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Letting a more experienced person play your violin
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newbie-Ron
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August 13, 2017 - 5:33 pm
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Even though I'm at nine months in violin (almost a year--yeah!), I had three violins that I bought used, and decided to pare down the collection.

Yesterday, I sold a violin through Craigslist, and a high school viola player came with her parents to look at it.  She was all county on viola, and wanted to get a violin.

She picked up my violin and started to play a piece she knew, and well-- that violin that was about to leave my home sounded very very nice.  Her parents bought it for her, and I was happy to see it go to a good home and a musician that could make it shine.

I was wondering, have any other beginners let an experienced person play your violin? It might sound quite nice, and help to motivate you.  I'm a self learner, so really right now, it's just me trying to figure things out.

Anyway, I still have two violins at home, and that should be plenty.  I've also been paring down my collection of violin books (I decided to switch from the classical etude books, and refocus on traditional Celtic dance music instead).  For me, first it was acquire too much stuff to try different things, and now I'm paring down to what I really need, and focus on learning the music.  I can't tell you how many different shoulder rests, chin rests, rosins, strings, mutes, etc. I've tried, but think I now have what works for me.

These are just my thoughts.  I'm interested in hearing the experiences of other members here, and getting to know you better.  I'm still not ready to post a video yet (and a bit technically challenged on that too), but perhaps in a few months.

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BillyG
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August 14, 2017 - 1:16 am
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Indeed @newbie-Ron - on two occasions I've had the pleasure of listening to an experienced player use my violins.   Once was with "The Traveler" while I was hosting her, the second time was quite recently when the same lady came round to visit us and play my new Ming.

It is interesting in many ways.   Apart from the significantly better technique 🙂 it's kind of cool to hear the instrument live, and in the same room.  

To me, it always sounds different from when being played under-the ear, the 'hiss' of the bow on the strings more or less disappears, and you get to experience the projected sound, rather than the mix of aural and physical feedback you get with the violin vibrating and passing "sound" through your neck and chin.   You can kind of get-close to the same thing by listening to a recording of yourself, you've decoupled that close-physical-feedback - but - even that is just not the same as sitting 6 - 10 ft away from the live player.

It's also great to know that an instrument is going to a good home !

Congrats on your 9-month progress - post a vid only when you are happy to do so - we await in anticipation !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Kevin M.
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August 14, 2017 - 7:28 pm
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I had a nice old German violin and the local college, Keystone College, was starting up an orchestra but one person could not afford a violin. I gave him the violin and in return I was invited to the first concert but could not attend. What a joy it was knowing my violin was being played. I heard the concert was a great success.

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I inherited my grandpa's fiddle. This summer at the family fish fry, my step-grandpa and his friends played music. The fiddler was kind enough to play my fiddle, so I could hear what she sounds like in competent hands. Oh my gosh, I had a tear in my eye. He kept stopping to look at the fiddle and remark on what a nice sound it had. I hope someday to play her half as well. I just wish I had recorded it to share here.

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The guy who owns our local shop is a professional violinist as well.  When I bought it he was out of town so when I went in last time I asked him to play it.  It was good to hear what it's capable of in the future. 

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Fiddlerman
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August 15, 2017 - 12:19 pm
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I love the stories that you guys have in regards to letting others play your instrument.

dionysia said
I inherited my grandpa's fiddle. This summer at the family fish fry, my step-grandpa and his friends played music. The fiddler was kind enough to play my fiddle, so I could hear what she sounds like in competent hands. Oh my gosh, I had a tear in my eye. He kept stopping to look at the fiddle and remark on what a nice sound it had. I hope someday to play her half as well. I just wish I had recorded it to share here.  

I always enjoy watching people when I play their instruments and they get teary eyed. 🙂 Great to know how much they love the instrument, sound, and a little bit - the performance.

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