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JackOrion
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Once upon quite a while ago, a twelve year old boy was taking violin lessons at school. Then someone stole the fiddle and the lessons stopped. A good deal of water has flown down the Thames since then, and he has decided to start afresh. If this goes well, then the presently intended destination is the traditional music of these British Isles, with maybe some blues and jazz too. If it does not go well, some other twelve year old will be receiving a violin gratis.

I would add that I have looked at a number of teach yourself websites / channels while thinking about learning again. All have virtues and I am sure I will be visiting them in future, but this is the one which persuaded me to go ahead and try. Thanks for that FiddlerMan.

As will be obvious, my username is an aspiration, not a boast.

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Congratulations on finding Fiddlerman.   And welcome.   I hope to see and hear more from you.  Good luck with your goals.  Happy bowing!

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you can achieve whatever you desire if youre willing to work for it. welcome aboard !!

There is no shame in playing twinkle, youre playing Mozart

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Many thanks for the welcome and kind thoughts folks. The fiddle arrives tomorrow :)

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Welcome to the forum Michael :)

That's great that you are getting back to the fiddle/violin. Hope it goes well for you! looking forward to hearing about your progress.

Kiara

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Glad you're able to get back to it.   It's a lot of fun. 

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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Well, congrats on your re-entering the fiddle playing mainstream. It's a fun trip there's no doubt. You have a lot of fellow inspirations around here.

 

Enjoy your stay.

"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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Very cool.  Have patience and have fun. 

 

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Fiddlerman
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September 1, 2014 - 10:19 pm
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Great introduction. 12 is the age I started as well. Fortunately my fiddle was never stolen :)
I'm happy that this site was able to persuade you. We inspire each other very well here. Hang out for inspiration and ask as many questions as you like. Hopefully you'll enjoy the whole process and have a successful journey.
I look forward to following your progress.

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

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Another word of thanks to those who have welcomed me :) .. and a brief update.

The violin arrived today - only a day later than expected.  I decided to start without a shoulder rest and buy one later if I feel I need one. I did not use one at school. The instrument is an inexpensive student model, but I took what seems to be the universal advice to get quality strings, and I got a deal on having it supplied fitted with Dominants.  I think that was a good idea because my wife (who is mercilessly honest in all things, and who has not been looking forward to Day 1), tells me that it sounds a lot better than she expected. Praise indeed.

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Congrats on your new violin and great strings!

Excited to hear of your journey and progress. Thank you for the update. 

That is praise indeed from the wife. Wow.. :)

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Hey Jack ,

Welcome to FM ...many folks here in the same boat ...started same age ...fiddle sold for gas money on trip through the Ozark mts. the next summer ...took up fiddle again when retired ....

You'll find everything you need here to get back onboard ...violin-1267lots of helpfull folks ......  Have fun      Be happy

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September 2, 2014 - 11:40 pm
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Good news about the fiddle and your wives praise :)

Enjoy!!!

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but the one who needs the least."

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Welcome, Jack! Glad you found your way here. Keep us posted. 

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

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

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Welcome!!! congratulations on the new violin and i'm glad your wife has (well i won't say enjoyed) but hopefully realized it won't be to painful to start :D  Its an exciting journey for sure!!!!

Lead me, Follow me, or get out of my way!

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Many thanks everyone :) I have reported my progress up to today in my How long on open strings? thread in Learning to Play section of the Forum.

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