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FiddleDog
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September 28, 2017 - 2:08 pm
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Like all of you at one time or another, I'm brand new to this fiddle thing.  I've always thought the fiddle was one of the coolest sounds, and now I'm finally attempting to join the fiddle player's club.

My music background is pretty thin.  I played the trumpet as a youngster, until braces ended that.  I could read sheet music back then, but have forgotten most of it.  I tried to learn guitar as a youngster as well, and for a while could strum a few simple folk tunes, but never followed through.  I do play the harmonica a little.

My plan is to teach myself, mostly.  Using fiddlerman's videos and some others on the web, I figure I can get a huge percentage of the needed knowledge.  I'm struggling at the moment with making sure I'm holding properly.  I broke my collar bone (left side) a decade ago, and it can be uncomfortable holding it there (I've found a washcloth cushions somewhat).  I may have to break down and take a months worth of lessons to make sure I'm forming solid initial habits . . .

Either way, I look forward to spending a lot of time on this forum, lurking and picking brains.

Fiddle on, Wayne.

Bill

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BillyG
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September 28, 2017 - 2:13 pm
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Hey hey - welcome @FiddleDog !

Awesome - it is a long long journey, but you can get-off-the-ground pretty quickly, and the rewards and pleasure from playing the instrument just keep on coming....

My best wishes with your journey !  devil-violinthumbs-up

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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welcome to the forum, a few lessons with a teacher  either group or private is a good starting point.

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

Albert Sammons

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Write out a 2 octave G scale with all the notes. Twice. One with the #s and one with the flats. Read these out loud at the beginning of your daily practice. Remember B is the middle line.  Seeing is believing.

Welcome

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Hi FiddleDog!

Enjoy the new experience of learning a new skill.

Best wishes

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Welcome to the forum, @FiddleDog 😀 

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Welcome to the forum! 😀 

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@FiddleDog Hey, I am struggling too, still doing open strings to work on my bowing. Get yourself  a Gelrest shoulder rest! It will help that collarbone out tremendously! The Fiddlershop carries them. If you read sheet music before it will come back to you fairly fast! I took a long break (played violin the late 50's and quit around 61!) and I just got my grandfather's violin out of mothballs this year! I am doing ok on the sheet music 🎶! Know that you're not alone and the folks here are VERY helpful, as well as friendly! From rhe boss man all the way down! Fiddlerman really cares about all of us which is why he is so encouraging and generous with his lessons! You will like it here! I have yet to find any negative criticism here! This forum gives me the warm fuzzies which makes me want to strive!

"Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one".- Albert Einstein 

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Fiddlerman
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September 29, 2017 - 3:05 pm
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Welcome to the forum Wayne,

Glad that you posted. We'll do everything we can to motivate you and we look forward to getting to know on your new journey.

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

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Sorry for the confusion =)  I'm not Wayne,  I'm Bill.  The Wayne was a paraphrase of Garth and Wayne ("Party on Garth . . . Party on Wayne").

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Haha, I love Wayne's World 😀 

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FiddleDog said
Sorry for the confusion =)  I'm not Wayne,  I'm Bill.  The Wayne was a paraphrase of Garth and Wayne ("Party on Garth . . . Party on Wayne").  

Ahhhh yes.... I read too fast.....

Fiddle on Bill.violin-student

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