Once upon quite a while ago, a twelve year old boy was taking violin lessons at school. Then someone stole the fiddle and the lessons stopped. A good deal of water has flown down the Thames since then, and he has decided to start afresh. If this goes well, then the presently intended destination is the traditional music of these British Isles, with maybe some blues and jazz too. If it does not go well, some other twelve year old will be receiving a violin gratis.
I would add that I have looked at a number of teach yourself websites / channels while thinking about learning again. All have virtues and I am sure I will be visiting them in future, but this is the one which persuaded me to go ahead and try. Thanks for that FiddlerMan.
As will be obvious, my username is an aspiration, not a boast.
Very cool. Have patience and have fun.
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.
Another word of thanks to those who have welcomed me .. and a brief update.
The violin arrived today - only a day later than expected. I decided to start without a shoulder rest and buy one later if I feel I need one. I did not use one at school. The instrument is an inexpensive student model, but I took what seems to be the universal advice to get quality strings, and I got a deal on having it supplied fitted with Dominants. I think that was a good idea because my wife (who is mercilessly honest in all things, and who has not been looking forward to Day 1), tells me that it sounds a lot better than she expected. Praise indeed.
Hey Jack ,
Welcome to FM ...many folks here in the same boat ...started same age ...fiddle sold for gas money on trip through the Ozark mts. the next summer ...took up fiddle again when retired ....
You'll find everything you need here to get back onboard ...lots of helpfull folks ...... Have fun Be happy
Many thanks everyone I have reported my progress up to today in my How long on open strings? thread in Learning to Play section of the Forum.