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Almandin
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Hi everyone!

I've been lurking on this forum for a while now while waiting for my pretty Stentor II to arrive, and you seem to be such a lovely bunch of people! Now it's time to tell you something about myself.

My name is Alma, I'm 26 years old and I live on the nineteenth floor of one of the few tall builings in Stockholm. Aside from being a huge violin nerd in the making, I enjoy dancing (line dance and modern jazz), climbing and clicker training my cat.

Nine-year-olds in Sweden are all encouraged to choose an instrument to learn in school. I wanted to play the violin – always with the ambition, Alma! – but my mum discouraged me, saying she tried it at that age and it was a really difficult instrument. So I took up the piano instead. Then I was in a theater/music class in junior high, where I got to try out several other instruments like drums, electric bass and steelpan. Also, I have a half-uncle who builds nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish instrument much like a violin but with heaps of buttons and more than a dozen strings...

So anyway, I know how to read music, but had never even touched a violin until very recently. Although I'm decent on the piano, I never really put my heart into playing anything, but that's about to change now!

I fell in love with the violin this summer, for the weirdest reason. Did I mention that I have very strong nerdiness tendencies? Well, I've been watching the BBC rendition of Sherlock Holmes on repeat since early spring as well as reading all the original books, and all of a sudden, I just noticed his violin playing. I thought "wow, that's such a beautiful instrument, why did I never learn to play that?" So I started googling, youtubing and generally nerding out about it, until getting my own violin was utterly inevitable. And now here I am.

~ Once you've ruled out the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be true. ~

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Welcome aboard Alma, when it comes to violin nerds, youre in the right place

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Welcome Alma, When you get your violin will you be like Sherlock Holmes and try to kill flies with it?  That was always my favorite part about Holmes, trying to find just the right frequency to kill a fly.

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Greetings and welcome, Alma! Yes, lots of us violin nerds and fiddle geeks here...and proud of it!

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You'll fit in well! Congratulations on finally pursuing your violin passion and good luck.cheerleader

Please consider posting a photo of your new violin and a video of yourself playing so we can see and hear it. I'd also love to see that instrument that your uncle makes.

BTW, how's that cat clicker training working out?

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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Thanks guys!

Kevin: are you thinking of the movie with Jude Law and whosit? Haven't seen that one, only the BBC version with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Did he kill the flies, then, with the sound waves? That's pretty cool, but I've already got a cat to do the fly-killing in my household... done

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Welcome, Alma!

I hope, You'll tell us about your progress and the violin when it arrives.. =) crossedfingers Curious drooling

Nice cat You have =) I have 2. Ususally i have to restore my room after the "fly-killing job" they make rofl

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I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan as well.  And I agree...one of my fav parts about Sherlock is that he plays the violin.  Don't all us geniuses?  Anyways...glad to have you on here.  You are right, we ARE all a bunch of really cool cats.  You will be ever so welcome here.  Keep us posted on your progress.

"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its entire life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein

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I've got my violin! My sister took our picture today:

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KindaScratchy: Clicker training is going great. I've got a video from May that I just put on my new (violin related) YouTube account, and I'll try my best to embed it here. However, I'm as big a noob on forum usage as on the violin, so we'll see how it goes... Tim is more skilled now – she does things more readily when I say the commands and knows some more tricks. This was filmed when she was still a kitten.

Also, you can read about the nyckelharpa here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyckelharpa

gkeese: LOL!

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Welcome, Alma.... I too am a cat lover,  your cat is so cool with the click training, your violin is cool too, can't wait to hear it.  Glad you are aboard .   dancing  Can't wait to hear it's sound. 

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Congratulations on getting your violin! You two look very happy together. :)

Thanks for posting the clicker training video. Very cute kitty. Is he/she a tortoiseshell? And very cool how well the training works. I'm not sure my cat would fall for it. She's 16 years old now, but maybe if we had tried it when she was a kitten. She's a tortie, BTW.

Love the high fives!

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

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Hello Alma!

 

Great to have you here.  I'm new myself, and can't wait to get my violin soon!  Hope to hear you later! :)

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welcome Alma, great pics!

 

I love the looks of that violin, can't wait to see some close ups of it.

Also, can't wait to hear some practice vids as well.

 

Welcome to the club... or family... or cult... or... whatever... you get the idea.

 

Lots of stuff to learn and read here... and a lot of helpful "know it alls" too. LOL

cheers

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Thank you all for your warm welcomes!

KindaScratchy: Yup, Tim is a tortie. Cutest cat colouring, wouldn't you agree? wink And I think the clicker training works on her just because she's such a glutton... if there's prawn to be had, she'll do anything to get it...

CircleTilde: Love you nickname and corresponding avatar! Hope to get a presentation of your violin too once it arrives. smile

I'll try to make a video of my playing soon, although I'm afraid anything but open strings is just noise at the moment. But what with all you "helpful know-it-alls" (the best kind of know-it-all, I must say!), that will soon improve, hopefully!

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welcome aboard!

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Welcome Alma!

You, your Tim and violin are beautiful. 

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Fifi La Fume said
Welcome Alma!

You, your Tim and violin are beautiful. 

Awww, thank you!

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Welcome to Fiddlerman.com
Always nice to get more Swedes here.
Stockholm is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Ser fram emot många fler inlägg. smile

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Hi Alma, I'm late to the party as usual, but read your great posts and wanted to say "howdie" and "welcome" and "so glad you are on the forum"; THIS is the greatest place in the world, lol,,,, can't believe Denny called us a cult, lmao!

Very interesting what event actually prompted you to take the plunge.  I'm and old guy and have been wanting to play violin/fiddle for 30yrs, and a video of an incredible fiddler was all it took to push me over.

Very glad you're here!  This is truly the wackiest bunch of wonderful people I've seen in one place.

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Fiddlerman, do you consider yourself part Swedish, having lived in Malmö for so long? (I read your interview on the forum.) I consider you part Swedish, at any rate :) Do you know how many Swedes there are on this forum? Tack för välkomnandet och för en fantastisk sida!

ftufc, I think Denny called you a cult in a very affectionate way. And in a way you are, because I think most people here couldn't leave you and their violins if they wanted to! :D

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Haaaaaaa, yes Alma,,, you can never leave us, lol.  I do know Denny was being affectionate about his comment I was just crankin him, lol; Denny is a gem of a human being.

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