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Was learning to play the violin your idea or someone elses?
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Fiddlerman
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January 30, 2011 - 9:07 am
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Whos idea was it for you to start playing the fiddle? Was it your idea, your parents or someone else? And why?

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Well, I was 9 years old when they came to our school with lots of instruments that they showed to us. I instantly fell in love with the sound of the violin!

I asked my parents if I could start to play the violin and they made me promise that if I started playing I would practice regularly. I was so anxious so of course I said yes! Cool

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It has been a life long dream of mine to learn to play a string instrument.  I am a competent pianist, but the opportunity has just never been there to learn a string instrument.  Now, at 34 with two little kiddies who are looking at me with big eyes, I am the proud owner of a hired violin and has one formal lesson and quite a few of Fiddler Man's videos behind me.  Looking forward to the rest of this special journey and can't wait to play violin instead of piano in our praise and worship band at church!

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You certainly have an advantage from playing piano and reading music.  But maybe the best thing is that you have a disciplined left hand.

Good Luck !

P.S.  Are you in Cape Town ?

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Fiddlerman
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Franike,

Happy to hear about your pursuit and hope I can continue to be of help whenever you need it. Happy Fiddling Smile

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Thanks Oliver and Fiddlerman - I'll keep you updated with my progress. Oliver, I live in Paarl, a large town about 60km from Cape Town.  The area is called the Boland or Winelands.  It is one of South Africa's prime wine producing and most beautiful areas.Laugh

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Fiddlerman said:

Whos idea was it for you to start playing the fiddle? Was it your idea, your parents or someone else? And why?

It was my idea.  I have always loved music, started playing pianio at about 5 years old, then in 7th grade we had the opportunity to start playing in the orchestra in middle school.  I knew instantly I would be a violinist! 

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my idea! one day, a good friend picked up her fiddle and played it, and I decided I'd learn to play, even if it took me ten years. I was 31 at the time, and that was 28+ years ago; still scratching away, trying to learn what I can. The fun is ongoing, though.

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Fiddlerman
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I really admire those who take up an instrument later in life. I have had plans to learn Spanish for at least ten years and haven't really done anything about it.Frown

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When I went into middle school there was no orchestra, only band. My mother desperately wanted me to learn the flute but I couldn't even get it to sound. The band director put me on Baritone for reasons I still cannot fathom. I hated it but didn't want to drop band. For yet another reason I still cannot fathom they decided to institute an Orchestra for spring semester. I can't remember if I was consulted at all, but that afternoon we were at the music store renting a 3/4 violin. Luckily it turned out to be a perfect choice, even if it wasn't entirely mine. My only regret was missing out on the marching band. Alas, Orchestras have not caught on for sporting events. 

 

 I have toyed with the idea of learning Cello-I might have to try that some time.

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Fiddlerman

Too bad we do not live closer.  You said you had 10 years of planned Spanish lessons and and I have purchased a learn Spanish method for each of the past 10 years (neatly boxed in the closet). 

However, I have a comfortable rationalization.   All the on-line translators Laugh

 

 

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How is that going for you then? Learning off the translators at all? I actually have a great learn to speak Spanish (in Swedish) digital book on my computer, but getting my butt in gear is another problem. Maybe when I get a strap for my iPhone I'll upload it on iTunes and listen to it every time I run. Smile

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Necessity is the Mother of Invention ! 

Do you have enough opportunity to use Spanish ?

I'm surrounded by Spanish up here in NC but they pretty much speak some English or at least a little.

I only wish that appliance instruction books were in English only.  I'm running out of drawer space.

 

PS  What I found to be the best teacher was watching Spanish TV with closed captions !!  Awesome.  I read Spanish much better than I could ever speak.

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Do I have the opportunity????? I live close to CUBA!!!!!!
I have a lot of cuban friends.

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Fiddlerman said:

Whos idea was it for you to start playing the fiddle? Was it your idea, your parents or someone else? And why?

my mother was the influence with the music she listened to. but it was me who went after this awesome instrument. i have yet to have my own but when ever i can get my hands on one i play for hours.

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Sounds inspiring Wink Thanks

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my younger sister used to take lessons and it got me interested... I'm also an adult beginner at age of 30... she would explain to me how things work and how to read music.. trying to learn it without a teacher is difficult.. that's why i rely so much on useful websites and videos available on the web.. 

It has been a almost a year since i started playing.. i'm using the suzuki method.. still on book 2 though.. i only used to dream of playing an instrument.. sometimes, i can't believe it that it was me who is producing the music with my violin.. surreal.. and i don't even play great yet... lol

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My older sister took piano lessons in our house and we had a Winter upright. I can remember we had a blind man who tuned it once a month. He was a very nice man, he had a driver that would not come in the house no matter what the weather. I never spoke to the driver. I don't know if he was anti-social, or if he did not like pianos or did not like me! My older brother played trumpet. When I was nine, the fourth grade classes all went to the music room, we were shown instruments and we were able to hold them and try to make sounds come from them, french horn, clarinet, flute, kettle drums...I picked up a 3/4 violin. I felt it would be easy to make sounds come from it. All you had to do is move your right arm. Wind and brass instruments seemed pretty tricky to me. I told my dad that I would like to play the violin. That weekend he bought me a very nice 3/4 violin. I was VERY small, and even the 3/4 was a bit large for me. I enjoyed playing, I used to solo the songs from the Suzuki book when we had recitals. But I wanted to play with the band. Or just a couple of other instruments. We were always separated, just strings, about 20 violins and a few each of viola, and cello. If someone made a mistake, you did not know who it was, and many people just faked it. You could tell when a lot of people did not practice a new piece....it was very hushed, it sounded like three violins playing. We would warm up playing scales and songs we knew well, it was pretty loud, as we got to the more complicated newer songs the volume dropped, but you still saw the bows keeping time. The school had violins for rent, these were pretty beat up, I always felt uncomfortable with my shiny perfect violin in a beautiful hard case with emerald green velvet. I felt everyone should have a new violin.

 

Thank you Fiddlerman! I have not thought about some of these things in many years.

 

I speak a small smattering of Spanish. I had a young apprentice lineman on my crew who looked like he was Mexican. His father was Mexican and his mom was German. We call him Germex. His father would not let him learn any Spanish. He did not want his children to speak English with an accent, I admire the dad but at the same time, Billy is missing a huge part of his heritage. There were many times we would be working near tree trimming crews and many crew members were from Mexico and other Central and South American countries. They would see Billy and just start a conversation with him in Spanish, he looked so embarrassed. He would hold his hands up and say, "No hablo" The only phrase he knew.

 

Wow, I am such a chatterbox today!

 

Dave

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I have always loved music and at some point when I was around 12 years, I had been tormenting my parents about starting to play the violin, so they finally got me a teacher and hired the instrument. I only wanted to play the Lord of the Rings themes, and I stopped a couple of years later, but I have been thinking a lot about starting again! Electric this time laugh!

Signatures are awesome

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Why not. Maybe this time the motivation will be higher....dancing

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