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marcnaz
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April 2, 2016 - 6:08 pm
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Hello from Az.

My name is Marc and I am beginning my restart on learning to play the violin. I took lessons when I was much younger [ think Kennedy era]. Do not remember a lot from then, but in retirement I will have no excuse for not having practice time. I spent the better part of a month trying to research  violins and different forums. Luckily I found Fiddlerman.com. Had a hard time trying to choose an instrument to start on. John, at Fiddlershop was great at helping me to choose. With his help I chose the Fiddlerman Artist violin. Really is a nice instrument. I never really learned to read music, so that has become goal number 1. Finger placement and smooth and correct bowing have been an ongoing practice. My biggest goal for the year will be to play a simply song with out the cat glaring at me and leaving the room! I look forward to learning more from this site and from the Fiddlerman videos. 

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Fidelestre
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April 4, 2016 - 10:57 am
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welcome, @marcnaz ! I am also a restarter - picked up up about a year ago after a 20 year hiatus.

 

It's great you're starting with a high quality violin- that should shorten the time needed to please the cat. We got a cat in February and he still leaves the room as soon as I take the violin out of the case!

I wouldn't worry about learning to read music right away. You can start learning by ear, and it is much more important to focus on fundamentals like bow hold and bowing motion at the start.

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BillyG
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Yes, welcome @marcnaz ( thinking Kennedy era here - I remember that ( from afar ) ) - like @Fidelestre says - if you "have a tune in your head" / "play by ear" kind of thing - yeah - great starter/re-starter for ten.   I picked up fiddle a couple of years back at the age of 61 or so - but I have "music in my head" ( from having played other instruments over the years ) - the "transition" is not overly difficult - and you obviously have some residual playing memory from earlier days - 

Welcome - and best wishes on your re-started journey !!!  

^5s, BillyG

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.  

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

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damfino
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April 4, 2016 - 3:00 pm
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Welcome to the forum, and back to the violin!!

Animals are hard to please... my cat is fine with the violin, and will meow to me if I make it make certain noises.... My dogs however get insulted and leave the room right away, lol.

~ I'm not torturing cats... I'm learning to play violin! ~

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Fiddlerman
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April 4, 2016 - 6:57 pm
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Welcome to the forum Marc,

I look forward to hearing more about your new beginning. Hope you love your new Artist violin. 🙂

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

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April 5, 2016 - 4:16 pm
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Hello Marc and welcome to the forum.

I just know you will have a blast here.

Happy Violin-ing.

 

Toni

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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djroger
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April 5, 2016 - 7:50 pm
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Hello @marcnaz !  One is never too old to take the violin back up.  Or, in my case, the "fiddle".  I had to quit playing in 1995 after a severe construction accident and just this year, decided, in a very determined way, that I WILL PLAY AGAIN!

I'm 59 and have limited mobility in both wrists and my left hand (fingers), but am starting to overcome some of these issues.  @fiddlerguy has been a great help with some early-on suggestions, along with other folks on this forum, and a local classical violin instructor that was looking for a "challenge"!

If one is determined enough, anything is possible!

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marcnaz
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April 5, 2016 - 8:19 pm
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Thank you all for the welcome and encouragement. Spent yesterday afternoon practicing tuning the violin. Moved on to the bowing and G- string video's. I have a lot to learn and a lot of practice on the instrument itself. I have a lot of crawling to do before I walk.

Pierre- The Artist violin is very nice, more than I had hoped for. [ I have visions of being worthy enough to order a Kohr HC 602 from you one day] Your video's have been a great help.

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April 5, 2016 - 8:58 pm
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Hi Marc, I'm in Az myself. There only a couple violin shops in the Phoenix area. Andrews is a great place if you need any adjustments on your violin. I currently rent one from them. Will eventually step up to one of the holsteins hopefully. But they have some good resources over there if you are looking for a teacher. Have Fun!

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Thanks RobC for the info on Andrew's. Where I live there really is not much in support of the violin. Because of the help and service I have received from the Fiddlershop, they will be my go to for what I may need. But when in Phoenix area, it couldn't hurt to window shop.

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Fiddlerman
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April 19, 2016 - 9:58 am
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Thanks marcnaz,

That is music to my ears. 🙂
Just let me know if I can ever help out.

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but the one who needs the least."

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