treble-1226smile

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damfino
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Thanks, everyone 🙂 

Proof that all baby animals find me... my newest rescue baby, haha (freshly rescued from the far reaches of an attic crawl space, hence the dusty dirty hand, haha)

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Well hello from the Cleveland area! I love reading about the experiences, trials and (especially) successes of other adult learners. Bird looks a little grumpy haha

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@Dan-Hur Hello there, neighbor 🙂 I agree, I love getting to read other peoples learning experiences 🙂

I can never decide if baby birds look grumpy, or like they have sad clown mouths, haha.

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Fiddlerman
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June 15, 2017 - 3:48 pm
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I vote for clown mouths. LOL

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