Hello there. My name is Ananias Garrison. I'm 23 year old Texan born and raised. I've have been curious to take up the violin for a number of years now and recent life set backs have put me in a place where I have the opportunity to pursue other interests and dreams. I mainly wish to learn for fun but I would like to preform in local orchestras once I learn to play.
I have seven years of musical experience on the clarinet from Jr. High and High school. I don't have a violin yet so I am open to to any suggestions on a good, cheep beginners violin. I have been looking at the Mendini MV650+92D as a first violin. As soon as I get one I plan to take private lessons and use this site to learn to play.
Any other suggestions on how and where to begin with learning to play the violin are most welcome.
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Welcome, Harbes. If I were you I wouldn't just jump right into the Mendini line as of yet without consulting either Fiddlerman or some player's on this site who have owned one. Check out some other's,, watch some of Fiddlerman's video review's on different violin's before you make the plunge.
There are some very helpfull folk's here and If you decide to purchase a violin from Fiddlershop, i'm sure that Fiddlerman will demo it for you on Skype, he did with me.
Good luck in your new interest.
Welcome to the forum!
The best way to get started would probably be to watch Fiddlerman's beginner instruction videos here on the site. They're fantastic! There are also lots of other such vids on YouTube. Once you get your violin, I would suggest (as another noob whom this helped a lot) to start off, maybe for the first week, mainly playing open strings until you get the bowing down pat. Good luck!
As for a good cheap violin, I can recommend Stentor. I have a Stentor Student 1500 and love it, and there's also a cheaper alternative called 1400 which I've been told is good too.
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