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Well, here I am. My name is Randy, I'm 56 years old and live in the Mississippi Delta which is the birthplace of the Blues but unfortunately not the fiddle capitol of the world.
I took a notion a few weeks ago that I wanted to learn to play the fiddle. I had never even seen a violin up close until I took a trip to Chicago over Thanksgiving. I went to a couple of shops up there and got to touch a fiddle for the first time. My first impression was that these are some dainty little things. I've played a little guitar for several years and I was accustomed to something you could wrap your arms around.
Anyhow, that got the juices flowing so when I got back I started doing some looking and eventually ended up getting a fiddle. I also ordered a Fiddlerman bow and other goodies. Everything came in this weekend and so my journey has begun or began or however you say it.
I had already watched all of Fiddlerman's beginner videos just a fast as my backwoods internet connection would let me. I figured the D scale was as good as any so off I went. My wife is very fond of me because I didn't have to go outside or anything. After about 450 repetitions of the D scale I decided to go down in the basement and try to pick out a tune. I was excited when I came back upstairs and she was singing "mama's little baby loves shortin' shortnin'."
My hat's off to Fiddlerman for this website and for all the participation and encouragement from it's members.
I decided to go down in the basement and try to pick out a tune. I was excited when I came back upstairs and she was singing "mama's little baby loves shortin' shortnin'."
I love it!! My grandson hums the tunes I play. It is such a boast - we really are making music!!
Just wait until your wife starts dancing to the music. My grandson has started doing this when I am playing bluegrass. The first time he did this - I felt as though I had arrived!!
Violinist start date - May 2013
Fiddler start date - May 2014
FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius. BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.
... I decided to go down in the basement ..
I'm surprised you have a basement down there in the swamps, where the mosquitoes are about as big as crows. Maybe your area is not quite like the Delta National Forest though ...
Congratulations on your early success on the fiddle, and I look forward to getting to know you and your playing.
I loved your introduction. I'm also wondering what your wife is thinking after that comment? Is it a sarcastic fond of... or is she impressed by an achievement?
She is apparently rather easily impressed. She is very supportive in my efforts to learn the fiddle. She has to be though, because she just bought a clarinet and started playing after being in the Ole Miss marching band a bunch of years ago. That was before my time and I must say she can toot that thing pretty good. We are both having fun and crossing items off our bucket lists.
It's going to be fun with both of you practicing at the same time. I think you'll both appreciate what it takes to learn a lot more then a spouse who isn't learning.
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