Please begin by telling us anything you would like to about yourself. Age, place of birth, residence, etc.
Hi, StoneDog here. I am 62 years on the planet and rocking on. I live in Pittsburgh, Pa. USA. I have a son who just got out of the Marines and a daughter who is a senior at Lincoln Park Performing Arts High School. Really great school. She spends half her day doing musical theater, dancing and singing > SWEET!!!
What made you decide to play the violin?
The sound of this instrument sends bolts of pleasure though my spirit.
I’m a guitar player. I like putting musical tracks together. I also play with vids a bit. I have a few things out there. I can put the rhythms, base, drums, and other various percussions to my tracks. (I have attached an mp3 of one of my tracks I did about two years ago) BUT what has always been missing and something one cannot just import into the tracks I work with is the VIDDLE. When working with my music I have always had the need to hear some violin/fiddle within the track. SOooo I figured I better learn how to play one. Wellllllllllllllllll > easier said then done.
How often do you play? How long are your practice sessions?
One to two hours a day.
In your opinion, what’s your proficiency on the violin?
Not very proficient, but gets better every day.
Your greatest personal experience with playing?
I played a lot at night in the yard this summer > I just played in the dark on a chair and what was sort of cool was that a lot of lighting bugs would hang out and just land on me and the viddle. Also rabbits come out in my yard at night and they would just sit there about ten feet away. Yeah, like 6 or more at a time. Very strange but yet somewhat enlightening.
What does music mean to you?
Music is my out of all the crap the world throws at me. The good Lord just dumps buckets of crap on me all day long sometimes but he gave me music to soothe my soul.
Seems no matter how low in the valley I may be, music takes me back up the mountain and lets my spirit fly free.
What or who has been your greatest influence?
Any and all that play influences me.
What are your goals for playing violin? Short and long.
Short goal is to learn it with some proficiency. Long goal is to interweave it with my guitar work.
What type of violin training?
No formal training, just what I can pick up from YouTube and my home base site Fiddlerman.com
How do you warm up?
I run scales for quite some time. I then work on some pieces and usually finish off with just playing and see what flies.
What is your favorite piece of music? Why?
Right now it is “Sweet Georgia Brown”. Why? Because I am trying to learn it.
What are your 2 favorite things to do other than playing violin?
Playing the guitar and gardening.
Do you come from a musical family? If so please tell us about them.
No, although my daughter is very talented in musical theater.
Are you a member of any orchestra? No
Do you ever perform publicly?
Not now, I used to be in a few RnR bands.
What do you work with? I do software support for a paycheck. If that is what this question is asking.
Would you please share with us information about your violin and bow and if you have several please tell us about them as well.
The Fiddlerman.com site has opened up a whole other world for me. Thank you all for letting me be part of this virtual family > ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!