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Hi there!

I’m a beginner from Toronto, Canada. I am currently learning with a course from Red Desert Violin and a subscription to Violin Lab.

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I also play piano, sax and classical guitar and have a teacher for each of those. I sort of ran out of budget for violin in terms of money and time, so that’s why I chose to learn violin without a teacher for now. Learning online gives me the flexibility I need at the moment. I suspect this might change in the future.

My goal is to learn classical violin and not fiddle for now - I hope that’s ok. My ultimate goal is to be good enough to join an adult community orchestra that gets together to practice and plays free concerts for anyone who will listen lol. Before the pandemic, I also belonged to a local New Horizons Concert Band. Unfortunately, that has been cancelled since March.

I’ve been searching online for a violin community in which to participate. I got scared off by that other site due to the comments there about various violin topics, yikes! I found this community to be a friendlier place for beginners, so here I am! I hope to learn lots from the members here!

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Welcome to,the site, @rx1022! In reading your post, you have come to the right place. This not a forum for any particular genre, classical is,fine, many classical players here.

As for playing with others, I sent you a Welcome to Fiddlerman's Forum email just a few minutes ago. There are many useful forum links in it. One link is to the Group Project, Game of Thrones, Take a listen and look. Any level of playing is welcome to join the Group Projects; they are optional not required to be a member. I am learning a lot by participating, although I did not participate in that one. I am learning a lot about keeping time! 

The latest project was, Let it Snow. I did participate in that with my cello.

Fiddlerman has provided a lot of free videos and lessons, and sheet music in the menu bar above the forum. Feel free to check them all out.

If you have any questions about playing, go to the Learning to Play section of the forum and ask away. 

Welcome to the forum.

The Bumblebee Flies!

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@Mouse Thanks for the welcome! I will read through that email you sent me. Only concern I have about participating in an online play-together is the technology involved. I’m a bit old-school and a tech dummy but I know I should try to adapt and learn. It’s practically 2021 for goodness sake. 😂 

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Not to worry, Just ask on the thread for next project and people will gladly help you through it. I won't go into it here; this is for introductions, and we won't be doing another project for a little while.

By the way, there is a forum assistance section of the forum, there is a link for that in the email, also. You could go ahead and ask about that and about how to post photos and videos in that area, or anything else having to do with forum operation, not music. Any forum related questions can be asked there in the forum assistance section.

Glad to have you aboard.

The Bumblebee Flies!

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Ok, thanks again!

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welcome to the forum, most on here play classical and fiddle, I think its good to play both. The other forum you mention is full of soloists, some really nice people and some not so nice. I posted my first ever video on there, I remember Eugen Modri a soloist said my intonation and phrasing was a disaster, but could be fixed, he then with personal messages helped me out for a while, some great players on here as well and always happy to help if they can, most importantly they love music.

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@rx1022 -

https://image.freepik.com/free-vector/colorful-hand-drawn-welcome-landing-page_23-2148274061.jpg

 

Welcome to the forum! 

Playing other instruments sets you a step ahead - your ears already hear how notes should sound and your fingers have strength, w/agility! 

Give yourself a year or 2 to create a good relationship with your violin. 

Lol Laughing Emoticons Quite a few fabulous fiddlers started out classically trained!  I personally think it's important to learn everything a violin is capable of.  I like Red Desert - learned from several of the video tutorials.

Down the road, Covid will pass, but even if things don't shape up fast enough for you, virtual isn't bad.  It doesn't take the place real human interaction, but better than nothing.  There are several members here who play regularly with virtual orchestras.  

I'm grateful for YouTube videos to play along with!

Many "Techies" here - I'm NOT one of them.  Luckily I have a new enough (user friendly) cell phone that records nice and then gives me options to share - I save to Google Drive, then share the link.  So, it can be as easy as a couple clicks. 

Glad you joined us! 

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stringy said
welcome to the forum, most on here play classical and fiddle, I think its good to play both. The other forum you mention is full of soloists, some really nice people and some not so nice. I posted my first ever video on there, I remember Eugen Modri a soloist said my intonation and phrasing was a disaster, but could be fixed, he then with personal messages helped me out for a while, some great players on here as well and always happy to help if they can, most importantly they love music.

  

Thanks for the welcome, @stringy!

If I was told that my intonation and phrasing were a disaster on an internet forum, I think I’d cry 😭 and quit! It’s nice that that violinist took the time to help you. But that kind of tough love, so to speak, doesn’t work for everyone. 

I know there are very, very knowledgeable people on that forum and I lurk there observing what they write and absorbing all the info but I find they’re not very beginner friendly, especially with respect to their attitudes about “beginner” things such as learning without a teacher, finger tapes, price of “acceptable” violins and bows, etc. I really don’t think they care to have beginners on that forum. Their views exclude a lot of adult beginners.

Anyway, enough about that! I’m glad to be here and hope to participate and learn from everyone here!

By the way, I’ve just realized that my math skills will improve a lot as a member here. birthday_balloon

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ELCB said
@rx1022 -

https://image.freepik.com/free-vector/colorful-hand-drawn-welcome-landing-page_23-2148274061.jpg

 

Welcome to the forum! 

Playing other instruments sets you a step ahead - your ears already hear how notes should sound and your fingers have strength, w/agility! 

Give yourself a year or 2 to create a good relationship with your violin. 

Lol Laughing Emoticons Quite a few fabulous fiddlers started out classically trained!  I personally think it's important to learn everything a violin is capable of.  I like Red Desert - learned from several of the video tutorials.

Down the road, Covid will pass, but even if things don't shape up fast enough for you, virtual isn't bad.  It doesn't take the place real human interaction, but better than nothing.  There are several members here who play regularly with virtual orchestras.  

I'm grateful for YouTube videos to play along with!

Many "Techies" here - I'm NOT one of them.  Luckily I have a new enough (user friendly) cell phone that records nice and then gives me options to share - I save to Google Drive, then share the link.  So, it can be as easy as a couple clicks. 

Glad you joined us! 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/18/21/9d/18219d74b9516c673a11effee5a9c8e1.png

 

- Emily

  

Thanks for the welcome, @ELCBK! I’m happy to be here! cheerleader

I’m sure I’ll learn some fiddling as I progress. I do enjoy listening to pieces of that genre. 

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Yes, @rx1022,  build a relationship, as @ELCBK said. My violins are getting jealous of my relationship with my cellos and violas. That will change when the new strings arrive for good ol’ Rudy. He will get some new clothes.

The Bumblebee Flies!

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rx1022 said

stringy said

welcome to the forum, most on here play classical and fiddle, I think its good to play both. The other forum you mention is full of soloists, some really nice people and some not so nice. I posted my first ever video on there, I remember Eugen Modri a soloist said my intonation and phrasing was a disaster, but could be fixed, he then with personal messages helped me out for a while, some great players on here as well and always happy to help if they can, most importantly they love music.

  

Thanks for the welcome, @stringy!

If I was told that my intonation and phrasing were a disaster on an internet forum, I think I’d cry 😭 and quit! It’s nice that that violinist took the time to help you. But that kind of tough love, so to speak, doesn’t work for everyone. 

I know there are very, very knowledgeable people on that forum and I lurk there observing what they write and absorbing all the info but I find they’re not very beginner friendly, especially with respect to their attitudes about “beginner” things such as learning without a teacher, finger tapes, price of “acceptable” violins and bows, etc. I really don’t think they care to have beginners on that forum. Their views exclude a lot of adult beginners.

Anyway, enough about that! I’m glad to be here and hope to participate and learn from everyone here!

By the way, I’ve just realized that my math skills will improve a lot as a member here. birthday_balloon

  

Eugen made me laugh, I knew he was right, I would have been annoyed if he was wrong though.

Pleased you picked this forum, there are alot of knowledgeable people on here as well, fiddlerman himself is a great violinist.

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Mouse said
Yes, @rx1022,  build a relationship, as @ELCBK said. My violins are getting jealous of my relationship with my cellos and violas. That will change when the new strings arrive for good ol’ Rudy. He will get some new clothes.

  

Haha @Mouse , your instruments have names? How cool! I should give my violin a name too. I just bought him recently (I think it’s a him). I just put finger tapes on him yesterday and am getting to know him. I like him. He’s nice. He’s got Pirastro Tonica strings on him. He sounds better than the rental I had before him. 

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@rx1022 If it is being cooperative, your violin is probably a her. Ba dump bump. 

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stringy said   

Eugen made me laugh, I knew he was right, I would have been annoyed if he was wrong though.

Pleased you picked this forum, there are alot of knowledgeable people on here as well, fiddlerman himself is a great violinist.

  

I’ve seen fiddlerman play...and I agree, he’s amazing. 

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@rx1022 If it is being cooperative, your violin is probably a her. Ba dump bump. 

  

Ok, ok, you might be right. roflol

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rx1022

Welcome to the forum,

if your fiddle is a her, she will fight with you in the near future😇, I guarantee it.  thumbs-up

 

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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That's right! 

...and she'll win!

 

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You will get no argument from me on that statement, 

I know my place

 

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Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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Too very funny.

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