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First time signing up for a forum let alone learning to play the Violin.
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WyzeMagi
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November 15, 2013 - 7:31 pm
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My Name is Spencer. I picked up my violin just over a year ago. I don't get to practice often but when I do it brings so much peace to my soul. I love this site. I am sooo glad I found Fiddlerman.com! Learning to care for and play the violin is great fun. I picked mine up from craigslist. It was somebodies band instrument when in high school I think. It has some scuffs on it. I have a friend who gives violin lessons. He played it for me and I instantly fell in love with it. Just to hear that it could produce such beautiful music is awesome. My scratchings gave me no indication of what kind of shape it was really in. He told me it's a fine instrument for a beginner. He thinks the neck might be slightly warped making the E string too close to the finger board? It kind of warbles when you play on that string. Otherwise, it works for my needs for now.

Anyway, I am excited to start posting my progress in the future with vids and pics to get some feed back. I know I need a lot of help with my technique. At the moment I can pick out most church hymns and Christmas music by ear. I'm studying the finger charts and playing the Violin Fingering Game every day to help me learn the scales in each major. I'm also very unsure of my strokes. Not understanding when I should bow up or down or slur. Thanks for letting me join Fiddlerman!

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LyleA
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Welcome aboard.  Looking forward to seeing some videos!

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Welcome Spencer. This site is great and everyone is very helpful. Have fun!

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Mad_Wed
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Hi, WyzeMagi! Welcome to the forum!birthday_balloon

About the strokes: Down bows are usually used for the the notes that have accents, like, for example, first note in a measure. Upbows - for pick ups. Slurs make one note connected to the other - very good for the cantilena pieces. That's for short.

But the question is too wide to answer that short, so i'd suggest You to play a little from the sheet music for violin (like etudes and exercises) that are made to develop those skills, so next time You'll hear the music and recognize what technic to use without troubles =) It all comes with time and practice, don't worry.

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Fiddlerman
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November 17, 2013 - 3:34 pm
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Hey WyzeMagi,

Thanks for your introduction. We are so glad that you like Fiddlerman.com and look forward to more information and reports about your progress.
One consideration for your E string being too close to the fingerboard would be that you could either plane the fingerboard or have it done by a luthier (should be slightly concave as well) or local violin shop. My guess is that it would require very little to be right on. :-)
See you around!

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Hi and welcome.  Cool username.  Hope this is what you are asking.

This indicates a slur.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi.....c-slur.png

 

The black mark above the note indicates a down bow.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi.....ownbow.png

 

This one indicates an upbow.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi.....-upbow.png

 

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November 17, 2013 - 6:39 pm
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Welcome, Spencer! Hope you'll consider joining in on the fiddlerman.com Christmas group project: Silent Night.

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Welcome WyzeMagi > your world as you know it is about to change > if you want it. > this site has change my existence on this rock. > this site is SWEET!!!

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November 25, 2013 - 11:41 pm
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Thanks Everyone! I look forward to sending my recordings for the Christmas Project. Wish me luck.

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Good luck :-)

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Good Luck!crossedfingers

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