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Like all of you at one time or another, I'm brand new to this fiddle thing. I've always thought the fiddle was one of the coolest sounds, and now I'm finally attempting to join the fiddle player's club.
My music background is pretty thin. I played the trumpet as a youngster, until braces ended that. I could read sheet music back then, but have forgotten most of it. I tried to learn guitar as a youngster as well, and for a while could strum a few simple folk tunes, but never followed through. I do play the harmonica a little.
My plan is to teach myself, mostly. Using fiddlerman's videos and some others on the web, I figure I can get a huge percentage of the needed knowledge. I'm struggling at the moment with making sure I'm holding properly. I broke my collar bone (left side) a decade ago, and it can be uncomfortable holding it there (I've found a washcloth cushions somewhat). I may have to break down and take a months worth of lessons to make sure I'm forming solid initial habits . . .
Either way, I look forward to spending a lot of time on this forum, lurking and picking brains.
Fiddle on, Wayne.
Hey hey - welcome @FiddleDog !
Awesome - it is a long long journey, but you can get-off-the-ground pretty quickly, and the rewards and pleasure from playing the instrument just keep on coming....
My best wishes with your journey !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
@FiddleDog Hey, I am struggling too, still doing open strings to work on my bowing. Get yourself a Gelrest shoulder rest! It will help that collarbone out tremendously! The Fiddlershop carries them. If you read sheet music before it will come back to you fairly fast! I took a long break (played violin the late 50's and quit around 61!) and I just got my grandfather's violin out of mothballs this year! I am doing ok on the sheet music ?! Know that you're not alone and the folks here are VERY helpful, as well as friendly! From rhe boss man all the way down! Fiddlerman really cares about all of us which is why he is so encouraging and generous with his lessons! You will like it here! I have yet to find any negative criticism here! This forum gives me the warm fuzzies which makes me want to strive!
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