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Hi my name is Jamie. I am the husband of Nikki aka (DragonLady.) She got me in to try the violin. I have always liked the way violin sounded. So I am a beginner and willing to learn. I am also in the Army Reserve.

In the past I played trombone in band in middle school for one year. The teacher, he did not try to help me much, he said I was too much of a pain with my learning  disability. I am dyslectic so I see things backwards like the letters "b" &"d" but some great people had this disability to name one, Albert Einstein. So I don't really see it as problem. I am really good at drawing and really knowledgeable when it comes to animals.

I am left-handed, held my wife's standard right-handed violin it doesn't feel comfortable to me. My left hand fingers don't want to bend the right way because I have broken it once and fractured it three time mountain biking. Most likely I'll have to buy a left-handed violin. 

I went to Showtime Music today to see if they had a left-hand violin but they didn't. frown        

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Welcome, FiddlingSoldier! There's a lefty fiddle in Fiddlerman's Shop. The customer service is great! smile

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Hey Jamie,

Nice to meet you and welcome to the forum. Cool to get to know both partners of the team 🙂

I now understand the problem with the right handed violin..... Have you tried the bow in the left hand to see how that feels?
It's really hard to find a left handed violin (A violin that you hold with the right hand) unless you buy it online. I suppose you could always buy one and in the worse case sell it again later if you find out that it won't work for you. A violin feels strange in either hand the first time you hold it. I am sure many here can attest to that. But you seem to know already that the fractures and such will not allow you to finger with your left hand.

I really like that the two of you will both be playing violin. That is cool. I'm sure that DragonLady will be able to teach you a lot.

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Welcome, FiddlingSoldier.  I've always figured that the willingness to learn something is far more important than natural ability.  You're more likely to stick with it and get creative about problem solving when you really want something than if it's just handed to you.  So don't get discouraged with your playing!

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Thanks everyone i will learn alot form DragonLady. will keep on trying even if i get down serenade and one day be able to play like this guy devil-violin thanks for every thing 

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We just order the Cecilio Ebony Fitted German Type Left-Handed Violin CVN-320L. Can't wait to get it so we can start playing violin together. 

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Thanks for the order 🙂
Hopefully it will be mailed on Monday. Cecilio is closed during the weekends.

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If you change chin rest and strings over can you make your own left handed violin. Hmm, but then there is the fine tuners........not forgetting the bridge?……and the sound post..........am I beginning to answer my own question

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Terry said

If you change chin rest and strings over can you make your own left handed violin. Hmm, but then there is the fine tuners........not forgetting the bridge?……and the sound post..........am I beginning to answer my own question

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The lefty fiddle is actually a mirror-image of a "regular" fiddle and needs to be set up that way at the building stage for best results.

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Good thought Terry, you could move the sound post, turn the bridge around and put a left handed chin rest on the violin, but there's another thing you need to think of, that being the BASS bar, which is located on the opposite side of the sound post under the bass side of the bridge. It is probably  8" to 10" long and runs parallel with the top of the violin. It is fitted perfectly to the underside of the top of the violin and glued in before the top is set on the violin.  Need I say more ?

I think the tuning pegs are just opposite from a R.handed violin too.

Has anyone in the forum ever played a 5 string violin?

Several years ago I saw a 5 string fiddle in a pawn shop, I was tempted to buy it. I have played a 3 string violin before. It happened when I was about 9 yrs old playiing a solo number in a recital. My A string busted in the middle of the song and I finished with only the E,D and G strings. The audience was impressed.

I can still remember and play the first few bars of that song and for the life of me I can't remember it's name. I have been tempted to record a audio of it and post it here to see if anyone knows the name of it.

Maybe this will help... Da Dee Da Da Dee Da, Dum Dee Dum ... any one know it?

 

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Welcome to the forum, Fiddling Soldier! =)

It's very nice that both you and yor wife love the to fiddle dancing - it's quite important to have a common interest and learn together !! =) birthday_balloon

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Fiddlestix, It's on the tip of my tongue too but..... LOL
Just record yourself playing or singing it, and post it here. We might be able to help you. smile

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@ Fiddlerman

 

I wonder if there's very many people who play a right handed violin left handed? I mean, held opposite of the 'normal position' with the E string actually on top vs the G string.

If you leave the soundpost under the E, and the bar under the G and just switch hands, everything is still in the right spot on the instrument just held different.

 

Ain't it weird, playing a right handed violin is held in the left on the left side of the body and playing a left handed violin is held and positioned on the right side of the body?

I suppose left handed people could play a right handed violin better than right handed people could play a left handed one. I mean...

 

Oh forget it...dazeddazeddazeddazedfacepalmfacepalmfacepalmfacepalm

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@ Fiddlerman

 

How can I delete a double duplicate posting? I tried but it won't let me, and doing math at this hour of the morning should be classified as cruel and unusual punishment brought back from my high school days.

 

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cdennyb said

@ Fiddlerman

 

I wonder if there's very many people who play a right handed violin left handed? I mean, held opposite of the 'normal position' with the E string actually on top vs the G string.

If you leave the soundpost under the E, and the bar under the G and just switch hands, everything is still in the right spot on the instrument just held different.

 

Ain't it weird, playing a right handed violin is held in the left on the left side of the body and playing a left handed violin is held and positioned on the right side of the body?

I suppose left handed people could play a right handed violin better than right handed people could play a left handed one. I mean...

 

Oh forget it...dazeddazeddazeddazedfacepalmfacepalmfacepalmfacepalm

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Surely if you play left handed in an orchestra you're in danger of having someone's eye out!!

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I can see it now. a left handed and a right handed violinist having a duel with thier bows.

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We should be receiving the left-handed violin on Tuesday. We will post a video on our first impressions. Hopefully there will be no problems when we get it. 

16 years of experience and relearning.

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Hopefully not DL,

Look forward to hearing all about it. smile

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We received to left-handed violin today and the G string was broke and the top bow holder was half broke. Everything else look fine. We will make video later on today. Right now we have a few people in our house fixing a problem with my ceiling.  

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