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Hi, Bobby here.
Beginner violinist and new to the site.
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Bobby
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March 14, 2015 - 6:43 am
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Hi everyone,

I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Bobby, and I'm from Ohio (moving to Spring Hill, FL in May). I'll be 33 on the 27th, and have been involved in music since I was about 10.  I played alto and tenor saxophone for about 10 years, guitar for around 5 years now, vocals for almost 20 years, and I just recently started violin, along with weekly lessons, for 2 months now.

 

I wanted to start violin when I was much younger, but none of my schools had a stringed section, and violin teachers weren't remotely close to us. So it was around October of last year that I came across Lindsey Sterling, Taylor Davis, JuNCurryAhn, and many other YouTube violinists that inspired me to pick up the violin. My wife was kind enough to buy me one for Christmas, and I began taking weekly lessons around the end of January, and I have spent, no kidding, thousands of hours watching YT videos and tutorials in addition to my lessons. This was also how I found Fiddlerman's videos and website.

 

I have certainly had my ups and downs already with the violin, but I expected as much. I actually want to upload high quality videos of my practicing to YT so as to chronicle my journey with the violin and track my progress. I think it's a pretty brilliant idea to do so, because as we all know that as musicians we advance, stall, get in a rut, advance again, rinse and repeat. So I think it will be nice when I hit those tough times to look at past videos and remind myself that I have improved, and that things that might later on seem easy, were once difficult and as equally frustrating.

 

I've rambled on enough =)

 

On a side note, just ordered the Cecilio CVEN-1 last night, along with Helicore strings, so I can basically practice more. Plus I have a bunch of guitar pedals, loopers and all kinds of find things for my guitars that I'd love to try out =)

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Hello and welcome to the forum.  What a kind wife you have!!!   :)

Good luck with your move... Happy Birthday in advance.  

I too have been having ups and downs along the journey.  I too listen to skads and skads or recordings and video.

I came from zero musical background as far as playing an instrument.  I have videos of those very first strokes 3 years ago  up to my strokes as of late.  Sometimes it is nice to see how rotten ... :)  

Feel free to share videos, or sound clips here..... you can just share to share or if you want help there is a Critique Corner place here.

I am getting an electric violin.   I don't have the other goodies yet.. just the violin coming in a few weeks... (hopefully) and a new small 15 watt amp.

 

;)Toni

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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Bobby, have you run into Nigel Kennedy yet? He inspired me back in the early 90's after I saw an electric violin for the first time hanging on a wall in a music store, and started looking for electric violin music.  He's classically trained, known for his Vivaldi, and has led quite an interesting life through many genres of music. I was most shocked hearing a CD with him doing Jimi Hendrix.

This link, however, amazes me because he's doing his version of Hendrix' Purple Haze, solo, on an acoustic violin.  I think it's amazing.

You can find a lot of him on YouTube. I read his book about his life -- he's quite the scamp!

Fiddlrgrrl

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I liked that > haven't heard it before.

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fiddlrgrrl said
Bobby, have you run into Nigel Kennedy yet? He inspired me back in the early 90's after I saw an electric violin for the first time hanging on a wall in a music store, and started looking for electric violin music.  He's classically trained, known for his Vivaldi, and has led quite an interesting life through many genres of music. I was most shocked hearing a CD with him doing Jimi Hendrix.

This link, however, amazes me because he's doing his version of Hendrix' Purple Haze, solo, on an acoustic violin.  I think it's amazing.

You can find a lot of him on YouTube. I read his book about his life -- he's quite the scamp!

Hey, No I haven't run into him until now., thanks for posting that--pretty cool. I've seen a number of some popular classical players that have done some electric rock and other genres, and it's cool to see them step outside the norm of the instrument.  Mark Woods, Rachel Barton Pine, and Judy Kang for instance.

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March 16, 2015 - 4:20 pm
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Welcome Bobby,

You seriously seem to have it figured out. I can't think of a better plan than yours. I look forward to seeing your videos.

Also, welcome to Florida. :)

@fiddlrgrrl, one of the things I love about Nigel Kennedy is his uniqueness. Although many violinists have played Purple Haze, he does it differently.

I had the pleasure of meeting him when he was a soloist and I was a concert master in Gavleborgs Symphony orchestra. He is very humble as well. He came into the hall before playing through his concerto, tossed his bow way up into the air so that it did a few revolutions and caught it, then we started playing. He had a fun jam session in his room after the concert which was pure coolness....

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

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@Fiddlerman  Oh I'm so jealous! I wish I could have been a mouse in the corner during that jam!  How long ago was that? I've heard that he's mellowed since the 90's. But haven't we all....?

Fiddlrgrrl

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@Fiddlerman That actually seems really cool, that had to be fun :)   And thanks for the welcome, I was actually born in Fort Lauderdale, but moved to Ohio when I was about 9, feels good to be coming back to the state.

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March 17, 2015 - 7:36 am
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I worked in Gävleborgs Symfoniorkester from 88 to 92. It was probably in 1990. Time flies!!!

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

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Welcome @bobby and great video @fiddlergrrl! :)

Enjoy your new violin!

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