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MikeV
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Hi everyone.

I will try to keep it short. I have been guest "lurking" the site for a couple of weeks and really liked Fiddlerman. I first saw his videos on youtube.

I am 53 and married (28 years this Oct.) and have two grown sons. One is working as a computer sci technician. And the younger one is going back to school to become an x-ray tech. I live in Deerfield Wisconsin ( 10 mi. east of Madison). We have two dogs and 3 cats. I work for the State of WI dept. of Ag in food safety as a meat safety inspector. I played the violin in 5th grade a looong time ago. But, hadn't touched one again until I got the cecillio 300 last week. FM's reviews of cecillios violins convinced me to get one. In the past I also worked for the UW-Madison school of music as a certified piano technician. So tuning is second nature for me. I play the piano , organ and bagpipes. I really like the sound of the violin though. The dogs seem to like it the best too. I am partial to clasical music but, I enjoy everything!

My wife's favorite song is Danny Boy, so guess what one of the first songs I need to learn will be?  LOL.  I have been practicing scales and bowing so far. Since I haven't had a lot of free time in the last few years my musicianship (?) has gotten pretty rusty. I had checked out the fingering game and that is a great way to get back up to speed for sight reading music. Thanks Fiddlerman !

Anyway, I am looking forward to "meeting" everyone in the forum. Everyone seems very cool and helpful. I know I will enjoy being a part of this community. That's enough for now, I don't want to start becoming boring.wink

Thanks again,

Mike  hats_off

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Welcome MikeV !

 

I'm still new here also but I can tell you this is the place to beblink everyone is so nice the support is amazing and all the little hints and tips along the way! look forward to seeing your future posts and maybe a video or two.

 

James.

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Fiddlerman
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June 2, 2012 - 8:47 am
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Nice to meet you Mike,

Welcome to the forum and thanks for the nice introduction.
We look forward to reading your future posts and following your progress.

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Hi Mike.

Welcome, welcome, welcome!birthday_balloon

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Welcome Mike! You will like it here coffee wow bagpipes!

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Hi Mike! Welcome from Southampton, England.

 

Jim

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WelcomeMike,
Bagpipes is an instrument to play on my "bucket list". Have loved the sound of them ever since I was a kid. There is no greater sound than being on parade with 20 pipers on the move.
Got shivers down my back just thinking about it!
How come you are a piper? Military or Celtic?

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Welcome Mike,

Unfortunately you said you will be learning Danny Boy as your first tune but it seems around here as a sort of right of passage you have to do Twinkle Twinkle Little Star first.roflol

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MikeV
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TerryT :

I had taken  years of formal bagpipe lessons with the pipemajor from one of the pipe and drum bands in Madison. It was celtic not military. My mother's side of the family has Scotish roots.

 

KevinM :

I was refering to one of the first "official" songs.blink I have mary had a little lamb and twinkle pretty much taken care of. You are right though, you have to start with the "clasics" violin-student.

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Hello and Welcome Mike!

Good Luck on the violinland journey!

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Welcome, Mike! Nice to meet you. Thanks for the nice introduction. We have one thing in common, besides the violin: my job is also ag-related.

cow-fingerscrossed

Good luck with your new musical endeavors and keep us posted on your progress.

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Welcome Mike and good luck on "Danny Boy".

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MikeV
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Thanks for all of the encouragement everyone. I really like this site. Kindascrathy- I find that some of the best music critics are cows, horses and chickens. wink

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Mike,

It sounds like you live where I do, in the country.  I have to laugh at myself now. I decided to take violin lessons but I have a feeling the teacher will want to start me at Twinkle Twinkle.

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Welcome, MikeV!

Danny Boy seems to be a nice piece to start blink Don't be hurry with Twinkle - it's a tricky piece! Joking =)

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MikeV said
I find that some of the best music critics are cows, horses and chickens. wink

Especially Holsteins! cow-fingerscrossed (Sorry, Fiddlerman...I couldn't resist.)

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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KindaScratchy said

MikeV said
I find that some of the best music critics are cows, horses and chickens. wink

Especially Holsteins! cow-fingerscrossed (Sorry, Fiddlerman...I couldn't resist.)

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This video is not new but keeps things in perspective.

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roflol

But how ungrateful! No applause!!

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Well, the cows may have been hoping for a buffet table.. or at least some wine and cheese or pie and punch or something..

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