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Well went to The Violin Shop in Nashville and purchased my first violin. Fred Carpenter himself helped me choose one. He actually played about 6 violins in my price range and I picked what I thought was the best sounding one and he agreed. It was a china model and the sound was awesome. He said said the one that I purchased was set up as the Nashville special and they are one of the top selling models. So for just under 600 dollars I walked out with everything. Violin, fiberglass bow, chin rest, shoulder rest, rosin, and inside the case violin humidifier. Now I have to find a teacher. In the meantime, I've found the notes for twinkle twinkle just playing around. Also learned most of 'The story of a soldier'. Of course I can't play them worth nothing. But I found the notes by picking first then applying the bow. I scared the cats and the dogs almost bit me. Anyways I need to find some printable scales and I'm going to download Fiddlerman's fingerboard charts so I can learn the scales and find the notes by heart. Hopefully I can find a teacher real soon. I could use a lot of help on the basics. For now I love picking the notes to songs one at time. What a beautiful instrument.
Congratulations on your new violin. It is pretty humbling to stand in a music shop and purchase a violin that you don't play well. I know, just did it. To have someone play each violin, one sounding better that the last. Playing beautiful short phrases of music. Then they hand it to you and you scratch out a couple of notes, I swear it got 40 degrees hotter in the shop! My new violin is Chinese as well, it has a German name...lol. Helmke. I was wondering what company made yours? Or what brand is it.
Your on your way...Enjoy! I brought my 4 fiddles to a luthier this morning and 3 seemed perfect as far as action setup and soundpost placement but he is going to adjust the soundpost and cut a new bridge to lower the action on my Mendini 650.
I'll be fiddling all day today knowing that they're setup right. I'm sure you'll be fiddling all day too Terry. Have fun!
You will definitely be playing all day. Berry is right about boil them cabage down its easy to learn. it was the first one I learned. Played it so much my wife and daughter band me from playing it.
Starting out with an instrument you know is set up correctly will give you some confidence in your instrument. Just have fun.
Ya know David, I don't even know what brand name the fiddle is. I just went by the sound until I found the perfect one for me. I have to go back. after playing around with it for a while, I don't like the chin rest. So I'm going to get another one. I'll ask Fred what name brand it is and let you know.
Thanks for the link Fiddlerman. I have already downloaded and printed your fingerboard pages and taped them to the wall. Don't have a music stand yet. I figure for now, the wall and scotch tape works just fine.
Chinny, it was recommended because during the winter when the heat is turned on, the inside air in the house get real dry. It a little spongy tube you get wet, ring it out and just put it inside the case. I'm not really sure if it's needed to be honest. But it was not expensive and I really want to protect the fiddle. Maybe the more experienced players can let me know what they think.
I said it already, but will say it again here: Congratulations and have fun fiddling!
Sorry, i think I confused you with another guy. You are the one that Barry sent over:P
Ya know David, I don't even know what brand name the fiddle is.
There might be a label on the base sound hole.
Congratulations on buying your first violin
A humidifier? Is it very dry in your area or something? Maybe I should consider getting one too since Australia is pretty dry (given that most of Australia is a desert essentially)
oh wow i live in australia and its dry so i should get a humidifier to.
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