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I'm 35 years old woman from a cold, northern country called Finland - some of you may even know it, it seems that I'm not the only one from Europe on this forum
I've played the violin as a kid, starting at the age of 5 and quitting at 15. I guess as a lively teenager I just had other things in my mind than violin... But seriously i guess that's just the age you have to know if you are ready to start to take your hobby very seriously or is it something you've been doing only for fun. For me music had always been "seriously fun" but i wasn't ready to make it my profession.
Long story short; after 20 years I bought an electric violin (Yamaha SV-130) last week and started to practise again, very carefully, by baby steps. Much have I forgotten, but there it all is, hiding somewhere, but I will get all of it back I promise! And even more I've never played the electric violin before so all this will be an exciting journey for me.
I've been trying to find a teacher for me but it seems to be hard. I guess that the words "electric violin" drives away most of classical teachers and well, Helsinki is a small city. So I was very very happy to find Fiddlermans great videos and this forum! I'm sure this site have sooo much to give me and I hope there is something I can give back to this great community
- FinnFiddlerin aka Anna
ps. I'm sorry about my bad English. I guess Music is my better language
Welcome Anna @FinnFiddlerin - UK here ( Scotland ). Great to see your renewed interest in violin, it will become an obsession ! I'm scarcely 2 full years into playing, and now have three instruments - one of them an EV - it is a lot of fun !!!
Best wishes with your re-kindled interest - keep us advised of your progress!
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Thank you all! It's been very pleasant week with my new violin. Ofcourse it doesn't feel as familiar yet as my previous one which I played for several years before quitting (still miss that violin, but selling it to a loving home was definitely right thing to do) but we will have many years ahead together I'm sure I bought a few sheet music with "play along" -cd's and it's been fun to play them. I also bought a new CF bow. It's nice, but a bit different than a wooden one I used to play. But we'll become friends, too Actually I'm a bit surprised how fast my skills are recovering, I was expecting something else
welcome to the forum!
Do you play any traditional Finnish tunes? A comment from a Finnish relative got me wondering about Finnish fiddle music.
I've played some but unfortunately I'm not very familiar with the genre, I mean Finnish folk music. Ofcourse we also have Finnish version of Tango and there are few nice tunes I played right after I got the violin last week before I had any music sheets Actually I haven't been very keen to learning Finnish folk music or any traditional Finnish fiddle music but now I bought an interesting book called "Fiddle hand book" and I started to think if I should learn it a bit more.