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Grunyon
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Hello everyone, I am just a common or garden sort of plonker. I am Scottish by birth, and abrasive by nature. I am a classically trained idiot; but I never let that stop me. I have been playing music for most of my life, started at age 12, so 30 years now. I enjoyed music, band especially in high school, was in jazz band, and all state band as well. Attended West Texas State University, with music performance as my major; alas I never completed that degree, ended up in Law Enforcement instead. I ended up studying music under the guidance of Ken Dye at Rice University; and was a member of the Rice MOB, Marching Owl Band. I was selected to be in the Space Center Houston Opening Day Band, as well as Trumpets over Texas, and a Tuba Christmas. I have played the Tuba, baritone, and a passing semblance of a trombone player. I remember my first musical instrument, a gold tone plastic sax. I was three or four at the time; I was thrilled that it came with sheet music. You could blow into it, and press the plastic keys, to make different pitches. With glee I stuffed the sheet music into the bell end, so the sax would know what music I wanted to play.

 

Now my teenage son has an interest in the violin, and I have no idea how to play a stringed instrument, but by golly I will give it some welly and try. So we are selecting our first violin, very exciting, glad for all the support here, going to need it.

 

Well I hope not to have bored you to death.

 

 

 

Music is in the soul, not the instrument; but the instrument helps a lot.

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Plonker! love it! I dont know what it means but I still love it! Welcome to the forum!

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Grunyon
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Cheers pfish, I sometimes forget myself, and allow my Scots brogue, and diction into my conversations; warned ye, I am a classically trained idiot.

 

I am at a level crossing so to speak right now; do I purchase an acoustical, or electric violin? I will need a damper for the acoustical; as I do nor need my neighbours calling 911, or 311; to report the dulcet tones of a cat strangler. Also really not wanting a huge initial investment, in case plonker juniour decides to not bother; that being said I am quite happy to learn, my dogs hate whistling, so this should be fun.

Music is in the soul, not the instrument; but the instrument helps a lot.

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Hi.

Welcome from Australia aussie_flag

You will enjoy it here and learn a lot.

I reckon get an acoustic and use a mute if you are concerned about disturbing people

 

BTW... Being an Aussie, I understood 'plonker' laugh

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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April 27, 2013 - 8:16 pm
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Welcome, Grunyon! Love your introduction! I also have never heard the word "plonker" before, but it sounds like it could be an onomonopia musical term.

:)

I don't know exactly what "welly" is, either. And Google doesn't know. I assume, from context, it means you'll give it the ol' college try, as we say.

Good luck to you and your son!

 

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Plonker just makes me think of only fools and horses :)

 

Welcome!!  I bought an electric so as not to disturb my neighbours and it's nice and quiet and so far i'm really happy with it.

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Grunyon
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Del-Boy, "Don't be a plonker all your life." ta mischa91, have not thought of that show in donkey years. :) . I am leaning towards an electric myself, for the same reason.

 

KindaScratchy, cheers, plonker means fool, or idiot, and welly is an English abbreviation of Wellington Boot; so to give it some welly means to step on it, so yes give it bash, and bobs your uncle. Hope that clears it up; and cheers for the encouragement.

 

Ferret, good arvo, cheers mate; going to give it bash. If juniour does a runner on this, I am going to try to knock it for a six.

 

pfish, ta for the welcome, greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you all, I knew this was the place.

 

 

 

 

Music is in the soul, not the instrument; but the instrument helps a lot.

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On the subject of the type of violin.

While electrics are very good, if you don't have a battery powered amp, when by the campfire, no music. No electricity, no go.

I have both myself.

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Fiddlerman
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April 30, 2013 - 8:44 pm
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Welcome Grunyon,

It'll be interesting to see if your son maintains his interest in playing the violin. Time will tell :-)
Maybe he wants to get involved here as well. This site has a way of motivating people to play and practice as well as shoot the breeze. :-)

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but the one who needs the least."

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Hi all, I elected on an acoustical; and received it today, it is actually my sons, but hey I want a bash too.  

@FM Thanks Pierre, having great fun, Josh has joined the forum, as VonJabey; a word of warning, he is slightly more sardonic than I. Thanks for all your help thus far :D

Music is in the soul, not the instrument; but the instrument helps a lot.

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LOL,

That sounds great. I look forward to following both of your posts. smile

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but the one who needs the least."

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