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January 16, 2015 - 8:03 pm
Member Since: January 16, 2015
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Greetings, new friends! I just received my brand-new FM Concert violin, so I guess that makes me a bona fide fiddler. Or fiddler-to-be, at least!

I'm nearly 68 and have never played anything requiring more skill than a radio, but decided to go ahead and fulfill a lifelong dream of learning to play the violin. While weighing the wisdom of the investment, it occurred to me that while nearly everyone claims they once played a this-or-that, I've yet to meet a person who learned to play the violin who doesn't still fiddle around on a regular basis. So what the hey, I had to see for myself what all the fun was about!

On a personal note, I'm retired, live in the Greater Cleveland/Akron area, and have a wonderful, supportive husband. I play around with photography and am always looking to take on a new challenge.

Lurking around this forum for the past week or so, I'm liking the support y'all give one another, love the entire personalized experience of buying my violin from Pierre, and think the Traveling Violin Project is the coolest idea on the planet.

I just know this is going to be fun!


P.S. Anyone know how to replace the orange "member" icon with a real photo?


January 16, 2015 - 8:38 pm
Member Since: October 18, 2012
Forum Posts: 298
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Welcome to the forum!


I wish you luck in your violin journey, the videos here are very helpful as are all the members.  Just be patient with yourself and count the little victories, it's a hard and frustrating instrument to learn but even the hard parts are fun.


i would try to be helpful with the picture but i have no idea what i'm talking about and can't actually remember how to change it duncecapdunno

Vermont, Massachusetts or somewhere in between

January 16, 2015 - 10:08 pm
Member Since: November 2, 2014
Forum Posts: 255
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Welcome NoStringsAttached

I also am a new adult starter, although I did play of r a few years way back in grade school. If you find "Profile" or the "Edit Profile" button you should be able to edit your avatar. Yup, I haven't gotten to that yet, but having fun on the fiddle. I play viola. I just like the deeper tones. 

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January 17, 2015 - 9:40 am
Member Since: November 26, 2014
Forum Posts: 209
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Welcome @NoStringsAttached ! I'm glad you decided to learn the violin smile It's very rewarding. Any question or help you need do tell and we will be glad to help you out. smile

About the avatar , you go to the profile button on the right side of your username and then edit avatar on your left side.

January 17, 2015 - 11:11 am
Member Since: January 16, 2015
Forum Posts: 14
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Thanks, all! I appreciate all the warm welcomes and help with the avatar. 


January 17, 2015 - 11:26 am
Member Since: November 8, 2012
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Hello and welcome. hats_off

There's several old timers here. Some are older timers then others, but all are part of the family. Don't feel bad for starting up thinking your age is a hindrance for starting now. You yourself hit on the key. It becomes part of you. You may set it down for a day or a week, but you always migrate back. It brings you joy to your spirit and soul to be able to play it. Even if in a simplistic nature. Who really cares? You're doing what you can, with your ability, skillset and limitations. If you have a hard time reading music, there's tablature or "Tab". You can even just play by ear.

I started myself a few short years ( I can say years now) ago. I crossed over 50 this year. I play and learn, but mostly, I just love the fact I can make music, even if simplistic. I learn and add things and just experiment with music in the realm of my understanding. I took my first fiddle lesson this past week and loved it. So, once or twice a month, I'll have a 1/2 hour session. I went without any in person guidance/training for over 2 years. I  just asked a lot of  questions and had the amazing people here give me advice. I learned most of my start by listening/watching Fiddlerman's Videos and reading the forums.

Now is the time to start. Don't wish you did in a year or two. cheers

"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader

January 17, 2015 - 12:19 pm
Member Since: January 16, 2015
Forum Posts: 14
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Thx, Ty! Saw you with the Traveller and that right there told us how you're loving it. And since I have no desire to win the Grand Nationals (if such a prize exists), I'm absolutely certain it's going to be fun, right?


January 18, 2015 - 1:11 am
Member Since: January 15, 2015
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Congratulations on your new violin, NoStringsAttached! Hope you enjoy the journey :)

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January 20, 2015 - 5:50 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
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Hey NoStringsAttached and welcome to the forum.

A lifelong dream of learning to play the violin is the best reason I can think of to start. Your age is of no importance as many have proven here. :)

Living in Cleveland you have an opportunity to listen to a great orchestra as well.

Thanks for your kind words about our site. We feel the same way and love the family feeling with all the support and help everyone is so keen to give here. Your attitude will get you far. Glad you worked out your icon issue too.

Look forward to your future posts.

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but the one who needs the least."

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