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Where did it all begin for you?
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What things did you hear and see at some point in your life that first made you want to play the violin?

The first time I really heard violin and knew what instrument I was hearing was when a grade school music teacher was teaching us to identify the sounds of different instruments and playing records for us with the instruments.  So for me, the first time I heard violin and thought "I want to do that" would have been 2nd or 3rd grade, and this would have been the piece:

I sort of fell in love with the sound, but was told it was an extremely difficult instrument to learn, and expensive.

Then some years later, I heard and saw electric violins being used in pop/rock context and thought that someday I needed to get me one of those.  I can't find the actual footage online that I saw on TV, but it would have been this band..

Over the years, I kept hearing violin and other bowed strings used in various musical contexts from classical to punk/new-wave and repeatedly being just sort of enchanted by the sound and what it could do in so many different musical settings.  But the links above would be the pieces that first really made me think "I want to be able to do that.."

So how about it?  Anybody else remember what first got them thinking they wanted to learn to play violin?

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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What's going on here ?

Two seperate topic's / threads  both the same question. Sheeeeeeshhh!!!!!

            facepalm  Was one not worded quite right for the other ? 

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I didn't really see Ferret's thread as being a duplication of the same question.  But for some folks, maybe it would be. 

I was looking more for what first made folks want to play.  The inspiration.  One may have started because a parent decided they should or they needed a class/credit in school, but that isn't necessarily the same as the start of the odd love-affair between the musician and the music.

Maybe to some folks it is.  I don't know. 

Not sure why you complain in this particular thread, though.  Did you check the times on the original posts?  LOL

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Daniel said "  What things did you hear and see at some point in your life that first made you want to play the violin?

 

Isn't that the same as saying "Why an instrument. Why the violin"? 

That's the way I see it. But, whatever.

Just to let you know Dannyboy, I ordered that USB extension cable Wed. evening and it will be here today, Friday. I'll have to use the USB HUB I have. I ordered another one from Amazon, but estimated delivery on that was Nov 29- Dec 17 so I cancelled that item.

Maybe we can hook up on Skype sometime to see if it all work's and to try a bit of jammin.  

           mix_master-1255   dancing

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Fiddlestix said

Just to let you know Dannyboy, I ordered that USB extension cable Wed. evening and it will be here today, Friday. I'll have to use the USB HUB I have. I ordered another one from Amazon, but estimated delivery on that was Nov 29- Dec 17 so I cancelled that item.

Maybe we can hook up on Skype sometime to see if it all work's and to try a bit of jammin.  

           mix_master-1255   dancing

  

Now that sounds like fun!   I don't know much about Skype, but I have never been one to let "not knowing what I'm doing" get in my way.  rofl

I reckon I can figure it out.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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I've played that concert master solo a few times on Danse Macabre. What people don't realize is that we have to tune down the E string, if I recall correctly without checking the sheet music, to an Eb. Then tune it up again in the next pause. It's unique in that way. :smile)

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9 years ago when my daughter entered 3rd grade all the kids had to learn a stringed instrument. We got her a violin and me a viola with the local rent to own music deal. I couldnt find enough viola music to play along with her since the whole Idea was we would practice and learn together. So I traded it in for a violin. Well, with life gettin in the way she progressed and I sorta didnt. Fast forward to 2 years ago and I get a divorce. Instead of drugs or alcohol or worse...banjo playing, I decided to really try to get good on the violin except I didnt have the one from 9 years ago. We had traded both of them hers and mine in on a substantially good one for her for high school concerts in her orchestra. So, I found out that my brother in Jacksonville wasnt really using the one he got from my mom and was able to get it from him. Thats when I learned its history and origin (Germany, great grandmas). Been dedicated to it ever since. Now work threatens to get in the way again so Ive told them to work me part time till next summer or Im gone. Part time is 36 -72 hours depending on the work load by the way. yes, I do regularly work 100+ hours in a week, rediculous I know. So the idea is to have four days to play, practice and teach and work the other three. Since I have no bills and no debt this will work out fine.

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I thought that my time was limited. I feel much better now Robert.
Glad you told them part time or no time. ;-)

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Obviously the bugs bunny and Road runner show I'm 42 and from Maine. Not much to do up there when your 2 and dars 6'of snow on the ground for seven months. But more resent I saw two live shows donna the buffalo and the town pants they both have amazing fiddler players

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That is a really good question DanielB!
I couldn't say that one single thing made me want to play the violin. My extended family is extremely musical (my mom and gramma not so much - one's deaf and the other had no interest until this year!) and I remember going to reunions as a kid and thinking about how much I enjoyed the music. The bulk of it was olde tyme Canadian fiddle or Ukrainian.
I also grew up with my grand parents. PBS was one of their favourite stations to watch - you know all of those 'here is the programme, now call in and pledge if you like what you are seeing/hearing' things?! I can't even begin to count the number of times we watched Andre Rieu play. I remember being excited by what he was playing and the show that he and the Johann Strauss Orchestra would put on. It was exciting. And as a kid classical music wasn't 'cool' ... but I loved it!
Like DanielB, I took a liking to the 'electic' scene the first time I saw Vanessa Mae perform on television. Also on PBS I believe.
Combine all of that and I guess you could say I fell in love with the violin! I got a violin for Christmas in 2004. A little cheep starter package from Romania. It sounded like a tin can but I loved it! Within a few minutes I could already play twinkle twinkle, Drunken Sailor (Ha!) and a few other tunes by memory. I plugged along and eventually found sme sheet music online. I took lessons for about 6 months and that was the end of that... for the next 7 years I kind of 'fiddled' around but never really did much with it. Love and school got in the way and my family and I could not afford lessons.
I picked up the violin again this past spring with more determinationnote. I want to play, I want to sound good and have fun and play with other people! I also wanted to understand the music! I play primarily by ear - keys and theory were things I didn't understand as much as I would have liked.
Within a few weeks of picking up my fiddle, I was attending regular jam sessions, playing at concerts and rubbing shoulders with some of the best in the country. It has been an extreme turn around and my desire to play has changed significantly! I wanted to play more classical initially.... now I play olde tyme, Metis and Quebecois tunes more than anything else. I am still working on the theory side of things but the progress has been great thus far!
Fiddle music quite literally keeps me going! That's not to say I don't play classical at all (I'm working on Partita III in E by Bach) but I have since found my 'beat' so to speak in the more traditional fiddle styles of the Great White North! :D

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what made me start learning and playing the violin?

David Garrett in concert live in Reno Nevada right before he went to Europe on tour.

4 rows back, center section, 9 seats to the right. Don't get much better than that! thumbs-up

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It all started for me when I was 5.  I was the hobbit.....er......ring bearer in a family friends wedding.  During the reception, there was a string quartet and I was able to see a violin, in person!  I actually started mimicking the violinist with my own "air violin" made out of straws!  Earlier this year, I finally had the chance to pick one up and have been hooked! 

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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It's quite interesting (@ EZK - sorry I forgot the rest of your name because there was a delay in my reply) that you should mention hobbit and the ring bearer...

I have always loved the sound of (classical) violin and I am 59 years old. I was never musically inclined but wonder if a lack of any support whatsoever had anything to do with that. I tried to play clarinet in the sixth grade but gave it up quickly.

THEN TheLord of the Rings trilogy came out. I have pretty much listened to this music alone for the last two years. I was, rather am, so obsessed with the sound of Howard Shore's music that I cannot stop listening to it. About a month ago I decided I must, if at all possible, learn to play the violin. I have researched the topic since then: can an old yet young hearted woman learn to play at this stage of life; what about a little arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome; what about that ridiculously short pinky; and what about having terminal cancer which makes me wonder if this is a waste of what little money we have? My answer to it all was a selfish one. My husband and two sons always get the gifts and this year it's my turn!

But back to Howard Shore's LOTR music that I am so addicted to. Howard Shore is a genius! His leitmotifs (I ran across this word in the articles on him and had to look it up) and the many typical and atypical musical instruments had me hooked. Ah, but then there were those violins...oh my, I get lost in my own world every time I hear them. If you're not familiar with his music, check out this article/review which is one of many I found.
http://byzantiumshores.blogspo.....t.html?m=1

I admire you all and pray that I will be able to play even a little and I hope at least a little of LOTR music and some beautiful music to my Lord Jesus would really be awesome!violin-1267 Thanks for the post Daniel!

Linda

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LindaK said

About a month ago I decided I must, if at all possible, learn to play the violin. I have researched the topic since then: can an old yet young hearted woman learn to play at this stage of life; what about a little arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome; what about that ridiculously short pinky; and what about having terminal cancer which makes me wonder if this is a waste of what little money we have?

 
First off, a waste of money?  People spend more than you spent for your violin or I spent for any of mine just going out to dinner at a restaurant or going out to a bar with friends.  In the latter case, they may not even remember much of it the next day.  I can think of many things in this world that can be a waste of money, but musical instruments are one thing I would have a hard time including with them.

With reasonable care, many musical instruments can outlive not only their present owner, but generations to come.  They can make precious heirlooms.  I personally know a guy who plays a guitar his grandfather bought and played.  Always envied folks who get to play on instruments like that.

Besides, an instrument is something you can enjoy for as many hours as you care to spend on it.  Hard to beat that for value.

Secondly, learning to play isn't something reserved only for children.  Being a musician isn't a destination so much as a journey.  When is someone a musician?  That is like asking when someone is a traveller.  As soon as they get moving.

Oh, and welcome to being a musician.  The train is rolling, welcome aboard! 

None of us, including you, know how long we have.  It could be a day, a year, 10 years, 100 years.. but even if it were 1000 years or a million years, with music or any other art one is never "done".  There will always be a new trick to try, a new song you'll start working on.  I think that is part of what makes it fun.   

Do it for the love of it, because you enjoy it.  See what you can accomplish.  Have fun.  That's what we all do, really. 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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That's exactly why I am beginning. My violin is supposed to arrive TODAY!!! Wish me luck!

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My start is really convoluded. My father was gifted and played several instruments. He is Juliard alumni from the 60's and favored the violin, organ and accordian. My heritage is Eastern European and the violin (lost in a fire in the early 80's) was a hand down to my father from 4 generations of players and was Polish in its make. I am from a large family and never had any musical drawing. Now, In my late 40's, my daughter plays the fiddle (3 years) and recently started with classical violin. On my birthday 5 months ago, she asked me to pick hers up and showed me the 4 open strings. The second the bow glided across the "D", the vibration into my shoulder and hand just spoke to me on a level I can't explain. I took it off my shoulder and just looked at it. She asked what was wrong, and I had no words to say. I played the open D several bow strokes then did all 4 opens. It seemed to just call me. Sounds wierd and strange, but I have no other explaination.

 

We shared her Eastman violin for about 2 months, then I purchased my own as I was running into her practice times. I purchased mine without any knowledge at all of what I was doing, but ened up getting lucky on quality and cost. I now go up and down with practice times as work gets in the way, but I end up with 2 or 3 sessions from 30 minutes to 2 hours each.

 

I often wonder if it is a waste of time. I will not be able to play "great performances" and really there is no group for other then children in my area that I know of. I asked at the local music store and it is all hard rock type high school/younger college groups, or smaller and younger childrens groups. I do have a slight disablity on my left hand. My middle, index and ring fingers were damaged years ago and I don't have full feeling or mobility in them. I have a REALLY hard time getting my middle finger to "place" and a miserable time trying to hit a B flat on the A string or a F on the E string. I just am not able to flex to hit them. I modify my hold slightly and exagerate a bent wrist that forces my fingers back on the string. I don't have full control on string pressure, so I sort of do it by hearing what it sounds like and fixing placement on the fly. Its not a great way to play, but it does seem to get the job done on notes of 1/8 or longer .. usually. Vibrato, at this point, might not be obtainable, but I still work on it.  With my hand problem, my age, work and all, it just seems hard to keep really focussed on playing.  Like all things I have learned in life, keep moving forward and especially when things seem hard. They usually pay off in the end. So, I try and keep upbeat and continue placing one shoe in front of the previous, even if its just millimeters or seemingly no advancement at a time.

 

*** If Mr. Perlman can play with tree trunk fingers, I certainly should be able to play with my hand problems.

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Good luck Linda ;-)

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Indeed, best of luck, Linda.  And we hope that your silence over the past day has meant your new violin came in and you're having fun rather than the mailman let you down.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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I hope it came.   crossedfingers

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(hiya - new to the forums and since this is my first post I figured it would go here)

 

I first noticed the violin back when I was 15ish - saw one sitting in the music shop with Ave Maria playing in the background. Alas the powers that be (aka mum and dad) said they can't afford lessons or the instrument and pretty soon the shop closed.

 

fast forward several years (and add a divorce and several house moves) I found myself listening to Ave Maria played by Joshua Bell and after listening to it several times I decided I really don't have a reason NOT to learn.

 

My local music shop is just around the corner and specializes in banjos, guitars and fiddles - so following their advice I got a stentor student II, found a excellent tutor and got stuck in!

Only been playing for a couple of months now but I'm aiming to play Ave Maria and Auld Lang Syne for my parents at when they come up at christmas!

 

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