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Newbie (for now) in Taiwan (for now)
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swish_and_flick
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November 9, 2017 - 10:18 pm
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Hi everyone,

For some of you, this is a repeat post, but I literally just found this section of the forum! Instead of (further) unintentionally hijacking someone else's thread, I'll introduce myself properly now. fish

I'm new to the forums! I started playing a couple of months ago, mostly self-learning through online communities. When I start getting serious about improving my technique (for now it's just playing basic notes and not giving my neighbors a reason to murder me), I'll look into finding a private teacher. For the most part, I'm not in an English-speaking country, so I thought I'd find a place to post questions and share my experiences. So, hello. 🙂

A little bit about myself: I wouldn't say no to getting more "classical" training or studying classical pieces in the future, but I really like playing film and video game music. I mostly play around with soundtracks, like Game of Thrones and Star Wars. The songs are recognizable when I play them, and with a whole bunch of time and practice, they might even start to sound decent. 🙂 But I'm just taking my time and enjoying for now.

My current situation: I've gotten rid of scratchy notes (for the most part), and my notes have gotten strong and consistent. The problem is that now, there is like zero variation, haha. So for softer songs, I sound super imposing and angry because every note has the same intensity. Now I'm working towards more variation. I'm making some progress, but it's all about practice. 🙂 

Nice to meet everyone!

Greetings from Taiwan.

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Welcome to the forum

 

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November 10, 2017 - 1:54 am
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Welcome! Just out of curiosity, where in Taiwan are you? I have relatives in Taichung and Changhua.

I even got my violin in Taiwan -- it's a mid-20th-century German violin that sat in my uncle's house in Taichung, unplayed since my great-uncle passed away (years before I was born), and I picked it up on a visit to Taiwan while I was in high school (late 1990s). I don't play it often as I'm mostly a violist, but I maintain it in playing condition because of that history.

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November 10, 2017 - 8:16 am
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Thanks!

@AndrewH I'm in Kaohsiung, which is also where I got my violin. Beautiful country, but the weather makes me feel like a panda. 🙂 My violin has less of a history than yours (that's so cool, though!), but it's also German-made. 

At first, I was considering picking up one of the larger instruments (I love the deep, rich sounds of the violin's 表哥 and 表姐), but just thinking of transporting it when traveling was enough to tip the scales! 

Glad to meet you on here. 🙂

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November 10, 2017 - 8:46 pm
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Welcome to the forum swish_and_flick.
Great introduction.
Where did your username "swish_and_flick" come from?
We had a thread about usernames that I found very interesting. No one has bumped it in a while though.
Glad to hear that you got rid of the scratchy notes and are not giving the neighbors reasons to want to murder you. LOL
Look forward to your posts!

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

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Hi Fiddlerman,

Thanks! It's actually a reference to the levitation charm in Harry Potter called wingardium leviosa, where in order to levitate an object successfully, you have to "swish and flick" your wand. It's a newbie spell that students learn in their first year (so of course they're having trouble with the wrist movement), which is like me beginning the violin.

But instead of a wand, I have a bow, haha. 

Thanks for the encouragement! I'm glad to be here. 🙂

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November 12, 2017 - 9:33 pm
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Hello @swish_and_flick, love your name. I have read all the HP books and seen the movies, so I know the reference. Very suitable! Magic, like violin is easy, it just takes practice. Lots and lots of practice. You just have to do it perfectly to get the expected result. 

Welcome!

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@intrepidgirl Yes, though sometimes I definitely feel like Seamus trying to turn Scabbers yellow, hahaha

Thanks for the welcome!

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The user name thread is currently active and you should post the origin of your user name on it! It is in the currently active top ten threads. Very cute username, and I love the idea of our bows being wands since violin music is so magical!

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

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November 17, 2017 - 12:38 pm
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swish_and_flick said
Hi Fiddlerman,

Thanks! It's actually a reference to the levitation charm in Harry Potter called wingardium leviosa, where in order to levitate an object successfully, you have to "swish and flick" your wand. It's a newbie spell that students learn in their first year (so of course they're having trouble with the wrist movement), which is like me beginning the violin.

But instead of a wand, I have a bow, haha. 

Thanks for the encouragement! I'm glad to be here. 🙂  

I was intrigued by the name and you didn't let me down with that answer. LOL

I guess I don't pay enough attention when watching these types of movies.

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

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