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Hey, CatMcCall!!! Nice to meet You! =)
..... one cat who rules our world...
LOL. I have 2! And they rule our world too! Cats are mighty!
What are your goals for playing violin? Short and long.
Short term to get my left pinky into shape and in tune - I'm double jointed, so my fingers don't like to cooperate for certain things and it's been a challenge to train them into proper violin habits...
I had double- jointness! Pinky and ring finger! I fixed it in 2 months with simple thing - /i don't think it's a proper word but Google says - PIN/!
Try to squeeze the pin (?) several times. Do it for every finger! And for both hands!!
It helped me, maybe it can help You?
Nice to meet you Cat. LOL.
I thought you were much more experienced than me, I thought all of you were, but I see that many are in the same place as me, and that helps. I may even post a vid one day soon. I can't wait to progress beyond Twinkle Twinkle, Mary had a Little Bunny, LOL, and scales. I think my big break through will be to read music correctly.
That is a big deal to me as my dad never learned to read any music, even though he was a wonderful fiddler. He played for "Spike Jones and the Band of Re noun" What ever it was called, till they found out he couldn't read music.
I feel that when I can read music and make a joyful noise with my fiddle, my life will be complete! I have always loved violin music, and this is really great to have a place where you can learn this way. Thanks for the encouragement all, especially you FM.
What a wonderful site and group of people.
Hope you all had wonderful holidays, and are ready to get back to work learning to play our favorite, instrument.
Naska - it's called a clothes pin in the US, clothes pegs in the UK and Australia and I've been using one for months now and it has made a big difference with my bow hold. I posted about my double-jointed-ness on this blog post and link to Lora at Red Desert Violin and her clothes pin exercise video. I couldn't believe what a difference it made, not only for playing violin but for many other things that I do every day around the house. Unfortunately, my hands have gotten strong enough that sanding on boats is no longer painful, so I get drafted for that duty more often than I would like
FM - Lora had me start with any pin laying around and I eventually "moved up" to a stiffer one as my hands got stronger. It really makes you think about how your fingers are curved and where their strength is.
Where did you hear about it?
i didn't hear about it unfortunately... first i've tried to do that with eraser, but it was uncomfortable as You can see... so i just thought what i could use instead of it ... and found a clothe pin =)
How stiff is that clothe pin?
LOL!! i don't have a stiff-o-meter, but definitelly can say that if somebody have double-jointness then that person will prefer the pin that is as soft as one can find =)
@ CatMcCall : Thanks for the video, i wish i could find it earlier LOL! I liked the part about "Clothe pin can twist and hit you in the face"!!! That actually happened to me ... and not once... but i survived as she said =D And i've found her way to hold the clothe pin more reasonable =)
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Very interesting bio CatMcCall, Ive been in commercial construction for thirty years . Its always nice to see an engineer that knows what there doing.
Really like that violin to , say you built it from a Kit? Wow . Wish I had the patience.
Anyway nice to meet you.
No matter where you go, there you are!
So nice to meet you Cat!
I love that you are an architectural engineer and into fiber arts, aside from playing fiddle, and have a boat restoring partner- utter niftiness (: I went one year at Memphis College of Art, now majoring in Graphic Design elsewhere, but they had a wonderful Fiber Arts program/studio with traditional and computer looms, spinning wheels, etc., and was fascinated by it, coming from a family of Irish weavers.
I'm impressed by the blonde fiddle! Please share where you got the kit? (: My husband has been making cigar box guitars and cookie tin banjo ukes, and it would be fabulous to make a fiddle!
Thank you for your kind words I do act like I know what I'm doing, but the reality is that sometimes I have no clue but can usually guess a good way to get through a "problem." I have to clarify that I'm not an engineer or an architect but a CAD Drafter who works for engineers and architects - I don't do the calculations, I just make it look pretty for the client and jurisdictions
I posted about fiddle kits on this thread here on FM which has links to kits and tools and other things of interest. The thread about the Red Fiddle is where I'm writing about building my second kit fiddle. More blather at the blog in my sig line...
Jump on in and join the fun - BCShalom ordered a kit and should be posting here soon about his build...
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