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Panzón
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Hello from south central Texas. I've never played a musical instrument, but I'm retired, and turning 60 this year, and I decided that I wanted to learn to play the fiddle. My interest is in bluegrass and folk tunes, but I like some of the classical stuff, too. I'm still a bit reluctant to dive right in, and have been listening and watching videos online, and reading. I haven't scared myself away yet, so I guess the next step is to get hold of a violin and see if I can do anything with it.

Mike

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welcome aboard Mike. you may want to borrow or rent one for a short while to make sure that violin is the instrument you want to play

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Fiddlerman
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May 12, 2014 - 5:50 pm
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Welcome to the forum Mike. We'll do everything we can to stir you right.
Also, this is probably the only site where you will meet many others who have started playing in there more adult life. :-) You can do it!!!

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Good to meet you Mike. You are definitely in the right place

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May 12, 2014 - 9:19 pm
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Hi Mike! And welcome!
As the others have said, you've come to the right place if you would like company in your quest to learn a musical interest at a mature age. :)
There are many of us in that category. We come from a variety of musical backgrounds and walks of life, but you'll find plenty of friendly companionship here, as well as great resources.
Please keep us posted when you get your fiddle and on your progress.
-- Diane

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

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BillyG
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Welcome to the community, Mike !
There's an amazing amount of info on the site, as well as plenty technical stuff to talk about on the chat - my guess is that you'll be hooked !
Good luck with it !
Bill

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

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Panzón
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Thanks for the kind words of welcome, everyone. I decided to take the plunge and ordered a FM Apprentice this morning-- my fingers are itching already. Meanwhile, I've been learning a bit of music theory, and how to read music.

Mike

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@Panzón COOL!! I love blugrass, I have always like it, but now that I am playing it on the violin it is a love affair!!

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FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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Welcome!!!
Congrats on taking the good old plunge and getting your first violin!!! I found it to be highly addicting :D just wish i practiced more!!! If i could take it to work that'd be great...have a ways to go before retirement for myself! If your a person who likes a good book to work from the Essential Elements books seem to be really popular around here. I know i use them and they seem to do a great job in teaching. I also use the videos and critique corner as I'm self taught as well as many of us on this site!

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Welcome! So exciting to get your first violin. Have fun.

 

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Welcome! There is a lot of good fiddling in the Central Texas area so you will have no difficulty going to listen to some good fiddlers to inspire you. I'd recommend attending some bluegrass jams as soon as you can, just to get the sound of the fiddle style into your head. You don't necessarily need to participate at first, because that can be a little scary, but do go and listen.

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Fiddlerman
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Ah,
I remember an Apprentice for Mike this morning. Usually I can't remember but Michael got this great idea to record the violins before shipping them as reference and give the links to the customers. :-)
Heck of a powerful instrument for the price. I'm convinced that you'll like it.

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but the one who needs the least."

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I got the link to the video this morning-- many thanks! What a great idea to introduce the customer to their new violin. I'm eagerly awaiting it's arrival.

Mike

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Hello Mike,
Welcome to the forum. The people on here are a great bunch of people from all over the globe. They are very helpful and knowledgeable.

Patience is necessary to learn the violin: But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.-James 1:4
When I get discouraged: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.-Philippians 4:13

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Fiddlerman
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Glad you liked it Mike. It's a new way to keep me busy. Unfortunately, I don't always have time but I'm happy to hear positive feedback :)

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but the one who needs the least."

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