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Aleive
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Hello there! 

 

My name is Aleksander, and I am a 21 year young man from the cold northern Norway. Well. Cold enough. Colder than Florida at least. Not cold compared to northern Siberia of course (Been there, got a friend from around there. Not a fan)

Growing up I had a lot of difficulties in regards to health. My eyesight has always been touch-and-go, and I have spent more time in hospitals than what I care for. I have always been a fan of music. My family however has always been painfully unenthusiastic. I have played most conventional western instruments. The guitar, bass, contrabass, pan flute, piano and so forth. I have done some tutoring as well on guitar- But that chapter is now behind me. First of all it does not really appeal to me, secondly a recent incident rendered my fingers incapable of pushing down the strings, as it requires a lot of physical strength from said fingers. I consider the violin a blessing, as it is nowhere near as heavy on my left hand. And it just has that... Finesse... Charm.. Whatever you want to call it..

I started playing the violin just a month ago, and I am loving it. I came across fiddlerman.com in search of some tips and tricks, and I must say I am very happy. I am surprised people still say crap like "It's too late for you to learn the violin" To 11 year olds. I am making excellent progress. And I suspect I will upload something here soon enough..

 

The violin is my church right now. And I suspect it will be for the rest of my life. The last month I have spent more time on the violin than at work. It is more and more turning into an obsession relative to how much I play. It also made them send me out of the hospital via express when I started torturing the nurses with noob violin playing. So I am grateful for it.

 

To brighten up this post I will share a bit else of me.

On my spare time I obviously spend a lot of time with music. Anything from playing, to composing, translating works onto paper. Recording, mastering and so on. I do a lot of woodworking, and a friend of mine is showing me the ropes on making el-guitars. I rarely sleep because the second my head hits the pillow, and I am 1/1048576" from falling asleep one of two scenarios happen:

1: Inspiration hits me. Douchebag brain goes into composer mode.

2: I end up spending way too much time philosophing (Spelling error. Arrest me. English is my 3rd language) 

 

I get by on a day-to-day basis. Living my life like a true bachelor. I do whatever I feel like, whenever I want to. (Inside the borders of moderation, of course) I work enough to get by, and generally live free as a bird. And I am super happy about that! 😛

 

So the other day I came by fiddlerman.com. And I am here to stay! Gung-HO!coffee1

"Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild."

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Sounds like your life has turned around in a great way Aleive and glad you found the violin. At 21yo you are hardly a man!! At 48yo my wife hates it that I still act like a 21yo = legal kid in the USA 😉

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Aleive
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myguitarnow said

Sounds like your life has turned around in a great way Aleive and glad you found the violin. At 21yo you are hardly a man!! At 48yo my wife hates it that I still act like a 21yo = legal kid in the USA 😉

Welcome to the forum.

"COME RIGHT HERE YOUNG MAN!" - I've been hearing that line for as long as I can remember :3 

Also. They say that the wise, and smart never let go of their youth 🙂

"Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild."

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Oh. And if I sound aggressive, or like a wise-ass. Let me know.. I don't formulate my sentences very well. And I have been misinterpreted before.. I blame it on my social deviance 😛

 

Also.. While I am no pro on playing the violin. I am an apprentice violin maker. And have been for some time. So I know one or two tricks about them, but that is purely on a technical level. :3

Btw. I suck at making violins. It is just something for me to pass time with^^

"Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild."

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Aleive said

... I do whatever I feel like, whenever I want to. (Inside the borders of moderation, of course) ...

That's nice. Seems that You are a lucky and free-minded person, that's great... It's good to meet You, Aleive! birthday_balloon

Welcome to the forum! dancing

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Fiddlerman
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January 24, 2012 - 7:21 pm
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Aleive,

I forgot to say that I was on tour playing solo with a Norwegian orchestra in Narvik for a couple of weeks. I don't remember the orchestras name but it was one of the most fun experiences I've ever had. The orchestra hired me to play solo on an electric violin with effects for different schools for two weeks. We drove around in a big van and had all this equipment with us. Played in the coolest places, saw the most incredible scenery and landscape. The fjords, mountains. First time I actually enjoyed lutfisk. Got to see Aurora Borealis at it's best. Made great friends and great music.

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Aleive
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Fiddlerman said

Aleive,

I forgot to say that I was on tour playing solo with a Norwegian orchestra in Narvik for a couple of weeks. I don't remember the orchestras name but it was one of the most fun experiences I've ever had. The orchestra hired me to play solo on an electric violin with effects for different schools for two weeks. We drove around in a big van and had all this equipment with us. Played in the coolest places, saw the most incredible scenery and landscape. The fjords, mountains. First time I actually enjoyed lutfisk. Got to see Aurora Borealis at it's best. Made great friends and great music.

Narvik is great 🙂 Been there a few times. I live a few hours by car south. The three orchestras in northern Norway fused into one not long ago, and is led by a very talented violinist somewhere around 28 years old 🙂

They used to be called Bodø sinfonietta, Tromsø kammerorkester, and nordnorsk opera. Was it by any chance one of those? If not it was probably someone from further down south^^ Now they are called Nordnorsk symfoniorkester^^ Well. The three "former" parts are still existing branches. But they very often play as one 🙂 I love their music because it is modern, very-very well composed, and they have a very light atmosphere around them. Informal I suppose, while still maintaining the respect that comes with their dedication and professionalism.

(It could be another orchestra from up north here, but those are your likely bets, as those are by far the more profiled ones)

We Norwegians are way too spoiled with our scenery. It it hard to imagine that there are people living here hating it.. 😛 As far as aurora borealis, the northern light goes.. Northern Norway is inarguably the best place to come for it as in the north we have close to no air pollution, and no "light noise" I forget the name.. But it basically means that there isn't as much light here coming from towns as elsewhere around the polar circle.

 

As for which violin I ended up grabbing.. It was a Stagg.. I do not know why I was thinking you sold it.. I can clearly see you do not do that. But it was a Stagg EVN or something like that 🙂 

And lutefisk.. There is nothing wrong with the taste. I can actually like that. The texture makes me feel sick though. So I choose to avoid it 🙂 I am not a picky eater.. But some things.. Like lutefisk, kapers and pickles I steer clear of 😉

"Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild."

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Fiddlerman
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January 24, 2012 - 10:06 pm
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Musik i Nordland 🙂

LOL, I was always confused by the statement that sold that violin. Now I realize which instrument you bought. You can not compare the Cecilio to the Stag except price. I tried one years ago in a music store in Sweden and it was the biggest piece of junk I'd ever played on.

What I liked about this particular lutefisk was the bacon sauce. Now a days, I don't eat meat so I may not enjoy it as much.

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January 24, 2012 - 10:16 pm
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Aaah. Musikk in Nordland has an ensemble.. I forgot..facepalm aka MiNensemble Ironically "min" is "my" in Norwegian and various other nordic languages.

 

Well the bacon makes or breaks the dish 🙂 I do have to agree about the Stagg. Not touching that violin with a 10ft stick.

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