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Hi! (that's FiddlerMan in the middle)
I'm Rayna (it was paxxy, but I just changed it, can't decide what to call myself here, hope that's okay) and am extremely pleased to have found this site. This is only my 4th day with a violin. I don't really play anything else, unless singing counts. I guess I don't talk much, just sing. What kind of music do I like? Well of course we all enjoy classical, but I also love outlaw country. I imagine my violin wants to sing "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "You Were Always on My Mind." Yes. She most certainly does. Everyone does.
And then she wants to make up her own songs and sing with me. But for now, she too seems to be the quiet type. Not silent, but sort of screechy and scratchy, squeaking herself into the world and wondering if being born into my hands was a safe move. To be honest, it probably wasn't.
So how did I get here with a violin? My husband bought one off Amazon last weekend! He knew I always wanted to learn, and decided it was time. I only wish I had started when I was a teenager. For some reason my parents thought piano or guitar was more reasonable, but the guitar I bought was a huge steel string that was terribly painful to play. I now play my kids' 1/2 size nylon stringer, which is what I needed back then... but we digress! I finally do have a violin, and I am very happy about that. I am going on freakin30 years old, and have more brains, confidence, and discipline than I did back then anyway, so while I'm short on time, I'll work with what I've got.
Right now I am just trying to stay in tune and do that first piece on the G string without going crazy from all the flat/sharp notes I keep hitting.
Okay, well I am off to try it again!
Welcome again, Rayna, nee (paxxy).
Sure they do sound screechy in the beginning, but if you draw the bow aggressively, you'll soon hear the difference. The deep rich tones of the bass strings and the bright sounds of the higher strings. You are still a young woman, I passed your age 38 years ago and i'm still at it, and I did start when I was 4 yrs old but had to quit at age 11.
It's great that your hubby bought that for you. Practice, practice, makes great violinist's, well..... from the music you said you like, a great fiddler's.
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