Check out the 2021 Fiddlerman “White Christmas” Group Project.
I'm Emily, from England. I began playing the Electric guitar when I was younger. My daughter got a 1/2 size loan Violin from school a little while ago and I thought it seemed really fun and interesting so I bought my own (don't worry I got a full size!!) and have been playing for six months now. I'm so glad she was introduced to the Violin as it's something I wouldn't have considered learning and I'm so happy to be learning now!
I'm learning myself from the internet and books and having lots of fun along the way.
Welcome to the Fiddlerman Forum, Emily!
I think it's absolutely fabulous that you and your Daughter have both started to learn the Violin!
Schools in our area didn't have an Orchestra, just Marching Band - my Daughter and I may have followed the same path, if they did. Instead, she played the flute and I had no clue that I would miss out on many years of enjoyment.
I do think I have the increasing interest of some of my Grandchildren, so I'm very excited! Just hope I can become good enough to be of benefit to them.
Many members here also started with guitar - so I'm sure you'll relate to all the advice they might have. I played a little piano when I was a child & think any previous music experience helps, now.
So, what type of music do you want to play?
Looking forward to hearing of your progress & having your participation here.
Glad you joined us!
I want to play American fiddle tunes, bluegrass etc but I also like playing some classic pieces and pop and rock. My daughter and I have the Suzuki book with the duet pieces so she is learning that and I am learning the duet parts. I am currently working on Time to say goodbye from the Fiddlerman sheet music. I also love playing christmas music....those around me not so keen on me working on them at this time of year!!
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!
I 💖 Christmas and Halloween - with all the associated music. Once September starts, that's usually my Green Light to start getting obsessed with it.
Hope arkmaverick is still frequenting this forum - he is very much into Christmas and performing at that time of year. You can see more in his intro thread here:
Keep having fun!
Hope you'll put your vote in for this year's Christmas Group Project!
And, you and your Daughter are welcome to join in any of the Parties in the "Party Room" - or start one yourself, when you are ready!
Hope you & your Daughter are still having fun with your violins!
The whole point of the Parties is because it IS hard to record ourselves and not be nervous - the more you do, the better you get!
Recording is also much better than trying to see yourself play in a mirror, because you don't have to take your focus off playing to see what you are doing.
Don't forget, we all had to start the same way and we all wish we did better - you will only get encouragement here! 😊
As a teen I played the piano a lot in front of audiences and once in front of a microphone.
The mic made me more nervous than any audience. I always found it odd that possessing musical talent should mean that you had to want to play solo to an audience and I never enjoyed it, but I was forced to do it (not forced - I took it for granted. Our region had a very good music festival, and my second piano teacher was its organiser), and acclimatisation helps, as Pierre says, although I never totally got over nerves.
Mind you, I'm permanently on beta-blockers nowadays.
I've said all this before. I hope it wasn't in this thread, lol!