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ElDinero
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November 22, 2017 - 7:01 am
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Hi all - I'm based in London and have been a fan of Irish/Scottish folk and American country/bluegrass/roots styles for several years.

I've been wanting to get a band up and running for a long time but finding a violinist who wanted to play these styles seemed tricky so I decided to become the violinist myself and started taking lessons in August. I'm still pretty much learning fundamentals but playing a lot in my evenings, songs of all styles. I've set up a YouTube channel to act as a log of my progress; I can already see a massive difference from the first couple of videos I uploaded so that's hopefully promising!

I also play rhythm guitar and sing, and a little mandolin.

Anyway I'm keen to get tips on bowing styles for country music and of course other information. Any and all advice welcome!

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Hi @ElDinero ! Welcome to the forum! 

I am a beginner myself, so I won't presume to have any advice for you, but I will tell you that you will never come across a more friendly and helpful group of people than here in this forum. 

Also, if you haven't yet seen it, check out the Christmas project that was just posted - you might want to be part of it. Basically the music and tempo are posted in the forum, and everyone records themselves and sends it off to Pierre to mix. (This will be my first project and I am really psyched!)

I love that you decided to take up the violin yourself after having trouble finding someone to fill the bill. Take the bull by the horns so to speak.....wait, is that an expression in the UK or just an Americanism?

Anyway, looking forward to hearing more about your violin journey!

Cyndie

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Fiddlerman
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November 22, 2017 - 11:00 am
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ElDinero said
Hi all - I'm based in London and have been a fan of Irish/Scottish folk and American country/bluegrass/roots styles for several years.....

Welcome to the forum.
We have other English members here as well.

I'm drawn to these genres as well. Add blues, pop, and classical to the list and we're gold.

.....I've been wanting to get a band up and running for a long time but finding a violinist who wanted to play these styles seemed tricky so I decided to become the violinist myself and started taking lessons in August. .............

If you can't get something done right, you do it yourself. LOL
That is ambitious, I love it!!!

I also play rhythm guitar and sing, and a little mandolin.

The true entertainer. Look forward to seeing your videos.

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but the one who needs the least."

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ElDinero
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November 23, 2017 - 10:42 am
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Thanks for the warm welcome both. A couple of the videos I've put up were tunes from Fiddlerman eg Nearer My God To Thee so hopefully have done them some justice! I'll post a link soon.

Will check out the Christmas thing as would love to be involved!

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Welcome to the forum.

Mark

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Fiddlerman
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November 24, 2017 - 10:04 am
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That's great ElDinero. Look forward to having you on the project.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Hello and welcome to the forum.

I love your motivation to play.

Enjoy and Cheers.

Toni

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ElDinero
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November 27, 2017 - 7:01 am
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Ok so first forum issue - I don't seem to be able to see the 2017 Christmas project? I can see a whole bunch of other projects including Christmas 2016 but not the latest one; can one of you fine bunch possibly steer me in the right direction?

On another note, this is one of my better videos - even this was a few weeks ago so probably should upload something new. Any thoughts/feedback etc of course welcome. One thing I've been working on is applying more pressure when moving towards the tip of the bow as it was getting a little shaky up that end!

Without further ado, here's 'From Russia With Love'

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Hey there!  😉

Your bow hold seems to be a bit strange, you appear to have your fingers on top / behind the stick in that video, that might also be causing the shakiness of the bow. Normally only the pinky needs to be on top of the stick, the other fingers should be on the front side hanging down and holding the bow. 

Here's Fiddlerman's tutorial about holding the bow http://fiddlerman.com/tutorial.....old-a-bow/

Other than that you still manage to play quite nicely 🙂 

As for the Christmas Project, the thread is in the News / Upcoming Events section as it's not really a full project yet.. still kind of in the drafting stage 

Here's the link to that: http://fiddlerman.com/forum/up.....-4/#p88956

Cheers!

Ferenc

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Fiddlerman
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As for critique, you're sharing a video outside of the "critique corner" so we generally do not critique those. 

You are doing great for having started in August. Since Ferenc mentioned your bow hold, I'm wondering if your teacher has been showing you how to hold the bow or is that something that feels good for you?

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