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Mirrim9999
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December 31, 2014 - 2:40 pm
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Hello.

My name is Erik Strande. I am 29 years old and finally decided to learn to play the violin. I am currently stationed in South Korea with the US Army. I have always loved the sound of a violin, and decided that my new years resolution would be to finally learn to play one. I decided to get an electric violin so I can plug in a set of head phones and save everyone's ears while I get through the beginners stage. I have alot to learn, and look forward to the day when I can play the violin.

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Hey, Mirrim/Erik! Welcome to the Forums. Always good to have new people coming in. This is one of the best forums I've ever been on the internet, everyone here is extremely friendly and I'm sure you'll get along just fine! :) I'm also pretty sure you'll be playing in no time if you follow Fiddlerman's videos. violin-student

Skype: augustoad Email: augustoaguieiras@hotmail.com Phone number/whatsapp: +55 42 9861-4084. I'd be happy to talk anything fiddle-related to anyone! :)

 

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January 2, 2015 - 8:12 am
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Hello.

Welcome Erik Strande,
Sounds like a very Scandinavian name.
Great to hear that you are taking up that long loved instrument. It can bring you a lifetime of joy as well as some frustration. :)
The electric violin is probably a good idea if you live with or close to others that are bound to get irritated and not just through the beginners stage. I can drive my wife crazy with practice and playing.
Look forward to hearing about your progress.

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but the one who needs the least."

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@Mirrim9999  Welcome to the forum brother!

I'm in the navy, currently stationed in greece :D  Glad you have joined this awesome community. Violin is truly amazing! and i have found pretty therapeutic to. You're better then me, when i was in the barracks i had a silent acoustic but it was still loud enough to annoy those in the barracks! haha.  Good luck and glad your joined! hope to see you around more!  I have a few army buddies over there in South Korea, stay warm! 

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@Mirrim9999 - congrats on best move you've ever made !!!!

The violin, be it an EV or acoustic "just" ( and I use that word lightly) played as a fiddle as distinct from serious classical pieces (and there's absolutely NOTHING WRONG with either forms !)  - whatever.

"Best move?" - well you may doubt my words - but- once you start - it will be with you for life.  

I started late, and it now controls everything I do - so much music to play, so little time ! LOL ( OK, I exaggerate somewhat  main thing is - enjoy the journey, NEVER give up, and if/when you hit a brick-wall - post your questions/problems on the forum, there's always someone to help (or share the pain)  !!!!!! LMAO !

Make the most of your new friend-to-be (it WILL take a while to regard it as a friend!) - great decision Erik - and I wish you a Happy Journey with the EV.  ^5s

Bill

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

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Welcome!!! So very glad you found the forum.  Hope to see more of you.  Sounds like 2015 will be a great year for you! 

Cheers!  Toni 

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January 13, 2015 - 1:17 am
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Erik,

 

Welcome to the forum

 

Mark

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All this talk of annoying others is making me think I should at least get a mute once I start playing. I live in an apartment, but I'll be moving to a corner with no other walls touching another apartment, but the place below me might still hear it.
I think taking up an instrument while in the military is a great idea!
Do you all have the MWR in the Army? (morale, welfare and recreation)
Not sure if it was just a Navy thing, and each branch calls it something different, but you might want to check through them and see if they have any avenues with which you could play for others, or get a small band together.
I was stationed at Diego Garcia for a year and a few friends of mine started a band covering a lot of alternative rock songs. Helped pass the time when stationed so far away.

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Welcome @Mirrim9999! I'm around the same age and also learning on an EV to avoid annoying my neighbours (apartment living). Enjoy!

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Practice mutes are convenient when you live in an apartment and want to practice at your own leisure. :)

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Now that I am confident that I can make a sound... meaning I have been playing a while and I can even hear the off notes with my mute (to a degree)... I have been using my mute lately... just because I play so much and my violin is so very loud.  I am not fooled by the smooth sounds I make with the mute, but it is a great way to not upset the Hound dog too much.   :)

I often wonder if the neighbors can hear me playing in my house when my doors are closed.     I guess I won't ever find out either...  LOL

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