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Hello from south central Texas. I've never played a musical instrument, but I'm retired, and turning 60 this year, and I decided that I wanted to learn to play the fiddle. My interest is in bluegrass and folk tunes, but I like some of the classical stuff, too. I'm still a bit reluctant to dive right in, and have been listening and watching videos online, and reading. I haven't scared myself away yet, so I guess the next step is to get hold of a violin and see if I can do anything with it.
Welcome to the community, Mike !
There's an amazing amount of info on the site, as well as plenty technical stuff to talk about on the chat - my guess is that you'll be hooked !
Good luck with it !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
@Panzón COOL!! I love blugrass, I have always like it, but now that I am playing it on the violin it is a love affair!!
Violinist start date - May 2013
Fiddler start date - May 2014
FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius. BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.
Congrats on taking the good old plunge and getting your first violin!!! I found it to be highly addicting just wish i practiced more!!! If i could take it to work that'd be great...have a ways to go before retirement for myself! If your a person who likes a good book to work from the Essential Elements books seem to be really popular around here. I know i use them and they seem to do a great job in teaching. I also use the videos and critique corner as I'm self taught as well as many of us on this site!
Lead me, Follow me, or get out of my way!
~General George S. Patton
Welcome! So exciting to get your first violin. Have fun.
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.
Welcome! There is a lot of good fiddling in the Central Texas area so you will have no difficulty going to listen to some good fiddlers to inspire you. I'd recommend attending some bluegrass jams as soon as you can, just to get the sound of the fiddle style into your head. You don't necessarily need to participate at first, because that can be a little scary, but do go and listen.
Welcome to the forum. The people on here are a great bunch of people from all over the globe. They are very helpful and knowledgeable.
Patience is necessary to learn the violin: But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.-James 1:4
When I get discouraged: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.-Philippians 4:13