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A New Old Guy Re-Entering the String World
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JohnG
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April 17, 2021 - 4:48 pm
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Originally took Viola lessons on a student loaner in '63 when in Junior College, then life intervened.

I am now getting a Cecilio VA 400, 15" as it was very affordable and at my age (78), makes the most economic sense. It should be delivered in the next 4 or 5 days and I'll be setting it up using ViolaMan's excellent video!

I originally chose the viola, almost 60 years ago, just because of its mellower, deeper tone.

I have done some playing on an alto recorder so alto clef is familiar, but still daunting

John G (aka Bud)

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April 17, 2021 - 5:00 pm
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Welcome to the forum officially, @JohnG! So happy to see you introduced yourself. There are a few of is who have viola here, so you will fit right in.

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JohnG

Welcome to the forum

 

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

Albert Sammons

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Welcome! Always nice to see another fellow violist here.

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Welcome @JohnG !

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@JohnG -

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Glad you joined us here at the Fiddlerman Forum! 

I'm sure you'll find camaraderie and helpful information here. 

I have a 5 string Violin (I love it),

but been thinking of stepping up to a small Viola. 

It's nice to see members excited - what music will you start with? 

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- Emily

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Welcome to the forum

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JohnG
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Thanks everyone who welcomed me here. It's been decades since I have been exposed to so many musical folks with varying likes, talents, and musical education. I've missed it!

@ELCBK - my musical preferences are as varied as my other interests, classical of many genres, jazz, folk, country, blues, and religious.

A brief musical bio - Started as a child on a cardboard keyboard and group piano lessons, accordion, piano, choral voice, pipe organ, viola, and alto recorder. Dabbler in all, expert in none!

My best friend growing up was from a musical family, his father taught percussion at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, his mother was our church organist and piano teacher. Through them I found myself in the world of music that ended when I entered the army in 1963.

The month before enlistment, my best friend (Jon), another friend (Paul), and I went on a long weekend to my family's cottage on a lake where Jon playing cello, Paul playing violin, and I playing viola enjoyed some wonderful moments playing and improvising (me poorly, Jon adequately, and Paul expertly) for memories that will last me forever. Paul was both a classical violin student and jazz trumpeter. Jon's forte was jazz drums, and I was the hanger on!

I am looking forward to immersing myself again through this forum and through learning the viola.

The old curmudgeon!

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@JohnG Welcome to the Forum!

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