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Hello from Colorado
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Colorado, USA

December 3, 2012 - 8:15 pm
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Hi Everyone,

I'm so happy to have found your friendly and helpful group!

My name is Robin, and even though I'm not new to playing music, I've learned so many things by reading the forum and watching FM's videos.
This truly is a treasure trove of knowledge.

A little about my music background:

I started playing piano by ear at age 4, took my first lesson at age 6, and continued those lessons for about 14 years.
Also learned guitar along the way, with a mix of lessons and self teaching. Then later added banjo and fiddle, both of which I'm self taught.

I've been playing the violin for 16 years now, but not nearly as far a long as I would like to be. Still haven't mastered good vibrato and some of the other finer techniques.
But now that there's a better way to some proper training and visual examples, I'm hoping to change my weaknesses in those areas.

Just turned 50 last Oct., and with many years of playing experience under my wing, I have no intentions of slowing down anytime!

I look forward to learning more, sharing some laughs, and getting to know all of my fellow musicians here.

And a big Thank You to Fiddlerman for providing such a wonderful place to share our musical journey together!

"Music is what feelings sound like." ~ Author Unknown


December 3, 2012 - 9:02 pm
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Welcome, Robin! You'll find that there are folks here of all musical levels and experience. Everyone is helpful and friendly.

With your 16 years of fiddle experience, I'm sure you'll have some good tips for us, too.

I also turned 50 this year, having taken up the violin just a few months before. I've played the guitar since I was a kid, however, and also have played the flute, fife, recorder.

You will definitely share some laughs here. :)

Hope you can join in the group projects. Have you checked out the Christmas project? There's still time to get in on it!


-- Diane

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

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

Huntsville, Texas
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December 3, 2012 - 9:18 pm
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Welcome Robin! Wow, you play a vast array of instruments. So your hardest part is well behind you. I'm sure with the most kind advisors here, you'll be producing the best vibratto you can. They are an awesome resource!

I'm very new and 59. I'm taking it very slowly and will begin actual notes hopefully tomorrow. So far I've been concentrating on both short and long bows and trying to work through the enough/too much rosin issues, along with studying music reading. Oi definitely want one of Fiddlerman's carbon fiber bows. You'll hear a tremendous amount about here in the forum.

I wish you the best with your vibratto endeavors and look forward to seeing you play.

The most beautiful things in life cannot be touched or seen. They must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller~

Buffalo NY
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December 4, 2012 - 12:54 am
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Welcome would it be to much to ask to let us noobs in on something's you have recorected so we may catch something early


December 4, 2012 - 3:25 pm
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Hello Robin, and welcome to the forum!


Mr Jim  dancing

Fort Lauderdale
December 4, 2012 - 10:47 pm
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Thanks for the great introduction Feathers and believe me when I say that it is my pleasure.

Look forward to reading many more posts from you, your goals and achievements for the remaining half (who knows, could be more) of your life :-)

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Byron Bay Australia

December 5, 2012 - 4:58 am
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Hi Feathers

Welcome to to the forum. I'm sure you will love it here. Your experience will be a great asset to us all

BTW...... Even thought I'm an Aussie, I have visited Colorado. Loved it. Your river has made a very impressive 'hole in the ground' in Arizona if my geographical memory is right .

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

Colorado, USA

December 5, 2012 - 9:12 pm
Member Since: November 22, 2012
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Thank you all so very much for the warm welcome!

@KindaScratchy - Wind instruments require a special talent all their own, and I so admire your ability to play them.

I tried the flute and piccolo once. After trying the flute, I got it in my head that maybe the piccolo would be easier because it's smaller.....boy was I wrong!

Well, it didn't take long to figure out that I'd better stick to strings.
Oh, and yes I'm hoping to participate in the Christmas project smile

@LindaK - Thank you for the vibrato encouragement!

I hope your first notes went well for you. And taking things slow, or at a comfortable pace is a good thing to do.
No matter how you approach your playing, don't forget to enjoy yourself.


@wanabfidler - I currently don't have any recordings of myself to share, but maybe I'll get brave and work on that in the near future.

To be honest, I may not be the best example to follow. My self taught playing probably has some bad habits to go with it, and I'm almost certain I could keep critique corner busy for!
@Worldfiddler - Hi Mr Jim, I've watched your videos, and they are so helpful.

And I really enjoyed the one with your cat on the shoulder. Gotta love the furry people!
@fiddlerguy - My master plan is to live to 125 years old, and still look 30 something. With fiddle in hand of course!
@Ferret - Glad you enjoyed a visit to Colorado.

And I believe that would be the Grand Canyon you referred to? You are correct in your memory that the Colorado river runs through it.  Another amazing act of nature.
I've always thought it would be nice to see Australia sometime. Such a beautiful place, and friendly people too!

"Music is what feelings sound like." ~ Author Unknown


Russia, Tatarstan rep. Kazan city

December 7, 2012 - 3:24 pm
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Nice introduction! Welcome to the forums, Robin! birthday_balloon

Colorado, USA

December 8, 2012 - 1:39 am
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@Mad_Wed -Thank you for welcoming me! smile

"Music is what feelings sound like." ~ Author Unknown


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