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sn0wfox
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I'm 26 years old. From Michigan. I've wanted to learn how to play the violin for who knows how long, i have a 4/4 violin that was sitting in my dads closet for longer than I've been alive. but since i live with people I've been looking into an electric so i can play it with out bothering them while i learn. so about a week ago something struck me so i started looking around for ways to learn the violin, and came across fiddler man watched a few of the starting videos so i think its time i do something I've always wanted to do. also figured i should say hello! and I'm really looking forward to learning.

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Oh, Snowfox, If I only had my dads old violin.   Welcome to the forum, and you will be very happy that you ran across FM, and this merry band of fiddlers.  Some of us are good some not so good but what we lack in skill, we make up for in love and devotion for this most beautiful of instruments and Pass times. 

Glad to have you with us, FM is a good teacher and there is a lot of very good information and material for you to take advantage of.

 

Welcome and Shalom Shalom coffee1

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Fiddlerman
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December 19, 2011 - 1:11 pm
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Welcome to the forum snowfox,

Sounds like you are ready to rock. Did you order the fiddle yet? We'll help you on your path to achieving your dream.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Hi, snowfox! =) Welcome!birthday_balloon

You have already 4\4 violin... so why don't You just get a mute? =) aaaaaaannnd play!?

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Welcome to the start of a journey of enjoyment with minor interruptions of frustration, but always partnered with great friends and support here at FM.

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sn0wfox
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Thank you, nope i haven't ordered it yet was going to wait tell the week after Christmas. cant wait to get it and start though. kinda wish it was sooner then later though ^^

yeah the 4/4 i have at the moment needs to be restrung which i plan on doing some time, along with getting a new bow since the one i have seems to be a little worse for ware. kinda shows that it was sitting in some ones closet for almost 30 years.

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Welcome Snowfox. You have the desire and you WILL succeed. Im new as well here and have been scratching out notes on my new violin for 4 weeks. I am as fascinated by Fiddlerman's website and forum as I am with my new violin. Tons of great info and encouragement here. Hey with winter in Michigan you will have alot of indoor time to learn.

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Welcome, I hope you like it here as much as me. And try the games, they might be hard to begin with... But supposedly it gets easier. amuse

Don't mind that you have no instrument yet, we are glad to have you still.

(not that I can talk for the others, but this site strikes me as a good comunity.)

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When you cant do something smart, Do something funny.

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sn0wfox
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yeah from what I've seen so far it seems like a good community of people. cant wait to get to know every one while I'm learning

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Welcome snowfox, you are going to have a great time learning to play. Just focus on the basics and have fun. 

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snowfox - you already have your dad's old fiddle so why not play it?  You say it needs strings - are the ones on it broken or can they be tuned up?  The bow isn't the best - does it still have enough hair on it and holds tension? Got some rosin? If you don't want to torture your family, wait till they're out of the house or go in the garage! If you do need strings or rosin - go to your local music shop or Amazon and get some $5.00 Black Diamond Fiddle Strings.  Yeah, lots of people don't like 'em but at this stage, as long as they vibrate they'll do the job.  Get out there and start playing!  Why wait till you get a new instrument?

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This is true. Can get a little work done in preparation. 🙂

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but the one who needs the least."

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i see what your saying, plan on getting strings and stuff in a few days for it. and yeah the bow is in ok shape but not the greatest like i said, but still has enough on it. so rosin is going on the list and a mute. since i want to be able to use it after i get off of work at 11:30pm so i don't wake up my roommates who wake up at 4 am. already know where the music store is near where i am. so hopefully Monday ill have every thing i need to string and play!

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Welcome snowfox. Glad to have you on the site. I to am going to buy a silent electric violin. Good for practicing and not wanting to bother anyone.

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Hmmm... I see your problem about practicing and not waking up your roommates.  If you work 2nd shift and get home at 11:30 at night and your roommates have to get up at 4:00 AM, I don't think a mute or even a "silent" electric is going to cut it.  I suggest you go to sleep right when you get home and wake up after your roommates are gone and practice!  Besides, that's when the rest of your neighbors are awake and likely gone to work too so you can play as loudly as you want.

 

I just got a Cecilio silent electric just like the one FM reviewed in his YouTube video except for color.  Actually got it before seeing his video, which is how I found this forum.  Love it - it's everything FM said it is, mine's the natural wood color and it's a gorgeous instrument - has some metallic in a sorta glossy rosewood finish.  But, it's not quite silent!  Even unamped, you and anyone in the room can hear it pretty good - it's a bit louder than playing an unamped electric guitar.  Put it this way, if you play it in the same room while they're trying to watch TV, it'll probably bother 'em.  I only play during commercials, and my family puts up with it just fine (so far!).  Leave the room and close the door and you'll be fine.  So it's much quieter than an acoustic, but don't expect it to be totally silent either.

 

As for using your dad's old violin, the cheapest strings you'll find are the Black Diamond Fiddle strings (and even made in the USA no less!) - Amazon has them for a bit over $5.00 with something like $2.50 in shipping. A mute is in the $5.00 range too and you can get really cheap rosin for a few bucks.  I'm all for supporting your local brick & mortar store so hopefully they'll be close in their pricing, so you should be able to get that fiddle in playing condition for fairly cheap.  And for a total beginner, any Violin Shaped Object will do just for practicing holding the violin and bow, etc. and practicing bow strokes and getting your fingers used to pressing the strings, up to playing something like Twinkle Twinkle.

This way, you'll have something to compare to when you do decide to get something else and who knows, you dad's fiddle might turn out to be a really fine instrument that's better than any entry level student violin - you won't know until you get it playable.

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sn0wfox
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yeah actually thats sorta how i found him too while browsing one of the cecilio electrics sorta wish they still had the black one in style1 though. and theres 2 doors between mine and the roommates room. so yeah I'm thinking waking up earlier then 9 or so might be my best bet so i get a few good hours into learning. but ill see when i get it and see if i wake them up in the middle of the night. if not then ill do that. 

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