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Hi from Salt Lake City!
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August 23, 2013 - 2:59 pm
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Hi everyone!  I thought I'd introduce myself, because I like this community and I want to be a part of it.  

My name is Kayla, I live in SLC, Utah with my husband and 16-month old baby boy.  I just turned 26 and have been playing for maybe 3 weeks to a month?  Time has largely lost meaning for me, but the point is I haven't been playing long. I have a middling piano background and some vocal/choir stuff in my past too, but I lost my singing voice when I had my baby and a piano is too big to carry around.  On a whim I decided I wanted to learn to play the fiddle.  I love music but have never considered myself a musician; real musicians seemed to understand the theories and technicalities of music while I always felt a little lost and scared.  These days I've decided to damn the music man and do the things I love to do.  So that's why I'm here.  To be honest, I was a little hesitant of the violin mostly because I thought the violin community would be snooty.  And, well I don't know about other places, but this place at least has been warm and welcoming and feels like a family I never knew I had...and this is only my second post. :)  


I'm anxious to progress, and to get to know some people here!  Thanks for having me.

Kevin M.
Nicholson, Pa

August 23, 2013 - 7:27 pm
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Welcome Kayla, with the violin you may never be great or you may be great or you just enjoy playing it. The third is the most important thing. If you need to ask any questio s just feel free to ask.

August 23, 2013 - 8:18 pm
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Welcome, Kayla! Nice to meet you.

You've definitely come to the right place. I think your intuition is right...there are some snooty factions in the violin world, but this ain't one. (One website in particular comes to mind but I won't say what it is because some folks here, including Fiddlerman, have had bad experiences over there.)

Here you'll find friendly, helpful people. Although the members here may be at different levels of skill and experience, we're all learning and eager to share tips. And Pierre (aka Fiddlerman) is very much actively engaged here. Plus, he's a nice guy. :)

I think you should start considering yourself a musician. If you stick around here (the forum and the chatbox), you will pick up scads of music theory from the other members. I know I have.

I had been playing the guitar for nearly 40 years (and some wind instruments, too) when I took up the fiddle. But, I feel like I know way more about music theory now, since joining, than I ever did.

So, stick around and join in the fun! -- Diane

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

Merritt Island, Fla
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August 23, 2013 - 8:33 pm
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Well hey, howdy do! I have never been to Utah. Welcome to the forum !

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Southern California

August 23, 2013 - 9:11 pm
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Welcome to the forum Kayla.  You will certainly learn a lot here - I've only been playing for about 3 months, and I can tell you the folks here are super!

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 


August 23, 2013 - 9:47 pm
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Your vids on the other thread ROCKED laserbrainZ. You are a real musician cause you ard doing this. If ya stop doing it >> you are not a real musician. How are those scales working out for ya?

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August 24, 2013 - 12:46 am
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Welcome to the forum Kayla,

I'm glad you took the step to introduce yourself here. Yes, this community is warm and welcoming and you'll find that if you stick around you'll get plenty of encouragement as well.

Thanks for your intro. Look forward to getting to know you here. :)

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."


August 24, 2013 - 3:26 am
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Hi lazerbrainz/Kayla.

To be honest, it is a sad thing, but some (not all) of the online violin communities are more than a bit "snooty" and not very encouraging to beginners, especially adult beginners.

But this is one of the good ones, and there is a lot of encouragement here.

A "real musician" is somebody that plays music.  Sounds to me like you definitely qualify. LOL

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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August 24, 2013 - 7:00 am
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Welcome welcome!! You are in the right place... Pinch yourself this is a violin paradise!  Toni from Cali!

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August 24, 2013 - 11:35 am
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Nice to meet You, Kayla! =)

We're glad that You like it here birthday_balloon XD

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