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Hello from the Detroit Area!
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January 21, 2013 - 11:53 pm
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Just wanted to introduce myself to this great place :) .  I've been watching the videos and reading the tips on here for almost a year now but wanted to get more involved so here I am lol.  My name is Chris, I am from the Detroit area, just outside of Detroit itself actually and have been musically involved my entire life.  I am currently an audio engineer/producer and Voice Actor.  I grew up playing Flute, Baritone Horn, Trumpet and French Horn through High School and continued with flute even to this day.  I'm just over 30 now and well, I love flute but have always had a fascination with the fiddle but never have been able to afford one.  Enter the irony....  My grandfather played fiddle all his life and had 2 violins, an Ole Bull which was taken from the house years ago by my aunt without mention and his 'backup' fiddle which nobody knows its origin (although we know it's from the early 1900's 1902/1903).  Well when mentioning that I had interest in playing, my Dad passed my Grandfathers backup fiddle down to me and that's where the journey begins.  I have been trying to teach myself over the last year with really no structure (playing some improv tunes but not properly) but finally am taking private lessons!  

I had my first lesson tonight and feel like my head is about to explode, but in a great way lol.  My teacher basically put me on a speed racer jump start to learning since I already read music.  She taught me more tonight than I've learned over the last year and even got me playing my first Celtic tune (not very well, but it did sound kinda like a song).  Yes I said Celtic, I am shocked because it took me a month to find a teacher who would 'sway' from the Classics.  As she said:  "the classics are wonderful and one of the best ways to start out but Celtic is a steeper learning curve to start out with and you'll learn faster this way since you love the music."  I can't be happier and am unbelievably excited for next weeks lesson! 

Anyways, sorry for taking up all your web space with this post and making your eyes bleed from my excessive rambling.  Just very excited to be officially on this journey and looking forward to some great tips, fun and learning!

Tuticorin, India
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January 22, 2013 - 12:47 am
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Hi Chris! Welcome to the forum.  Happy fiddling days.

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)

Fifi La Fume

January 22, 2013 - 9:09 am
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Welcome Chris!


January 22, 2013 - 9:41 am
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Welcome aboard Chris !! Heres a book I own and recommend, the play along CD's that come with it are great and the instruction is very straight forward.

There is no shame in playing twinkle, youre playing Mozart

Michigan, USA

January 22, 2013 - 10:27 am
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Hi, Chris and welcome to the forum. We chatted briefly thex other night in the shout box. I'm the guy who live's in Davisburg, between Detroit and Flint.

Really happy to hear you've started formal lesson's and

I know you'll enjoy playing.

Merritt Island, Fla
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January 22, 2013 - 2:49 pm
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Celtic music rocks! Invest in a metronome youre gonna need it! I for one find it challenging and rewarding to get a song down. My first achievement came recently when I started playing with Juanfiddler via skype. He has taught me Calliope house and has been my fast fiddling inspiration. Good luck!

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.


January 22, 2013 - 4:52 pm
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Thanks for the warm welcome!  Barry, my teacher actually had me pick up a book very similar to that one.  It's this one here:  Celtic Fiddle Made Easy


I will probably pick that one up as well, never can have enough music :)


Picklefish - I agree 100%, always had a thing for the Celtic style.  Luckily I have a metronome built in to most of my recording software but I'll have to grab a standalone for on the road for sure.


January 22, 2013 - 6:02 pm
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the info about another Celtic fiddling book, I just ordered it. (I got the one Barry recommended too.) Note it's quite a bit cheaper on

Fort Lauderdale
January 29, 2013 - 12:32 am
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Hey Chris,

I'm happy to hear how much difference your teacher was able to make in just one lesson. Hope that this keeps you motivated and that you continue to enjoy your journey to play good fiddle. :-)
I'm also glad to see so users recommending these fiddle books by Mel Bay because Fiddlershop will be adding a ton of Mel Bay books this coming week. :-)
Welcome to the forum Chris (FiddleDetroit)

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

Byron Bay Australia

January 29, 2013 - 5:56 am
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Hi mate from AU aussie_flag

If you come from 'Motown' you have just got to have the music in you afro

Welcome to the family. You will learn a great deal here. thumbs-up

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

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January 29, 2013 - 6:22 pm
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Welcome to the site, Chris!

So nice that You've finally logged in! How did You survived all the year, without asking a question? laugh

Looks like You have a good teacher! =)


February 1, 2013 - 3:30 am
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Steve - You're very welcome sir, I actually haven't even touched that one yet but can't wait till my teacher graduates me to it from Fiddlers Philharmonic.  That's another great one I highly recommend though I have to say the learning curve is quite tough at least for me so far lol.

Pierre - Thanks a bunch and though yes I get frustrated at times my teacher has a way of just picking it all back up somehow.  If I don't understand something she is able to explain it in a way that makes it all click.  I can't even begin to say how grateful I am for the videos you've done though because they along with the forums are helping with keeping me driving on :)

Ferret - Hi there from across the big pond and thanks :) .  The whole Motown environment definitely does help with music here though it really does show what the focus is on when 80% of the shops are guitar specialists lol.

Mad_Wed - Thanks!  Well, lets just say that I was a bit shy at first till I finally just got tired of being frustrated with my progress so I decided it was time to suck it up and realize that everyone starts somewhere and not asking questions won't help progress anything :) .

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