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December 28, 2013 - 11:31 am
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By the by - Schaick - is not shack as in Shaq, but as in sk-oy-k.

I started playing the violin at the end of May this year at the age of 58.  I played flute in High School and more recently the tenor recorder.  I have run out of air - asthma and coughing.

We were going to give my grandson lessons and the teacher said really an adult needs to learn and the child mimics.  My daughter didn't have time and my son-in-law did not want him to take lessons!!

In the meantime my son let me borrow his violin.  I picked it up and loved it, so I said forget it I am going to learn the violin if my grandson happens to catch on - all the better.

I am taking lessons every couple of months so have had 4 so far.  I read music but am using the Suzuki book 1.  I am pushing to learn to hear and tune and play it.  

When I played the flute and tenor recorder it was difficult to memorize music - as I played I would see the notes and then play them.  With the violin I am actually remembering the SOUND!!!

The only answer I have to that is with the violin the notes of the scale are right next to each other - not always the case with many notes of the flute and tenor recorder.

 

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

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!  Glad to year you are continuing your musical education!

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December 28, 2013 - 5:55 pm
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What a great pathway into learning to play the violin. I love it. Probably you've increased the chances that your grandson will ever want to play the violin by quite a bit. By that time you'll be able to help him get started then you guys can play some duets and after that, who knows!!!!

Welcome to the forum. :-)

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December 28, 2013 - 9:18 pm
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Well guess what?  The story continues!! -  My son wanting a violin as a piece of art for the wall bought my grandson who at the time was 3 1/2, a 1/8 size violin.  Knowing that in short order he would grow out of the violin.  Now at 4 he knows how to hold the bow and can bow across the strings in the appropriate spot!!  It is very screechy but he is definitely making progress.

 

Love the site Fiddlerman - very nice!

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

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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December 28, 2013 - 10:21 pm
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Glad you made it to the forum!

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December 29, 2013 - 4:36 pm
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Lovely story! It's nice to meet You, Schaick!

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December 29, 2013 - 5:11 pm
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Welcome to the forum, Schaick.

Enjoy your journey and hopefully you will share it with us here.

 

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KindaScratchy
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December 29, 2013 - 6:15 pm
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Welcome, @Schaick ! I've been in a similar place as you regarding sheet music and ear learning. Thanks to helpful folks here, I've made a lot of progress on learning by ear and reducing my reliance on sheet music. I think they can help you, too, so stick around!

-- Diane

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

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