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Hello everybody! I'm happy to join this supporting group of fellow fiddle enthusiasts and to be inspired by and get a few tips from all of you.
My background is that I began violin when I was 5 (now 26), and was trained through the Suzuki method. After 13 years of classical training, I found I kind of lost my desire to play. Perhaps it was a lack of performances to get ready for during college, or simply just that I was sick of classical music and needed a change, but I went for about 7 years without really playing other than occasionally for family or friends and one short stint as the "fiddler" in Fiddler on the Roof (which was a blast!)
Anyway, since this spring, I've become reinvigorated by watching some awesome and creative covers of popular songs from a variety of genres on youtube played solely on the violin. My main motivator was Adam Degraff's rock-style fiddle music.
I'm now very active playing again and my motivation comes from performing improvised music with improvised comedy (which I do in Austin, TX at a local improv theater - Coldtowne Theater) as well as my newest endeavor on youtube which includes working on creating fun covers of popular songs and mash-ups:
I'm just getting started on this project, so hopefully with your help/feedback I can begin stretching my creative fingers and make some really cool music. In the meantime please take a minute to check out my channel, subscribe if you could, and let me know what you think.
Thanks and I look forward to seeing ya'll around the forums.
Welcome to the forum.
I enjoyed reading your story. I am always eager and curious as to what causes the violinist who are trained young stop playing and then super excited when they start back up.
I will check out your link.
Welcome to the Fiddlerman Community
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato