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Hello. I am expecting my very first instrument delivered in the morning. Well not my first instrument but my first Violin. I have been a wind player and vocalist since I was 5 but I always dreamed of playing both the Violin and the Cello. After I left school and entered (was injured and promptly expelled from) the military I thought my music studies were long behind me. A few years ago my Oldest daughter entered school one morning and saw an orchestra student carrying their case. She was off and running. Three or four times per week for the last four years I have been fielding questions and nags about when she gets to play Violin. We couldn't afford private lessons and now her public school is offering Violin lessons to the fourth graders again. Her lessons start in 2 days. Oh yeah and she got me to promise a long time ago to take lessons with her. So I guess music method books aren't quite done with me yet.

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Method books ( and crabgrass ) are your friend.

What method do/will you use ?

What violin did you buy ?

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At least you have arrived at the right forum.  Good start smilesmilesmilesmilesmile

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Hey and welcome to the forum Durge.smile

Hope you find a lot of help here. 

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Oliver said:

coffee2

At least you have arrived at the right forum.  Good start smilesmilesmilesmilesmile

Yep ... you're in the right place ... and welcome.  We're wonderful people here, and modest as well.  Lots of fun and good advice.

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Thank you all.

 

I am using the "All for Strings" book 1 along with my daughter.  I am also looking in to several others as well as using online lessons. All for strings is produced by the same teachers who made the "Best in Class" series that we used when I was kid.

 

As for our instruments. For my girl I went to a local shop and got her a descent pre-owned student instrument. 3/4 sized Scherl & Roth 2007. She is using a mild "dark" rosin and a fibreglass bow. I really dislike her bow and I will be getting her a new one asap. For myself I can't really afford anything really good so I took fiddlerman's review and ran with it. I got a Cecilio. I am going to upgrade the strings as soon as they arrive to D'Addario Strings for both of us.

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Sounds like everything is under control right now.

I wonder why you say you "dislike" the fiberglass bow ?  
I am not a strong advocate of fiberglass or anything else but that is an interesting  remark.

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Welcome Durge! My daughter is just beginning violin lessons too. I hope you have lots of fun learning together.

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Welcome Durge, there are a lot of beginners here along with, a lot of experienced players, we're all one big happy family of violin /fiddlers.

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Welcome Durge! Which Cecilio did you get?

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Oliver said:

Sounds like everything is under control right now.

I wonder why you say you "dislike" the fiberglass bow ?  
I am not a strong advocate of fiberglass or anything else but that is an interesting  remark.

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Oh I just ment that the bow her pre-owned instrument came with was very poorly treated and looks raggedy and gross. I have no clue about the differences in bow materials. When I can replace it I will probably just get a brand new duplicate. 🙂

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Welcome Durge! Which Cecilio did you get?

I got a CVN-200. I was doing my research and found KK before I even checked Amazon or Ebay. Fiddlerman's review and comparison between the 200 and the 300 really helped me make up my mind. Honestly I was originally going to go with the 320 which is the left handed model (as I am a long suffering southpaw) but in the end tradition and lack of left-handed method books decided for me.

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I found this site the same way from KK music store. I am left handed as well but play instruments and even sports right handed. I write, draw, paint left handed so I think when I was a kid I was just taught to learn things right handed?

If you are a true southpaw their is left handed fiddles out there. I have a left handed guitar and have been looking for a southpaw fiddle…

 

I never noticed that KK offers left hand fiddles... I may have to try one of those...Stay on this site Durge. And start fiddlin' with us!

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I knew a guy who was kind of like Yogi Berra, he mangled words. He could write with either hand. He said, and I quote, "I am amphibious" I laughed so hard I cried.

 

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David Burns said:

I knew a guy who was kind of like Yogi Berra, he mangled words. He could write with either hand. He said, and I quote, "I am amphibious" I laughed so hard I cried.

 

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Never heard the expression "southpaw". Does that mean left-handed?dunno

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Fiddlerman said:

Never heard the expression "southpaw". Does that mean left-handed?dunno

Yes sir! I have no idea why though.

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From Wikipedia:

Southpaw is a boxing term that designates the stance where the boxer has his right hand and right foot forward, leading with right jabs, and following with a left cross right hook. Southpaw is the normal stance for a left-handed boxer. The corresponding designation for a right-handed boxer is orthodox, and is generally a mirror-image of the southpaw stance.

 

When fighting with my brother I can tell you fighting a lefty is confusing!

 

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myguitarnow said:

I found this site the same way from KK music store. I am left handed as well but play instruments and even sports right handed. I write, draw, paint left handed so I think when I was a kid I was just taught to learn things right handed?

 

I'm kind of the opposite. I'm right handed, but when it comes to sports and overall hand-eye coordination, I'm a lefty. I'm guessing I get it from my dad and grandma. 

 

P.S. Welcome to the forum Durge!!

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GennaLea said:

I'm kind of the opposite. I'm right handed, but when it comes to sports and overall hand-eye coordination, I'm a lefty. I'm guessing I get it from my dad and grandma. 
 

P.S. Welcome to the forum Durge!!

Thank you! I too have a confusing set of coordination parameters. I am ambidextrous (amphibious...lol) in almost all things except....batting. Yup and a strict left hander at the plate. Pitchers HATE it. I start out like righty and wait for the plate coach to signal for a switch up. You actually get to SEE pitchers crap gold.

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I am in nearly the same situation as the OP. I've played/continue to play guitar, drums bass and keyboards, but have only just now decided to take up a bowed instument and ordered a Cecelio Viola (yes, I said vioLA) as a means of participating with and encouraging my son's second year of study of viola.

He gets to be MY teacher. That's the deal. Well, he and such excellent resources like this site. Whatever he learns in school or in private lessons he has to teach to me. I only wish I could find as website as dedicated to the dissemination of viola instruction as Fiddlerman is with the violin. Fortunately, much of the information here is universal. 😉

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Yes, most of the technique is very much the same and we'll do our best to help you just like everyone else. Even though we make a lot of jokes about violists, we love them just the same.

roflHappy you joined the Fiddlerman family anyway. Welcome.

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