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The Paris of the Prairies Saskatoon SK Canada
February 9, 2013 - 11:09 am
Member Since: February 2, 2013
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Hi All!

I am so glad I stumbled upon this site!  It looks great, and I am looking forward to checking it out further and hopefully can pick up a few tips here and there!  To introduce myself, I am a 55 yr old gramma, who for some odd reason, decided to start learning the fiddle!  I had never been around fiddle music in my life.  Perhaps I got the idea because I had started listening to Finnish folk/symphonic metal? My dad had bought an old rough fiddle at an auction years and years ago, so I was able to get that from him, and find a teacher.  I had never as much as held a fiddle before, so my first lesson consisted of only being shown these basics, after my teacher tuned it for me.  I felt so dumb I was practically in tears. That was 3 yrs ago on Mar 15.  I only had lessons for a very short time as my teacher, still a teenager, started university and no longer had the time to teach.  So I continue on, on my own, but there have been times I have not even touched the fiddle in months. I got through the first 2 books the teach recommended and now am still learning songs from a Cape Breton collection of 267 tunes.  That'll keep me going for awhile.  Lucikily I already knew how to read music. 


However, since watching "Hatfield and McCoys' on NY's eve, I have been listening to the soundtrack and loving that music, and that is a sweet sounding fiddle on those tunes!  So i have caught the bug again, and really want to upgrade at a minimum, my bow.  I did put better quality strings on my fiddle last summer and that helped some, but just not getting the best sound and it is so irritating . I sometimes go back to the old wrecked bow that came with the fiddle as it has a warmer sound.

Well again, looking forward to getting to know this site and everyone on it!

- Cindy aka Helvetika Eclectika dancing

saskatchewan, canada
February 9, 2013 - 2:33 pm
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hi from moose jaw!  ;)


"you make a living by what you earn, you make a life by what you give." ~winston churchill


February 9, 2013 - 3:09 pm
Member Since: November 8, 2012
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Welcome to out sometimes not so humble little abode. We mean well and we banter back and forth. Sometimes we'll even bore you to tears. Sometimes we even bore ourselves to tears. Ok, usually we do bore ourselves to tears. You are welcome to join in and try and bore us also..... uhmmm....yeabanana  ;)


Seriously, welcome to the Fiddlerman's home of fun. Sometimes, theres even music here too.

"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader


February 9, 2013 - 11:47 pm
Member Since: January 14, 2013
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Your a gonna like it here Helvetika.  It ROCKs!!

Russia, Tatarstan rep. Kazan city

February 10, 2013 - 2:13 pm
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Hi, Helvetika, and welcome!

Hope, since You're here - You'll never leave the violin for so long again! =)

Happy fiddling!

PS: symphonic metal? seriously?surprisedjimi-hendrix

The Paris of the Prairies Saskatoon SK Canada
February 10, 2013 - 9:32 pm
Member Since: February 2, 2013
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Thanks, everyone! 

Hey, I'm used to getting bugged about my taste in music!  Perhaps I should have been born in Finland!

My teacher wanted me to learn some Metis fiddlling (he calls it crooked), and i was game for that, but he doesn't teach anymore.  Except for maybe twice a year, I might get a lesson, but it's more of a short jam session.


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February 11, 2013 - 7:45 am
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I would like to suggest a FM carbon fiber bow they are GREAT and inexpensive. Tested so you know its a good one when you get it.

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