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va picker
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I've always wanted to play the fiddle but too many things always got in the way. But now I'm determined to make this happen with the help of fiddlerman & others.

I currently play a dobro & play in local jams weekly.  My goal is to someday jam with the fiddle as well. My music interests are many so learning to play different genre's of music on the fiddle has to be a goal also.       

Recently I borrowed a fiddle & am awaiting some goodies that I bought at fiddleshop.com. I think the fiddlerman.com videos are going to be a tremendous help and I like the way Pierre explains the how's & why's of playing. Of course, if I feel I'll need a teacher at some point, I'll go that route.

 

Bob

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Hey @va picker and welcome to the forum! You picked (pun intended) a great place to join...so many nice, supportive folks who are willing to help one another. I joined just about two months ago.

I always wanted to learn how to play, too, but just started at 62 y/o. My main interests are early American and Old Time.

So, what goodies did you order from the Fiddlershop?

You are not too far from where my father's side of the family lives in Culpeper. I haven't been down that way in years since my grandparents, aunts and uncles are all gone now. I used to love visiting the farm each Summer.

Jim

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MoonShadows said
Hey @va picker and welcome to the forum! You picked (pun intended) a great place to join...so many nice, supportive folks who are willing to help one another. I joined just about two months ago.

I always wanted to learn how to play, too, but just started at 62 y/o. My main interests are early American and Old Time.

So, what goodies did you order from the Fiddlershop?

You are not too far from where my father's side of the family lives in Culpeper. I haven't been down that way in years since my grandparents, aunts and uncles are all gone now. I used to love visiting the farm each Summer.  

MoonShadows said
Hey @va picker and welcome to the forum! You picked (pun intended) a great place to join...so many nice, supportive folks who are willing to help one another. I joined just about two months ago.

I always wanted to learn how to play, too, but just started at 62 y/o. My main interests are early American and Old Time.

So, what goodies did you order from the Fiddlershop?

You are not too far from where my father's side of the family lives in Culpeper. I haven't been down that way in years since my grandparents, aunts and uncles are all gone now. I used to love visiting the farm each Summer.  

Thanks Jim, for the warm welcome.  I'm in my late 60's so learning might be a bit slower for me than most (younger) folks.

From fiddlershop, I bought some strings, shoulder rest and a mute. Their pricing and service was first-rate.

I'm about an hr & a half from Culpeper. That is a nice area of the state. I spent some summers as a kid in Louisa which is south of Culpeper.

I'm still learning how to use this forum. I didn't know how to respond to you other than adding your quote.

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Ah, you only have a few years on me. I just celebrated my 63rd time around the sun. Love Fiddlershop especially with the free shipping for orders over $35. Don't worry, you'll get the hang of the forum. You don't have to quote the previous post each time; just hit "Add Reply" and type. The recipient will get a notice when they sign in that they were mentioned if you put a @ in front of their user name, although it doesn't always seem to work for me. Must be an old folk thingy.

Jim

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Van picker,

Welcome to the forum and fiddling.

 

Mark

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Thanks Mark.

Bob

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Welcome to the forum and lots of fun with your fiddle journey 🎻

 Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about dancing in the rain!!

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Welcome to the forum. I hope you'll thrive and get the help you need to get started. The folks here are willing to help you along your journey, I'm sure of it.violin_girl

'Armed with theory, practice becomes meaningful. Through practice, theory becomes fulfilled.' - Egon von Neindorff.

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@va picker welcome, I'm sure you'll enjoy your visits here. A great resource for fiddler or classical violin learners. And Fiddlershop is a great place to do business with.

I also have some connection to Virginia as I was born in Newport News some 70+ years ago. As a GI brat, never really "lived" there, my dad got transferred to Tacoma Washington (left coast) soon after I appeared 🙂

Look forward to hearing your progress on the Fiddle.

Bob

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Hey, @va picker, since you arrived, we're all fessing up our Virginia connections .... so.... I have one year of Alexandria under my belt when I was 21 traveling the State and West Virginia for my first grown up job. That was 44 years ago 🙂

Chides aside, welcome !

Holly

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Hello VA Picker,

I won't use the @ sign as I figure folk get more than enough emails. Actually, glad Moon explained it as I had no idea why folk added it. 

Before I digress further, if you're like the rest of us, you'll probably get a lot of pleasure, along with a fair dose of frustration, with the fiddle. Kind of like having kids.  I would strongly suggest finding a teacher, at least initially, and hopefully one that knows multiple genres. If you're intent on learning different genres at the same time, your progress in any one may be very slow. Many nuances in each one that needs to be mastered with the bow, and some with the fingering. This is when having a teacher sitting across from you is so helpful. Once you start getting the basics, on-line videos (e.g. Fiddlerman tutorials) are a great enhancement to the journey. Also you're in good hands with Fiddlershop for your equipment needs.

And apparently this thread requires an anecdote about VA. Hmm, 🤔 well, I drove through VA once. Hopefully that counts? 😁

p

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Thanks again all, for the warm welcome. As I mentioned in my initial post, I play dobro in weekly jams & we rarely have a fiddler present. So maybe sometime soon that fiddler will be me.

With their unique sound, a dobro and a fiddle have one thing in common, that if not played properly, both can clear a room quickly.

Bob

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Thanks everyone and welcome to the forum @va picker
MoonShadows, thanks so much for the kind words and for a while it's been free shipping on orders over $25. 🙂

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman said 
MoonShadows, thanks so much for the kind words and for a while it's been free shipping on orders over $25. 🙂  

So it is, @Fiddlerman I don't know where I came up with that $35 figure. Like I said, 63 times around the sun...maybe I've been out in the sun too much! blink

Jim

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