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Greetings, new friends! I just received my brand-new FM Concert violin, so I guess that makes me a bona fide fiddler. Or fiddler-to-be, at least!
I'm nearly 68 and have never played anything requiring more skill than a radio, but decided to go ahead and fulfill a lifelong dream of learning to play the violin. While weighing the wisdom of the investment, it occurred to me that while nearly everyone claims they once played a this-or-that, I've yet to meet a person who learned to play the violin who doesn't still fiddle around on a regular basis. So what the hey, I had to see for myself what all the fun was about!
On a personal note, I'm retired, live in the Greater Cleveland/Akron area, and have a wonderful, supportive husband. I play around with photography and am always looking to take on a new challenge.
Lurking around this forum for the past week or so, I'm liking the support y'all give one another, love the entire personalized experience of buying my violin from Pierre, and think the Traveling Violin Project is the coolest idea on the planet.
I just know this is going to be fun!
P.S. Anyone know how to replace the orange "member" icon with a real photo?
Welcome to the forum!
I wish you luck in your violin journey, the videos here are very helpful as are all the members. Just be patient with yourself and count the little victories, it's a hard and frustrating instrument to learn but even the hard parts are fun.
i would try to be helpful with the picture but i have no idea what i'm talking about and can't actually remember how to change it
I also am a new adult starter, although I did play of r a few years way back in grade school. If you find "Profile" or the "Edit Profile" button you should be able to edit your avatar. Yup, I haven't gotten to that yet, but having fun on the fiddle. I play viola. I just like the deeper tones.
Hello and welcome.
There's several old timers here. Some are older timers then others, but all are part of the family. Don't feel bad for starting up thinking your age is a hindrance for starting now. You yourself hit on the key. It becomes part of you. You may set it down for a day or a week, but you always migrate back. It brings you joy to your spirit and soul to be able to play it. Even if in a simplistic nature. Who really cares? You're doing what you can, with your ability, skillset and limitations. If you have a hard time reading music, there's tablature or "Tab". You can even just play by ear.
I started myself a few short years ( I can say years now) ago. I crossed over 50 this year. I play and learn, but mostly, I just love the fact I can make music, even if simplistic. I learn and add things and just experiment with music in the realm of my understanding. I took my first fiddle lesson this past week and loved it. So, once or twice a month, I'll have a 1/2 hour session. I went without any in person guidance/training for over 2 years. I just asked a lot of questions and had the amazing people here give me advice. I learned most of my start by listening/watching Fiddlerman's Videos and reading the forums.
Now is the time to start. Don't wish you did in a year or two.
"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader