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Hi
I just found this website today. I don't own a violin, but am really considering getting one. I have always want to play the violin, but with every thing in my life there has been one hang up. I don't have fingers on my left hand. I have successfully learned to play the piano and have been doing so for two or three years. My goal is to play the violin like I have always dreamed of. Piano is great, but I just really, really want to play the violin. So Im considering buying a left handed cecilio 320L. It's only 129.99 on KK music store. It comes with a lot of stuff. I don't want to spend a ton of money on something I might not be able to do. Any tips or suggestions for a 16 year old who has never touched a violin in her life?
Thanks.
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Welcome aboard !!

Im 48 years old and have been playing just a couple months short of 4 years...guitar since  I was 7.. Im gonna tell you like it is. at first, year one sucks...you'll get aggravated  as in pull your hair out upset...it''ll sound rough at times, good some days. You'll learn this isnt a piano or guitar, there will be days when the weather will make your fiddle sound like crap when you think its you..and days when you sound like crap and it isnt the fiddles fault.

You most likely will buy a BRAND new fiddle such as you mentioned from KK music, it will sound better as it ages with you. In the beginning, you would sound like crap on a million dollar Strad, so deal with it and dont blame the fiddle.

By year two you will be better, if you put in the work, but you still wont be "good". Some days you will amaze your self, other days you'll feel like breaking that dang thing over a stump....but this isnt an instrument of instant gratification . You'll have days were you are sure if you upgraded to a better violin that some of those problems would go away...and some actually may with a better instrument.

No other instrument is as satisfying or furstrating...but if this dosent scare you off , then you have what it takes....you'll be one of "us".

I was once told that you date other instruments, but you marry the fiddle. I can tell you that if you dig in and are there for the long run, it will be an amazing journey, it will cry with you, laugh with you and dance with you...some nights you'll just hold it in wonder...

again, welcome aboard

 

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Welcome to the Fiddlerman Forum.

You must be interested in playing violin if you found this Website, most people don't usually just happen to stumble on something like this unless they are looking and are interested in violin.

Here is a video of a girl who plays violin left handed but she must have learned on a right handed violin because that is what she's playing.

If you are interested in purchasing a instrument / violin you should check with  Fiddlerman. http://www.fiddlershop.com. Pierre is the owner and can probably help you more on a personal need basis.

 You will need to right click on this Link and open in a new window.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f.....gcOhO8PWfs

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welcome to the greatest fiddler site missmess! i'm sure that you'll like it here...specially with the friendly members :) , and as i know, you can play any instrument there is, as long as you'll try hard and believe in yerself :)

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Hey Jess, welcome!!!!!  You'll find a TON of help and inspiration and support here.

Barry said it sooooo well (almost brought tears to my eyes Barry), it will be such a huge challenge, as it is for all of us.  And yeah, as Fiddlestix suggested, Pierre (Fiddlerman) will be able to provide you some great help and advice.

You have some challenges ahead of you that most of us don't deal with, but you're young and you have experiences and successes that have helped strengthen your resolve to do what you want to do.

Best of luck to you, and welcome to "the family"!  And PLEASE keep us updated on how you move forward.

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Welcome and Well said Fred and Barry.
I'm currently at the "sling the instrument of out the bedroom window and hope it lands in the garden pond" stage!
But I know it will pass thanks to the inspiration we get from our fellow 'family' members on this site!

I was born with nothing,
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Welcome to the forum missmess,

Tell me more about the lack of fingers on your left hand. Though you don't need too many fingers on your bow hand it will be easier if you have a thumb and two other fingers or similar to which you can control the pressure of the bow. I can try to help you with that when I get a little more information.

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but the one who needs the least."

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First of all I wad born without fingers so it's nothing new to me. I tried to find a picture of a hand like mine instead I found a picture of a girl with no fingers playing the violin. Here is the like http://www.delawareonline.com/.....ersistence . To describe my hand, I don't have my index, middle or ring finger. I have a tiny piece of skin for a pinky, it has no bone. My thumb has a bone even a little nail, but it's not even an inch long and doesn't have a joint. So there is no way I can hold a bow without something to help. I pretty sure I could make something similar to what the girl in the link is using. I probably won't get a violin for at least another month, I would like to pretty certain that there is a way for me to play it.
Thanks, missmess.

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Jess, I think you have the will, so there is a way. I marvel at your determination and ambition.  violin_girl 

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Missmiss,

I greatly admire your determination as well. I will advise you any way I can though this is a little out of my league seeing that I've never worked with anyone who hasn't had fingers.
The greatest challenge will be constructing or finding someone to construct a device that will help you hold the bow and get some kind of control.
Look forward to getting updates.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Truly marvelous that you are willing to try something so wonderful as the violin.  It will be a huge challenge, not just for you, but for anyone.  You will have a greater challenge than most, but if there is a will there is a way.  I look forward to hearing your progress as you advance with the rest of us "noobs."  It'll be a wonderful experience and you have myself, along with the rest of the Fiddlerman community, to keep you motivated and offer encouragement.  Best of luck to you... and just remember to keep having fun!

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I may be getting a violin sooner then I thought! So be looking for an update in the next two weeks. Thanks for all the support.
Jess crossedfingers

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That sound's great Jess, we'll be waiting excitedly with you. Keep us informed, you are going to do well, I know.  

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Welcome, Jess!! You've come to a good place. Everyone here is friendly and helpful.

Have you seen this violinist? This is my favorite performance of the Schindler's List theme. Might give you an idea of how you might modify your bow.

Looking forward to hearing about your progress. Keep us posted!

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amazing! whats my excuse? nothing, i'll sit down and shut up now!

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

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Hi, Jess! 

You are very welcome to the forum!

You have a great attitude to reach your goal! I believe Youl'll get it! =)

So we'll wait for your violin crossedfingers And keep us posted! =)

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KindaScratchy said
Welcome, Jess!! You've come to a good place. Everyone here is friendly and helpful.

Have you seen this violinist? This is my favorite performance of the Schindler's List theme. Might give you an idea of how you might modify your bow.

Looking forward to hearing about your progress. Keep us posted!

cheerleader

Great video!!  And scratchy is right.  Put your passion into it and ANYTHING can be accomplished.  You'll be rockin' out like Lindsy Stoppard orLindsey Stirling before ya know it! 

"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its entire life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein

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wow, there is absolutely no excuse I can use now to explain my poor playing.

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You must be a relatively new player.  Us more seasoned folks have endless excuses about anything.  Hang tough.  It will come.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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Hi mate

If your right hand works and you don't mind doing it left handed, buy a violin. Buy a cheapy at first, like I did. My first violin was an eBay special. It cost me $42 and sounds surprisingly good. A few months down the track I bought another one at my local music shop for $800.00

You won't regret it. thumbs-up

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