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I am just really starting out on my violin playing journey. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with playing. At the age of 6, my class were marched out to do some finger exercises on the piano. After which 5 of us were loaned a violin and put into a class and the rest were given a recorder. I felt a bit special having a violin and for a brief time enjoyed classes with a lovely man with endless patience. Very sadly he died after just a few weeks and classes with a scary man commenced. I think he assumed we knew more than 'how to hold the violin and bow so it was a bit like he was talking a foreign language. Everybody dropped out pretty quickly except me. Mostly because I was too scared to tell him. Eventually after weeks of getting very stressed and anxious, I left with a bit of a violin phobia.
Fast forward a few (Lots of) years and my step daughter came home with a violin. It brought back some tough memories and being the stubborn creature that I am, I decided to face my demons and get myself a student violin and have another bash. I managed to scratch out a few tunes (by ear as I never learned to read music) Obviously I quickly realised that the violin itself wasn't scary and slowly began to fall back in love. However I have learned that I should try to walk before I can run and am going right back to basics in the hope that one day some nice sounds may emerge from my violin. I have already found some useful tips on this forum and hope someday to be able to contribute with my experiences.
Welcome, @Faith - good to see another UK member !
The "Travelling Fiddle" is doing its rounds of 4 UK members right now, so as a brand-new member it's maybe a bit premature to sign-up for it - but - no doubt it will eventually return ! LOL - it took 4 years or so to reach the UK, so you never know - it may be back on our shores in another 4 or so years time - by which time - you'll be a virtuoso !
All the best with your return to playing, awesome !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Thank you for the welcome everyone. I am well on my way to obsessive violin love I think. I sometimes get mine out just to stroke her :-0
I have found the fingering game really useful for learning how to read music so thank you for that fiddleman. Still a way to go however but it really helps me focus.