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I cannot believe that I haven't found this site before now! Well, better late than never. I am impressed by how much interesting stuff there is to read and videos and everything!
I am 35 years and started playing little more than two years ago (as 32). It was a bit of a coincidence really - I sat at home one day watching some youtube and was impressed by some violinist. I have always been drawn by the sound and emotion of the violin, so I googled to see what a beginner violin would cost (I really had no idea). It turned out, that there was a violin shop in the small town where I lived (and stille live) - and not very far from my home! As I am left handed I thought it would be hard to play for me. But I wrote an email to the shop and got a response a few minutes later. The guy in the shop said, that if needed, he could "turn" a right handed violin into a left handed one. I called my better half and said, that I had had one of my crazy ideas and if it would be alright if I spent a few hundred bucks on a violin... Two hours later, I was the proud owner of my very first violin (I started off playing right handed). Even though I changed into something better since then (a left built violin), the money spent that afternoon, turned out to be the best money I've ever spent!!!
Thus started my violin hobby which has now become so much more than just a hobby - more like a passion really (sounding a bit like a cliché, haha!). For a time I tried to teach things from youtube and just play around with it, but later on I started having classes (which I highly recommend!) and I now play in the local chamber music orchestra (just an amateur thing of course).
I am very happy to see so many other relatively new players and I am sure I can learn a lot from the posts here - and also people sound pretty nice. I will try to gather my courage and put out a video of myself playing something eventually. This seems like a good place to share videos with likeminded people for positive critcism and whatnot.
I look forward to getting to know you all and I am very happe to have found this site.
Being left handed and playing a "left handed" violin I want to stress for anyone out there who is left handed - do not let that discourage you from taking up the violin! You may try a right handed violin and if that doesn't work out, then it is possible to find a "real" left handed violin. Even though things may get a little impractical in an orchestra with limited space for the violinists as you turn the other way than the rest of the violinists, being left handed should certainly not stop anyone from taking up the violin!
Welcome to the forum, several lefties here you'll be right at home.
Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.
I enjoy your videos very much!
Yes - the dealer only turned the violin so I could try it out the left handed way. After I decided to continue that way, I bought a violin that was built for a left handed player
The first "turned" violin was turned back into a right handed and one of my right handed friends plays it now.
Welcome to the forum Raef.
I love when people tell us that they have always been drawn to the sound of a violin.
Interesting that the dealer at the shop turned a right handed violin to a left handed violin. There are reasons in which this doesn't really work but I'm sure you already know now.
Well, darn! Guess that I won’t be trying to change my Grandfather’s violin over! I will continue to struggle to learn right handed though I am left handed! I can’t afford a new left handed violin! I am fortunate to have my right handed violin! I am EXTREMELY left handed! I was tested and my right brain is WAY dominant over my left brain! Fortunately, Music and Art are right brained activities! I just have to convince the right hand to be less clumsy! A little trivia for you! Many lefties, me included, start writing from right to left in perfect mirror writing! My teacher was dumbfounded and really worked hard to change that! Basically I started writing upside down so it could basically be right to left in my mind.
Oh, forgot to mention to Raef that I learned how to play violin in grade school on a left handed violin, and was in the school orchestra but not seated with the right handed violinists!
"Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one".- Albert Einstein
That was interesting @Cearbhael. I hope and believe you will be able to manage the right handed violin. Maybe it will turn out to your advantage. Just imagine the precision and speed you might develop using your best hand on the strings. Either way we do it, both hands have a difficult job playing violin, I believe - at least for those of us who have not played for so many years. When Fiddlermand and the other experiences players play, it looks so deceptively easy. But I think we all know it isn't