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I live in Lincolnshire in England, I'm 22 years old and have just started learning to play the violin! I've tried several instruments in my time, trombone, trumpet, drums and guitar, but none of them really clicked (played drums for several years but gave it up for several reasons, one of which being our dog hated it haha), so I'm hoping that the violin will be the one that really clicks as it's a fantastic instrument.
So far I'm really enjoying myself, taking it one step at a time and making sure I get things right. Got my violin just after Christmas and since then have been focusing on knowing all the parts of the violin and bow, making a straight stroke and making a clean sound. Put a bit too much rosin on my bow initially so been trying to work some off and make strokes without it scratching.
Watched the first few of the video's provided by Mr Fiddlerman and they have been very helpful indeed. I rather enjoy most fiddler music which has a good beat to it, especially Irish Music and Blue Grass, however I'd also like to be able to play things from Les Miserable as it's my favorite musical.
My long term goal for the year is to be able to play a reasonably impressive piece in front of my family next Christmas, achievable?
Anyway, glad to meet you all
Hi RossT from a fellow Englander. Midlands region.
Glad to have you here. There 's been too many Americans dominating the site for my liking!
Just joking you guys, c'mon!
It's a good crowd here and were always glad to help fellow newbies along.
Any advice you need, just give us a yell.
I am amazed at how old people of my age are.....
Welcome from Ohio, USA Ross. Like the Britt and the Ausie said there are definitely too many of us yanks on here and we need a bit more...flavor.
Have you tried playing more on the edge of your bow to get rid of the squeak?
Anyway, Welcome again and I hope this site treats you as well as it has treated me.
The pack depends upon the wolf, and the wolf depends upon the pack. The loss of one means the destruction of the other.
Welcome from Sunny Florida! And I do mean sunny, we are having a very warm winter this year. I've seen all the recent movies involving England like Robin Hood, The Eagle, and Sherlock Holmes. I feel this has given me great insight into the difficulties you must face each day. Any ways avoid the little blue wild kids and come back often to get away from it all. Rob.
(This to me is a kind of ironic humor, you may think I am serious.)
"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.
Welcome from Southern California, RossTiger! Some of my ancesters were from Lincolnshire. They came from Bourne, Stamford, Irnham, Folkingham, Covetown, Skirbeck, Norton, and Horkstow. Maybe we're distant cousins! Have fun with your violin.
I've learned so much from my mistakes that I've decided to make some more.
Hi Ross Tiger... yes you can. But without question... spend weeks and weeks if you need to, to find a good teacher. It's worth months and months of unguided self practice. People told me that too and I resisted. Now I realize they were right. You'll find great support and learning -for free- right here on Fiddlerman.com!
Thank you for the warm welcome everyone! I love how multicultural this site is, it must produce some amazing music with all these influences in one pot.
I'm very open to suggestions on what piece I should aim for over the course of this year, maybe something slightly more than twinkle twinkle little star lol but if it comes down to it and I can play twinkle twinkle really well I think I'd still be happy, maybe I'm more worried about keeping myself motivated to practise all year. Still really enjoying myself although only focusing on making clean sounds/strokes right now.
How often is it recommended to practise? At the moments I'm averaging 10 minutes a day.
I have other questions but I need to browse the forums more first, and if they still aren't answered I'll create new posts in the appropriate section.
Thanks again all!
Practice as much as you can.
10 minutes per day is probably better than an hour every 6 days. Just make sure it is quality practice. Maybe make a practice routine for yourself and post it here for others to comment on. You know best what you want to practice, but the members here might be able to tweak It with you to get the most benefit.
As its early days, follow Fiddlermas 's beginner tutorials, good bow hold, playing scales, quality bowing etc. and think of a piece you want to play, medium difficulty, and use that as a measure of your progress.
I am amazed at how old people of my age are.....
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