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Absolute beginner here.
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iamnotanoctopus
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November 12, 2014 - 5:46 pm
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Hello, everyone! I am a total newbie to the fiddle--I had never even touched a violin before a few weeks ago. That's when I mentioned to a friend that I adore violin/fiddle music (any sweet sound you can make with that instrument is delightful, regardless of origin) and that I'd always wanted to learn. Well, turns out she just so happened to have been a violinist back in the day, and hadn't touched her violin in about five years.

So I am currently borrowing said violin (a 1989 Suzuki, if that means anything to anyone), I'm starting lessons with a fiddle instructor this weekend, and I've been trying to learn what I can without teaching myself any bad habits. I'm still a little intimidated just to touch the violin, and I'm terrified of maiming the bow! I feel pretty good about my bow hold and I don't hate the noises I've been making so far... and that's as far I've gotten. The sum total of my past musical experience is that I can read music (slowly, I don't sight-read or anything), and I can kind of play the ukulele. A little. A very little. Ukes and fiddles seem to be sized about right for my tiny hands.

I am crossing my fingers that I'm not totally hopeless and this is something I can do. If not, I will sadly return my borrowed violin to it's owner and content myself with listening to other people's work. If I am any good at it, I'll buy a fiddle of my own, and I will pet it and squeeze it and love it and name it George.

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November 12, 2014 - 5:58 pm
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Welcome to the forum.  It is a lovely magnificent obsession.

I wish you great playing success.

I am Toni, playing about 2.5 years.  My Violin's name is Noelle.  (there are sister violins also.... Violetta, Gretta, and Pinky).

I confess to sitting and just holding my violin sometimes. 

Welcome and enjoy.

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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KindaScratchy
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November 12, 2014 - 8:38 pm
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Welcome @iamnotanoctopus ! I am confident that you will find playing this instrument as addictive as the rest of us do. You've come to a good place...not only are Fiddlerman's resources helpful, the people here are very supportive and friendly.

BTW, your last line cracked me up. I think we all feel that way about our fiddles.

My violin's name is Peg. (My mandolin's name is Amanda Lynn).

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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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November 12, 2014 - 8:48 pm
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Because George is your friend  ;)

You'll fit right in. Come to think of it, I can hardly think of anybody who wouldn't. Just the fact that you take it tongue and cheek is enough to know you're going to have fun along your journey. Its an enjoyable pastime that seems to grow on you and in you. I will also say, there will be times you want to pluck all its little strings off, swing it like an Olympic Hammer thrower as far out in your yard as humanly possible. Fortunately, those times pass quickly. Honestly, it seems just after those times, you make your noticeable steps in playing.

Enjoy the ride, What you hear along the way may surprise you.  You may surprise you.  wink

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

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November 12, 2014 - 10:53 pm
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You can do it!  Glad you have one to borrow and are getting a few lessons at least to start.  When I first got mine I didn't know how to handle it either so was extremely cautious about even touching it.  My instructor told me you can't play if it you don't touch it so go ahead and give it a hug lol. 

 

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Fiddlerman
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November 13, 2014 - 7:38 am
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Give it a hug. ROFL....
Sounds like you have a cool instructor 1stimestar.

.....and I will pet it and squeeze it and love it and name it George.

Sounds like you'll fit in here perfectly.
Welcome to the forum. We look forward to hearing much more from you. :)

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but the one who needs the least."

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November 17, 2014 - 9:11 am
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Hi and welcome, I just started as well, I had my first lesson last week and it went suprisingly well. Apparenly i didn't pick up any bad habit from FM's videos lol.

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November 17, 2014 - 1:19 pm
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Iannotanoctopur and Wilhelt,

Welcome the the Forum, Jump right in and join in the fray lots of characters here to keep you coming back for morelumpy-2134

 

Mark 

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November 18, 2014 - 10:26 am
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Welcome to the forum Wilhelt,

Glad that my videos didn't mess you up. LOL
Also, glad to hear that things are going so well already. :)

Look forward to your progress updates.

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but the one who needs the least."

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November 18, 2014 - 11:14 am
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@Wilhelt Welcome to the forum. 

So exciting to hear about your first lessons.

Good luck.  We hope to hear more about your violin journey.

Cheers,

Toni

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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