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Faith
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April 9, 2017 - 8:22 am
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Hi all,

I am just really starting out on my violin playing journey. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with playing. At the age of 6, my class were marched out to do some finger exercises on the piano. After which 5 of us were loaned a violin and put into a class and the rest were given a recorder. I felt a bit special having a violin and for a brief time enjoyed classes with a lovely man with endless patience. Very sadly he died after just a few weeks and classes with a scary man commenced. I think he assumed we knew more than 'how to hold the violin and bow so it was a bit like he was talking a foreign language. Everybody dropped out pretty quickly except me. Mostly because I was too scared to tell him. Eventually after weeks of getting very stressed and anxious, I left with a bit of a violin phobia. 

Fast forward a few (Lots of) years and my step daughter came home with a violin. It brought back some tough memories and being the stubborn creature that I am, I decided to face my demons and get myself a student violin and have another bash. I managed to scratch out a few tunes (by ear as I never learned to read music) Obviously I quickly realised that the violin itself wasn't scary and slowly began to fall back in love. However I have learned that I should try to walk before I can run and am going right back to basics in the hope that one day some nice sounds may emerge from my violin. I have already found some useful tips on this forum and hope someday to be able to contribute with my experiences.

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BillyG
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April 9, 2017 - 9:59 am
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Welcome, @Faith - good to see another UK member !    

The "Travelling Fiddle" is doing its rounds of 4 UK members right now, so as a brand-new member it's maybe a bit premature to sign-up for it - but - no doubt it will eventually return !  LOL - it took 4 years or so to reach the UK, so you never know - it may be back on our shores in another 4 or so years time - by which time - you'll be a virtuoso !

All the best with your return to playing, awesome !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

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

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Jim Dunleavy
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April 10, 2017 - 2:46 am
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Welcome Faith. I'm in the UK as well - Tyneside to be exact.

Good luck with your playing; it's nice to overcome a childhood fear. 🙂

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damfino
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April 10, 2017 - 5:45 pm
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Welcome to the forum, Faith 🙂 

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Kiara
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April 11, 2017 - 5:42 am
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Hi @Faith, welcome to the forum. 🙂

Sorry to hear about your beginning trauma relating to the violin, glad you have picked it up again though, it's a wonderful instrument!

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Fiddlerman
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April 11, 2017 - 11:19 am
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Hey Faith, welcome to our forum.

Imagine how good and bad adults shape our future. I particularly enjoyed your memory of not dropping out because you were afraid to tell him. Some of us care way too much about what others think. LOL
I'm sorry you had that particular beginning experience with the violin.

Walk before you can run is right. Start with the plans, the foundation, and save the finishing for the end. 🙂 Baby steps forward. As long as you continually make progress you will ultimately be better and hopefully can enjoy your playing as you learn.

Perfection is not necessary to have fun.

Hope we can inspire you too along the way.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Faith
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April 21, 2017 - 3:57 pm
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Thank you for the welcome everyone. I am well on my way to obsessive violin love I think. I sometimes get mine out just to stroke her :-0

I have found the fingering game really useful for learning how to read music so thank you for that fiddleman. Still a way to go however but it really helps me focus. 

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April 21, 2017 - 4:03 pm
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Glad you are falling in love with the violin 😀 I often get distracted taking pictures of my violin, haha. They really are pretty to look at 🙂

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Fiddlerman
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April 27, 2017 - 3:40 pm
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Thanks, I'm really happy to see that some people use that game. 🙂

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but the one who needs the least."

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Welcome @Faith and congrats on taking up the violin again 🙂

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