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This looks like an interesting place to visit. I'm a former professional musician but not on violin. On violin, I'm a returning player having played as a child but not for decades. I've been playing for almost four weeks now and it has been a blast. The bowing is coming along (it's straight back and forth now but I don't have great angular control so I often hit adjacent strings), the vibrato is coming back and of all the wonderful things that could happen, I'm starting to play in tune. I've learned from the tutorials and I've enjoyed reading other beginners' stories. I hope to contribute here in the future.
Welcome, Soma5! You'll love it here. There are many people on the forum who, like you, played as kids and then recently started again. Then there are people like me who are just starting, and the really awesomesauce folks who have played for decades and decades, and everything in between. And everyone is immensely supportive and funny.
Looking forward to hearing/seeing you play!
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Thanks for your introduction soma5,
It's fun when people who have played in their childhood return to the violin. I too hope that you can contribute in the future and am fairly certain you will. Look forward to reading your future posts.
Which instrument was your bread and butter previously?
I was primarily a guitarist (electric, acoustic steel string and classical) although I also played several other guitar-like instruments including dobro, steel guitar and mandolin. Basically all styles, using either plectrum (pick) or fingers as appropriate to the style. I still play all of those instruments although I don't get on stage all that often any more and concentrate more on having fun with musician friends. I'd like to progress on the violin enough to play in an amateur string quartet with decent players. I guess that means I want to become a decent player! We will see about that...
I'm also curious about the instrument you were playing before and also why you stopped?
See my response to Fiddlerman about the instruments. I never did stop, just stopped trying to make a liiving with those instruments. The usual reasons apply for not continuing with the career path, including advancing age, kids and finding a good job.
Same tuning. Beyond the differences between plucking/strumming and bowing, there are issues of intonation, vibrato, chordal playing (more than two different notes at a time), playing position, different repertoire, etc. etc. You'll have to believe me when I say that skill on a mandolin does not translate painlessly to skill on a violin!
Hello soma5, and welcome from Southampton, England
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