Hello from South Florida, Wellington
I've been a long time lurker of this forum since I started learning to play the violin, a while back, and have learned so much from you all.
In fact, I just purchased my first violin upgrade from Fiddlershop, the GCV Cremona Kreisler. I've been playing on an eBay special (which is actually really decent without any big flaws, good sound & set up, which has been awesome since that's all we could afford when I started) I am bouncing off the walls in excitement as this purchase is a 22nd wedding anniversary surprise from the hubby who says I've earned my stripes and am ready for this upgrade. So excited for it to arrive!
While I am not new to instruments/music, I am still relatively new to the Violin. I have been playing the piano since my teens, had fun goofing with the guitar those many moons ago and am also a vocalist. Our family is very musical with my hubby (guitarist/sax) and eldest daughter (guitarist/vocals) happily involved as are many of our other family members, through the generations.
I am currently taking lessons with Lora Staples and did part of Suzuki Book 1 on my own before admitting I needed more help, lol. In the woods of north Florida (before moving south) it was easier doing this solo but not really great to go it alone so lessons it is. I'm glad I am too as my progress is finally moving.
The reason I chose to learn the violin at 40 is simply because no other instrument has touched my soul quite the same. When I play (or listen, which I do much) I feel as though my instrument is breathing, speaking for me. Feeling it through my body is nothing less than amazing to feel! Finally, I found what I've always felt I was missing! And as a girl, my mother played the violin, and those are some of my few happy memories as a girl with her...
Aside from music, we are geeks in a pretty major way, lol, dare I say Firefly? Still Flying :p When I'm not playing, I can be found under a Doxie pile with my obnoxious dachshunds, sewing/quilting or out and about in my Mini Cooper looking for a great location to drop my paddle board and explore.
Nice to to meet you all, finally!
Wales, very nice to have another fellow Floridian here. If you ever drive south, pay us a visit and bring your new fiddle with you. All higher level instruments bought at Fiddlershop get lifetime adjustments.
Glad that you posted an introduction.
Look forward to your future posts!
Thanks for the welcome, Fiddlerman lifetime adjustments? That is awesome to know! We Would love to come south, at some point, and meet you guys in person. Had hoped to do it with this violin purchase but things piled up, but someday. I even have a great reason to drive down as I'll need a better case at some point, lol
@intrepidgirl thanks My Kreisler came yesterday, just in time for our anniversary today. Like you, I am not doing it justice but it is simply amazing to play. I can feel the potential as it wants to sing and is so easy to play in comparison to my student violin. Very pleased I decided on this particular one. The videos helped but in person? Wow. Not to mention, how gorgeous is this violin! Today, I am planning on getting to know her Very well, lol.