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Hello from rural Indiana,and a newbie to violin
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Watchtower68
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December 30, 2012 - 9:27 pm
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Don't know where to start here I guess with my name I'm Tim and new to the violin but not to stringed instruments does anyone but me find it strange that there are a lot of people in their 40's that somehow have become interested in learning to play the violin?

I've been playing guitar for many years and had thought about violin quite often but as it goes for a lot of people I've purchased so many guitars and amplifiers etc that I can not hardly turn around without tripping over a guitar or some related item but I finally decided it was time to feed my curiosity and bought a higher end beginners violin.

I've already had my first bout with disappointment and a couple busted strings but I knew this would happen from the beginning I've figured out what the problems were and will easily rectify those issues.

And I figured those issues out right here on this site so its good to have a pool of information to draw from as with my guitars I'll be doing all the set up work and tunings myself I live out in the sticks and have always felt that I should know the mechanics of my instruments I hope that doesn't sound hard headed or cheap.

At any rate I'm glad to be part of this forum and want to thank FM for replying to my email and I'll be switching to synthetic core strings real quick like my ears do not seem to like the sound of steel core.

p.s. sorry for the bold font my eye's aren't what they one were and I'm trying to get use to wearing glasses in my old age :-)

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Fiddlestix
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December 31, 2012 - 2:53 am
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Old age ?..... Tim, I passed 40 nearly 30 year's ago, so It's not strange to begin a new beginning at your age. I'm pushin 70 and just started back into playing a year ago myself. There are other member's in the forum who are my age and older, so don't think you're too old for this nonsence. roflYou'll love the violin.

 

Another thought, I've had a couple people ask me what I wanted to do with learning again, was I wasting my time at my age. My reply to them is, as far as I'm concerned there are three thing's in life that are a waste of time, 1. getting a haircut, 2. stopping for gas and 3. sleeping. Learning violin is not on my list.

And welcome to the forum.

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Fiddlerman
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December 31, 2012 - 7:39 am
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Welcome to the forum Tim and thanks for the introduction.
Sorry to hear about busting the strings but I guess you learn by your mistakes right? Good luck with your new strings.

Glad to have you on board :-)

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but the one who needs the least."

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Age shouldn't bother you, Fiddlerman himself is nearing 80ish. That Florida sun does wonders for you. wink.

 

Most of us passed 40 and picked up speed years ago. Just remember to write big, talk loud and nod allot.

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

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Nice to meet you.  Yep, people in the 40's that's me.. with 30 years experience on the guitar... and so new to the violin.  But it just sings, and I'm captivated!  So glad Mr. Fiddlerman is hosting such a great web site to share ideas, motivation, and fellowship.  

 

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I'm in my early 50s and have been playing guitar for something over 30 yrs.. I don't find it strange that people who aren't still in gradeschool or something are getting going on violin lately.

We just all finally got around to it, that's all.  Look out world, here we come!  LOL

Welcome aboard Watchtower68.  Umm.. Is that Watchtower like "There must be some kinda way out of here.. said the Joker to the Thief.."?

 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Watchtower68
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January 1, 2013 - 12:46 am
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Thanks for the replies glad to be welcomed among people that seem to be like me I missed out on Jimmy playing that tune but did manage to see the original pen man of the song perform it along side the Grateful Dead many moons ago but actually I chose the screen name from a Biblical reference.

Yup I have learned one lesson but in the end it all worked out for the best any time I learn something its positive to me and I'm more excited now than I was when I broke those two G strings but I have to wait till Wednesday to get my new strings.

My mistake was trying to pluck the strings into tune all the way instead of plucking the strings until my tuner recognized the string and then bowing it in close enough to use my fine tuners a real newbie mistake but its not the end of the world and at least I can admit my fault:-)

Happy new year to everyone

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The best learning tool we have are the mistake's we make along the way.  lumpy-2134

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Fiddlerman
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January 1, 2013 - 2:01 pm
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That is IF we learn by them.

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but the one who needs the least."

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