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Hello and peace to everyone!!
I am ilk. 21 years old. It's been so long since I joint a forum. I don't know how to introduce myself!! ??
Well. I started playing the violin 9 months ago. I actually never liked violin but somehow I started to play it and now.... It's my biggest joy in life.
I am a translator and I study simultaneous translation too and my dream is to be able play the violin and translate in the mean Time!!!! (Tho from what I see in the videos even talking while playing is pretty hard I guess. Do u have any experience with that??)
I don't have any music education like the history of it or the mucisions life etc. So I am very open to suggestions ^-^
It's great to have an opportunity to talk people with common interest. I hope we can have fun togetheer¡ I am practicing Suzuki book 2 right now. If there beginners like me I would like to practice together and talk. It's solo much fun when you play with other or talk about a piece.!!
I guess that's it for now. Nice to meet u all!! ^-^
@ilkkk welcome to fiddlerman's forum. It's a great place for all of us beginners I was just playing through Suzuki book 2 this week. There are some really nice songs there. I especially like the 1st and 2nd tunes "Judas Maccabaeus" and "Mussette". Also the "Witches Dance", number 8 is fun to play.
I've been working through books 3 and 4 also, but it's really nice to go back and play the book 2 stuff again. They can sound so nice when I get them right
What part of the world do you live in? I'm in Texas USA, but the whole world seems to be represented here on Fiddlerman. Welcome again.
Bob in Lone Oak, Texas
You made a post! Welcome!
How did you come up with the idea to start playing the violin if you never liked it??
I have been playing roughly as long, just over 9 months. Although I did have a 6 week break in march-april where I wasn't allowed to play because I had jaw surgery done. But still fun to have someone around just as new to it as I am.
@bob thank you! I do the same. I sometimes play the last ten pieces from the first book. It's like..... yeah they finally sound right!!!!....ish. It's good that you like the second book. I am relieved .p One person said she got rid of the second book immediately after she finished it. Because she suffered a lot in the second book .p
@Bella86 yes I did!! Thanks for leading me here .p
And.... ikr! I never imagined myself playing the violin. But for a moment just felt like it. I am a huge ghibli fan. And the studio uses violin a lot in the animes. Maybe that's why the idea came.... Because of my subconscious .p
It's great we are playing for almost a same while (I feel like that's not how we say it in English, pardon my mistakes ?) Can we sometimes try to play the same piece? Tho I am not that good because I couldn't practice well in school time but since it's summer... I can do my best!
And I hope you get better soon. Are you ok now?
I am a beginning violinist too! So welcome as a beginner.
Just so you know, I love violin so much, it is all I want to do! It is all I think about!... I truly hope you come to love this beautiful instrument. It is so dynamic and expressive. You can do almost anything with it. You can play anything your heart can imagine!
Keep Playing! Play Well! Play Strong!
- Pete -
@ilkkk I'm alright, takes 6 months to fully heal (swelling can stay for much longer annoyingly enough) but I've recovered enough to be able to put enough pressure on my jaws to play. And to chew food.
I LOVE Ghibli too. Joe Hishaishi's music is just the best. It's also some of the music that motivates me. "The merry-go-round of life" from Howl's moving castle is probably my absolute favourite right now. But I am a long way from it still.
I started 3rd position about a month ago. But I have been struggling with motivation ever since I started playing again after surgery, and it's been hard to get the routine of practicing in again. Right now I feel like giving it up completely, especially since I probably can't afford lessons anymore, and I am too unorganized to do it on my own. Violin is very overwhelming. Plus I don't even know if a teacher will be available after summer, as my teacher is switching to working 100% at the university where it's just kids they teach, plus it's always full. If I am lucky she'll be able to keep squeezing some hours in every week at the smaller university I've been going to for lessons. There is no such thing as private tutors in my country and hardly any musical education aimed at adults. Unless it's guitar or piano of course.
So yeah, adds to demotivating me. :/ It make my playing absolute crap too, hate how it sound right now. Someone around the same skill level being active on here might help with motivation. I don't know what happend to @Ferenc Simon ?? He started about the same time too and was so active.
Now I'm rambling! What part of the world are you from? And what are you currently practicing?
Welcome to the forum!
Thanks a lot!!!
@Fiddlerman Thanks as well. And I guess I didn't like hearing it but that was probably because I never listened to a good piece or as a chıld I remember hearing someone saying negative stuff about the violin. But I always wanted to play an instrument and I love forcing myself and trying difficult things. Since violin is one the most difficult ones.... I guess that attracted me first. But now I doo love it. Even my own playing tho it sounds terrible
Well, I am from Turkey and started my violin lessons in a music centre. I had a friend there who were at the same level as me and we used to practice together but he left the centre ;_; And others are whether starters or pros .p But I hope I can meet new friends thıs year
@Pete_Violin Thanks for the welcoming and nice to meet you!!! I do love my instrument a lot too but I guess my intrument wil be jealous of yours :D:D:D That's a great enthusiasm there!! I hope I can come to a point where I put my heart on my violin as well. I look forward to these days... I will practice more thanks for encouraging!!!
@Bella86 I am glad you can chew food Food is important .p
And yaayyy!! Ghibli fans everywhere I love all the songs but I guess the 'country road' from Whisper of the heart is my favorite. All of them playing and singing... It was a nice scene...
And....Third position???? That's great! I always wanted to try the other positipons but ıt feels like too early for me so I never tried.
And noooooooooooooo. You shouldn't gıve up completely!! All you will feel one day will be regret....... Maybe you can keep going with only practicing new pieces and start learning new things when you feel ready? But I hope your teacher can make up some time for you.
I have to admitt the sound of my violin demotivates me a lot as well. I used to practice at least one hour a day even when ı was super busy. But these days I hardly bare 15 min because I changed the strings (unfortunately with cheeper ones) and it sounds like it's dying from old age ._. Still.... I will do my best!! I use this as an opportunity get self confidence. I try to play to other people even tho it sounds like that. S o that I can play comfortably when ıt actually sounds good
Right now I am studying Hunter'S Chorus. It is not really difficult but gotta practice more to play it faster!
And wow. That's been a long reply .p
@ilkkk Whisper of the heart is my favourite of the Ghibli studios movies. Even though nothing special really happen in it, I just love it! It just gives off a certain feeling.
Country road is not a "ghibli song" though Written by John Denver and released in 1971. Still a good song.
I think I am currently working up my motivation again. Been watching some videos the last couple of days and I noticed a little bit of improvement on the annoying pop songs my teacher give me. Horrible fingerpattern in it that I have a hard time with, low 2nd finger and 4th. T_T
Went on the electric violin at midnight last night just to try a simpler version of Merry go round of life that Alison Sparrow put out sheet music for. Is actualyl a fairly easy one. But today I get to regret touching the e-violin as it is just too heavy for me. Defeats the purpose of buying as I can't practice at night anyways as I can't touch it. Want a Yamaha, they are supposed to be roughly the same weight as acoustics.
How are you doing playing infront of others? Any performance anxiety?
I would never handle actually performing I don't think. Not sure how I'd do infront of say family. But no one would want to hear it anyways I don't think. Their reaction when I said I want to play the violin was "....eh...violin..." LOL My sister mentioned something about whiny instrument. But I think that most people don't realize just how often they actually hear string instruments in music they listen to.