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A New Start
13 years is a long time...
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JWHPC85
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July 29, 2013 - 6:27 pm
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The title and description pretty much say it all...

 

I started playing the violin when I was 12 and stopped at 14, we moved across country to a school without a strings section, that and my violin was stolen.  And honestly even in those 3 years I wasn't the best player, never the worst just average for my level (beginner).  

 

That being said, when I walked in the music store a few days back to purchase my violin, it just felt....right.  It felt good, really good.   Like something I'd been missing for a long time.  I always knew I'd regretted not being able to continue playing all those years ago, I guess I just didn't realize how much.  Being in that store, surrounded by these great musicians...people with such passion for what they do, guitars lining almost every square inch of the walls, amps in the center, drums, books, horns and of course violins (the few they had)...I knew then this was something I wanted, something I felt a passion for.  

 

I'm lucky enough to know a very talented musician, someone that has been helping me these past few days, someone I'm honored to call my closest and best friend.  With her help, along with this website, a couple of local classes and some luck/determination...just maybe I can shake off this rust and create some great music.

 

Really look forward to posting/playing with you all.

 

:)

"Under the bludgeonings of chance
 My head is bloody, but unbowed."

 

~Invictus

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Welcome, I'm sure we all look forward to hearing more from you!

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Rock On > Bring it > this is a SWEET site and lots of learning and sharing > you will LIKE it!!!

SOooo how old are you now > I couldn't do the math with the extra 13years later thrown in there.

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Welcome and hello from sunny floda!

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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Fiddlerman
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July 29, 2013 - 10:32 pm
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Welcome Joseph,

I'm glad you took the step to take up learning the violin again. We'll do what we can to guide and motivate you. :-)

What instrument did you pick up at the shop?

Look forward to getting to know you on the forum.

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

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Thanks for the support guys :)

 

I'm 27 Stone

 

And thanks Fiddlerman, appreciate the opportunity.  There were a few options at the shop, although in the end I settled on a Virtuoso with some nicer strings (600.00 retail, on sale for 450).  Pretty sweet deal on it, renting for 26.00 a month, no interest, including insurance which covers all damage accidental or no as well as theft.  There were other models, including a Yamaha and a couple others I can't remember, however, all of which were quite a bit more expensive.  They also had several very cheap models (25.00 each) they were trying to get rid of, but the sound on these was just terrible compared to this virtuoso...it was like night and day.  

 

In all honesty, with my untrained ear, I think the Yamaha sounded pretty close to this Virtuoso.  Although the others sounded noticeably better, however, were well out of my price range.  Either way, hope I got a decent deal :)

"Under the bludgeonings of chance
 My head is bloody, but unbowed."

 

~Invictus

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Nice to meet  you.  What a great story.  I am so glad  you found your violin so soon.  Some have a lot more than 13 years in between...so this is FANTASTIC.

Welcome...Good Luck and Have a Blast

 

Toni

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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JWHPC85
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Nice to meet you as well Toni, thanks for the words of encouragement.  

 

So far it's been a little intimidating, I'm just playing (rather trying to) scales over and over again trying to get my ears for the notes back.  I still have to study sheet music, memorize the notes, etc etc...

 

I'm glad I didn't wait any longer though, haha.  Right now I'm essentially starting from scratch with tid bits of memories from my past.

"Under the bludgeonings of chance
 My head is bloody, but unbowed."

 

~Invictus

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sorry, late to officially give you my unofficial welcome! a bit of encouragement "you can do it!". nice that you are here.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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Hi and welcome JWHPC85!

So nice that You're going to learn to play violin again! 

Happy fiddling!birthday_balloon

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It's great that you started violin again! i kinda also suggest you learn viola. (i don't have anything against violins but viola is just so much better ;) )

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I am glad you are enjoying your violin again. I was in the same boat. I played 5 years through grade and high school and never touched it again until I was 49 years old.

 

I believe you will like these forums. I have.

Duane

 

"Violin is one of the joys of my life."

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You're only 27?

I wish I started when 'I' was 27 rofl

I left it till I was 61. Darn

 

Welcome to the forum. You will get heaps of help here.

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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I can concur.  started learning when I was around 9 or 10 and then played in a school orchestra. But when I graduated into junior high school and high school they had bands as opposed to orchestras and, if you were a string player you were out of luck.

 

I could never understand why high schools cannot accommodate both bands and orchestra's.  The band complemented marching music during football season and football was the school's pride and joy. Shame they couldn't accommodate an orchestra and string players as well.

 

Akll that aside welcome to the group and welcome back to strings. 

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Awesome!  Welcome, I've just started in on this board, and it's been about 35 years since I've touched a Violin but have always had a passion for it.  I played a lil Trumpet back then as well.  Played the Guitar and Bass since I was 5, I'm 56 now so that's about 50 some years of that.  Sold all my gear to a friend of mine so his daughter could have a fair start and I'm back at violin, and after a few weeks, I'm really dig'n it.  Especially with sites like this.  Keeps the focus.  Although my violin is no where near the quality I'll step up soon when I can afford.  Keep it up!  Own it...  Music keep the world right... IMHO... :)

 

Nice to meet ya...

Hey from Cali...

PS, Play Piano too, just can't do one thing at a time... True Gemini... :)

 

A Painter Paints Pictures On Canvas...

Musicians Paint Their Pictures On Silence...

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Fiddlerman
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True Gemini here too. :)

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but the one who needs the least."

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