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A beginner at violin at 71 years young
Perhaps I'm a masochist!
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kathy
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June 4, 2018 - 9:08 pm
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Hi gang:  Well, I began attempts at playing when I bought my first fiddle on March 16 of this year.  But within a week I upgraded to a Carbon Fiber fiddle I saw at a Bluegrass festival I attend.  However, the CF fiddle proved to be a bit heavy for me as a beginner plus I didn't know how to fit the violin to my person--how to put on a shoulder rest, which shoulder rest was best, what about a chin rest, etc?  I have a very long neck, so fitting was a big problem at first.  I tied the CF to myself and that helped stabilize "Stormy".  After a month of the break-in pains of using new muscle groups (I am a flatpick guitarist), I finally find after 3 months my muscles are calming down now and no longer complaining.

Once I realized I'm planning to play fiddle until my dying breath, I saved up the money to buy the Fiddlerman Soloist outfit.  WOW!  That fiddle is so playable....so user friendly!  I'm in heaven when I practice now.  It practically plays itself!  I named him "Precious"!  I keep "Stormy", the Carbon Fiber fiddle, for those bad weather days when I'm out jamming or at festivals.  "Precious" gets put in his case whenever I'm not practicing.  "Stormy" sits out next to the TV for when I watch movies or the news.  My flat picker guitarist friends told me the best way to prep a tune you're playing for getting it ready to play for the public is to play it while watching TV while you're distracted.  If you can play it then, and also play it with a metronome, you're good to go!

I am so happy that I found Fiddlerman.com and can participate and be a part of the Fiddlerman family.  It's the most awesome online support system with the best service and fabulous pricing for instruments and gear.

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June 4, 2018 - 10:38 pm
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Welcome to the forum, enjoy your fiddles, sounds like you'll move along quickly.

 

Mark

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Welcome to the forum!! Sounds like you're really enjoying yourself!!

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June 6, 2018 - 10:49 am
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Welcome!!!  Glad you;re enjoying being a violinist!

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Fiddlerman
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June 6, 2018 - 12:34 pm
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Welcome to the forum Kathy.

kathy said
Hi gang:  Well, I began attempts at playing when I bought my first fiddle on March 16 of this year.  But within a week I upgraded to a Carbon Fiber fiddle I saw at a Bluegrass festival I attend.  However, the CF fiddle proved to be a bit heavy for me as a beginner plus I didn't know how to fit the violin to my person

Which Carbon Fiber fiddle did you get?

--how to put on a shoulder rest, which shoulder rest was best, what about a chin rest, etc?  I have a very long neck, so fitting was a big problem at first.  I tied the CF to myself and that helped stabilize "Stormy".  After a month of the break-in pains of using new muscle groups (I am a flatpick guitarist), I finally find after 3 months my muscles are calming down now and no longer complaining.

Once I realized I'm planning to play fiddle until my dying breath, I saved up the money to buy the Fiddlerman Soloist outfit.  WOW!  That fiddle is so playable....so user friendly!  I'm in heaven when I practice now.  It practically plays itself!  I named him "Precious"!  I keep "Stormy", the Carbon Fiber fiddle, for those bad weather days when I'm out jamming or at festivals.  "Precious" gets put in his case whenever I'm not practicing.  "Stormy" sits out next to the TV for when I watch movies or the news.  My flat picker guitarist friends told me the best way to prep a tune you're playing for getting it ready to play for the public is to play it while watching TV while you're distracted.  If you can play it then, and also play it with a metronome, you're good to go!

I love it!!! Precious!

I am so happy that I found Fiddlerman.com and can participate and be a part of the Fiddlerman family.  It's the most awesome online support system with the best service and fabulous pricing for instruments and gear.  

We are so happy that you found us too. Thanks for the kind words. 🙂

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

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June 6, 2018 - 12:47 pm
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Welcome!

Keep that enthusiasm!  

I love my violin!  I just began at the tender age of 51 as well.

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- Pete -

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June 6, 2018 - 10:01 pm
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You are in good company here Kathy - and it's a ton of fun and knowledge, welcome!

I believe I've been 50 for a few years now....

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Fiddlerman
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June 11, 2018 - 1:42 pm
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Mimi Aysha said........
I believe I've been 50 for a few years now....  

I love your way of thinking. I have been 30 for many many years. 😉

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

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