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Alexia
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I've had an account for this website for awhile now but I only received my violin yesterday so I guess I'll introduce myself now. (:

 

I'm Alexia, I'm a 15 year-old girl from Canada. canadian_flag-4156 I know how to play the piano so I have a general background in music.

 

I've always liked the violin but never thought of playing it myself. Until about 2 weeks ago when I had a dream that I played Ave Maria on the violin. When I woke up it was all I could think about so I started researching violins. After about a week, I picked the Cecilio cvn-colour. I got my violin yesterday and started playing it. I know I'm quite a long way from playing Ave Maria but it's definitely one of my goals. I know I'm not that great, but I already love the sound of the violin and the feeling of playing it. amuse

 

Since yesterday I have learned Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Jingle Bells. Of course I can't play them perfectly, but it's a start.

I'm not really sure if I'm taking classes yet. My mom said she'll look for some but if they are too expensive I guess I'm on my own for this. All the classes in my area are atleast a dollar a minute (yikes! the pain of living in Toronto)

 

So anyway, I'm happy I found this site. It's very welcoming and I'm looking forward to growing and playing the violin with you all. (:

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Hello and welcome from Southampton, England!

 

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Welcome, Alexia! You've found the right place. Whether or not you take violin lessons, you can learn a lot on this site from Fiddlerman and the members here.

You'll find that folks are very helpful, friendly and supportive. And the resources that Fiddlerman provides are great.

Consider posting videos of yourself playing as you progress -- if it's OK with your Mom. You'll get lots of constructive feedback from folks.

Cool story, BTW, about your dream. Congratulations about fulfilling it!

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Hello from Florida. thumbs-up

start with FM fingering chart pdf, a tuner and his instruction videos for finding natural notes on each string. Once you have got great intonation and bowing skills (about a month from now) then start playing songs. Theres a starting point in learning and most people skip over it to play songs. After about a week of practicing the basics your ability to play those tunes will be greatly increased. Focus on tone! Also, post video updates and the rest of us will help you along. Welcome and enhoy your journey!

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

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welcome to the forums, Alexia! lots of friendly and helpful members here, i'm 15 as well :) , cheers!

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Welcome, Alexia.

There couldn't be a more beautifull song than "Ave Maria" to dream about.

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Welcome Alexia!

You've come to the right place for a great start!  Everybody here will be more then willing to help you on your journey!

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

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Thanks everyone! (:

And thanks for the advice picklefish. I wasn't really sure where to start so I just started using the "first lessons" book that came with my violin. (A chromatic tuner also came with my violin too)

I'll start with tone then. (: (Sorry family! ahah)

 

Also about the videos, I'll probably post once a month starting next month. I'd like to see my progression as well.

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Join us in the chatbox on the righthand side of this webpage. yes, its another sign up but its worth it. Always begin at the beginning! Keep us posted!

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

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Alexia said
.... All the classes in my area are atleast a dollar a minute (yikes! the pain of living in Toronto)

 OMG! surprisedyell

So anyway, I'm happy I found this site. It's very welcoming and I'm looking forward to growing and playing the violin with you all. (:

We're happy You find this site either!!! =)

Welcome to the forum! blink

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the avg cost of lessons round here are $20 per half hour. Professional musicians usually charge the Union scale rate. more like $40 per half hour. so at a $1. per minute Id say thats pretty avg.

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

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Hi Alexia!

I am SURE you will do fine on your own!! You're already playing! You must have a GOOD EAR! That is awesome.

There is some GREAT stuff posted here. I hope you watch every fiddlerman.com video a hundred times until you memorize every little thing - how he holds the bow, how he pulls it across the strings, how he stands... I mean NIT PICK it. Good stuff that should get you going!!

Warm welcome from Denver, CO banana

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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...I'd love to play Ave Maria someday too.

Enjoy the site.  Nice to meet you.

Toni From California. aka Coolpinkone.

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Welcome to the forum Alexia,

I like your story about a dream and I am sure your dream will come true if you stick to it.

Look forward to hearing more about your progress.

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

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Alexia, I stumbled across this today and thought you might find it inspiring.

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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 to the forum!

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Warm welcome, Alexia, from West Coast, US.

You will definitely like it here, and learn a lot from other nice members.

It's great to know that you're fulfilling your dream in your young age.

Just as Pickfish and other advises, start from the beginning and work your scale, intonation, bowing control etc. Once you get the basics down then it will be much easier to play your favorite songs.

I've been doing it for 5 months, no songs, but you will probably get it down faster than I do.

Best wishes,

Robert

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Alexia said
ll the classes in my area are atleast a dollar a minute (yikes! the pain of living in Toronto)

Here in my town is 90US$ a hour (185$ reais) T_T there's a few violin professors here and because of the price I am sure that I will not be able to take classes =/

But I'm happy that you are already playing songs!thumbs-up
Big welcome from Brazil!

cheers

 

"The first and best victory is to conquer self."
Plato.

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There we go. I'm not that expensive after all. smile

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but the one who needs the least."

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