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I go by MACJR, MAC, or Michael, all are fine with me. M.A.C.,JR are my initials, and I have been using them as my Nick online since 1996. Several other people use that nick these days, so if you search that nick, not everything you see will be me, but much of it will be.

I do a lot of different things, I make digital art, design and write my own web pages, and from time to time, I write poetry and prose. I also research my genealogy and scan and study the family pictures... going back to the mid-1800s.

Oh, and I recently took up playing the violin again. I bought my first violin last September, and I have been practicing almost every weekday since then.

For about a year and a half, I did have a school violin as a kid, but I had to give that up when we moved away. That was 42 years ago, which is plenty long enough to forget almost everything I learned as a kid about playing the violin. It irks me that my 12-year-old self could probably play the violin than I can right now.  😉

I am getting gaining ground fast though. I still have a ways to go, but I have been working hard to get there.

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Welcome to the forum.

Your hobbies and interests sound awesome.

So glad you decided to take up violin again.  

Welcome and enjoy, it is great to meet you.

Cheers,

Toni

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Thank you, Toni. Nice to meet you too.  🙂

I do like to keep my mind alive and challenged. Having too many hobbies is a bit much to handle sometimes though. When I burn out on one project, it is then hard to choose which of the other ones to start working on next. I have many unfinished project waiting for me to get back to them.

And yes, I am glad, too, that I took up violin again. I had always wanted to get back into playing, I just figured the cost was out of my range. I did not know that the prices of student violins had come down so far until recently. I was holding my breath, hoping it would be playable, when I ordered the Cecilio CVN-500. I did not know just how good, or bad, it was going to be. I had not round FiddlerMan.com yet.

It turned out to be a better violin than I guessed it would be (although the varnish job was pure slop work). One can always hope for better, but it is a good starting point for me. I plan to invest in a better violin sometime within the next year or so... after I buy a viola. An instrument without an E strings sound ideal to me. The E string is my least favorite. It is a bit harsh to my ears.

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WELCOME @MACJR  !

I'm sure you'll make rapid progress to regain your 12-year-old playing abilities - and quickly surpass them !!  

Ahhh, the viola... I know what you mean - I find the E the most difficult to "control" - it's always so much more responsive and can almost be "overly present" - and that's partly down to the sound I prefer, and the limitations of my bowing of course.

Yay !!!  Viola ! Come on over to the dark-side !!!  LOL   I like my "fake" viola a lot - probably get a real one some day thumbs-up

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Welcome to the forum 🙂 

I hear ya on that E string. My least favorite string to play on. Though, when listening to someone play a beautiful piece, I love the sound of the E, I just can't stand it under my ear, lol. 

I bet what you learned as a kid will come back pretty fast, and help you along 🙂 Have fun, and see you around the forum 🙂

 

~Mandy

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Welcome to the forum!  Enjoy the journey 🙂

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Thank you for the two new welcomes.  🙂

In reply to BillyG, In some ways, I have already surpassed my 12-year-old self. I was still reading easy sheet music back then, with letters on the notes, and probably fingering numbers too. I believe my instructor was starting to wean me off the easy sheet music, but I had not graduated to full note reading yet before we moved.

Now I am ready regular sheet music. I still need to speed up note recognition of notes above and below the staff (of first position), but it is coming easier, and faster, for me now that I have had a few months of practice. I have not started on second position note reading yet.

As for bowing, I may be getting close to as good as I was at 12. I just need to refine my bowing a bit more, but I am getting there. I am pretty sure that within the next three months I may be able to surpass the skill level I was at when I was 12, after a year plus of practice. I was not as dedicated to practice when I was 12, nor was my home environment all that conducive, or encouraging, for practicing the violin back then.

As for the viola, I have never even seen one in person, as far as I can remember. I am looking forward to trying one out. I plan to invest in a student instrument first, to see if the viola suits me. If it does, then I will go for abetter instrument later. I have thought about getting a second violin first, and then getting short scale viola strings for my spare violin, but decided against it. I will just save some cash and get a viola, that way, when I get a spare violin, it can be my backup, or practice violin.

In reply Mandy, yep, I think that is it. It is not so much listening to a tune with a lot of E action, it is playing on the E string that is a bit hard for my ears to take. In fact, I skipped most of the E string lessons because I just could not take that. Moved on to D and breathed a big sigh of relief!  😉

I do not mind crossing over to E, for a bit, but I sure do not like to linger there.

MACJR

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Oh, I missed a welcome greeting from Fran.

Hello Fran.  🙂

I must have forgotten to refresh my browser before making my last post on this thread. I had opened it before breakfast, but did not get around to making my last reply until later.

You snuck in a post in-between.

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December 14, 2016 - 12:24 pm
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Welcome to the forum MACJR,

I'm glad that you have taken up playing the violin again and also glad that you found us here at Fiddlerman.com

Nice hobbies. All fun things IMO.

Look forward to a lot more posts from you.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman said
Welcome to the forum MACJR,

I'm glad that you have taken up playing the violin again and also glad that you found us here at Fiddlerman.com

Nice hobbies. All fun things IMO.

Look forward to a lot more posts from you.  

Thank you, Fiddlerman.

It is nice to find an active board to be sociable on again, and to be playing the violin again.

The people here have been friendly to me, which is always an encouraging thing for me. I am a member of some tech site forums, but most tech people are not skilled at being sociable. Since I am a dual-minded person, both a left and a right brain thinker (causing no end of internal conflicts), I think both like an artist (visual and musician) and like and egghead. This leaves me a bit socially awkward, but still liking to be sociable, even if I am not skilled at it.

MACJR

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You strike me as being extremely sociable.
I'm sure you'll fit in great in our fiddlin family. 🙂

Looking forward to getting to know you better.

Thanks

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I am able to overcome my reserved nature at times. Far more so in type than in person, but even in person, I can be sociable in the right settings, like at a college. I do miss taking college classes. I do not miss the stress of finals, but of being around people who like to learn and/or teach are an ideal social setting for me.

It also helps to be around people who are more sociable than I am. In general, a group of extroverts can bring out my willingness to be sociable far more than a group of fellow introverts can.  😉

MACJR

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Great to hear.

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@MACJR Re the E string - consider swapping out the E (only) for a different brand. You're not the only person by a long shot who has issues with the E, and many brands have the E alone for sale (much cheaper than buying a whole set to try a brand out.)

There are several threads here on FM.com on the subject, and many more on the Internet as a whole. Hopefully, those will give you at least a rough idea of which kinds you might like to try.

The one thing I remember clearly from reading them was that a wound E string tends to sound a lot better than a bare steel wire. (More expensive, naturally.)  I'm using D'Aaddario Helicores and reasonably happy with them, so I haven't paid much attention to that issue for a couple of months. (Or as the old saying goes, I've slept since then... 🙂 )

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Charles said
@MACJR Re the E string - consider swapping out the E (only) for a different brand. You're not the only person by a long shot who has issues with the E, and many brands have the E alone for sale (much cheaper than buying a whole set to try a brand out.)

There are several threads here on FM.com on the subject, and many more on the Internet as a whole. Hopefully, those will give you at least a rough idea of which kinds you might like to try.

The one thing I remember clearly from reading them was that a wound E string tends to sound a lot better than a bare steel wire. (More expensive, naturally.)  I'm using D'Aaddario Helicores and reasonably happy with them, so I haven't paid much attention to that issue for a couple of months. (Or as the old saying goes, I've slept since then... 🙂 )  

Thanks, Charles.

I will look into a wound E string. There are a few I have been researching, but I have not picked one out yet. Helicores are on my list of strings to check out.

I am strongly considering getting a second violin before I get a viola, so I can do more testing, without having to test on my lesson violin.

Looking into a cheap black one, maybe. Good to look at, even if not the best sound.

However, I may go for a silent electric instead. Silent mode would allow me to practice more than once a day, without disturbing my neighbors, or that is the hope anyway.

MACJR

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One of the absolute best E strings I've tested is the Westminster E.

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Fiddlerman said
One of the absolute best E strings I've tested is the Westminster E.  

Okay, found it at Fiddlershop.com. When I am ready to buy a few items I will add one of those as well.

I already have an account setup at Fiddlershop, separate from this forum account, with a few items on my wish list, but I have yet to make my first purchase from there. I do most of my shopping at Amazon, I like the free return shipping (especially since Amazon send out a lot of less than quality items) but I am willing to buy some stuff from Fiddlershop when the budget allows.

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In regards to Amazon free return shipping. It's actually not free. The fact of the matter is that if the criteria doesn't meet the free return shipping you need to lie to get it. If there is a problem due to the product or merchant you don't pay return shipping. It's easier to do so with Amazon but we have never argued with a customer about a return. 🙂

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I rarely return anything, even when it turns out to be junk. But there have been a few times when either the price was too high to let it slide, or I needed that item to be in working order, then I did return items.

Or I was not willing to settle for an item that was so poorly packaged that the contents was squeezed out of the bottle, and this was Amazons fault, not the product itself.

So far, I have not run into a situation where Amazon refused free return, but then, as I said, I have rarely had to return something.

I do suggest not buying hard drives from Amazon though, 2 out of 3 arrived dead.

MACJR

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Read this:

Return Shipping Costs
If you return an item using a prepaid method (dropoff or pickup) from the Online Returns Center, and the reason for return is not a result of an Amazon error, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund unless your item qualifies for a free return. For items shipped by a specialty carrier (e.g. CEVA, ABF, Pilot, there is a flat $50 fee. If you choose to ship the item on your own, you'll pay the carrier at the time you ship your return. If the return is the result of an Amazon error, we'll refund return shipping costs up to a maximum amount. Return shipping fees will be communicated on the Returns Center when you are choosing the shipping method for your return.

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