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I have named all my instruments through the years and many other items. I think any time we give an item, or an animal a name we make it personal and then give it a lot more attention. This will then cause attachment. All my instruments have names because, at least for myself, it makes me more excited to play. Especially when I have multiple violins. But to each his/her own. Some people may not name their instruments. Its a very personal choice!
I just play the until a name pops into my head that seems to fit them. My two current violins are named Equis and Maggi. My two previous violins were Snippet and Viero.
Lead me, Follow me, or get out of my way!
~General George S. Patton
The day I received my fiddle I was talking to one of my sisters. She asked if I realized it was the anniversary of our mothers death.
"Bertha Madeleine Ann McMahon Smith"
So when I get scolded, she is Bertha... When I am rewarded she is just Mom...
Now I have to learn and do justice to the Blue Danube, moms favorite tune.
Journey began on Aug 3 2017
I've had good intentions to name my fiddles, but nothing felt right or stuck. My little old German fiddle I often refer to as Gramps, but my main fiddle (Ming Jiang Zhu 905) just gets called my Ming.
On a journey to learn the fiddle since July 24, 2015
Oh, all right, I admit it.... I have named my 5 fiddles....
The first was my old SkyLark which was the devil to play - so naturally he was originally called "Hermano del Diablo" - but - I subsequently did a lot of luthiery work and upgrading, including restringing "him" as a viola - the SkyLark has now had not only a gender-change but also a name change - she is "Violetta"
My second is an EV - and is called "Luci" ( no particular reason - although I got her while Hermano was still Hermano, and also because at that time I was a very raw beginner I think I was continuing the "devils instrument" connection but didn't want to name it Lucifer, and gave her the benefit of the doubt..... 🙂 )
Next is my FiddlerMan Concert - "Connie"
Then my 3/4 1920's e-bay fiddle - "Yabé" ( ya-bay )
Finally my MJZ 905 - "Li-hwa" ( Chinese for 'princess' )
Folks often say - "Bill, what's the point of having 5 fiddles dude , you can only play one at a time" - really - folks that say that - they just do not understand, do they ?
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Over the last few weeks, I sold two of my three violins. I'm still in the first year, and have upgraded in price and quality. For my sole remaining fiddle, I imagine that I could name her, but once you name a fiddle, I would think it's a long-term (maybe life) commitment, from having that greater attachment.
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