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February 2, 2021 - 11:34 am
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Hello everyone,

I've been playing around with the idea of learning violin and, in my research, found my way to this forum. From what I've seen so far, this is a good place to be and I'm glad I wandered in.

I don't have a violin, yet; I'm thinking of renting one while I work out my commitment to this new journey and figure out what I'd like to buy. As an adult learner, I want to get a violin that I'll grow into over the next several years, rather than something I'll "need" to upgrade in a year or two. Hopefully, I'll luck out with a used/b-stock gem. :-)

I'm also thinking of getting an electric/silent violin so as not to drive my wife crazy. I'm aware they're not actually silent, but I know they're effective if you're at least in another room; I have a Yamaha silent guitar that's done me well when I want to practice at odd times. 

I'm generally more of a wallflower in forums, but I do look forward to learning from and with you all. Hopefully, I'll be able to help others as well, in some way.

TCloud

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February 2, 2021 - 12:31 pm
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Welcome to the forum @tcloud. i used to hang low and then leave forums, This one, I hung around in and have become vocal and now help with administration. It truly is a great forum with a bunch of friendly and helpful members.

You seem to have a really good plan. I do have an electric violin and it does, in deed, making playing without “feeling like” you are bothering anyone. I bought it used. Before I became more fond of cello, I used the electric violin, unplugged.

I do play cello and viola more than violin, but I like all three.

Feel free to chime in with anything you want and there are always badges to earn for encouragement, along the way! 

Great to have you aboard.

The Bumblebee Flies!

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February 2, 2021 - 1:03 pm
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Mouse said
Welcome to the forum @tcloud. i used to hang low and then leave forums, This one, I hung around in and have become vocal and now help with administration. It truly is a great forum with a bunch of friendly and helpful members.

You seem to have a really good plan. I do have an electric violin and it does, in deed, making playing without “feeling like” you are bothering anyone. I bought it used. Before I became more fond of cello, I used the electric violin, unplugged.

I do play cello and viola more than violin, but I like all three.

Feel free to chime in with anything you want and there are always badges to earn for encouragement, along the way! 

Great to have you aboard.

  

Oh, I love the cello!

Thanks, Mouse! And, btw, your welcome email was great and appreciated. 

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You are welcome. The feedback on my Welcome Email is much appreciated and helpful. Thank you.

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welcome to the forum😀

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@tcloud -

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So glad you decided to join us! 

 

Plenty of former guitar players here (lol), with their unique perspective, to help you on your adventure. 

 

What convinced you to take the leap? 

Hope you have a lot of fun here... always nice to have another adult in the house! 

https://www.lanesboro.lib.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/cat_fiddle.jpg

 

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February 2, 2021 - 5:46 pm
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@ELCBK said

Hope you have a lot of fun here... always nice to have another adult in the house! 

Where? I missed the adult in the house?! D a r n, I always miss the adults. 

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Note: I always put a space between each letter in d a r n so as not to be confused for something else dazed

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...as I wrote that, my little voice kept whispering to me,

"the only adult". 

Hot chocolate does this to people. 

@tcloud  -

are you snowed in yet? 

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Pretty much. More to come. We stay home anyway. But. I do have to hold off on my instacart order. 

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TCloud,

Welcome!  Renting an instrument may be a good way to get your feet wet—a good way for you to determine what you’d like in a “keeper”. 

Lots of good info here—enjoy the beginning of the journey—

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tcloud 

Welcome to the forum, good luck on your impending journey and exploration of all things Fiddle.

 

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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February 5, 2021 - 7:05 pm
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@stringy, @ELCBK, @SharonC, @Mark - Thank you!

@ELCBK, I've always loved music composed for violin. I thought I'd had lessons as a child, turns out that was my brother. I just helped break the instrument, apparently. Not really sure what specifically triggered the move to learn now, but I'm looking forward to it. Actually, it may have been me saying to my wife "I wish I'd learned to play the violin" and her saying "You could..." (her ex is a violinist). I took that as permission to give it a try before she could take it back. :)   I'm certainly not getting any younger, so why not. 

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@tcloud -

Welcome to the forum. I'm happy that your research led you here.

I know a lot of people who started with this kind of post and never regretted their journey which they plan will be life-long.

Learning a new instrument is exciting and perhaps the memory of your brother learning, and thinking that it was you, is a sign that you yearned to be part of that.

Renting an instrument is not a bad idea but there is a chance that you'll end up with an instrument that isn't much better than a bad VSO. (Violin shaped object)

Good luck with your pursuit. Looking forward to following your journey when you get there.

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

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Fiddlerman said
@tcloud -

Welcome to the forum. I'm happy that your research led you here.

I know a lot of people who started with this kind of post and never regretted their journey which they plan will be life-long.

Learning a new instrument is exciting and perhaps the memory of your brother learning, and thinking that it was you, is a sign that you yearned to be part of that.

Renting an instrument is not a bad idea but there is a chance that you'll end up with an instrument that isn't much better than a bad VSO. (Violin shaped object)

Good luck with your pursuit. Looking forward to following your journey when you get there.

  

Hello @Fiddlerman! Thank you for the welcome!

To, hopefully, avoid the rental being a VSO, I sourced Kennedy Violins and was able to watch videos of the model I selected. They, and your wonderful Fiddlershop, have models that I'd be interested in making mine. For a change, I'm not jumping in with both feet before making sure I can fit this new thing into my list of income-less activities (marital arts, guitar, running, strength training). When I do purchase an instrument, I'm hoping for it to be something I'll commit to for a long time. 

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Sounds like a plan.

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