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Trent in WA

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May 4, 2022 - 6:24 pm
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Greetings, y'all! My name is Trent, and I'm a returning adult onset violinist / fiddler (or as my family might say, vilefiddler). I took up the instrument when I was in my mid-30s, played intensely for a few years, and got to a decent level of ability before putting the instrument down for about 16-17 years after running into a string of injuries caused by crummy ergonomics, misguided attempts at fixing them with tall, heavy chinrests, and trying to "play through the pain."

A couple of months ago, my wife and I went into a friendly-looking violin shop in Bellingham, Washington (Allegro Strings), and she picked up a violin on a whim--she'd played as a child and was curious to try it again. Playing around with her fiddle, I realized I could play pretty comfortably if I worked on keeping a good posture and used ordinary chinrests. A week later, I went back up and got a fiddle of my own, a nice German trade violin from the 20s or 30s that's perfect for playing klezmer music (which is one of my real loves). 

So far, so good. I'm steadily rediscovering my old chops and learning new tunes, and while I'm working on some classical technique builders (Fischer's scale system and the occasional study by Wohlfahrt, Mazas, or Kreutzer) I'm trying to avoid getting caught up in an aspirational feedback loop of not being happy until I master the next technique. 

I'm happy to have found this place--it looks like a fine community.

Yours, Trent

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May 4, 2022 - 7:08 pm
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Welcome to the Forum, @Trent in WA! I just sent you a Welcome email a little while ago to welcome you and provide a little roadmap of the forum. If you did not receive it, please check your spam. 

We are mostly adults here. You are with a fine group of people who love to help. 

That's about an hour and a half drive from Seattle to Bellingham, isn't it? 

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The Bumblebee Flies!

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Hello trent welcome to the forum, some great people on here and everybody is willing to help out with advice if they can. Most people on here are beginners, in fact apart from fiddlerman, there is only one other semi pro, as far as I know that is, so there is no I am better than you attitude, its fun, and thats how it should be;)

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@Trent in WA  Welcome! Just like riding a bike, right? lol  okay, not quite.  Glad you're here! smile

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May 4, 2022 - 10:23 pm
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Mouse said
 

That's about an hour and a half drive from Seattle to Bellingham, isn't it? 

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On a good day, it's an hour and a half, unless you take a detour through Edison to get a bite at one of the many weirdly good eateries they have there. Our son is likely to go to school at Western, which I kinda hope he does, if only to have a good excuse to go up on a regular basis.

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We were in Washington early last month for about a week. It was very pretty. 

The Bumblebee Flies!

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Trent in WA

Welcome to the forum,  and back to the fiddle.

 

Mark

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welcome to the forum Trent!

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@Trent in WA - 

Welcome to the Fiddlerman Forum! 

The Fiddle works in mysterious ways - glad one found you again!  

I really like Klezmer, too - I've taken some great workshops at the last 3 Fiddle Hell Festivals (online), but I love other genres, too. 

Would love to have someone help me drum up more interest in these areas (hint, hint). 😁 

Feel free to join in our "Party Room", too! 

 

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Good morning Trent and welcome to a great forum!!!

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