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SEHatfield
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Hello.  Steve here. Retired in western North Carolina. I'm a 65 year old beginner. Purchased a German Markneukirchen violin roughly 100 years old and have had two formal classical lessons so far. My aim is to be able to play some hymns with my wife who plays flute. 

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Welcome from an old beginner. It's a trip worth taking! Had my viola for 10 months now and with you taking formal lessons. will probably catch up and surpass me quickly. This is a great forum with a lot of helpful and supportive people. 

ENJOY!

The old curmudgeon!

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Welcome to the forum, SEHatfield. You will find a ton of encouragement and help here.

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@SEHatfield -  

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Welcome to the Fiddlerman Forum! 

Always nice to meet another fiddler beginner my age. 

What a beautiful, achievable goal! 

Maybe set your sight on something special for next Christmas? 

It's great you have been able to start with lessons. 

Your Violin sounds wonderful, have you given it a name? 

 

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SEHatfield

Welcome to the forum, 

Grats on retirement,  and grats on a fantastic new ambition. 

Your goals sounds very doable and enjoyable.

Enjoy the journey. 

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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@SEHatfield  Welcome to the Forum! A good goal, duet hymns with your wife.  Well, I'd say a Markneukirchen & a couple lessons in, you're well on your way! smile

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.

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welcome sehatfield.  that sounds like fun having family that you can play with..especially while you learn.  soumds lime you have a great instrument to begin with.  

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Hi and welcome!

I'm sure you will have great fun learning, so lovely that you can play together with your wife. 

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ELCBK said

@SEHatfield -  

https://pngimg.com/uploads/welcome/welcome_PNG48.png

Welcome to the Fiddlerman Forum! 

Always nice to meet another fiddler beginner my age. 

What a beautiful, achievable goal! 

Maybe set your sight on something special for next Christmas? 

It's great you have been able to start with lessons. 

Your Violin sounds wonderful, have you given it a name? 

 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/18/21/9d/18219d74b9516c673a11effee5a9c8e1.png

- Emily

  

I was just thinking I needed to name my violin LOL! 

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Welcome to the forum, you will find people on here friendly and only too willing to help if they can in any way.

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SEHatfield said

Hello.  Steve here. Retired in western North Carolina. I'm a 65 year old beginner. Purchased a German Markneukirchen violin roughly 100 years old and have had two formal classical lessons so far. My aim is to be able to play some hymns with my wife who plays flute. 

Welcome @SEHatfield 

Where in NC? My brother lives in Asheville. It's beautiful out there.
Your goals seams very much in reach. What is your teacher having you do so far?

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

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Fiddlerman said

SEHatfield said

Hello.  Steve here. Retired in western North Carolina. I'm a 65 year old beginner. Purchased a German Markneukirchen violin roughly 100 years old and have had two formal classical lessons so far. My aim is to be able to play some hymns with my wife who plays flute. 

Welcome @SEHatfield 

Where in NC? My brother lives in Asheville. It's beautiful out there.

Your goals seams very much in reach. What is your teacher having you do so far?

  

Hey Fiddlerman!  I live 2 hours West of Asheville in Murphy, a little town. In 2 lessons she's teaching me bow and violin holds, and practicing long bows on open strings. She teaches the franco-belgian bow hold adjusted to my hand size. Had to take a break because she had a family emergency so only 2 lessons so far.  

 

I do have a question though.  I bought an approximately 100 yr old German cottage industry Markneukirchen violin for $450 and a $160 generic carbon fiber bow. My teacher likes wooden bows. I've been looking at your Holstein pernambuco and your Holstein 1 star pernambuco as well as the DZStrad 600 series pernambuco.  I'm not close to a shop but kinda wanted to see if I liked a wooden bow. I'm a beginner but not to music and play acoustic guitar. What are your thoughts?  Thanks much

Steve

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ELCBK said

@SEHatfield -  

https://pngimg.com/uploads/welcome/welcome_PNG48.png

Welcome to the Fiddlerman Forum! 

Always nice to meet another fiddler beginner my age. 

What a beautiful, achievable goal! 

Maybe set your sight on something special for next Christmas? 

It's great you have been able to start with lessons. 

Your Violin sounds wonderful, have you given it a name? 

 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/18/21/9d/18219d74b9516c673a11effee5a9c8e1.png

- Emily

  

Emily I've decided to name her "Ilsa."  

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Fiddlerman
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@SEHatfield - You can either do an in-home trial, or purchase the bow which is in your budget and if you are not completely satisfied, return it within 45 days.
You won't find a better value if you're looking for a Pernambuco bow. I've seen so many. We buy directly from the makers and our markups are relatively low.

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

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