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October 22, 2012 - 1:07 pm
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I always wanted to play the violin.  I got one as a gift a 6 years ago and took 3 lessons from a woman who thought I was one of her 10 year old students.  Didn't go over so well.  Then I put the violin away.  2 years ago a friend told me that she was going to Alasdair's Sierra Fiddle Camp.  I went with her and got excited about the violin again.  Have been trying to teach myself, and I just found the classes here, so I am very motivated to learn more.  I work as a nurse and have my own acupuncture clinic, so getting to lessons is hard, plus I live in the country and finding a teacher is difficult.

I actually live in Fiddletown, so I figure learning to play the fiddle is a must!

Kevin M.
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October 22, 2012 - 1:40 pm
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Welcome to the forum Connie.  This is the place for old and young aspiring and accomplished violinist.

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October 22, 2012 - 2:17 pm
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Welcome to the forums, Acunrs! Hope that this time You'll stick with it =)birthday_balloonblink

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October 22, 2012 - 2:25 pm
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Welcome to our little cove of encouragement! This is definitely the place to hang out if you want support in your playing. Lots of helpful and funny members, and it's a very active forum! coffee

~ Once you've ruled out the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be true. ~

Kent, Washington USA
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October 22, 2012 - 7:10 pm
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Welcome, acunrs!

This is a great place and I think you will enjoy it very much.

Admiring your determination to learn violin and you make me feel much better now. It will take some time practicing violin for me to be qualified to move to your Fiddletown since I definitely need some acupuncture therapy.

Best wishes,



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October 22, 2012 - 8:44 pm
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hello, welcome, stick with it, its fun, nuff said.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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October 22, 2012 - 10:03 pm
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Welcome to the site  Connie! amuse
I'm sure that it will help you a lot!

Best wishes cheers

"The first and best victory is to conquer self."

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October 22, 2012 - 11:22 pm
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Welcome to the forum. Stick around and post a video, there are plenty of helpful people that can encourage and coach.

October 23, 2012 - 12:36 pm
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Thank you all for the great welcome and encouragement.  I will hope to post a video soon.  I made one yesterday, but it was so bad, even I couldn't watch it!  Maybe next week?violin-student


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October 23, 2012 - 11:04 pm
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Hey Connie,

Nice to have you here. Just making that video that was "so bad" probably helped you and taught you something. RIGHT?

Welcome to the forum.

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


October 25, 2012 - 4:48 am
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Even bad video can be good, at least for your own viewing.  The old recommendation to practice in front of a mirror to see things like your bowing and posture was good in it's time, but didn't have rewind, and with a mirror you can't focus on playing 100% and then on watching 100%.

So video is a good tool, as is audio. 
If possible, it isn't  bad idea to record your practice sessions and watch them, you can always delete the file right after.  Yeah, you will see/hear some things you don't like, but also there can be things that worked better than you thought when you were playing them.  So it isn't just about catching mistakes, it is also about sometimes finding things you didn't know actually worked/sounded well.

If you can manage it, I would recommend recording at least part of every practice.  Mostly just throw it away after you've watched or listened back, maybe save a clip once a week so you can review the clips to see the progress you've made when you have those times where it feels like practice just isn't getting you anywhere.  It is easier to see/hear your progress over a period of weeks or months.  After that, the "delete" button can be your friend.

People here tend to be keen on encouraging video, perhaps because it helps with putting a face to the online nick and words.  Don't get rushed on that, though.  If you see other videos, you'll see that most folks here are positive and encouraging, and everyone was (or still is, in many of our cases) a beginner themselves.  Relax and settle in, and it will be nice to see you when you are comfortable with sharing that.

But at least for your own use, recordings and video can be very worthwhile.

Welcome, nice meeting you. 

One of my oldest friends is an acupuncturist and TCM person.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

October 30, 2012 - 7:32 pm
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Thank you. I think I will record my practices.  Great advice.


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