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jakop
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December 7, 2013 - 2:01 pm
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Hi,

Ran across The Fiddleman's website in my quest to find more information about learning to play the fiddle. I am from rural Kentucky and have been raised around bluegrass music most all my life.  I have played acoustic guitar and mandolin for a lot of years and I have a pretty well developed sense of intonation and for some odd reason in which I can't explain I contacted the fiddle bug at this late age of 66. Because of my advanced age my musician friends I play with say it's way to late to start to learn to play a fiddle. Regardless of what they think or say, I decided to have a go at. Now I fully understand their concerns, but hey, I gotta do something til I die, anyway, might as well be practicing on the fiddle. That's the way I look at.  I don't have any grandeur expectations, that I would someday play like the great Kenny Baker or Fiddleman.  So I'm not here on this forum to make apologies for my age or for waiting so late in life to take on this wonderful instrument.  Always had desire in my musical life to play fiddle, but somehow the guitar and little later, the mandolin became MY instrument in the bluegrass bands that I have played with through the years.
 I just let time slip away, and yes, I do wish I had of started on this journey many years ago, but regret is a waste of my valuable time that I can spend practicing my new found love.  Bought a little cheapie fiddle, that's probably all I'll ever need.

I'll enjoy the journey, I don't need a destination!

I appreciate the opportunity to be on this forum!  Jack

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Fiddlerman
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December 7, 2013 - 3:25 pm
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Thanks for your intro Jack.
I love your second to last sentence. "I'll enjoy the journey, I don't need a destination!"
You have a great attitude and there is no reason for regret. Had you begun earlier you may not have continued or not have found the time. Who knows. There is a time and place for everything and this is probably your time to begin this journey.
Welcome. :-)

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

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jakop
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December 7, 2013 - 10:23 pm
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Thanks for the warm welcome, Fiddleman...Looking forward to a long and joyous journey! Jack 

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Welcome to the forum, Jack @jakop.

There are lots of wonderful members here, and it's like in a big family.

I'm sure you will enjoy your wonderful journey and will share with us your progress, which is very fast with your previous musical background.

Looking forward to seeing more of your posts.

Robert

 

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December 8, 2013 - 9:00 pm
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Welcome jakop > Your gonna love the Viddle > The age thing is irrelevant. With the music you have done up to now, it is gonna make it a bit easier to learn but it will take a bit. SWEET the Viddle is. Keep at it every day and it will be.

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jakop
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December 15, 2013 - 4:56 pm
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Hey Robert and StoneDog,

Thanks guys for your warm and  encouraging words.  I am proud to be a part of this community.  We all know how difficult it can be to stay on course especially when you have been practicing a mile and only gained an inch or so.  But, I actually look forward to finding the time to practice my scales over and over.  I found a software tool on a website that I am using to practice scales and intonations, it is free for downloading. I use it along with a desktop timer to time each practice routine.  Now you may already be using this or something similar. Or you may be way beyond this fundamental tool.  But I thought I would share the website info with you and you could check it out and see if it is something that would be useful. The website is: http://www.fiddlefork.com The name of the software is fiddlescales 2.0. It has no help files with it, but I've learned there is lot you can do with it, by just trial and error. Anyway, it would be nice along with all the great tools on Fiddlerman's website, to share anything that just might make our practice time a little more enjoyable and our progress a little better. Especially, someone like me that has just recently begun to learn the Viddle (right StoneDog?).  Thanks guys!  Jack

 

 

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Thats right Jack > The Viddle ROCKS!!!!!

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Welcome to the forum, Jack! And thanks for the programm =)

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Jack,

 

Welcome to the forums. I have always heard that the best place to be is in the now. That way you don't have to worry about being too old or too young.

Duane

 

"Violin is one of the joys of my life."

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