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ireallywantthatviolin
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I just watched your video on youtube about winning the 99 dollar violin…..Im not sure if this is where i am suppose to post and ive been trying to figure it out for like 2 hours lol but….anywhoo. Im 15 and Ive always  wanted to play a violin since i was little, but there so expensive i never did, and lately ive had  craving (i guess you could say lol.) to play one. Im so excited and i hope i can get it! And i will definitely be using your website to learn!

 

 

 

                  Thank-You,

                       Madelein Jager

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Fiddlerman
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April 29, 2011 - 12:43 am
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Exactly right Madelein,

If you like the "learn to play violin" facebook page you will get two entries.
Thanks for posting. Good luck with winning the violin. I'll be setting a date soon.

Pierre

 

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Kaizer Kilborn
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Hello, ireallywantthatviolin.  I actually baught a $50 violin that looks kind of like the one Pierre bought, but with less stuff in it.  Case + Rosin + Bow + Violin, black like the one you saw in his video.

 

It also had free shipping.  Total was I believe $53 roughly, from E-Bay, new.  If it turns out to be playable, I'll post about it for you if I remember to.

 

I suggest that you find or invent work that someone would like done around your neighborhood or for your family and start saving up for a violin yourself, then get someone who know the brands, can test the instrument, and can help you buy one.

I hope we BOTH eventually play even half as good as I heard Fiddlerman play.

 

^__^  PS: I love this math is required to register/post.  It is SOOOOO much nicer than trying to figure out that crappy Captcha nonwords....  Thank you for that Pierre!  Plus, you must have a brain of at least a 5 year old to post, so that's nice too. (my niece could add those numbers when she was 5)

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Fiddlerman
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May 17, 2011 - 6:59 am
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LOL, Thanks, and you're welcome Kaiser. Looking forward to hearing your evaluation of the $53 fiddle. Imagine that you can get a violin for that price. I get blown away.
Maybe I'll increase the difficulty of the math for you... Laugh 

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Kaizer Kilborn
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My violin came tonight! I will try to use video to show you my review of the violin I obtained.  I will have to learn to use editing software as well, as my camera is too high quality for posting and downloading, and I'm not sure what to write about yet.

 

Anywho, the preview review is:

 

Price: $53 and some change delivered in 3 days from ebay

Color: Black.  It looks just like the one in the $99 video review

Case: Same as in the $99 video review and the strap was already attached.

Bow: Just one, and it is like the good bow of the two from the $99 Video Review.

Rosin: Small little thing of new rosin that needed to be worked for a while.

Violin: Black, it came with the strings extremely LOOSE, and the bridge had fallen off and was tumbling around in the case I assume.  I opened it and it was in a weird spot.  I had difficulty making the bridge stay upright as I tightened the strings.  It fell 3 or 4 times Cry before I got the hang of it. Cool

 

I originally thought the tuning pegs were too loose, but then I was able to push them in as I turned and they stuck to where they needed to stay.  That was a relief.Smile

 

The violin looks exactly like the one in the $99 dollar video, but it didn't come with a second bow, tuner, shoulder rest, or more than a tiny piece of rosin, about 1 inch wide, 2 inches long, and 1/4 inch thick.  The neck rest doesn't feel right at all, and I have to figure out a way to make a should rest/non slip pad thing.

 

For not knowing how a violin should sound when I play it, I think it plays just fine after making it look right, and sound right.  The tuning video helped me, but I had to find a picture or the strings to see which string was which note.  I second guessed myself of it being opposite a bass guitar. I also was using my tuner when the battery decided to die on me after 3 years....

 

All in all, I am happy with the purchase because it sounds like a violin, I am confident I can learn it, and since I was able to play twinkle twinkle little star just fine after about 2 minutes of tinkering with the rosin, bow, and violing to produce a good sound.

 

Violin is not a hard instrument to learn.  I will definately have to find a store here in Phoenix, Arizona, and get a good neck rest.

 

Your videos, Pierre, finally inspired my impulsive side to purchase a violin, an instrument that I always wanted for many years.  Thank you ^__^

 

It might be a while for that video review, not that you'll get much more out of it than hearing and seeing it.  My battery also is dead in the camera too.... now where is that charger... ugh oh well.

 

And PS: If you want to increase the difficulty of the math I need to solve in order to post a reply, you might try derivatives and integrals from Calculus.  That would be fun I'd imagine.  e.g. "d/dx of 2x^4 = 8x^3" Laugh

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Fiddlerman
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May 21, 2011 - 8:40 am
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WOW, Great review. Thank you so much for posting it.
Also, very happy to hear that you learned Twinkle Twinkle so quickly. Let me know what you guys want to learn since I plan on putting a hole bunch of simple beginners pieces on the site soon. Look forward to following your progress.
I guess you have seen the links here on the forum for places to find chinrests. The only problem is that in order to find a good chinrest you need to try as many as possible. Also at this stage you should probably have someone help you. The violin shop in Phoenix sounds like a good place to start provided they have enough to choose from.

I'll see if I can get the Calculus going just for you Kaizer.Wink
Fortunately, the administrator doesn't have to do the math… 

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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rotex13
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Oh my that's nice! I want to congratulates you for learning the violin online like me and I know that's a little bit hard because no one is commenting while you're practicing, haha that's also my first song that I've learned from Pierre. Good luck!Smile

 

 

PS: I love adding numbers too than a captcha LOL

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You might find it useful for future reference that I may be the only person on any violin forum who actually cried after a calculus final because the semester was over.   I kid you not.  But most people who pursue violin are "unusual" ...  don'cha think ?

 

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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Fiddlerman
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June 2, 2011 - 10:46 pm
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LOL, I hear you. I guess this means that you are not satisfied with the math eitherWink I've heard that said my whole life. Violinists are a unique breed of people.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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haha Oliver we're opposite, I'm really happy after I got my grade last summer with my algebra because it's my first time that I didn't cry over my grade at math since I entered college. I've been very busy this past few days and maybe this whole year coz our 1st semester has already started but I always keep a time for practicing my violin and like Fiddlerman said "Hard work is the key". Good luck to all of us!

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