I been trying to play for six months. I fell in love with the violin in grade school. The problem was my parents decided I should play guitar which I enjoyed for a couple of years until one Christmas I was given this giant guitar. I could barely reach around it and stopped playing. Violins were not an option since my father decided a violin was for girls to play. One day at an auction a violin came up for bid and I bid on it and won it for $50.00. I put a few dollars into it and then decided I enjoyed working on violins. Later on I finally decided that if I fix them I should learn to play them and here I am.
Learning speeds vary tremendously. It depends on:
- How much and often you work at it.
- What you do when you practice, play. Quality vs quantity.
- Type of guidance you receive or find.
- Your mind set.
- And talent.
Three of these you can get right here on Fiddlerman.com
I started yesterday. I'm 56 and decided it's about time!
Bought my first violin at age of 17, at a pawn shop. Did not know anything about them, did no know anyone who knew anything about them, did not know you had to put rosin on the bow. Did not have Internet . Returned the violin after one week.
Skip ahead 27 years. My daughter wanted to play. Her grandfarther played and made violins. He set her up with one and she began lessons. She did not take to it and then she broke her wrist. Skip ahead 5 years.
I found the violin in the closet . My life had finally settled down enough for me to try a hobby. Picked it up couldn't put it down. Skip ahead 4 years.
After two years of lessons and refreshers every chance I get . Still scratching and still loving It.!
Learning speeds vary tremendously. It depends on:
- How much and often you work at it. gordon said,not too much time.
- What you do when you practice, play. Quality vs quantity. gordon says follow a set goal for practice.
- Type of guidance you receive or find. gordon has a teatcher and lots of people here.
- Your mind set. gordon said duh? what can you expect from a 71 year old just starting.
- And talent. gordon said none found, only trying because I love the music.
I was given a fiddle 11/02/2011 with a bad fine tuner on it, corrected after two weeks, I had no lessons to that point.
Towards the end of November I had a lesson, then bought another bow, and 11/30/2011 I traded that fiddle. I found another that was much better to hold the neck and my hand fit it better.
I have now had two lessons and make such horrible screeching sounds that all the neighborhood cats keep a distance from the house.
I do not get much time to practice, but when I do I try to set down and concentrate on what I am doing and make it correct, I have a teacher and the all the countless people here on Fiddlerman.
In August this year 2011 a couple guys put on a fiddle performance at family reunion and that is where my love for the fiddle began. I bought a fiddle in September and started lessons in October. The more I learn and accomplish the more my love for the fiddle grows and grows.
This site has been great for learning. I can push a button and watch video over and over if I need too which is something I wish I could do to my instructor LOL. FM's videos helps with things I am working on and also gives me a heads up as to what is yet to come. I also just love all the people here! Thanks Fiddlerman!!
I've been playing for five months.
One thing you can do Red is go to the "Share Video" section on this forum and record yourself playing so members here can critique your playing and offer you help and suggestions, in fact I need to get some more videos up soon because I took a month off when I was on the road.
I fell in love with classical music when I started to sing in a chorus. It certainly was a great experience and still is. We used to sing accapella and with orchestras. Right there, from all the instruments that were being played, the violin was making eyes at me
So In August last year I made up my mind and bought a violin. It felt great when placed it on my shoulder and grabbed the bow. Of course I would only make the open strings sound hahaha.
Back then, it was sort of a hard task to find a violin teacher so I went in youtube and searched for violin tutorials. That is how I ran into Fiddlerman's site .
Now during all searching I found very interesting music styles for violin and fiddle like bluegrass and the Irish.
The greatest thing that will always amaze me is that I could play "barely", two tunes only using youtube . I do not know whether I have the talent for this instrument but I am very passionate about it.
Right now I am focused on practising and improving my bowing, my tone production and my left hand techniques. Although I cannot practise for that long otherwise my neighbors will join forces to kick me out hahahahaha
I believe that, you can excel at anything if you really have a strong will and your mind set on where you want to go.
I started playing/learning violin last may 2011 when I'm 16 and I already finished my first year college.
Who inspires you to play?
I really fell in-love w/ music specially the classical one, Sue Son and Henry Lau greatly inspires me to learn violin. I'm really amazed when they played the 3 movement of A. Vivaldi's Summer.
Who's your teacher?
Ofcourse FM and all of the members here, I'm self taught lol.
What's your level?
Beginner but very ambitious.
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