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I just found this website the other day and decided to join.
My name's Jeff, I live in Western PA and I'm 41.
I used to play violin--started in fourth grade (1980), but stopped after I finished high school--I picked it up a few more times when requested, but haven't touched it at all the last 20 years.
About a month or so ago I found it while looking for something else in my closet and decided to take a a look at it. Other than the bow needing re-haired and it badly need restrung (the A string was starting to unwind at the nut), it seemed ok.
Last week I got a cheap set of strings (Super Sensitive Red Label) and a cheap bow and discovered that my intonation wasn't that bad... RUSTY, but not bad.
Not sure where I'm going with this...
WHtsUP Jeff > The STEELERs sucked this year > Pittsburgh here>>> north of the city now days > Freaking cold outside. > I just picked up the fiddle over xmas 2012 > Found my daughters student type and started messing with it. > IT IS SWEET!!! > Been playing it alot > Learning all kind of things > Stay with it > too freaking cold outside to do much else > great time to do it.
Fiddlerman, it's amazing how much the fingers still remember after all these years. I can play parts of songs that I no longer have the sheet music for.
My bowing is pretty bad. Not sure how much is me, and how much is not liking the sound of steel strings (the set I replaced were Pirastro Exdoxas). I seem to get those odd harmonic-like sounds quite a bit.
Right now, my immediate goal is to keep playing--and have fun.