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Hello from the Jersey Shore
My Introduction
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Atlantic City, NJ
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February 5, 2013 - 4:29 pm
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My name is T.K. and I'm new to the Violin sort of. I've toyed around with the Violin since I was 15, and I'm 25 now. I got about 3 months of lessons last year, and got busy with buying a new house then got back to the lessons. I liked the teacher but in retrospect she might not have been the right fit for me. 


I'm married to an awesome wife from New York. Although I have a Law Degree, and I'm currently pursuing my MPA, I'm in full time ministry at Shore Fellowship Church outside of Atlantic City, NJ.


I'm a gamer for sure. I wish I had more time to play, but in the end my love for music came from the compositions found in video games. Games like Final Fantasy and Zelda made me fall in love with orchestrated music at a very young age. To this day one of the main reasons I play video games is to experience the musical score. The string section in these songs has always been of particular interest to me.

These are two of my favorite pieces that I would love to be able to play some day:



(Past the guitar intro.)


I play the piano, and have a baby grand in my house which I absolutely love. (Side note.)


I think the reason I consistently fail at the violin is I focus on the wrong aspects of playing. For some reason, I keep practicing vibrato and I'm unable to do any kind correctly. This whole idea drives me absolutely insane. The idea of putting so much time and passion into learning something that I might not be able to compliment with something so lovely as a vibrato really gets int the way of my practicing I feel. 


I have a relatively good understanding of the instrument itself, and good ear as well. My bowing technique is alright I suppose, but my fingering has a lot to be desired. For example I can't change positions and hit a note to save my life. As I said though, I think I keep getting ahead of myself trying to play pieces I just can't yet.


I have a Cecilo electric violin (Helicore), a Fiddlerman bow, a Shar Fusion bow, and a Franz Hoffman Maestro violin (D'Addario Pro-Arte Violin String Set, 4/4 Scale, Medium Tension).


So that's the scoop with my violin playing. I've been reading these forums for a while, and I love the community here. So I'm looking forward to jumping in and getting to know all of you.


P.S. Pierre, you're awesome man. Thanks for offering such a great free resource. Your personality presents itself in a very sincere manner, and that positive aura that you give off is very encouraging.


Fort Lauderdale
February 5, 2013 - 7:29 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
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Thanks TKDennis :-)
I appreciate it. Glad to have you here.

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

Byron Bay Australia

February 5, 2013 - 10:57 pm
Member Since: April 22, 2012
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Have seen the TV series titled ' Jersey Shore' here in Australia aussie_flag
And now I'm worried rofl

Only kidding. Welcome to the forum.

Nice music clips. You are aiming high, but why not? You can play like that. But it's not going to happen this year. blink

You will find this a friendly and educational place

BTW.... I only really liked the original 'Final Fantasy'. The others felt like 'ad ons' blink


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

Merritt Island, Fla
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February 6, 2013 - 4:35 am
Member Since: June 25, 2012
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Welcome Dennis, you have definately come to the right place. FM has videos that cover two of the areas you mentioned and the good news is,,,,,,,you can do it! The key is to practice slowly to get it right and then speed up gradually as you maintain correctness. Welcome aboard!

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


February 6, 2013 - 6:20 am
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Hi TK > I am new to this instrument. I poked around a few sites and was lucky to run into this one. > Very helpful members here and great discussions going on. I agree with you on the video game backtracks > they are SWEET.

Russia, Tatarstan rep. Kazan city

February 10, 2013 - 2:00 pm
Member Since: October 7, 2011
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Welcome to the forums, TKDennis!

Nice music You want to play! I'd like to hear it from You someday =)

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