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First off I want to say how awesome I think you are at the violin fiddlerman. I would like to know if I could learn to the play the violin. I'm going to the 10th grade and I've been playing the trumpet for almost 3 years (limited experience on the french horn and percussion). I think I'm a good player for my age. I have had the chance to play in my district honor band, and just this year I got to have my first solo, it was very important to me and I also got to perform with the Dallas Brass Quintet when they came to my town. Just recently I noticed that I would really like to learn a string instrument, at first I wanted to learn the cello, this was around this same time last year. So I was just wondering if I could learn it since I know how to read music and I have played an instrument before? Thanks for your time!
I play(ed) brass (mellophone and a tad bit of french horn), and am doing fine with the violin. The downside is that your other hand has to be the nimble one, (unless you have 1337 french horn dexterity!) Knowing how to read music already makes things so much faster, but most beginner books focus on learning music reading skills along side fingering and technique, which can be boring. Also, it gets to be frustrating not having the technical ability to play harder music.
I was looking on youtube and I found your video about the $99 violin and I thought it would be ok to start off with. I went to the website and I found the Cecilio CVN-200, it looks nice to me and I thought it would be good. After that I went back on youtube to see if you had done a review on it but I don't think you have. Do you know anything about this violin? Would it be ok just to start off on?
My birthday is coming up so my parents said they will order it for me this coming Tuesday! I have a few questions on violin care. I live in a dry and hot place so I would need a humidifier right? If so then which is the best, the one that goes in the case or the one that you put in the F hole? Should I get a polish/cleaner? Sorry for all the questions, thanks!
Humidifying the case is questionable. If I were a drop of water I would really prefer to hide in the fuzzy case lining than a hard varnished wood surface. I could probably wipe up a water puddle with a case lining better than using wood(?)
Dampits might be OK but can bring drops of water into the body and your glue will become unhappy. Then too, care must be used with going in and out of the "f" holes. (do not knock over the sound post)! But, at least, you know that the water (humidity) will wind up in the violin on an unvarnished side.
For longer term, I used to put my violin in a plastic case with a dixie cup half full of water. The case was the kind that are used mostly for cloths storage and slide under a bed. (at any WalMart)
Whatever, be sure to check that your humidifier scheme is not causing any water damage.
PS Polish or cleaner is your choice as long as it is genuine for violins. Regular wipe-downs (micro-fiber) after practicing should eliminate the need for major cleaning.
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I received my violin today! It looks so good, my parents thought that since it was so cheap that nothing would be in the case but when I opened it they were surprised. I rosined the bow and tuned the strings and it sounds so good! Thanks to everyone that gave me advise and answered my questions. Now i'm on the way from Trumpet to Violin!
YES!!!!! you can totally learn to play the violin even though you're a trumpet player, in fact, i play both After learning to play these two instruments, I now have expanded to others. Learning more than one instrument is great although knowing how to play trumpet does not help all to much with violin except the reading sheet music part... well good luck your violin endeavors 😀
Thanks for your advise! I have taken this week and next week off due to marching band camp, I'm playing mellophone this season. Just today I got my schedule for school and I was surprised to see that I made my school's wind ensemble which is the most advanced band we have, to get in you have to audition. I'll be playing french horn in wind ensemble but after band camp I plan to continue working with my violin!
Lucky You. I am an old geezer who was an administrative assistant at several band camps. Was great fun and nice to hear the group improve during the course of the week. ( My main problem was no hot water for showers.)
But you will surely learn a lot. Good opportunity!
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