Welcome to our forum. A Message To Our New and Prospective Members . Check out our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

Check out our 2023 Group Christmas Project HERE

AAA
Avatar
Please consider registering
guest
sp_LogInOut Log Insp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed Topic RSSsp_TopicIcon
Hello!
just joined
Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 (8 votes) 
Avatar
ClaireS
Members
August 3, 2020 - 10:19 pm
Member Since: August 3, 2020
Forum Posts: 15
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

hello everyone!  I'm excited to be joining the forum.  I'm a fiddler in West Virginia, play a lot of Scottish and Cape Breton music (plus many forays into old time over the years ....) 

I'm also interested in instrument repair, set-up ... basically I've been spending quarantine tinkering with a bunch of project fiddles and trying my best not to mess anything up too badly!  

Look forward to getting to know some folks, and talk some music!  

-Claire 

Avatar
Mouse
August 3, 2020 - 10:28 pm
Member Since: December 26, 2018
Forum Posts: 5244
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Welcome to the site, Claire! 

How interesting that you are interested in tinkering with setup and repair. Make sure to visit the Instrument and Equipments section of the forum, especially the section for “Bowed String Instrument Repair, Making and Setup. There are many people interested in that aspect, as well as playing, here.

The Bumblebee Flies!

Please ignore any typos. My typing ability on a real typewriter did not transfer to these device key pads.

Avatar
ELCBK
USA
Members

Regulars
August 3, 2020 - 11:08 pm
Member Since: June 10, 2020
Forum Posts: 7611
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi With Flowers Smiley ClaireS - Welome!

I like Scottish & Cape Breton music, too.  Sounds like you've been having fun - how long have you been "Fiddl'n"?

 

fiddler-35124056.jpg- Emily

Avatar
ClaireS
Members
August 3, 2020 - 11:50 pm
Member Since: August 3, 2020
Forum Posts: 15
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

about 15 years now ... I lucked out in that my parents made me and my siblings get started on an instrument when we were 6 years old ... and lucky too that we had a fiddler living a few blocks over from us!  and as they say, "the rest is history" - or something like that, lol!  ultimately I just play for fun though, there's nothing like it! 

-- there's a taste of the kind of tunes I tend to play, just started recording a few videos this spring and summer, not something I've really done before

Avatar
ABitRusty
Members

Regulars
August 4, 2020 - 12:03 am
Member Since: February 9, 2019
Forum Posts: 3818
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

welcome to the forum @ClaireS

oh yeah!  youve got some great stuff over on you tube. subscriber +1 and looking forward to hearing more from you!

Avatar
Mark
Members

Regulars
August 4, 2020 - 12:27 am
Member Since: September 30, 2014
Forum Posts: 2130
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

ClaireS

Welcome to the forum,

And your sounding good,

 

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

Albert Sammons

Avatar
ELCBK
USA
Members

Regulars
August 4, 2020 - 1:51 am
Member Since: June 10, 2020
Forum Posts: 7611
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

thanks_much_smiley_gifClaireS - You just made my evening (oops, it's early morning) extremely

enjoyable!  I think I'll be learning a thing or two from you (or five or ten) - so glad you've joined us! 

Hope you find some interesting information here on the FM Forum.

 

I Love Music Smiley- Emily

Avatar
ELCBK
USA
Members

Regulars
August 6, 2020 - 2:39 am
Member Since: June 10, 2020
Forum Posts: 7611
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Thanks To You SmileyClaireS -  

I finally took a moment to check out your YouTube videos.  You should've mentioned them to everyone in your 1st post! 

You obviously have a great love for your music.  I don't think I could EVER tire of listening/watching you play... 

It's nice to see you also have a cat that enjoys your music - I only have 1 (out of 3) that seems to enjoy what I play.

I know it's hard for young people now-a-days to think along these lines but hope, maybe some day, you might consider trying your hand at making a few tutorials or an online workshop.  Of course, just the fact you share your beautiful music should be very inspiring to many people of all ages!

 

Realistic Dancing Cat Emoticons- Emily
Avatar
ClaireS
Members
August 7, 2020 - 11:43 pm
Member Since: August 3, 2020
Forum Posts: 15
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Emily - thank you so much!  means a lot to know that folks enjoy hearing the tunes.  I've definitely thought of making some tune tutorial videos, but I think I'd need to get a better camera set-up figured out.  time will tell on that one, lol

Vin (my cat) is a bit elderly and half deaf - I think that's why she doesn't mind the playing so much haha!  growing up, my parents had a corgi and she absolutely hated the fiddle ... I think it was too much for her huge ears 

 

Claire 

Avatar
ELCBK
USA
Members

Regulars
August 8, 2020 - 3:43 am
Member Since: June 10, 2020
Forum Posts: 7611
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
10sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

ClaireS - You are welcome!

I forgot I wanted to ask you about learning to play at that young age.  Do you remember anything that helped you to stay interested?

I'm asking because I have 6 little Grandkids (another on the way) - oldest is 8 this month.  My Daughter and I get the kids to listen to different types of music, also some fun kid's music theory video's - I play different genres for them on my 5-string violin.  I try to play tunes they can jump around/dance to - keep them involved. 

More to the point, I don't see my Grandkids as often now (because of Covid-19) but I am setting up a little 1/2 size violin to let them explore with, soon.

So, any advice you might have would be appreciated!

 

Btw, Vin is still very cool!  Of my "Clowder" of 3 cats, the oldest just turned 18 last month!  I've still seen him get up and walk (another runs!) out of the room when I start to practice.  The last of the three (probably brain damaged) seems to like the music, but he serenades me sometimes ("The Rights of Man" does something to him)!  Now, if I could only get that on video...

Smiley And Grey Cat Smiley- Emily

Avatar
ClaireS
Members
August 8, 2020 - 10:36 am
Member Since: August 3, 2020
Forum Posts: 15
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
11sp_Permalink sp_Print
5

Hmmm ... a discussion on how to get young kids to stick with their instruments could probably be a whole topic thread in itself.  For me, I think what helped a lot was that I got to pick the instrument (my parents wanted us all to learn an instrument, but didn't really care which one), and that when I started playing I had a love of the type of music I was learning. 

Like you said - exposure to different types of music so you can find out what you really like.  My parents had tons of fiddle CDs they got for me that were pretty much all I listened to growing up, definitely did a lot of "unconscious" learning from that!  Oh yeah, and if the world ever opens up, taking the grandkids to festivals can be fun!  My mom took me to the Old Songs Festival in upstate NY for years since it was close to where we lived ... being surrounded by live music does wonders for wanting to keep playing! 

The other good thing about starting young is that I had a lot of "external motivation" during those beginning years where everything sounded horrible!  Having my mom force me to go practice ... I hated it then, but I'm so thankful now, cause it made me push through that hard part and get to the part where it's actually fun! 

Avatar
ELCBK
USA
Members

Regulars
August 8, 2020 - 12:28 pm
Member Since: June 10, 2020
Forum Posts: 7611
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
12sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

ClaireS - thanks_much_smiley_gifI really appreciate all the insight I can get!

Funny you should mention... I did start a thread in the "Teaching Violin" category and I received some great ideas from it!

I had really hoped the Highland Games wouldn't be cancelled this year - wanted the Kids to hear/see all that music & fun.  If I say anything more about what we've missed it'll just get depressing... so I'll leave it at -

Thank you for all your help!

 

Btw, you've inspired me to learn to play a fiddle "Pipe" tune.

- EmilyEye Alien Walking Caterpillar Monster Emoticons

Avatar
Fiddlerman
Fort Lauderdale
August 12, 2020 - 3:10 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 16422
13sp_Permalink sp_Print
5

Hey @ClaireS,

Happy that you found us. Looking forward to more posts from you.
Did you take a course in violin repair/set-up?

Just saw the video that you shared as well. Way to go!!! dancing

You get a badge for sharing that video. Welcome to the forum!!!

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 696
Currently Online: AndrewH
Guest(s) 92
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today uncledave, sr
Upcoming terezka, AndrewAllanRoberts, DanielB, Nick, Kmmoon, StaceyC, RSorderfans, SiennaAViolin, GiovanniWhite
Top Posters:
ELCBK: 7611
ABitRusty: 3818
Mad_Wed: 2849
Barry: 2690
Fiddlestix: 2647
Oliver: 2439
Gordon Shumway: 2414
DanielB: 2379
Mark: 2130
damfino: 2113
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 3
Members: 31649
Moderators: 0
Admins: 7
Forum Stats:
Groups: 16
Forums: 81
Topics: 10560
Posts: 133787
Newest Members:
Alison, David, boredmeddlesome, KennethPearce, alexreynolds, soophiemartin84, LateBeginner, Marianne, swell1, yoyogogo
Administrators: Fiddlerman: 16422, KindaScratchy: 1760, coolpinkone: 4180, BillyG: 3744, MrsFiddlerman: 2, Jimmie Bjorling: 0, Mouse: 5244