Just a quick note to introduce myself. Just joined 'Fiddlerman' after browsing the site - definitely LOTS of great material for a beginner like myself.
So, my name is LinDee, I am older than I care to admit and I have just begun teaching myself the fiddle. I have a had couple of 'false starts' over the last few years, but I am determined that this will be 'the time!' I have NO experience - that is, I never took band in school or had any music lessons as a child. I did take a beginner group class in piano in college, as well as a music appreciation class. So many years ago that I have forgotten whatever I might have learned. I proudly offer that my piano instructor was extremely encouraging, saying I had lots of talent and was a fast learner - but I was forced to sell my piano so that was that...
Totally looking forward to this new venture in my life. Amazing how much information you can find on the internet and I notice this site is often referenced by other sites
Welcome to the Fiddlerman Forum!
Sounds like you'll fit right in!
Have you been able to use some of the Fiddlerman tutorials, yet?
Many other tutorials and help
posted throughout all the threads here, too.
Think you'll find time passes pretty quickly here - I blinked my eyes and can't believe I've been playing a little over 2½ years, now. (lol)
I was going to ask you what music you like, but I see your answer (in the other thread) is Bluegrass!
Glad you joined us!
Welcome to the site, violin is a very rewarding instrument to learn and brings lots of pleasure(as well as tantrums) everyone here is friendly and will answer questions if they can, we are all in the same boat, though there are some excellent players on here.
Age is relative but unlike unwanted relatives, you can't tell it go home after the holidays.
I'm 63 and I started playing 4 months ago. I also have zero background in music except for listening to it on the radio. Which means I can relate to your beginnings very well.
I'm also self learning but following a Suzuki tutorial on youtube. The tutorial sessions are fairly perfunctory but they follow the progression of the Suzuki program and I'm learning the techniques which, so far, have allowed me to start playing non-Suzuki pieces and have them actually sound like music. Sort of.
This is the You Tube Channel I'm following for the Suzuki lessons She has a lot of videos so you'll need to do a lot of scrolling to find the Suzuki Book 1 vids. I bookmarked each one individually and saved them in their own folder on my PC. I just click on the "lesson of the week", or the next one when it's time to move on, without having to scroll scroll scroll... again when the time comes. (In the beginning I was able to do a lesson each week but now each one takes longer because the pieces are more complex and longer than the earlier ones.)
The tutorial does work. I started learning Bach's minuet No. 1 this week which means I'm only about 5 pieces from being done with Book 1. I think I have 9 more lessons to go for those 5.
The Suzuki books are available on Amazon and they're cheap. You also don't need the combo book and CD package because the CD is on YouTube.
And, now that I've told you my musical life story, it's time for me to add my voice to the others and say