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I'm from the Adirondack Mountains in New York, and picked up a violin from the closet which had been sitting 20+ years with strings wound around the wrong pegs, someone gave it to my wife after she expressed interest.. after some drilling and new strings, I have been playing these months with passion.
A violinist said to me recently "you know, as far as the violin goes, you have to throw a peice of raw meat into the case every now and then to make it happy - it's that much of a lion to try and learn". I agree! But somehow this violin and I are reaching some mutual respect.
After catching the "I need a new violin" bug, I realize that a new expensive violin might be in the future, but there's no rush. I like playing this one and that's all that matters to me right now.
I play along with recorded music of all types, and downloaded the sheet music for the God Rest Ye" project - very inspiring. I think the violin goes so well with some many genres that traditionally doesn't have a violin. Lucky in our little mountain town we have an irish music jam session on Thursdays and a bluegrass one on Wednesdays, and on Saturday's there's church which they have not kicked me out of yet. So that's something right there.
Talk to you all soon,
Welcome to the forum, Mark. I've been to the Adirondack's and I have to tell ya, it's definately a beautifull spot in the USA.
It's great that you really enjoy playing the violin and as long as you're happy with the sound, there's no reason to invest in another more expensive instrument.
I guess you live in the wrong mountain range because it's not.
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