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Hi I'm Kalk,
I used to play in middle school but I'm 27 now so it's been a while xD Saw Fiddlerman's silent violin video so just got that cheap Cecilio and I'm back on my feet. Feels great to pick up the instrument as I gave away my ukulele (I like strings).
I remember playing The Irish Washerwoman, Rondeau, and Canon in D back in the day. Currently enjoying playing Somewhere-Over-The-Rainbow: https://fiddlerman.com/wp-cont.....w-Solo.pdf as well as transcribing sheet music from my favorite Hawaiian songs like this: .
Welcome to the forum,@thekalkulator. I like that Fiddlerman sheet music sheet you linked to. That was one of the first ones I printed off. I am not sure there is anyone on here with Hawaiian music. It will be great being introduced to it.
Did you play the violin or ukulele in middle school?
Welcome back to your violin, too. 😁
Cello, Violin, and Viola Time!
To the Fiddlerman Forum!
Kind of hard to get a violin/fiddle completely out of your system, isn't it?
I picked up an Ovation Applause Uke quite a few years ago, after I decided I didn't want to wreck my fingers on a Steel String Guitar. Then, I did the stupidest thing... I put steel strings on it, learned a few tunes, had too much trouble with it slipping around (the rounded back) and set it aside.
I discovered Jake Shimabukuro and a master class he did on a cruise - all after I quit, but he still was a huge inspiration to me! Simply saying something like, "if you can hum or sing a tune you can learn to play it" made a big impression on me (think I always felt that way deep inside). He also has a magical way of developing very rich solo arrangements. "Feng E" is another Ukulele player I've been intrigued with - trying to figure how to transfer all that creative passion to the fiddle!
I've encouraged members to take an interest in trying many types of music, but we really haven't hit on Hawiian tunes.
It would be wonderful if you could start a thread and lead us into that area!
Hope you quickly get back in the groove with your violin -
glad you found us!
Welcome to the Forum @thekalkulator , i am pretty new here and on the Violin. I have had to put all my instrument learning on hold as having finger problems. The guys on here are very friendly and always willing to answer questions. I have a Acoustic Violin and also Electric Ones and so far am enjoying the Electric most. Some of the sounds and effects are pretty good plus it seems easier to use but that might just be me.
That's pretty cool with effects, though, I often forget to put on headphones xD I mainly got the silent violin as not to bother the neighbors; I think it's doing its job. The thought of plugging the thing into an amp is terrifying. Been thinking about the hybrid ones too. The hybrid carbon fiber ones look so cool! Plus I could learn the effects.
Do you plug yours into an amp? Now that I think about it, it's probably possible to go violin -> amp -> headphones. Dang, wish I held on to my amp. No idea what I did with it, but, when you plug an ukulele into that thing it pretty much cranks like an electric guitar. Not gonna lie though, I miss the acoustic violin I used back in middle school. I mean, the 3/4 wouldn't fit anymore, but still - so classy.
@thekalkulator I have 2 Roland Amps the 40XL and The 80XL and yeah you can put headphones into the amp as well lol. The thing i find about Amps is they can make a mediocre instrument sound good, for instance i bought a cheap keyboard and on it's own through the built in speakers it sounds pretty meh but through the amp it sounds great, still looking to buy a decent digital piano though with the full 88 keys, mine only has 61. Violin also sounds epic even though it's a cheap one. I have a small 10 watt amp that i forgot i had that's good for a more quiet practice, it has reverb on it which is also quite good. Making a Violin sound like a lead electric guitar is the best for me.