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Blue Bird's Violin Adventure
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Blue Bird
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Hello, I used to be on this site several years ago, not sure if anyone remembers me. 

Anyway, long story short I played the violin in grade school for about 4 or 5 years, stopped, started again.. and so on.  I realized I want to play again and this time I am determined to stick to it.  My mother passed away this month from cancer.  She loved me playing the violin, I want to make her proud.  I love playing because it relaxes me and allows me to be creative.  I am also inspired by my 9 year old niece who picked up the viola this past year.  Soon I will be moving closer to my family in NY and we will be able to play together.

I made this thread (topic) so I can post updates in my progress, feel free to comment on whatever you want.

The violin I have I bought from this site in 2012, I forget what type it was but I know I got it at a cheaper price than it's listed because it had some sort of issue with the varnish, I can't tell though.  It's beautiful to me.  I will post pics later on when I figure out a way to post them without them taking up the whole screen 

 

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Welcome back 🙂 I am sorry about the loss of your mother. I am sure you will make her proud 🙂

I look forward to seeing your progress 🙂 It's great that you'll have a fellow musician in your niece to play with 🙂

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Blue Bird,

So sorry for the loss of your mom.

Welcome back to the fiddle and the forum.

Mark

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Thank you guys 🙂

 

I am just working on pizzicato for right now out of my Essential Elements 2000 Violin Book 1.  These books are what I originally learned with so I figure I will start with the basics.  

Played a couple pages today, might play some more later.  Going to study/refresh myself on the parts of the violin and bow.

"Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game." - Voltaire

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Back to using the bow now.  One problem I notice is sometimes the bow bounces when I play.  I think part of it is from being out of practice, but I know there is a video on here somewhere about that issue

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Welcome back Blue Bird. Look forward to reading your posts.
I just happened to make a video about the bow bouncing.

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Thanks for the vid/link fiddlerman!

 

Checking in, have been really busy lately.  Just moved back to New York last week and have been settling in.

I haven't gotten a chance to play much at all this month but I am going to begin playing again every day starting tomorrow.  I miss it, I really enjoy it.  

One thing I did was finally buy a hard case for my violin, like it much better and it doesn't collect cat hair like the soft fabric ones do (my cats shed a lot)

Will update tomorrow! cheers

"Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game." - Voltaire

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Have been practicing everyday with my Essential Elements book which is what I originally learned on violin-1267

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Starting Fiddlerman's 35 day challenge tomorow.  Interested to see the progress I make

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Day 1 of the challenge.  Started working on my G string because for some reason that's the string I'm least familiar with.  Practiced songs that used 4th finger D. Looking forward to seeing the progress I make between now and the end of the challenge.  I may do a comparison video

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Sounds great. Love hearing the details. Thanks for the post.

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Day 4 of the challenge, doing better with slurs and 4th finger position.  Also played through Happy Birthday several times.  

"Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game." - Voltaire

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Haven't played in over a week, have been in the hospital this whole time.  Now that I'm back I'll start playing again today.  I'll begin the 35 day challenge again tomorrow since it will be Sunday.

"Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game." - Voltaire

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Great plan. Any goals for this period? What you will be working on?
Keep us posted!

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but the one who needs the least."

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Hi fiddlerman, my main goal is to hopefully be able to play Greensleeves by the end of the challenge, also working on half steps and whole steps  

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Good video on how to stop bow bouncing. fiddlerman.  But where's the hat????

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Day 6 of the challenge.  Still going strong.  Definitely notice some improvements.  I think I need some better rosin though

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I stopped using the hat. Should I use it? Is it Fiddlerman???? I don't know. LOL

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Okay... beware.... this is probably a stupid question that I should know but I can't remember from when I was in school.  Why exactly do we have to loosen the bow hairs when we're not playing?  Does it cause damage if we don't?  I have been forgetting to do it and was just wondering...

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Leaving them tight can make the bow warp, and make the bow lose it's camber/curve.

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