Good evening everyone, I am new to the violin but not new to playing music. I am looking forward to learning the violin and attempting to play some good songs for family and friends. I originally started in music on the piano and the trumpet (having played trumpet for probably 10 years or more). It was in my 20's I stopped playing music, and now that I am in my 30's I have returned, and realized what I have missed.
A few months ago I began playing the mandolin and the banjo, I also play and make tin whistles and flutes from pvc pipe. I never imagined myself playing a violin, but now that I hear the sounds more clearly then I ever had, I am looking forward to it.
I am not sure if I will be learning on the violin that I currently have, it was handed down through the family. A part of me wants to get better on the violin before I attempt to play it. I will be posting images and information on it likely tomorrow.
Anyhow I am looking forward to learning and utilizing the resources on this website and the forum. One major inspiration for me was hearing fiddlerman performing Dark Waltz, and that has lead me to such an appreciation for the Hayley Westenra. Not sure I will ever be able to play that song like that but it would be such an attempt.
Happy Holidays everyone and be safe,
Thank you for the welcome, I couldn't find an edit post button so I am gonna link some pictures of my violin here. The link will take you to a google drive page, so please let me know if you have any issues viewing the pictures.
Take care everyone,
That is a nice looking fiddle. My grampa left me his fiddle when he died. It took me 20 years to get around to learning how to play it, and my only regret is that I didn't start sooner.
You aren't going to damage your fiddle by playing poorly while you learn, so my recommendation is to get it into playing shape and go for it! A well-aged fiddle in decent shape will most likely have a better sound than some "beginner" fiddle anyway, so that alone is a pretty motivating factor in my book.
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.