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Guido
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Hi all! My name is Guido. I live in a tiny Baltic state called Estonia. Am 26 years old and got crazy in the head a couple of weeks ago. Bought a violin set that is. Just received it today and am looking to get started learning it.

 I have no background with violin whatsoever but it felt like it might be a fun thing to play. I have also been practicing a bit of bass guitar for about a half a year now. I guess I just felt like playing melodies to songs now and then but it's not all that great sounding on the bass. It is after all a very rhythmical instrument. Also tried guitar years ago, learned a few chord progressions but didn't really feel much like playing on. Other than that I tinker with some electronics. Build some speakers now and then. Don't really have a day job at the moment but did tiling for a while and before that repaired some industrial electronics. I do tend to spread out too much with my hobbies and job choices. Sometimes I also get frustrated from not being a specialist at anything but I guess I can't really help myself.

For now I'm quite exited to start practicing violin. I have been learning a bit of music theory and scales on the bass and that will probably help a bit too. A bit of a bummer is that I had never actually heard a violin up so close and turns out it's pretty loud. I did buy a solid steel mute as well but I'm still kinda sorry for the neighbours.

And I have to mention that I really like the videos Fiddlerman puts up here. Nice and short, quick to the point so... thumbs-up

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Welcome to the forum Guido,

We're very happy to have you here. Glad that you are excited to learn to play. Hope we can help you out here by at least keeping you motivated. 🙂

Look forward to following your posts.

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Welcome to the forum! And don't worry, nobody here will think you are crazy for having bought a violin 🙂 It is a very fun and challenging instrument  violin-1267

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Welcome!  I was in Tallinn a couple months ago, what a beautiful city, I wish we had time to see more of Estonia!

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Welcome to the forum. So very nice to meet you.

Congratulations on learning to play the violin.

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Thanks for all your warm welcome!

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Guido,

Welcome to the fun of violins! What kind of music are you looking forward to playing?

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I would mostly like to play some folk and pop music. I do like a bit of classical now and then. I also listen to various rock genres but I bought the violin with mostly folk and pop in mind.

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Cool @Guido! Good luck learning the violin and above all I hope you'll have a lot of fun with it!! thumbs-up

Enjoying my violin adventure! :-)

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Guido,

 

Welcome to the forum.

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Guido said
Hi all! My name is Guido. I live in a tiny Baltic state called Estonia. Am 26 years old and got crazy in the head a couple of weeks ago. Bought a violin set that is. Just received it today and am looking to get started learning it.

 I have no background with violin whatsoever but it felt like it might be a fun thing to play. I have also been practicing a bit of bass guitar for about a half a year now. I guess I just felt like playing melodies to songs now and then but it's not all that great sounding on the bass. It is after all a very rhythmical instrument. Also tried guitar years ago, learned a few chord progressions but didn't really feel much like playing on. Other than that I tinker with some electronics. Build some speakers now and then. Don't really have a day job at the moment but did tiling for a while and before that repaired some industrial electronics. I do tend to spread out too much with my hobbies and job choices. Sometimes I also get frustrated from not being a specialist at anything but I guess I can't really help myself.

For now I'm quite exited to start practicing violin. I have been learning a bit of music theory and scales on the bass and that will probably help a bit too. A bit of a bummer is that I had never actually heard a violin up so close and turns out it's pretty loud. I did buy a solid steel mute as well but I'm still kinda sorry for the neighbours.

And I have to mention that I really like the videos Fiddlerman puts up here. Nice and short, quick to the point so... thumbs-up  

I know exactly how it is to be good at most everything, but not be able to specialize in anything. I get distracted too easily by the next thing that sparks an interest, and there is no stopping it. Once I have lost my focus on whatever I was working on, and something else has gotten my attention, that previous project is just over... at least for a while.

They call it being a "Jack of all trades, but a master of none."

Knowing a little about a lot of things though, that is a handy skill to have. Just not easily marketable in a cookie cutter jobs market.  :\

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Welcome @Guido! I am a newbie also - just started to play 1 month ago. I look forward to hearing how you are progressing! I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I have been.

Everyone in this group is VERY helpful. If you have a question just ask and someone will have some good advice for you! And they do some really cool stuff like group projects. (I am looking forward to participating in them!)

Happy practicing!

Cyndie violin-student

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MACJR said

I know exactly how it is to be good at most everything, but not be able to specialize in anything. I get distracted too easily by the next thing that sparks an interest, and there is no stopping it. Once I have lost my focus on whatever I was working on, and something else has gotten my attention, that previous project is just over... at least for a while.
They call it being a "Jack of all trades, but a master of none."
Knowing a little about a lot of things though, that is a handy skill to have. Just not easily marketable in a cookie cutter jobs market.  :\
MACJR  

I recently found out this is likely a personality trait. I do agree that it's very confusing as far as finding a job for more than 2 years goes. On the other hand I never even think about calling someone to have something fixed at home. Be it violins or plumbing - all the same to me 😀 Maybe not completely but still...

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Welcome @Guido! I am a newbie also - just started to play 1 month ago. I look forward to hearing how you are progressing! I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I have been.

Everyone in this group is VERY helpful. If you have a question just ask and someone will have some good advice for you! And they do some really cool stuff like group projects. (I am looking forward to participating in them!)

Happy practicing!

Cyndie violin-student  

A warm welcome to you as well @CyndieZ! I'm not really progressing all that much. I'm often shy of neighbors to practice and somewhat lazy most other times so I just don't get very much practice in. Hope you'll catch on better than me 😀 And you too @MACJR!

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I have been putting a lot of practice time over the last few months, especially in the last two months. Although I did play for about a year and a half as a kid, that was a heck of a long time ago, so I had to start over from the beginning.

At just over four months in, I am doing fairly well for a beginner, but there is still much to learn and skills to improve.

As for tinkering with the violin, I have taken that a bit slower, but I am gearing up to do some work on my first violin (first of three). It came to me back in September with badly spaced string grooves in the nut, and a poor varnish job. I will replace the nut first, then I will look into my options for fixing that terrible varnish job. The violin itself is nice looking. I love the flame pattern. It is too bad that Cecilio did not put a little more effort into finishing this one right. But then, their sloppy work does gives me the opportunity to fix it.  🙂

MACJR

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@Guido welcome!  Enjoy your journey!!!

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