Hello, everyone! I am a total newbie to the fiddle--I had never even touched a violin before a few weeks ago. That's when I mentioned to a friend that I adore violin/fiddle music (any sweet sound you can make with that instrument is delightful, regardless of origin) and that I'd always wanted to learn. Well, turns out she just so happened to have been a violinist back in the day, and hadn't touched her violin in about five years.
So I am currently borrowing said violin (a 1989 Suzuki, if that means anything to anyone), I'm starting lessons with a fiddle instructor this weekend, and I've been trying to learn what I can without teaching myself any bad habits. I'm still a little intimidated just to touch the violin, and I'm terrified of maiming the bow! I feel pretty good about my bow hold and I don't hate the noises I've been making so far... and that's as far I've gotten. The sum total of my past musical experience is that I can read music (slowly, I don't sight-read or anything), and I can kind of play the ukulele. A little. A very little. Ukes and fiddles seem to be sized about right for my tiny hands.
I am crossing my fingers that I'm not totally hopeless and this is something I can do. If not, I will sadly return my borrowed violin to it's owner and content myself with listening to other people's work. If I am any good at it, I'll buy a fiddle of my own, and I will pet it and squeeze it and love it and name it George.
Welcome to the forum. It is a lovely magnificent obsession.
I wish you great playing success.
I am Toni, playing about 2.5 years. My Violin's name is Noelle. (there are sister violins also.... Violetta, Gretta, and Pinky).
I confess to sitting and just holding my violin sometimes.
Welcome and enjoy.
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
Because George is your friend
You'll fit right in. Come to think of it, I can hardly think of anybody who wouldn't. Just the fact that you take it tongue and cheek is enough to know you're going to have fun along your journey. Its an enjoyable pastime that seems to grow on you and in you. I will also say, there will be times you want to pluck all its little strings off, swing it like an Olympic Hammer thrower as far out in your yard as humanly possible. Fortunately, those times pass quickly. Honestly, it seems just after those times, you make your noticeable steps in playing.
Enjoy the ride, What you hear along the way may surprise you. You may surprise you.
"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader
You can do it! Glad you have one to borrow and are getting a few lessons at least to start. When I first got mine I didn't know how to handle it either so was extremely cautious about even touching it. My instructor told me you can't play if it you don't touch it so go ahead and give it a hug lol.
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.