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hi! i'm new and i fiddle to irritate my neighbors with the barking chihuahua
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tamlin
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Greetings from Denver, CO! I'm so excited to find such a positive community of music lovers!!

When friends ask me the difference between my fiddle and my violin, I tell them: Just Two Shots of Whiskey.

I'm on my third instrument, self-taught -- sawing away at an intermediate level. I play a fiddle named Earl (ebay with a little work from the luther) and proper violin, Pearl (Paesold, I'm not worthy of her -- yet).

I also play cello (classically trained as a wee babe, not in practice) and piano (classical, pop and jazz-kinda). I played guitar for awhile in college.

I stumbled upon Pierre's videos seeking specific techniques. His energy, enthusiasm, passion and love for music inspire me so much!!

A wee bit about moi: originally from North Carolina -- I come from a place where everybody sat on the porch and played and sang and grabbed whatever noise making thing they could find to jam along - and joined in. For me, music is essential.

I like to play this kind of stuff, in no particular order: jazz, old-timey, Bach, Cajun, Irish and some Scottish and a little Klezmer, pop tunes that strike my fancy.

Inspirations: Fiddlerman (of course!), Eileen Ivers, Itzhak Pearlman, Andy Statman, Kevin Burke, Steve Coleman, John Coltraine, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk

This community is just awesome, so many wonderful posts. If you see me breaking any Forum rules, I welcome a polite correction! Let me know if you need any snowboarding tips - I'm way, way better at that than the fiddle!

(As a side project, by training, I am a mathematician/computer programmer. I am working on an Artificial Intelligence that would work something like an Interactive Kahn Academy to make learning music available to children for free. Open source - like a Linux - with contributions from computing community, robotics community and musicians. Collaborative engine. Why??? Well, not only does music inspire hope and confidence, it promotes cognitive function and critical thinking. As I learn, I am paying particular attention to "How I learn" - so I can work that into early versions of the tool. This was inspired by my Father, who made sure I had music lessons because when he was a kid, he was too poor.)

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. Charlie Parker

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Hi tamlin! you are welcome.  Be part of this wonderful site which is fiddling into the 3rd year on 1st October 2012.violin-1267

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)

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Welcome.

And one thought regarding the barking chihuahua..

Harmonics.

devil-violin

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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hello tamlin!!! wlcome to fiddlerman forums! lots of friendly and helpful around here...and by lots, i meant, all of 'em :) , wow! yer a computer programmer specializing on ai? awesome! i'm a roboticist, speciallizing on soft ai :) i'm making a new type of neural network that can learn anything per se :)

once again ,welcome to the forums!

cheers! - ⁰ℨ

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Welcome, My family is also originally from NC, although we are scattered to the four corners now. enjoy!

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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Welome to the forum.  I hope you'll join in the ghost busters project.

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Fiddlerman
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September 27, 2012 - 1:55 pm
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Hey tamlin,

Thanks for a great and interesting introduction about yourself.
Very happy that you found us here and I look very much forward to reading your future posts and getting to know you better.

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

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Many thanks for the warm welcome!!!!

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. Charlie Parker

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Welcome tamlin!  

It's amazing how many musicians trained on other instruments flock to violin!  I'm a classically trained trumpet who made the "jump" earlier this year and I'm lovin' every minute of it! This site is full of characters from a all kinds of backgrounds and playing levels!  Really, a great bunch of people!   

I have to say, you made my day with your list of inspirations!  In my younger days, people would always give me a weird look when I mentioned the likes of Coltraine or Ellington!  I think I got the last laugh, though, with a well-rounded, diverse musical appreciation.......all while they're stuck, trying to keep up with the pop charts! blink dancingrofl  

Here's to future great conversations about music, violin & life!  cheers

 

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Hi Tamlin! Welcome from Southampton, England :)

 

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jazz humor and scat from the Mighty Boosh... "the moment it gets abstract, you mess your trousers"...

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. Charlie Parker

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roflroflolroflclap

.......I nearly spit tea out of my nose, watching that!!!  "No, you FEAR jazz!" Love it!!

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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Tamlin said: "hi! i'm new and i fiddle to irritate my neighbors with the barking chihuahua"
 

Welcome Tamlin,

I'm happy you could join us.

I fiddle to drown out my neighbour's screaming children. LOL!

I also had a laugh out loud moment after watching Jazz Trance!

 

Fifi

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Cool!

Welcome to the forums, Tamlin! birthday_balloon

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Thanks again!! Wow, Hello Russia! My Father's family was from Ukraine. Warm regards.

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. Charlie Parker

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HaHa! Cool! I guess at those times we were one big country =)

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tamlin said

I am working on an Artificial Intelligence ... Open source - like a Linux - with contributions from computing community, robotics community and musicians. Collaborative engine. 

Hopefully you are building your AI cross-platform using something like Qt or wxWidgets.  The only thing worse than Windows-only software is Linux-only software.

BTW I think I am going to ask FM if we can start a group of Linux users in this forum.  I am detecting around ten potential members so far.

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"like Linux" was just a reference to an example of a tool built using an open-source business model.

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. Charlie Parker

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tamlin said
"like Linux" was just a reference to an example of a tool built using an open-source business model.

whoops, sorry ... it's just that my emotions are against OS-specific software.

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A belated welcome, and any motivation to learn the violin is a good motivation. Have you already tried a drum kit? You could probably fit a chihuahua in a floortom!

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and to my surprise I still have most of it left!

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