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Hello everyone, I've enjoyed being a member of this site for a few months now and never introduced myself. I'm 49 yrs. old and a Catholic Priest. I've wanted to learn to play the violin for a long time. About 12 years ago when I was in seminary I passed by a music store on the way home from school and saw a violin in the window. I was amazed at how inexpensive it was; about $75 for the outfit. At the end of the semester a couple of months later I decided to buy it as a reward to myself for passing. I was able to practice up on the top floor of our seminary in the infirmary at night. It was far enough away from the rooms that no one would be hurt. I thought I was making some progress, but due to lack of time and money could not afford to take lessons. After finishing seminary I returned to the U.S. and planned to find a teacher. Long story short, something happened to my violin on the flight and the neck warped (probably why it was so inexpensive). So, I put it away for what soon became a number of years. Later I was telling a friend about this and he had a violin that was missing pegs, tailpiece, bridge and strings, but had a straight neck. He gave it to me and I was able to put the "good" pieces off of mine on to his and make a workable violin. I had trouble finding a teacher until I hired a new Organist/Music Ministry Coordinator at my parish who had a friend that taught violin. That was about 4 months ago. I've been amazed at the difference a teacher makes. I discovered most of my progress before was mainly in bad habits. The other amazing thing is how relaxing it is to practice. For me it's so complicated that it pushes everything else out of my mind, kind of like booting your computer. Anyway, hello everyone and thank you for the help and motivation this site has provided.
@Shane - welcome aboard ! Having been a "lurker" for a few months and been following the forums, I'm certain I have no need to mention anything, but I will ! The site is all about learning and support - even the newest player can pose "simple" questions that can give rise to "challenging" answers and discussion. Never hesitate to ask! Glad to hear you have a tutor - yes - the bad habits can take some time to overcome - glad you've caught them early enough!
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Hey @Shane , welcome to the forums! Hope you learn fast. If you have any problems, feel free to ask people your doubts. It's really interesting to show your progress in learning, too.
Skype: augustoad Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone number/whatsapp: +55 42 9861-4084. I'd be happy to talk anything fiddle-related to anyone! :)
Welcome! I second how relaxing it is to play. Even on the darkest days playing for just 15 minutes lifts my spirits immeasurably. I saw an interesting article about using fmri imaging on musicians and I couldnt find it, bit this one is close. Provides a glimpse as to why we respond in such a way.
Hello and welcome to the forum.
I love your story. I am excited that you were able to "put" together a violin and get a teacher. How inspiring.
I look forward to hearing more of your music studies. I also hope someday to have an assortment of "hymn" type songs, church type songs.... if that makes sense. Except for Amazing Grace and my holiday tunes I don't have a lot of songs .. Maybe I should say "Sunday" type songs, or Sabbath.
I get what you say when you say something is so complicated that it takes away other thoughts. I recently felt this in a very intense (to me) painting class. It was a week before the holidays and I was feeling that I would not be able to put aside my lists and thoughts... but I went and it was the best escape ever. No time to think about anything but the order of the paint on the canvas. It was great.
I think violin like that is for me also... I tend to forget that in bad times.
Thanks for sharing and posting. Best of violin journey to you.
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
@coolpinkone, The only "complete" song I can play is Fiddlerman's version Ode to Joy . I have been working on Oh God Beyond all Praising , but it's very rough. I saw there is a group project for that, I haven't figured out how to participate or if I want to. I don't think I'm quite ready yet. Thanks for your kind welcome.
Welcome Shane. You're going to love it here!
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.