My name is Erik Strande. I am 29 years old and finally decided to learn to play the violin. I am currently stationed in South Korea with the US Army. I have always loved the sound of a violin, and decided that my new years resolution would be to finally learn to play one. I decided to get an electric violin so I can plug in a set of head phones and save everyone's ears while I get through the beginners stage. I have alot to learn, and look forward to the day when I can play the violin.
Hey, Mirrim/Erik! Welcome to the Forums. Always good to have new people coming in. This is one of the best forums I've ever been on the internet, everyone here is extremely friendly and I'm sure you'll get along just fine! I'm also pretty sure you'll be playing in no time if you follow Fiddlerman's videos.
Skype: augustoad Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone number/whatsapp: +55 42 9861-4084. I'd be happy to talk anything fiddle-related to anyone! :)
@Mirrim9999 Welcome to the forum brother!
I'm in the navy, currently stationed in greece Glad you have joined this awesome community. Violin is truly amazing! and i have found pretty therapeutic to. You're better then me, when i was in the barracks i had a silent acoustic but it was still loud enough to annoy those in the barracks! haha. Good luck and glad your joined! hope to see you around more! I have a few army buddies over there in South Korea, stay warm!
Lead me, Follow me, or get out of my way!
~General George S. Patton
@Mirrim9999 - congrats on best move you've ever made !!!!
The violin, be it an EV or acoustic "just" ( and I use that word lightly) played as a fiddle as distinct from serious classical pieces (and there's absolutely NOTHING WRONG with either forms !) - whatever.
"Best move?" - well you may doubt my words - but- once you start - it will be with you for life.
I started late, and it now controls everything I do - so much music to play, so little time ! LOL ( OK, I exaggerate somewhat main thing is - enjoy the journey, NEVER give up, and if/when you hit a brick-wall - post your questions/problems on the forum, there's always someone to help (or share the pain) !!!!!! LMAO !
Make the most of your new friend-to-be (it WILL take a while to regard it as a friend!) - great decision Erik - and I wish you a Happy Journey with the EV. ^5s
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
All this talk of annoying others is making me think I should at least get a mute once I start playing. I live in an apartment, but I'll be moving to a corner with no other walls touching another apartment, but the place below me might still hear it.
I think taking up an instrument while in the military is a great idea!
Do you all have the MWR in the Army? (morale, welfare and recreation)
Not sure if it was just a Navy thing, and each branch calls it something different, but you might want to check through them and see if they have any avenues with which you could play for others, or get a small band together.
I was stationed at Diego Garcia for a year and a few friends of mine started a band covering a lot of alternative rock songs. Helped pass the time when stationed so far away.
"The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be."
Now that I am confident that I can make a sound... meaning I have been playing a while and I can even hear the off notes with my mute (to a degree)... I have been using my mute lately... just because I play so much and my violin is so very loud. I am not fooled by the smooth sounds I make with the mute, but it is a great way to not upset the Hound dog too much.
I often wonder if the neighbors can hear me playing in my house when my doors are closed. I guess I won't ever find out either... LOL
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato