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Hi Fellow Fiddlers,
I am a violin student. I haven't had a teacher in some time, and due to weight gain and other factors, my violin playing took a backburner for a few months.
January 2013, I decided to follow my dream to cycle across America from NYC to CA with my doggy, Fiji and my violin, in an effort to lose weight, get healthy and spread awareness about a non-profit organization. I set my departure date to April 15, 2013. Boy does time run fast!
Anyways, I took out my violin for the first time in months a couple of nights ago and not much has gone missing. Actually, taking a break was probably good. My shoulder which began to bother me due to weight gain did not experience any pain while practicing.
So, now I'm even more excited to take my violin along. My goal is to start in New York as an "okay" violinist and end in California as an experienced street performer with lots of fiddle, classical and popular tunes under my fingers.
I want to meet as many violinists as possible and upload those interactions online.
I'll be posting my "on-the-road" practice videos in the Critique Corner. Since I won't have a teacher, it'd be great to get advice from this wonderful community the Fiddler Man has created.
Greetings Jasmine - I wish you all the fun, happy memories and safety you can get your fill of. If you get the opportunity to record yourself playing on the road, maybe at state entry signs or something, do get them and post when you can. This will be our vacation by proxy with you.
I would get the names of a few violin shops along the way or at least take a few spare things likely to hinder your playing. Rosin, extra strings, a nice protective case, batteries for the camera you're going to take pics with
We can't wait to see how your journey goes.
"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader
Oh my! What a remarkable person you are! I went off and read about you and watched some of your vids. You are a fabulous player! I can see why you have missed playing so much.
I have joined your notification list and am looking forward to seeing you and Fiji in the future. I will pray for you to realize your weight dreams because your playing dreams are locked in! Besides, you don't have that much weight to lose and you can do that easily with the trip. Fiji is precious and very lucky to have found you! I'll also pray for you two to have a safe and pleasant trip.
Though I cannot really play yet, I wish I could meet you and listen to yours.
You go, girl!!! We're rooting for you!
The most beautiful things in life cannot be touched or seen. They must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller~
Thank you so much everyone! I will be uploading pictures and video. Spare strings are a must! Lol Fiji and I will not be heading South this time around, not until closer to Winter. We want to avoid that humid heat!
Believe it or not, there is a bike music festival in California that I will try to make it to if my legs can power pedal! I'll post videos in the critique section of this site and maybe some project ideas. See y'all on the road!
I am afraid to busk as well, but I figure if people ignore world-class violinist Joshua Bell in a subway, they won't pay too much attention to me. lol
Jasmine, I hate to sound so dumb, but I am! LOL What exactly does busk mean? It seems to mean to play in a public place, but, please tell me what it is. Thanks.
Hi Linda, it's when musicians pllay on the street and people put money in their cases or buckets. Have you ever seen a guitarist or violinist playing songs on a busy touring section/street in a city? It's pretty awesome that they have the courage to do that! But they can make a good amount of extra change and develop performance experience without the high intensity and scrutiny of an audience in a recital hall or some other professional venue.
Oh, and you don't sound dumb! I only learned that word 2 years ago. I also meet a ton of people who s don't know the term. It's not a commonly used word in daily language.