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Just found this forum today while browsing around on the net, and from the few hours that I have spent checking things out I have to say I am impressed.  From what I can see this site seems to be pretty active and the people friendly.  A bit about myself I have been learning to play the fiddle(violin) for four years now this July.  Started out with a Chinese violin that I had picked up at a music festival for a good price.  From there my collection grew to include a no label German violin (which is my main instrument and favorite).  I also ended up picking up a Glaesel another good festival deal although I do want to get a new bridge made up for it.  The final violin I picked up is an old French violin which sometime I need to see about getting it set up.  Most of my learning has been done either by what I can find on the internet via youtube or what I have picked up attending workshops and jams.  Unfortunately work schedule has kept me from being able to attend to one weekly jam that is nearby.  So back to trying to find any other jams close enough that I might be able to get to.  My interest lays in playing Old Time fiddle music.  Look forward to getting to know you all more.

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Welcome to the community Fiddlebarb!  Like you mentioned, there are a great deal of friendly people here who are always willing to help and provide information.  Pierre has done an extensive amount of work to provide this as a tool for us all.  If you want some parts to repair your other violins, I'd give his store a look as that's where I've gone to find just about everything I have now for my violin.

"I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie."

Conor Oberst
 
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Welcome to the site Fiddlebarb!  Glad to see yet another Michigander here!  Having others to play with really is a great motivator, depending on the area you're in there could be quite a few!  Looking forward to hearing more about your journey as time goes on.

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Welcome, FiddleBarb! Hello from another M state...Massachusetts.

Sounds like you're already a veteran fiddler. And, it sounds like you've got a nice collection started.

Looking forward to hearing more about your violins and your progress. Hope you show us some photos and video of your violins and playing at some point.

Hope you like it here!

-- Diane

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

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

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Thanks for the warm welcome, yes FD playing with others is definitely a good motivator.  Wanting to prepare for festival season has really helped me to start getting back on focus.

 

Thanks Diane, although would not consider myself to be anywhere near a veteran status.  During the past 3 1/2- 4 years I have had some on and off times on my playing.  But the fiddle is back out and hopefully not annoying the neighbors too much. Will see about what I can do about posting some of my playing.  I do have some stuff from about two years ago about 7 months in to playing warts and all if anyone wants to check it out.  It is on my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/fiddlebarb  This was before I had gotten any of my other violins and was playing a Chinese Skylark.  Will need to post something new to see what improvements there has been.

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fiddlebarb > watched your vids of you playing >>> SWEET!! > you are gonna like it here. FiddlerMan shares so much in his vids. I learn something every time I watch them. You ought to get into Barry's gig with Angeline Baker> you did it well in your vid. Good luck > have fun

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OK that's now (at least) 2 people from Michigan. That's our quota. We need more from Oregon before we let anymore Michiganders in here. wink

 

Welcome to our little world away from the common distraction and problems of life. Drink the cool-aid and reeeeeeeelllllaaaaaaax!!!

"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader

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Thanks StoneDog , I had seen the contest that Barry's doing and was thinking about maybe submitting.  That is of course if I can get the 10 posts that is needed, and the biggest is to play along with the back track and sound good.  Got some practice goals set up for the next few days it looks like blink  Also looking forward to being a part of this forum and hopefully learning more which will help me on my journey with this fabulous and at times perplexing instrument. 

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Tyberius said
OK that's now (at least) 2 people from Michigan. That's our quota. We need more from Oregon before we let anymore Michiganders in here. wink

 

Welcome to our little world away from the common distraction and problems of life. Drink the cool-aid and reeeeeeeelllllaaaaaaax!!!

 

Where in the world is "Oregon" ?    dunno

Welcome, Barb..... Davisburg, MI here, just a bit south of Flint.

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Welcome fiddlebarb,

There are plenty of "Old Time" fiddlers here.
We are very happy to have you here and look forward to reading all your posts and perhaps even if you feel like sharing your videos.

There is a project going on now that needs more videos if you feel like partaking. I believe Diane is waiting a little for a few more videos.

http://fiddlerman.com/forum/st.....ash-grove/

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but the one who needs the least."

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Hi, Barb, welcome to the forums! dancing

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Where is Oregon????!!!! Lets see now, hitch up your horse and wagon. Follow the setting sun for about 3.5 months. When the weather/sun turns to rain, you're pretty close

 
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"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader

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Tyberius said
Follow the setting sun for about 3.5 months. 

But the sun is only setting for an hour or so....and the rest 23 hours it's somewhere else.

You mean he only goes for an hour a day on his wagon. Should advise to bring along a few violins as one might not make it to Oregon, some extra set of strings as well...LOL.

Thank you for your direction, Ty.

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Hmm, well, I do think the sun starts to set just after its highest point in the sky. Oregon sits across the 45th parallel so we get a good portion of light (OK, OK...lighter illuminated rain droplets) So, on most days, especially travel in the summer months, you'd get about from 3pm to 8:30pm of average setting sun. Offset because you are of course heading west and gaining more precious seconds with each 20 mile day (if you ride the wagon hard) and aren't over burdened with obviously unneeded baggage. It would be note worthy, that you don't actually have to see the sun to follow it. By dead reckoning with some minor understanding of basic star motion/location and shadow movement, (yes even the moon casts shadows) you then could extend your 1 hour per day travel into a full 12 to 14 hours of travel. That in itself would reduce your 45 to 60 month journey down to about 3.5 months.

 

I agree, if you do plan on that journey. Do pack your fiddle. On the off chance you happen to do the hour per day option travel opportunity, I'd pack a few extra strings  ;)     hehehe.... Lunch is on me when you get here!coffee

"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader

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Welcome from an Aussie aussie_flag

You will love it here. You will find great resources here. But more importantly, you will find empathy and support thumbs-up

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Thanks for the welcome fiddlestix, Fiddlerman, Mad Wed and Ferret.  Yes Ferret I have already come across some great resources and I am sure I will even find more.  I really enjoy the feel of it being a community here and look foward to becoming a part of that.

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