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I am an adult begginer who has loved violin for many many years. I tried my oldest kid in Suzuki and she did it for a few years so I learned a lot just watching and helping her, but she found the Oboe and the Piano and those seem to be her instruments! So I decided it was my time for the violin.
I've been just the basics about a week or so ago, bought a decent student violin and bow. Testing out a few different online teachers (virtual live lessons) to try to find someone suited to me. I find its not very hard to practice for an hour as the time flies but I have zillions of questions! Thankfully got some answered yesterday in a lesson and now I need to learn scales and work on intonation. The teacher got a chuckle out of me saying I was excited to learn scales but I want to be able to learn a song and I figure that will help me get there. I mostly just want to make sure I can get to sounding "pretty" eventually but realize it can be a long road. I also need to learn to read music but I am familiar with it to some degree from helping my daughter with piano or when I took a few piano lessons many years ago so I am confident I can do it.
In the mean time to keep myself busy when I can't get a lesson in or feel frustrated with that part... I look for old violins at antique shops. I've so far only found one worth saving. It was $25 and a 3/4th 1950's Roth and a fun little violin. I had it restored for about $350, new end pin, new bridge, the sound post was probably replaced as it was loose and of course new strings and it did not come with a chin rest so we added that. I really loved the way it sounded until I started practicing on my full size violin which is might "brighter" so now when I try to play the 3/4th one I think it sounds weird! But my husband and daughter BOTH said they prefer the sound of the 3/4th. I think because its more dark sounding. So I'm enjoying learning about that side of things. How its constructed, what makes good construction etc. I found it amusing none of these old violins ever tell you they wood used. Coming from Ukulele and Guitar.. they always tell you the wood because it effects tone. Even the new ones don't tell you always in the student grade. I self-taught myself ukulele a few years ago and really enjoyed that instrument. Violin is of course harder 🙂 but I really love the way it sounds.
Hello amd welcome to the forum, there are a lot of experienced violinists and a lot of learners on here,, but they are all very nice people and do their best to answer any questions and support each other, look forward to seeing you progress in your violin journey, what music do you like to play! many on here play both classical and trad music, and many come from multi instrument backgrounds.
Welcome to the forum, @pixiepurls. Glad to have you. If you do,google,searches bout violins, the wood used and why will become clear. The age makes a difference, too. It will be interesting for you to do that.
If you have any questions about music, we have a music theory section. We also have a place to ask questions about playing the violin, etc. The links were in the email I sent, but you can access them on the forum by scrolling up and down the forum page. You will see them. Browse around.
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thank you! I like all sorts of music so I enjoy some classical if its not too like, tense haha. I like the kind you would play at bed time, relaxing and emotional or sweeping. I like pop, I like dubstep/tech, rock, alt everything! Celtic music might be interesting on the violin as I like that sound as well, Irish etc.
Nice of you to join us!
Many adult learners here (I'm one) and nice to know you enjoy many types of music.
Hope you'll consider challenging yourself to play music not typically thought for violin. I'm trying to convince everyone all music is violin/fiddle music! (lol)
Fiddlerman made this wonderful forum that's brought together violinists/fiddlers, cellists, violists from all parts of the World - with help and information.
Many treasures to be found here - hope you have fun!
Btw, I had a Dubstep Wedding March played at my recent ceremony!
Welcome! I think the vast majority of people on this forum are adult starters, in fact -- I've only seen a handful of people post here who started earlier than I did (I started in my late teens). It's never too late to learn to play. And having learned another instrument helps a lot, because your ears are at least somewhat trained.
About violin sellers not mentioning the materials used: this is mostly because makers settled on a preferred composition by the early 1600s and stuck to it. The top is almost always spruce, the rest of the body is almost always maple. Usually the woods used are only mentioned if they differ from the traditional.