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Hello everyone! 

Let me first say, from the small amount of lurking I've done, this looks like a great forum. Second, I know absolutely nothing about fiddles/violins, other than they have strings! 

Keeping that in mind, on to my story!

So a good friend and I are having a few beers, chatting about life and plans for retirement. The usual stuff like travel, hunting and fishing, restoring old cars, taking a cross country motorcycle ride, panning for gold in Alaska, finding Bigfoot, etc... 

He says, "What about a hobby?" "Something to do when you're not chasing Bigfoot!" Jokingly I say, "You can teach me how to play the bass!" "Pfffftt! You know how many bass players there are around here?!" He says. "Learn something no one else you know plays. That way, once you can actually play it, you will be in demand!"

As fate would have it, right about then my wife's brother called, his ring tone just happens to be, "Devil went down to Georgia". We both looked at each other and laughed! Fiddle it is!

So the challenge, if you choose to accept it. Educate me! I'm looking forward to it!

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LOL, awesome way to get motivated Mr. Jim...

Welcome to the group, or family as I call it.

Lots of us "senior" players here (59 myself) and I've been playing 3+ years now. Wish I had started a lot sooner, sure a lot of really awesome stuff out there to play.

I love Charlie Daniels versions he plays and yes, all of us are beginners here. You will find many who are really progressing fast, some of us a bit slower. Some play because they want to play in the local orchestra, some just on a street corner, and some like me, just play on the front porch for myself.

It isn't an easy thing to learn to play well but it sure is fun sometimes when it all comes together and sounds really great. Post some pics here of your gear, we'd all like to see.

 

Thanks in advance for sharing.

 

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Thank you sir for the welcome! I don't have any gear as of yet to share pics of. I'm still doing some research and trying to determine what is best for my somewhat unique situation. My wife and I own a small over the road trucking business, so in consideration of the noise level I am leaning in the direction of an electric. That will keep the noise to a minimum while my wife is driving and probably be better for me in the long run! lol!! 

The Cecilio electrics would fit my needs, but my old school side wants a traditional looking all electric violin. I don't think an acoustic/electric would work too well for us in the confined space of our truck, so I'm still looking at present. Will most likely pull the trigger in the next week or so.

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Hi Jim, Welcome to the insane world of strings. I too am older beginner at 60. I have been at it for just a year.

I originally start as to amuse myself and aggrevate my roommate, then I found out I liked it. I now own 3 accoustics and 1 electric violin/fiddle.

the one thing I have to say about EV's is watch the weight, it seems the heavier the Electric violin is more bad habits in posture you'll pick up.

On the other hand with a mute on my EV, I can play it in the same room of my sleeping roommate without waking them. So an awake partner should not mind to much.

Hope this helps you.. and above all ENJOY music.

With violins there is no fretting over the music.

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Jim,

 

Welcome to the Forum your in good company with lots of adult players of all levels of playing. Have fun and enjoy!

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junglejim said

...............He says, "What about a hobby?" "Something to do when you're not chasing Bigfoot!" Jokingly I say, "You can teach me how to play the bass!" "Pfffftt! You know how many bass players there are around here?!" He says. "Learn something no one else you know plays. That way, once you can actually play it, you will be in demand!".................

Hey junglejim and welcome to the forum.

Love the story but there is one problem with your theory... there are tons of us crazy fiddlers out there. LOL

Glad to hear about your decision and I look forward to your updates. :)

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but the one who needs the least."

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Welcome JungleJ.  I started learning violin at age 58 so even later in life that you. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I have.   gws

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LOL! yes I'm beginning to see there are more fiddle players around than I was aware of! I'm hoping some of that knowledge and skill will rub off on me! 

I did pull the trigger on an outfit this morning! After seeing Fiddlerman's video review of the cecilio electric violin, I decided that is exactly what I need to get started and should fit my situation perfectly! So when we get home in about 3 weeks, my shiny new fiddle should be there waiting. Can't wait to get started! 

Thanks again for the warm welcome!

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JungleJim..

Welcome to the forum.    Can't wait for you to get started.  Get yourself a violin.  My advice.. don't be too picky... if you are like most of us you'll end up with a few.... NEVER say NEVER... LOL..

Electric / silent on the road sounds cool.

Welcome again.  I am also an adult beginner. 

Cheers. 

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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Welcome, Jim! Great story! Glad you found your way here. Plenty of us "bucket list" types here on the forum.

I took up the fiddle a little over three years ago at the age of 49 and I've loved every minute of it. I wasn't new to music as I've played guitar since I was a kid and played other instruments along the way. I also took up the mandolin a year and a half ago.

As you've no doubt figured out in your lurking, this is a very supportive and friendly community. So, stick around and keep us posted!

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Welcome to the madness, JungleJim.  I started about 3 yrs ago at 51.  Definitely been having fun with it.

Your friend did have a point on taking up an instrument that is "in demand".  Back when I'd been playing guitar about a year or so (way back, in the 70s), I got an electric bass.  I didn't get it intending to be "in demand", I was friends with a couple bassists who were quite good and I just considered it a cool and interesting instrument.  For all the jokes about bass players, one of the ones that I found to be most true was this oldie..

 

Kid starts playing bass and comes home from his first lesson.  His dad asks how the lesson went.  "It went good, I learned my first note."

Few days later he has his second lesson and when his dad asks how that went, "It went good, I learned my 2nd note."

Another few days and his dad asks how lesson went, "I couldn't make it to my lesson today, I had a gig."

 

I did get invited to some jams and also got some gigs where I couldn't get in with just a regular guitar, since there were plenty of guitar payers around in the area at the time.  If fiddle is in demand in your area, that will be good a little later on when you'll want to get in on some jam sessions and etc.

"Solid body" electric violins are a bit heavier.  But the violin is such a light instrument anyway that I've never found the difference between maybe a pound (or a little less) on an acoustic and maybe 2 pounds for an electric to be any big thing.  Practising it in a truck, your "form" is likely to end up a bit different than folks who mostly practise while standing anyway. 

My bit of advice would be to not let worry about "bad habits" keep you from developing the one "good habit" of practising and playing a lot.  Not saying the "bad habit" thing doesn't happen.  But with practising in a truck, your playing posture and etc is pretty much going to have to be a bit different than somebody standing in a recital hall.  "Different" isn't necessarily the same things as "bad", though it may be mistaken for it by folks who haven't seen it before.

Again, though, welcome to the madness that is the violin/fiddle.  It is a fun little instrument.

"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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DanielB said
Welcome to the madness, JungleJim.  I started about 3 yrs ago at 51.  Definitely been having fun with it.

Your friend did have a point on taking up an instrument that is "in demand".  Back when I'd been playing guitar about a year or so (way back, in the 70s), I got an electric bass.  I didn't get it intending to be "in demand", I was friends with a couple bassists who were quite good and I just considered it a cool and interesting instrument.  For all the jokes about bass players, one of the ones that I found to be most true was this oldie..

 

Kid starts playing bass and comes home from his first lesson.  His dad asks how the lesson went.  "It went good, I learned my first note."

Few days later he has his second lesson and when his dad asks how that went, "It went good, I learned my 2nd note."

Another few days and his dad asks how lesson went, "I couldn't make it to my lesson today, I had a gig."

 

I did get invited to some jams and also got some gigs where I couldn't get in with just a regular guitar, since there were plenty of guitar payers around in the area at the time.  If fiddle is in demand in your area, that will be good a little later on when you'll want to get in on some jam sessions and etc.

"Solid body" electric violins are a bit heavier.  But the violin is such a light instrument anyway that I've never found the difference between maybe a pound (or a little less) on an acoustic and maybe 2 pounds for an electric to be any big thing.  Practising it in a truck, your "form" is likely to end up a bit different than folks who mostly practise while standing anyway. 

My bit of advice would be to not let worry about "bad habits" keep you from developing the one "good habit" of practising and playing a lot.  Not saying the "bad habit" thing doesn't happen.  But with practising in a truck, your playing posture and etc is pretty much going to have to be a bit different than somebody standing in a recital hall.  "Different" isn't necessarily the same things as "bad", though it may be mistaken for it by folks who haven't seen it before.

Again, though, welcome to the madness that is the violin/fiddle.  It is a fun little instrument.

Thank you Sir!! I will have to share that joke with my bass playing friends! 

I have given some thought to your point about posture and bad habits, practicing in a truck while its going down the road at 65mph. I will have to concentrate a little more effort into my posture in hopes I don't get too much of a bad thing! My plan is to get some lessons during my home time, hopefully I can correct any issues or bad habits that I may developed, with formal instruction!

Thanks again for the welcome, I am truly looking forward to learning this instrument!

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Welcome Jim! I'm an electric violin player (well, tryer!) too, hope you love it!

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