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I played violin when I was a kid, many many years ago, but haven't touched one for almost 50 years!
My amazing husband just bought me the most beautiful violin and unable to restrain himself, Friday night, he gave it to me for an early 60th birthday present! It is so beautiful and I am loving playing it.
This site is amazing, by the way. Thank you so much for your generosity and your musical passion that has made this site such a wonderful learning experience. I am working through the Beginner etudes and pieces to try to get myself up to scratch!
I do have a question though.... The strings that are on the violin are not great. They lose tune fairly quickly. (I've had it for almost 48 hours and have had to tune it about 5 times.) I have no idea what strings to buy for it.
IF anyone has any suggestions, I would be most appreciative.
Thanks all, and happy fiddling!
Don't worry about having to retune. That's just because the strings are new. They will stretch after a while (a week or so) and then you won't have to tune as often. When you've played it for a while, ask for recommendations on new strings and you'll get lots of opinions on what to buy. Welcome to the forum.
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Hi Coolpinkone! Thanks for the friendlly welcome!
You are Absolutely right Just4Fun this is MY BEST GIFT EVER!!! I am thrilled with it! Just thrilled. It is a gorgeous violin, I can't believe that I have this good an instrument.
Thanks for the advice OldOgre. I think will just work with these for now.
I have been practicing almost continually, taking breaks because my left arm gets tired!!! LOL. And no, I have no idea what kind of strings are on it. My husband found it in a junk shop and cleaned it up and then took it to a violin guy in the nearby town who adjusted the tuning fork, put in a new bridge, fine tuners and strings. He said that it is an excellent violin and couldn't believe my husband and found it in a junk shop! He also gave us a bow and a case. My husband was so excited about it he kept telling me he had a fantastic present but I had NO IDEA!!!
Then finally Friday he just couldn't wait any longer and gave me a THREE WEEK EARLY birthday present LOL!! ANd I am SO glad because I had just finished several projects and had that empty nest feeling!
Sorry to rant on so, but it is so gorgeous, and I suspect that you all understand gushing about a fiddle!!!
Hi @sus49 I am so excited for you!!
My birthday gift this year is jam camp!! Yay rah sis boom bah momma 's in the kitchen ooh lala!!!
My only disappointment is that I didn't start this journey sooner!! Starting this late, turning 60 in a couple of days and 2 years anniversary of playing May 12....
Am I working harder? Practicing more? Grasping dynamics better? lol! not performing dynamics but simply grasping the concept!!
Anyway I am playing now!!! The strings I use are Dominant A, D, G with Gold Label E. The stay in tune for weeks on end.
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.
@KindaScratchy LOL Yes this site is great! I am kinda squeaky!
@Just4Fun Thanks I will check out that link!
@Mark THanks! I am!!! Great fun so far, but my left arm gets tired quite quickly!
@Schaick LOL! Yes well, my folks lived into their nineties, so I figure I have 30 years left to play!!!! THanks for the string suggestions... Once I get a little more in control I will get some better strings!!!