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Meet "David Burns" from Fiddlerman’s “Fiddle Talk” forum
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Fort Lauderdale
October 31, 2011 - 7:33 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
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If you like, please begin by telling us anything you would like to about yourself. Age, place of birth, residence, etc.
Age 49
Place of Birth     Hartford, Connecticut
Residence          Winfield, Missouri

What made you decide to play the violin?
I played when I was younger, not very well, but I missed it. So I though I would take it up again.

How long have you been playing the violin?
I have been playing since July I think.

How often do you play? How long are your practice sessions?
I have not picked up the violin in a couple weeks. I was playing everyday, several times a day. My practices sometimes lasted for several hours.

In your opinion, what's your proficiency on the violin?
I really have no proficiency on the violin, but that is ok with me, I am working on it!

Your greatest personal experience with playing?
Just playing something recognizable, I am shooting for playing something beautiful, but I will take what I can get.

What does music mean to you?
Music expresses very pure emotions, I close my eyes when I hear a favorite song, (unless I am driving) and at times some very vivid imagery is produced. Music is tied to memory, some songs remind me of milestones in my life, good and bad. Some songs remind me of loved ones and friends who are no longer with us.

What or who has been your greatest influence?
Musically? I really never gave it any thought. I enjoy almost all music, even music in languages unfamiliar to me.

What are your goals for playing violin? Short and long.
I would like to play a song and have someone tell me it was beautiful. That will fulfill both goals.

What type of violin training?
Suzuki method for 4 years, over 30 years ago.

How do you warm up?
Play open strings and notes very slowly, play some very simple tunes like Twinkle Twinkle. I do like to stretch my shoulders, neck, forearms, wrists and fingers before playing.

What is your favorite type of music?
Loud classic rock. I like Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix

What is your favorite piece of music? Why?
I really like the Theme from Shindler's List. I really don't know why, I have read numerous books about the Holocaust and the subject is beyond my understanding. How people could be so evil, and how people could survive such cruelty, and how some risked everything to save others simply humbles me.

What are your 2 favorite things to do other than playing violin?
Believe it or not, I like to go to work, I love my job. I love to read, a wide range of subjects from humor to astronomy.

Do you come from a musical family? If so please tell us about them.
My sister plays piano, my brother played trumpet, one son plays trombone and guitar, another plays trumpet.

Are you a member of any orchestra?
No, but thanks for asking…lol

Do you ever perform publicly?
I play on my front porch, sometimes the public drives by.

What do you work with?
For a job? I am an electrical lineman, I build, maintain and repair powerlines.

If you don't mind, please share with us information about your violin and bow and if you have several please tell us about them as well.
I have two violins, the first one I purchased online for $100 to see if I still had a drive to learn the violin. It seems I did have the drive and purchased a good student violin which cost quite a bit more. The first violin is a blue Cecilio and the new one is a natural finish, Helmke. Both are made in China.

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

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October 31, 2011 - 11:01 pm
Member Since: May 30, 2011
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Nice to meet you Dave. I noticed you havn't played in 2 weeks. Is the job getting in the way?

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October 31, 2011 - 11:45 pm
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Do you ever perform publicly?
I play on my front porch, sometimes the public drives by


hahah nice XD

nice to meet ya 🙂


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Dallas Texas
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November 1, 2011 - 7:40 am
Member Since: October 12, 2011
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Welcome aboard David, hey do you work for the county?

No matter where you go, there you are!

Fort Lauderdale
November 1, 2011 - 8:19 am
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 11604

David, I forgot to mention that I love that picture. What city is in the background? Are you in the box or whatever you call it on the lift?

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

Seattle, WA
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November 1, 2011 - 2:38 pm
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 We have similar stories, I took lessons in grade school and Jr High and decided that I wanted to learn at 63.  I too have a hundred dollar violin, and agree with Schindler's theme.  My favorite son in the world is not far from that and in fact is in the same movie sound tract.  "JERUSALEM STREETS OF GOLD", Yerushaliem shel zahav.  One of the lines in the son say I am the harp or stringed instrument.  I guess I am the violin.

 Welcome David, I am a newcomer as well. 


Shalom Shalom 21

Russia, Tatarstan rep. Kazan city

November 1, 2011 - 2:58 pm
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Nice to meet you, David!!! =)

I like your sense of humor! And i don't remember THAT BEARD on your videos !

duncecap  I'm also fan of your cameras.. =))

Laguna Beach
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November 1, 2011 - 3:05 pm
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Love your picture David! We sure have something in common with loud classic rock! Stevie, Jimi and throw in Jimmy Page are my favorite guitar players. Well the list could go on, old ZZ Top, Deep Purple and so on... jimi-hendrix

Queensland, Australia
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November 1, 2011 - 10:02 pm
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Thanks Dave, I've missed you. cry   But I see you've been busy growing something on your face.  rofl

Love the front porch thing ... yesterday I was celebrating because the family across the road moved out.  He used to go out on his front porch and play the bagpipes ... YEOOWWWWWW  !!!  Then I decided all the street would miss him, so maybe I should get out there too.   On second thoughts, I don't hate them enough.

I hope you're coming to our (online virtual) Christmas party.

Go classic rock!!


If you think you can, or you think you can't, you're probably right.


November 2, 2011 - 2:01 am
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Hi David, "long time no see" 😛

I would be scared to death if i am in that bucket like you! i hope you find some time to practice!

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November 4, 2011 - 4:28 am
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Nice to meet you David.

Thank you, and everyone like you, for restoring power when we are all sitting here wondering when the power will go back on! In our whole household, when the power goes back on after an outage you can hear everyone cheering "Yea!" from different rooms.

I too love your answer to the question: Do you ever perform publicly? LOL!

and Robyn, rofl!

On "Cheap eBay violins" … Just tell people they are like a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.  With a little love, and some practice, they too can be made beautiful.

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November 5, 2011 - 7:29 am
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Nice getting to know you Dave cheers clap

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