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As I approach my 50th birthday, I decided to take up a new hobby. Last week I ordered a violin from Ebay, and while waiting on it to arrive I found this site. In just a few days, it has proven an excellent source of information. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, and that is rare on most forums.
Anyway, my fiddle arrived yesterday. After setting it up and tuning, I proceeded to try and play it. I was able to knock off a few simple tunes. I've played guitar for years so musically, I know my way around a string. It's different to say the least. I look forward to progressing and I'm sure I'll have some questions for you knowledgeable folks soon. Thanks!
Welcome to the forum. Since you've played guitar for years, you may be able to read music (some guitar players can, some can't) and have a pretty good understanding of music theory. That's a big head start over someone who has to start from scratch.
Instrument-wise, I think you'll find, as I have, that while both the guitar and fiddle have strings, that's about the end of the similarity. There are a lot of new things to learn and master when you start playing fiddle. Fortunately, they're all fun -- even if somewhat daunting.
You've come to the right place though, everybody here is more than willing to help and very friendly and supportive, which makes this a truly great learning resource for those of us who are guitar players.
Let the journey begin.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright
Welcome to the forum, Chromedome! What tunes did You play? Will You post the video for us? XD
Well Mad_Wed, I'm no where near ready for posting videos, but I am able to play Twinkle Twinkle, Oh Danny Boy and a very simple version of Amazing Grace. Of course these were songs I learned in grade school some eon's ago playing recorder and ukulele. And Uzi, thanks for the kind words. I never learned to read music, just play by ear.
Hi Chromedome and Welcome to the forum.
I too am from and still living in eastern North Carolina and a fellow guitarist too.
This is a great place to learn and a great community of people.
Patience is necessary to learn the violin: But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.-James 1:4
When I get discouraged: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.-Philippians 4:13