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Hello! My journey from violin purgatory and back!
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rjstover487
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October 8, 2014 - 1:51 am
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Hello everybody! I'm happy to join this supporting group of fellow fiddle enthusiasts and to be inspired by and get a few tips from all of you.

My background is that I began violin when I was 5 (now 26), and was trained through the Suzuki method. After 13 years of classical training, I found I kind of lost my desire to play. Perhaps it was a lack of performances to get ready for during college, or simply just that I was sick of classical music and needed a change, but I went for about 7 years without really playing other than occasionally for family or friends and one short stint as the "fiddler" in Fiddler on the Roof (which was a blast!)

Anyway, since this spring, I've become reinvigorated by watching some awesome and creative covers of popular songs from a variety of genres on youtube played solely on the violin. My main motivator was Adam Degraff's rock-style fiddle music.

I'm now very active playing again and my motivation comes from performing improvised music with improvised comedy (which I do in Austin, TX at a local improv theater - Coldtowne Theater) as well as my newest endeavor on youtube which includes working on creating fun covers of popular songs and mash-ups:

(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnxvf2HyEkDh_n9jnwcXbyw).

I'm just getting started on this project, so hopefully with your help/feedback I can begin stretching my creative fingers and make some really cool music. In the meantime please take a minute to check out my channel, subscribe if you could, and let me know what you think.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing ya'll around the forums.

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Tucson1
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October 8, 2014 - 4:44 am
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Howdy ,

Welcome from everyone here i'm sure ....lookin' forward to having some fun and sharing tunes ....love Fiddler on the Roof myself ....one of these days i will likely fall off but ..oh well ...violin-1267

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October 8, 2014 - 4:06 pm
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Welcome to the forum.

I enjoyed reading your story. I am always eager and curious as to what causes the violinist who are trained young stop playing and then super excited when they start back up. 

I will check out your link.

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October 8, 2014 - 6:55 pm
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Welcome, look forward to your contributions. thumbs-up

"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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Fiddlerman
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October 8, 2014 - 10:42 pm
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Great job Bobby. Look forward to hearing more from you.

Welcome to the forum

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Mad_Wed
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October 13, 2014 - 7:21 am
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Hi, Bobby! Welcome to the forum!

Loved your videos!! You play awesome, i could not think that there was a 7 years break in your playing.

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