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Nathalie
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ok I got my violin tuned and ready to go.  Where's the best place to start?  Or how do I start? lol

 

Thanks.

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Jim Dunleavy
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Here looks like a good place - http://fiddlerman.com/fiddle-l.....o-i-start/

The first thing you need to do is tune it up, which is covered in the FM videos somewhere.

YouTube is also full of helpful videos for beginners.

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December 15, 2016 - 3:06 pm
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LOL - there's a LOT to come to terms with - heyy - just check out the forum links above - under the "VIDEOS/TUTORIALS" tab/link - that's mostly for getting to know how to set up your violin, your bow and so on - and for beginners tunes - with good walk-throughs ( and sheet music if you read it ) go to the "SHEET MUSIC/Beginners-Intermediate" page.

If you are a real "first timer" ( not just to violin/fiddle but to music in general ) - I would go for something nice and simple that you kind-of "already know in your head" - yeah - sure - like "Twinkle" ( ain't nothing wrong with that and its MANY variations !!!!), or "Amazing Grace" or - whatever you KNOW IN YOUR HEAD ALREADY and FiddlerMan has made demos of....

Best wishes on your violin / fiddling ( whichever genre you are interested in, equally good ! ) thumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-up

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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Nathalie
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Jim Dunleavy said
Here looks like a good place - http://fiddlerman.com/fiddle-l.....o-i-start/

The first thing you need to do is tune it up, which is covered in the FM videos somewhere.

YouTube is also full of helpful videos for beginners.  

Thank you Jim, I will check it out.

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Nathalie
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BillyG said
LOL - there's a LOT to come to terms with - heyy - just check out the forum links above - under the "VIDEOS/TUTORIALS" tab/link - that's mostly for getting to know how to set up your violin, your bow and so on - and for beginners tunes - with good walk-throughs ( and sheet music if you read it ) go to the "SHEET MUSIC/Beginners-Intermediate" page.

If you are a real "first timer" ( not just to violin/fiddle but to music in general ) - I would go for something nice and simple that you kind-of "already know in your head" - yeah - sure - like "Twinkle" ( ain't nothing wrong with that and its MANY variations !!!!), or "Amazing Grace" or - whatever you KNOW IN YOUR HEAD ALREADY and FiddlerMan has made demos of....

Best wishes on your violin / fiddling ( whichever genre you are interested in, equally good ! ) thumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-up  

Thank Billy, I will go have a look.  Does it matter which you choose violin / fiddling?  Or can you do both?

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December 15, 2016 - 3:54 pm
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@Nathalie - violin / fiddle - same instrument - it comes down to the genre you prefer to play really.

I'm caught between a rock and a hard-place.   I LOVE listening to classical music ("violin") - but I am also blown-away by traditional folk-music played on fiddle be it Scottish, Celtic jigs and reels, or "that American stuff called Bluegrass" and so on - OK - I'm making light of it - but there IS a message hidden in what I say - and that is - of course - you can do both.

But you do have to set your mind on what you want to achieve.  

My own personal goal is to be a reasonable/good fiddler, but still to be able to play ( soloing that is ) well known "classical" pieces, or short parts thereof that - well - like EVERYONE in the world knows - oh - heck - like Ode to Joy, Toreador Song, Largo to New World - man - I just mean tunes everyone knows - but - in my playing - to attempt to bring at least some degree of subtlety and nuances in playing that differentiates THAT from the down-in-the-dirt "raspy fiddle tunes" that are my passion...

Find the genre that becomes your passion - but don't ignore the rest - LOLOL

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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Practice with the Fiddlerman learnig tools (VIOLIN FINGERING GAME for examle) and watch the tutorials. Also practice with DVDs, CDs and voice-recorders.

DVDs and CDs are great but It's not always easy to look at a computer screen while playing, so later you can buy a voice recorder. It is small, you can carry it anywhere and you can have it close to your music stand. Record the melodies you want to learn, listen to them while looking at the sheet music. When you feel that you are ready to play, play. Repeat. If you can't play the whole piece now, don't worry, It will happen later as long as you have perseverance.

Voice recorders are very helpful. Try to find a recorder which can play the music you record slower. It really helps with the fast piecies. If a piece is fast, you can Listen to it slower, so you can analyze it and understand it better. (Something like this for examle- Olympus Voice Recorder VN-7800 4GB)

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