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Hi from Eric (mekaone) in upstate New York
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mekaone
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November 27, 2011 - 12:03 am
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Hi all.

I guess I should start things off correctly so I'll introduce myself 🙂

I am 42, single and a apartment dweller. Living in a apartment makes it kind of hard to play almost any instrument, especially the ones I like. When I was in high school I use to play the slide trombone in the band and loved it but once I graduated I never touched it again. From that point I picked up the electric bass guitar. It was something I always felt I wanted to play along with the double bass. My dad played one when he was in the air force. I have some pics of him playing in his bass in his uniform. When I started the bass I think he was happy. I pick up the bass from time to time to play when I have the time but once again it is hard not to bother someone next door with the thump of the bass so now when I play, I play in to headphones most of the time. I don't play with a band. I am not that good but it is a lot of fun.

I also always wanted to play the Violin but I never knew anyone who played and our school didn't have any in there band so I put it on the back burner and kind of sat on the thought. Whenever I did think about it, everything coast so much and that put me off. Now, it seems there is a chance to give it a try. I was looking through Amazon.com (My favorite place to shop) and found some low priced Violins and was reading some of the reviews. There were a few references to "Fiddlerman.com" stating that there was a wealth of free info there and some good reviews. They were correct. Like I always do, I dive head firs in and after watching several videos and reading some more reviews along with some forum info I purchased the Cecilio CEVN-1Y yellow maple 4/4 electric silent violin. Black was not in stock. Now while I am waiting for my new electronic violin I have been reading what ever I can watching Fiddlermans videos and youtube videos getting set to buckle down and have some fun doing what I have always wanted to try. I have already learned so much from watching everyone else's videos and reading the comments on them. I also really like the violin setup videos I have seen. I like to work with my hands so I think I can do a lot of this stuff myself. I hope this electric violin sounds good through my bass amp at low volume levels. If not I'll just use my headphones. I am going to try to start like I have no experience in music so it'll be a fresh start and I hope I won't learn any bad habits this way. I did get out my old Tick-Tock metronome to study with. I ordered better rosin and a shoulder rest (Kun collapsible). Next payday I am going to get new strings but I have to figure out what strings are best to use first for a electric and I may look at a bow in a week or two. I also think I may get the Cecilio CVN-200 violin sense it doesn't coast that much at all so when no one is in the apartments next to me on the weekend I can lit it rip. I just checked my tracking number and it should be at my door by this Friday.

Take it easy on the noob when I do post a video. I know it may stink but this method seems to work for the rest of you so I am going to give it a try. You all seem to be very helpful. Just what I was looking for and a big thanks to Fiddlerman for the web page and all of its resources. You couldn't ask for more.

Looking really forward to seeing Fiddlermans Christmas project video with all of you in it 🙂

Time for me to go now. 73

 

Eric - mekaone

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mekaone
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November 27, 2011 - 12:05 am
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Sorry.

I didn't realize the post was that long till I looked at it 🙂

 

Eric

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November 27, 2011 - 1:30 am
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Hi mekaone! Welcome to the forums! Playing loud and annoying neighbours is a problem I also have as most days of the week I live in college dorms. This is a very friendly forum. Many starting out here so nobody's gonna be harsh at you for being a "noob." Happy fiddlin'!

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November 27, 2011 - 12:46 pm
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Hi Eric!

Welcome! There are all types here from beginner to professional, some of us old orchestra/symphony expatriates, fiddlers of all genres, and players of all ages (:

I think you will find this site welcoming, positive, and encouraging.

Happy fiddling! 

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Hi, Eric! =) Welcome to the forum!!! It's nice to hear that You are so prepared for playing violin already =) thumbs-up 

 I think my neighbours wish to see me dead and my broken violin somewhere near to my dead body roflroflrofl But i can't halp it - i play LOUD!! =D

Hope to see your video soon birthday_balloon cheers

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Welcome Eric,

 

I am fortunate that I can play as loud as I want, the only ones who care are the chickens.  Around here if you plug into an amp and start playing other people will come along and play with you.

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Welcome Eric,

Most of us have had people check out our videos as noobs, and it's all good.  You'll see.

Kevin, I'm envious.

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Welcome Eric!! 

 

Shalom Shalom

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mekaone
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Thanks to all for the warm welcome 🙂

Now all I need is my new fiddle. Shipping states that it left California but nothing more than that. I hope to start by this weekend. You can only read and watch videos just so much before you go crazy without your instrument in hand. Come on UPS 🙂

Kevin M.

I am very envious. Some day I'll get a house and have that freedom but for now it is headphone city for me.

Mad_Wed.

I know all about your neighbors wanting you dead!

A few months back I had a friends bass amp over to test and when I plugged in the headphones I didn't get the plug in all the way so when I was playing it the music went through both my headphones and the amp. It wasn't that loud but it was midnight on a weeknight 🙁 I'm not going to let that happen again! They were cool about it thank god. Bass really travels through the walls and floors quite nicely. LOL

 

Eric

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