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July 26, 2022 - 10:04 pm
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Hi folks, I'm Tom from Nashville. I'm 66, a retired high school Spanish teacher and VERY amateur musician. Since retirement I have stayed busy doing the things I love - wood working, remodeling, carving ducks, painting pet portraits, travelling, tending to about 30 Bonsai trees and hanging out with my partner and our incredible dog. Many people assume that I'm probably into music because, after all, I do live in Nashville. But the truth is, although I play some guitar and a bit of piano, I am not accomplished in either. I've always done just enough to be able to entertain myself and at one time led a small gospel group. I've always said (didn't we all?) that I was going to learn to play the violin. It has always been my favorite of the orchestral instruments, but I also heard that it was nearly impossible to learn without dedicating every waking moment to it (that part might be true). :)   Anyway, I put it at the bottom of my bucket list. Now I'm scraping the bottom of the bucket and decided it was time. I've had my violin exactly 8 weeks. I've watched hours of videos and find myself practicing often 4-5 hours a day. Probably a bit obsessive but the years don't wait on us. I'm playing a few songs now and can almost get through a couple without glaring screeches or sour notes. I know we all have different goals and mine is simple. I am not shooting for becoming a "virtuoso" or playing with the local symphony. While I do enjoy classical music - especially when the violin is featured, I'm really just hoping to be able to play the popular Broadway tunes and my favorite hymns and even a few pop tunes. So I don't give a lot of time to the "drills" that push for rapid fire clear 32nd notes or the very dramatic bowing techniques. I just detache myself down "Moon River" and have a blast. Hey, nice to meet you all and happy "bowing".

July 26, 2022 - 10:29 pm
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Welcome to the forum, TH! It is nice to see you made it! You should have received the Welcome email that I sent to you with links to certain areas of the site, tips, etc. You will also find my contact email address for you to contact me if you have any questions or issues related to the forum. 

You sound like most of us, retired and starting late. We do have quite a few younger students of violin, and, amazingly, we are all one age here! Fantastic. 

I, too, am more interested on pop, broadway, etc more than classical, or even fiddle music, for me. 

You sound like you are well on your way.

Welcome to the forum!


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July 26, 2022 - 10:46 pm
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@TH Welcome to the Forum! Glad your going to try to fit violin in to all the other activities you've got going on.  And it sounds like you've got a good start! smile

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.


July 27, 2022 - 12:32 am
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Welcome to the forum,  and your journey with the fiddle.


Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

Albert Sammons


July 27, 2022 - 5:57 pm
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howdy TH!   welcome to the forum


July 28, 2022 - 10:35 pm
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@TH - 


Welcome to the Fiddlerman Forum! 

GREAT time to start playing the Fiddle! 
I just turned 66 last Month - the start of my 3rd year, self-taught. 
Each year, I look back & think, "WOW, just imagine what's possible for the next year!", all because of this forum. 
Nice to see you like several music genres - I'm sure you'll be playing all your favorites very soon.
So glad you're starting on this adventure! 



- Emily

Greater Chicagoland

July 28, 2022 - 10:49 pm
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@TH - Just to make you feel young, I'm a 79 year old novice with about 15 months of self learning under my belt. I never would have lasted at the learning without this group! Glad you have found this place, too.

The old curmudgeon!

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