I have just joined. I am a very young 75 year-old who started playing violin in elementary school at age 7. I played in an orchestra through high school and into my first year of college, but my studies to finish school, plus started a family, then a career, caused me to put my violin on the back burner. I also became more interested in playing in rock bands rather than symphony, so my violin sat in its case for about 30 years.
I pulled out the old school violin in the late 90's and had a luthier recondition it, bought a new bow, and started practicing again...but very short-lived. I had started a new business, and that was my main focus. About the same time, I began making musical instruments, in the form of Native American style wooden flutes. My wife and I continue to make these flutes as our passion to this day. It is actually a small business for us.
Anyway, I was never happy with the quality of the tonality of my old school violin. At first I thought it was just my playing, but when a customer came to my shop to buy a flute from me, she said she played violin with the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra...so I asked her to play my violin so I could hear it played by an accomplished artist. It was then that I discovered that the violin was part of my problem.
Bottom line, I have just bought a Lord Wilton from the Fiddlershop and am back to practicing. My finger memory is gone, so I'm back to playing scales, scales and more scales...plus finding 3rd thru 5th position all over again. Even at my age, I still have excellent finger dexterity, but it's frustrating not having the same intonation that I once had.
If anyone out there has had a similar experience of returning to their instrument after many years of layoff, I would love to hear from you. I'm afraid that you're going to tell me to work hard and be patient. Right?
Thanks for reading.
WELCOME to the Fiddlerman Forum!
Sounds like you're back off on a great new adventure
with your new violin!
I took a few lessons when I was a child, but forgot EVERYTHING, so my eyes have really been opened. It's approximately 55 years later, started learning on my own, with the help of this forum (2½ years ago).
Nice to meet ya!
...I prefer the word, "perseverance". 🤭
@Flashdude Welcome to the Forum! Glad you found your way back to the violin. You can never play enough scales! And yes, the patience . . . something that has come very hard for me (started almost 9 years ago, age 53 now).
P.S. I’ve gone to your websites - Your flutes and photos are beautiful! Maybe I need to divert some of my violin attention to one of your flutes!
Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.
Thanks to Mouse, John, Emily and Sharon for the kind replies and words of encouragement. A very warm welcome, indeed.
Nice blog, John.
Emily, love your "fiddlin' kitty"
Sharon, thanks for checking out my websites. Photography was my profession, and flutes are my passion. Thanks for looking.
And thanks to all for the welcome notes.
Welcome to the forum, and back to your fiddle journey,
I to took about 3 months of lessons at age 24 before our second child was born, after her birth with all the irons I had in the fire I had to quit and slid the fiddle under the bed for 30 years played about 3 years then had to take some time off because of caring for aging parents with dementia and other health issues back at it for a couple of years now and enjoying the journey.
Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.
Hey, Fiddlerman, thanks for all those wonderful comments. It's great to see someone take such a keen and insightful interest in your journey.
The rock band experience has morphed into a current singer/songwriter band that I play in locally, bass guitar, but some fiddle, which is what actually got me back into wanting to play better music on a better instrument.
btw: I don't know if it's allowed to post the website to my flutes, but here it is and if you want to delete it, I understand:
Thanks so much for this very informative website. I'm just getting started exploring it, but it's an awesome place for learning.