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Howdy all- brand-new adult soon-to-be learner here, scanning the forum to pick out tips and tricks and advice and whatnot. I'm more interested in the viola than the violin, but I'm still on the fence which to actually lean on. (I posted a topic in the Viola corner of the forum regarding some thoughts on that.) In any case, I trust everyone is doing well in their progress and I look forward to keeping up with the commentary and hopefully getting with the program to learn. Thanks ~
Howdy???? Are you in Texas too??? Do other folks talk like that too 🙂
Anyway, welcome to the best violin forum, especially for adult beginners. I was really impressed with the support I found here after restarting violin after 20 years absence (never was much more than a beginner even back then!).
Consider posting a video of yourself playing. Don't worry about being criticized here, only helpful suggestion are offered. Most of us are in the same boat.
Good to meet you.
Bob in Lone Oak, Texas
@John S Welcome! I hope you find this to be a great resource, I know I do. Regarding violin versus viola, you may find yourself with both after a while. I think one thing leads to another.... I started with a student level violin, then worked my way up to a very nice intermediate level one from the Fiddlershop here, but threw in a cello along the way because, why not, it had 4 strings too, and if I could play a violin, surely a cello couldn't be that different. (ok sometimes we make these decisions when not thinking clearly :)).
Thank you guys for the warm welcome- I'm sure I'll be picking everyone's brains for advice and whatnot along the way.
And no, Bob, I'm not in Texas (I was born in Austin, though!) but off to the side, in Alabama.
I've got a really sad looking Skylark violin; that's one thing that sort of sparked me into jumping into learning the string game. It's all there but it needs a serious makeover and a decent bow- I'm sure I'll try and rehab it one day and see what I can do with it as well as a viola. I've got a clarinet and a flute hanging around also, so there's just no end to the fun 😀