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I've been a member for a week or so and guess I should introduce myself. I've been trying to read through the Forum posts, but it'll be awhile before I get them all read, ha. I've been back to playing fiddle for about 6 months now, after a number of years away. I took a couple years of lessons 20 years ago, trying violin as an adult. It was fun for awhile then I lost interest, but recently have the interest revived again and am trying it again (without the formal lessons, so far). I would say I'm finally getting a little of what I remember from the past back--intonation, straight bowing, etc--all the things I read and see on FM's great videos and the various Forum posts I've managed to read so far.
Anyway, I'm happy to have discovered Fiddlerman's great webpage. I probably won't be making lots of posts, but will be trying to keep up with other's comments, and of course trying to get my regular fiddle practice, hoping to advance!
Steve Ratzlaff in Oregon
hello, welcome looking forward to seeing your personal journey into this thing. Its a challenge that requires alot of painstaking attention to detail, then again, there are aspects that are just dang fun! Enjoy-pfish.
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Welcome Steve, to the fun-factory that is Fiddlerman.com.
Great bunch of people here, and if you are anything like the rest of us, you will be bashing away on the fingerboard like crazy, interspersed with some informative fun here in the forum.
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and to my surprise I still have most of it left!
Welcome to the forum, Steve.
I hope you will enjoy and benefit from tutorial videos and posts as there're lots of nice members here.
Too bad that you're in Oregon, a few hours driving from Washington, otherwise we could get together doing some jaming (well, it's will take me a long while getting to that point as I'm just a beginner).
Thanks to all who've replied, wishing me good progress and a good experience on FM's webpage! Robert, I see Kent between Seattle and Tacoma so I'm even farther away than you guessed. I'm in Northeast Oregon, La Grande, so more like 7-8 hours or more from you. I've been retired to this area for 10 years and only just this past summer learned about some fiddling activity, and even some for beginners. That rekindled my interest in taking up the fiddle after years off. A local lady who's very influential in offering middle-school fiddle activities (after schoo) for kids also is teaching an adult beginning fiddlers class. It was already in progress when I finally learned about it and joined. It meets once a week and there were 7 folks in it when I joined. Several had never touched a fiddle before, several like myself had had some playing experience in the past but had quit and were wishing to take it up again. A popular fiddle tunes book (Ludiker) is used and the goal so far has been to learn 10 common fiddle tunes. I was several tunes behind when I joined, but I've since caught up. It's lots of fun. The teacher also organizes a "slow jam" once a month as well as a "fast Irish jam" once a month, both held at a local pizza parlor. All the tunes we've learned in the class are played at the slow jam, so even the folks who are just learning fiddle can get some experience playing in a group setting if they wish. I usually go to the slow jam. I've been to the fast Irish jam once so far. At the fast jam they play fancier tunes with lots of notes, and play the tunes very fast, as the jam name would indicate! And probably 2/3 of the group, at least the one time I attended, were grade school kids that the teacher has in her after-school fiddle activities. Boy those kids really pick that stuff up and can eventually play those tune flawlessly at breakneck speed! At 65 years old I can see I have a loooong way to go to reach the level to play those tunes at those speeds, ha. But the slow jam is something I can actually participate in and feel I'm halfway holding my own. So, Robert, keep practicing, and I bet you can find a "slow jam" in your own area.
Steve in NE Oregon
Welcome Steve from Australia
You will find a lot of nations represented here and all are passionate about the fiddle.
Have only been playing for 9 months myself and am enjoying every minute of it. The folks here are helpful and supportive. If you need to know something, someone here will be able and willing to help
Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of ..... What was I saying????
At 65 years old I can see I have a loooong way to go to reach the level to play those tunes at those speeds, ha. But the slow jam is something I can actually participate in and feel I'm halfway holding my own. So, Robert, keep practicing, and I bet you can find a "slow jam" in your own area.
Steve in NE Oregon
Thank you for your kind encouragement. I'm happy for you as everything works out in your favor and nice group participating.
I'm sure you will pick it up in no time and be cruising along with those kids with no problem. I will be looking for some slow jam, but not in a hurry as I'm just about 7 months into playing, self learning, and this site, Pierre (aka Fiddlerman) and other members offer lots of helps, tutorials and advises. So it will be long practicing, but definitely improving.
Best wish to you and your family.
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