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Wow. I got my "Cecilio CEVN-1Y Yellow Maple 4/4 Size Silent Violin in Style 1" from KKMusic today. What a wonderful looking instrument! The pics on the web page doesn't do it justice at all. In the pics it looks almost like a yellow paint with sparkles in it and some areas look kind of like wood grain. Actually the finish is real nice (Clear with very small sparkels in it) and the wood grain is very nice looking. I didn't see any flaws in the finish. The little setup that I had to do was easy and tuning with the tuning pegs was very smooth too. No slipping or grinding. I did have to tune quite often. I know from what I have read that metal strings stretch so that can happen a lot in the beginning. I think I am going to purchase new strings though. I purchased Jade rosen and that went on nicely. I did notice that on the underside of the fretboard that the stain or paint that they used on the ebony fingerboard was not even. I thought Ebony was black without using stain or paint. Now to my troubles.
After going through some of FM's tutorials I started to practice. My big problem is this. While holding the violin correctly I placed my hand on the neck as FM states. I can finger all the strings with my middle and ring fingers somewhat easy for the first time. My pinky seems to be a lost cause and my index finger when I can bend it almost always touches other strings. In some areas it just feels almost like I can't get to the G string with my index finger. I am thinking some people go through this too? There is one other thing that came to my mind. When I was in high school I did brake my elbow and had it in a cast. I don't know if the way it healed has anything to do with it. I do have short stubby fingers while I am at it. That can't help. Good for Bass playing and not guitar.
At this point I feel like my arm doesn't want to bend as I need it to be, to be confortable to finger the neck.
I know things get better with time but is this normal?
For a silent electric it sure puts out a good amount of sound. I think it is perfect for me to practice without headphones and amp without effecting any apartments next to me 🙂 Very nice package from KKMusic!
Time for bed. It is 2:36 AM for me and I have to be up at 6:30 AM to get ready for work. Yuck.
Have a good day all.
Hey, Mekaone, it's nice to hear that You like your new instrument!
About fingers: guys! don't forget that girls play on 4/4 violins as well! Actually i doubt that your fingers are shorter than mine =) And i have in the opposite – skinny fingers (pinky especially XD) My teacher says-that's not good, but i don't feel any problem except correcting notes with 4th =) but i think this is quite improvable… So don't be so upset with it!!!!
PS: Mekaone! And with my skinny fingers i play on bass guitar =) See - no problem!!
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