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Hi, 

I'm a 65 year old, soon to be semi-retired, accountant who likes to play the guitar.  I've always wanted to learn to play the violin since a short introduction to the viola back when I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade.

 

This year for Christmas my wife told me to pick out my present so I decided on one of the electric starter kits I found online. I won't receive it until after the holidays, but already I'm wondering if I can do alternate tunings on the violin 🙂

I purposely didn't spend more on an all solid wood instrument because I'm not sure if I will stick with it or not. I'll see how it goes. I can always upgrade later on down the road. 

I like to do a little composing with my guitar, mostly in DADGAD and CGDGAD tunings, in a Celtic influenced style. I'm hoping to write some simple melodies using the violin and maybe, after I figure out quite a bit, even do some recordings of my violin playing to be inserted in my compositions as interludes between guitar parts.

I'm looking forward to learning from you all. Happy holidays everyone!

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Welcome to the forum, tbman. You will be getting a late Christmas present! Very nice.

Imhope,ypumcheck,put Fiddlerman's videos, they are very helpful in learning how to,hold, tune, bow, and play the violin. 

Check out the different sections of the forum and you will find oodles of i fo. If you have a question about a topic, feel to ask. Don't be afraid to start your own topic in the different sections of the forum and ask questions, or just give your thought. Remember, no question is too simple to ask here. We welcome all questions. 

Welcome to the forum. You will find many helpful links in the welcoming email I sent you.

Cello and Viola Time! 

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@tbman -

Welcome to the forum! 

Sounds like you have a plan - I didn't start much younger than you. 

I gave myself a year to decide if playing the violin was worth my effort - didn't take me that long to decide! 

Think it's great you are already a dedicated musician, just hope you didn't skimp too much on your 1st violin - you can get frustrated if you can't determine if it's yourself or your instrument when problems arise. 

I've been interested in alternative/cross tunings, too.  Here's a link you might like for the thread I started on the subject, here.

https://fiddlerman.com/forum/c.....#p109759 

Excited you've joined us here - have fun on your new adventure! 

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tbman

 

Welcome to the forum and to the fiddle,

Lots of alternet tuning for the fiddle, have fun with them.

 

Mark

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Hello and welcome to the community, we are all learning here, though there are some excellent players, dont be scared of asking any questions no matter how basic you think they are. You will find the violin becomes an obsession quite quickly even though it is a fiendishly difficult instrument, but then again, thats part of the enjoyment, if it was easy everyone would play😉

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hello and welcome aboard @tbman.  The guitar is gonna get mighty jealous once you start learning violin!  The fiddle wants all your time.  But its very rewarding every once in a while.  🙂

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Thanks everyone! Hopefully I'll be able to make a few notes ring out in a few months 🙂

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Welcome aboard. Merry Christmas and I hope it gets here soon.

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New to violin myself, i was thinking about electric myself because of the expense, electric being cheaper i think. Look forward to see how you progress, although it's not a race. Welcome to the forum

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tbman said
Hi, 

I'm a 65 year old, soon to be semi-retired, accountant who likes to play the guitar.  I've always wanted to learn to play the violin since a short introduction to the viola back when I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade.

This year for Christmas my wife told me to pick out my present so I decided on one of the electric starter kits I found online. I won't receive it until after the holidays, but already I'm wondering if I can do alternate tunings on the violin 🙂

Welcome to the forum Tbman.

Did you receive your instrument yet? You can do alternative tunings on any instrument but why do you want to start that way?

I purposely didn't spend more on an all solid wood instrument because I'm not sure if I will stick with it or not. I'll see how it goes. I can always upgrade later on down the road. 

Better safe than sorry. 😁

I like to do a little composing with my guitar, mostly in DADGAD and CGDGAD tunings, in a Celtic influenced style. I'm hoping to write some simple melodies using the violin and maybe, after I figure out quite a bit, even do some recordings of my violin playing to be inserted in my compositions as interludes between guitar parts.

That should be slightly helpful IMO. It sounds like a great plan in any case.

I'm looking forward to learning from you all. Happy holidays everyone!

Looking forward to seeing your posts when you get started.
  

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