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HandsomeRyan
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December 1, 2012 - 4:31 pm
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Howdy all,

 

I thought I should say hello after finding this website and learning so much from it already. I'm a 27 year old guy who is just taking up fiddle (/violin) for the first time. 

 

My father never played but was a big fan of bluegrass and Appalachian music. He passed away unexpectedly earlier this year and I've really struggled with his passing. I find that doing the things he did or enjoyed makes me feel more connected to him and I know these are things he would be proud of me for doing. [I'd like to take a moment to urge you- if your parents are still with us, take a moment and call them and tell them how much you love them and you appreciate all the have done for you to give you a good life because one day you won't be able to.] Back on topic though- I was looking through a catalog of not-for-credit classes being offered by a local community college and came across an Intro to Appalachian Fiddle course that I am signing up for. After the class I plan to try and find a private tutor and take lessons to further my fiddle (or violin) playing. 

My beautiful wife has indicated that she too would like to take the class. I think this will be great because she is already a skilled trumpet player. I hope that if both of us take up the hobby that we can practice together and motivate each other. She also knows how to read music, which I do not. 

After looking around the site a bit it looks like a great group of people here. I look forward to participating more once I actually get an instrument and get going. (After Christmas)

 

Best,

-Ryan

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LindaK
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Hi Ryan. Welcome from another beginner. I'm so sorry for you losing your father. I admire you taking action to bring you comfort. Your wife will definitely be able to help you and I hope you two have tremendous fun learning together.

The most beautiful things in life cannot be touched or seen. They must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller~

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That sounds great Ryan, glad you joined us, and would be great to see you and your wife here with us playing away.
Sorry to hear about your father, I was in the same position a few years ago, and your words to others are very wise. We can't turn the clocks back!!

This IS a tremendous group of people here, tantrums and all!. Most are like my family even though we have never met ( until we get together in January in Southern California for a jam together.)

Enjoy the experience

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December 1, 2012 - 9:27 pm
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Welcome, Ryan! Very sorry for your loss. It's great that you've found such a nice a way to honor your dad's memory. I'm sure he would be proud. And it's so nice that you and your wife will be able to learn together.

This is a very good place to start your journey into music, as you've already discovered. Please keep us posted on your progress.

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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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HandsomeRyan
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December 2, 2012 - 6:15 am
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Thank you all for the warm welcome. After reading through a few of the other intro threads I realized I was pretty sparse with sharing non-musical information about myself. Since you obviously have a 'family' atmosphere here and I can't very well expect to be treated like family without sharing a bit more about myself.  

 

As I said originally, I'm a 27 yo guy who lives in the rural (well, rural by Maryland standards) area about 35 miles north of Washington DC (between Baltimore and Fredrick) I live here on what I call a small farm but really it is just a house with a big yard with my wife. No kids or pets although my wife has recently gotten the idea that we are going to keep chickens. 

I am a professional horticulturist by trade. Currently I manage a research greenhouse and run a plant transformation laboratory. I also teach a variety of classes about horticulture and arts-n-crafts classes within my community. Prior to this I've worked in many aspects of horticulture from production to retail.

In my spare time I collect hobbies. Of course I grow a large garden with all the 'regular' stuff like tomatoes and cucumbers but I also grow more exotic faire such as wheat (which is uncommon for the home garden), broomcorn to make natural fiber brooms, and mustard seeds to make prepared mustard. My beautiful wife holding some potatoes we grew: 

Nothing looks better to a farm boy than a pretty girl with potatoes.Image Enlarger

 

I also love to work with my hands. I do a bit of blacksmithing although I have not secured a proper anvil yet so I am somewhat limited. I also do non-blacksmithing metal fabrication such as this welded folk-art piece I made for my mother for her birthday last year- 

 

I also work on small and occasionally large engines. I have a 1952 Simplicity Model W walk behind tractor that I have completely rebuilt after finding it rotting in the woods behind a guys house and buying it from him for a few dollars. Here is a picture of me pulling a 10" moldboard plow in the garden with it:

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I hope I still work that hard when I'm 50 years old!

 

Other hobbies include home brewing, home wine making, home cheese making, canning and preserving, fiberglass fabrication, mold making and casting, wood working, bee keeping, stained glass and glass mosaics, and I'm always looking for new things to learn. I love to discuss any/all of my hobbies and I'm always on the hunt for new ones. If you participate or are interested in any of the things I've mentioned here I'd love to discuss them at further length with anyone who is willing to listen. 

Finally, I thought I should share this picture of where I hope to play the fiddle once I get good enough to practice outside. This is in my back yard under a mature maple tree. The chairs are store bought but I made the wine holder thign in the middle and I think the only thing that could make a scene like this more perfect is a little music from the heart.

This may not be the greatest thing I've ever made, but on a day like today it has to be in the top 10.Image Enlarger

 

Thanks for reading. 

Best,

-Ryan

PS: The screen name is a take-off of the character "Handsome Rob" from The Italian Job, as you can see, I'm actually quite average looking. Sorry to disappoint anyone. tongue 

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That is an awesome list of hobbies, sir.

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Welcome, Ryan.  Great intro., was wondering if you are anywhere near Ann Arundel County. The reason I ask is that, in 2000 or 01, I worked in the Arundel Mill's Shopping Mall while it was being built. I worked on the Toyota display's in the hallway that seperated the two halve's of the mall.

I'm sure you'll like it here in the Fiddlerman forum.

Again, welcome.

 

Ken            hats_off

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You've got alot of hobbies I grew up around! My dad was a hands on guy who loved a large garden, welding, working with his hands. He was always restoring an old volkswagon for us kids for when we turned 16. Welcome to the forum! My dad now wanders the woods looking for rare Florida orchids, takes them home, propagates them and then puts them back. Like a zoo breeding program for flowers, he loves it though.

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

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Fiddlestix said
...was wondering if you are anywhere near Ann Arundel County.

 

I live in Howard County which shares a border with AA County. My wife and I were just at the Arundel Mills Mall on Thursday doing some shopping at a couple of the stores there.cheers

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Hey Ryan,

Sorry to hear of your loss. I love your advise to call our parents while we still can. You have great life-enriching hobbies and I think that is part of what life is all about.

It's a great idea to take up a hobby together with your wife to enrich your together time, motivate each other and to be able to advise each other at the same time.

Thanks for your great introduction and welcome to the site.
Look forward to hearing about you and your wives new journey from time to time.

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

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You live in a nice part of the country, Ryan. Although I'm from Massachusetts, I know that area because I've driven I-70 quite a few times traveling between BWI and Shepherdstown, WV, where there's a government training facility that I've visited for work.

My husband and I have also been to that area a number of times visiting Civil War sites like Gettysburg, Antietam and Harper's Ferry.

In fact, since you're not that far from Shepherdstown, I'm wondering if you've ever been to O'Hurley's General Store for the weekly jam sessions on Thursday nights. If you haven't, you should check it out sometime as it's a lot of fun and it's free.

I've only been there as a spectator, but maybe someday I'll actually join in the jam.

Here's a little video that I shot on a visit last year.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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