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Hello! My name is Ryvn (in English pronounced like Riv - n)
I am new to violin playing. I have loved the sound of the violin from when I was a small child and always wanted to learn to play however, was always told impossible for me to play because I did not begin when very young. I decided after many years to not listen to people telling me I was too old to learn and I have committed myself now many years on to learning and being able one day to play much of the violin music I loved to hear as a child. This will take me a very long time, however I want to have fun learning. I do not have a violin at the moment and I hope to be getting one soon. I think this is a great forum full of kind and friendly people who love their violins and always seem to want to help other people who want to learn. I am sure I am going to enjoy myself here and learn very much. I don't really know what else to say here except to thank you for reading my introduction. Ryvn
Welcome, Ryvn - to the pleasure and oft-times insanity (OK, I speak for myself) of our fiddle and violin community - you'll find a lot to be gained here from those of us who ask basic questions - like myself - and all the way up to those who who are if not actual experts ( they won't admit it, but in my mind they are ) - they are without doubt pretty darned knowledgeable... You will learn a lot here !
Don't know what galaxy you're from, but Klingon may help - always nice to give salutations to someone in their mother-tongue... so - nuqneH - and qapla' on your travels with the violin !
I picked it up at the age of 60 - and it is truly an awesome instrument, and I'm still scratching the surface... You are never too old to begin, whoever told you that should be locked up and have the key thrown away....
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Welcome! I'm new here too. I'm 63 and am taking up the violin again after a 30+ years period of no practice.
I'll tell you what I've been told about age and the violin. If your desire is to be a world class violinist like Isaac Stern, Jascha Heifetz, or Zino Francescatti you have almost certainly waited too long. On the other hand, if you only want to be able to play the fiddle well and are not looking to be a technical virtuoso you will be OK.
Good luck to you!
Also, if you're in the market for a fiddle I'd definitely recommend Fiddlerman. He is a long time professional violinist and only sells good, quality instruments. He can help you find the violin that suits you. His prices are very competitive too.
Hello to everyone! Thank you VERY much to you all for such a warm and friendly welcome and for your encouragement. They told me Fiddlerman's forum was one of the friendliest places on earth, and they were right! Now I know I have come to the right place! My greatest trait is my determination, which can often work for me and sometimes work against me. However, I have made a promise to myself to learn violin, and when I make a promise, I commit myself to it and I NEVER break it, and this includes this promise to myself.
I am very much looking forward to learning, so I am certain I will be asking a lot of questions here, if that is alright to do. Thank you all again for such a warm welcome!
May the peace of the universe be with you! Ryvn
Welcome Ryvn. I started at 64 -- so I'd better learn quickly. Never listen to people who tell you what you can or can't do. What you can do is entirely up to you. Whether you think you can or think you can't -- you're right.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright
The world is full of people who will try to tell you what "can't be done."
But is their opinion an informed and useful one? How could they know it can't be done?
It is not by their own direct experiences. I don't recall ever hearing anyone say "Yup, tried hard for 40 years, took lessons and put some time into it every day.. and I never got any better at it or even improved. So it can't be done."
In fact, you can find many cases of people who put in a reasonable effort at learning anything or acquiring almost any skill, and if they work at it and maybe take some lessons, they do tend to get better. Some even get good, with time.
The "you can't do it" people also are not usually any sort of actual expert on the matter, themselves. Not people who studied music, musical education or education in general, probably not music promoters, or anything else like that. So they usually don't know much about the learning process or what level of ability might be needed to tackle what goals.
Their opinions and judgements are powerless over you. Their negativity need have no effect on you.
You will only find out what you can do if you try. It is the only way to know.
So, if it is something you want.. Do it.
"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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