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G'day from Down Under
Beginning again after a 20± year break :)
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June 11, 2015 - 11:07 am
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 Hi All, 

I'm sure my story is familiar to many, I played violin throughout primary school and quit to concentrate on my exams, promising myself to get back into it after my A levels. 20+ years later, my new years resolution this year was to have time some me time.  (I'm now 42, have 3 wonderful kids, and work full time), but love to practice daily, I've got over the sore finger tips now, have found the most wonderful (but harsh) tutor, and think I am getting back the form of my youth, although it's hard, both physically and mentally more challenging than I remember, although I am adapting, too slowly for my liking, but I'm progressing. Patience is a virtue... Patience is a virtue.. Patience is a virtue! ???? 

I'm hoping to one day have the confidence to play for others (I get stage fright just for my tutor) and maybe enter some ABRSM exams for a little self validation. ???? 

The name? I emigrated from the North of England to sunny Perth Western Australia 6 years ago now. I am loving my me time, have recently got a Jay Haide I've named Wallace (after Wallace Hartley - HMS Titanic violinist who was from not far from my home town). 

So hi all, thanks for allowing me to be a voyeur on fiddlerman.come for the past few months and help me with my self learning with all your posts, videos and information. 

Perthfect (and Wallace)

Brora, North-east Scotland
June 11, 2015 - 2:00 pm
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WELCOME you ex-pat Wallace ( being a Scot here, MY "Wallace" is William Wallace, as portrayed by that Aussie bloke, what's his name - oh yes - Mel Gibson - LOL - so you are in good company mate !   What's more the "north of England almost makes you Scottish ! - Heyyy - kidding with you ! )

All I can say is WELCOME ABOARD -and - hey - to "play for others" - well - we have a number of members here who go "live" on the StreetJelly site - keep an eye on the forum link for that... it is not as nerve racking as it might sound - check it out..... 

Welcome !


I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)


June 12, 2015 - 7:09 am
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Have a fun journey learning the violin.  I also get slight stage fright even in front of my teacher, I think the more we play in front of others the better it will be.


I'm also an ex-pat from the north of England, Newcastle specifically.  I moved to the U.S. almost 10 years ago.  

Jim Dunleavy
United Kingdom

June 12, 2015 - 8:01 am
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Welcome Perthfect! smile

I'm still here in North East UK! You're not missing much! wink

June 12, 2015 - 10:26 am
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Thanks all, it's nice to be among my fellow country men, even though we're at different corners of the globe. Any accent I hear over here, whether it be Jock @BillyG or Geordie @misha91 and Jim makes me smile. 

I hail from Bradford in west Yorkshire, so yeah, Perth is a very different world. 

I really don't understand my stage fright, I'm quite outgoing and confident in most other things, maybe it's the one shot at impressing the expert, then the immediate judgement that follows? I'll get there. 

Thanks again for the welcome

Fort Lauderdale
June 12, 2015 - 12:39 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
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Hey Perthfect and welcome to the forum.

Yes your story is similar to many others but unique as well. :)
Stage fright is normal, just ask the good people of this forum how many have not had or still have terrible stage fright. What it means is that you are critical and perhaps more so of yourself than others. You want to do a great job and probably can't play as well when others listen because of that.
There are ways of overcoming stage fright but they all involve two things:
Playing in front of others and not having high expectations.

You need to focus on the music and not the performance. Ignore the circumstance and try to enjoy the process.
(Children, don't read --->) One drink could makes it easier but more than that would probably make it worse. (or at least if you get to hear it afterwards.)


In any case, we look forward to hearing you one day if you figure it out. :)
Thanks for your introduction!

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

HotGriddle, CA
June 25, 2015 - 5:20 am
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Welcome home, Perthfect! I'm also returning to the violin after a long break, and we already have more than that in common. I played on a Jay Haide violin for years. It was the step-up rental I used after graduating out of my beginners' outfit. Jay Ifshin, the co-creator of the Jay Haide label has his shop near where I grew up so just about all of my friends also played Jay Haide violins. It's amazing how much his operation has grown, yet every time I hear a recording of a Jay Haide over the internet I am struck by the family resemblance in the sound of the instrument. I am immediately transported back to my childhood, I can smell the millant-deroux rosin I used like I was just there. They are lovely instruments.

I hope you go on many musical adventures together with Wallace, he and his brothers are all fine instruments.

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