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I realized I'd started posting without introducing myself. I retired about a year ago. My wife took up mandolin recently, and that inspired me to take up violin. I played for several years as a child, quitting when I was 12 years old. A lot of time has passed and I'm over 70 now.
I began again in July, 2019. Feeling good about my progress though it's definitely harder than I remember. I'm starting out self-teaching using Essential Elements and Violin for Dummies.
My wife bought me a full size Fiddlerman Artist violin. I discovered that though my arms are long enough, stretching for the 4th note with my pinkie was too much. Since I have small hands even for a woman, am over 70 years old, and have arthritis, I traded for a 3/4 size Artist. Fiddlershop was great to deal with.
Since I'm retired, I've been able to practice every day, and I'm making progress.
It's nice this is such a supportive community.
This to be violin thing is my new passion!
@sf_bev welcome to the best violin/fiddle forum, especially for us older learners 🙂 I'm also "comfortably" past 70 and retired.
I would say if you played violin at 12, getting back to playing would be like "once you learn to ride a bicycle, you can do it again", BUT now that my finger joints are deciding to rearrange themselves, I think it may not be that easy 🙁
However, even with the misshapen fingers I'm still progressing and enjoying myself playing. (the cat will even doze off at my feet as I practice!).
Bob in Lone Oak, Texas
Thanks for the introduction there @sf_bev , and welcome to the OFC ( "Old F4rts Club"). Haven't hit the big 70 yet but it's getting close... 🙂
It's great to have the time (in spite of the occasional aches and pains) to be able to practice as much or as little in one go as feels good to you.
Best wishes on your long-overdue return to fiddle/violin it's a great journey, assisted immensely by the knowledgeable and friendly folks here on the forum.
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Welcome! I also played as a kid but I took it back up in my mid-adult. I only had a 32 year hiatus. Many parts of it do come back quickly. Others not so much. That is on me though, I wasn't the most focused when I played it back in school. My teacher looked like Wonder Woman (well to a young boy) then later the class had 28 females and two boys. Yep, focus was not important. Welcome back and enjoy. I love it more now than I did then.