My name is Katka. I'm a complete beginner to the violin.
I'm 38 yrs old and took something like 6 months of school lessons when I was a child. (So other than the odd fact that I could remember how to play Mary Had a Little Lamb and can stumble my way through sheet music, I'm a beginner)
It didn't work out but in retrospect; being a bit immature, having a new bow that likely never saw enough rosin and playing on a secondhand 4/4 as a 7 yr old child....yeah...that wasn't going well.
Fast forward over 30 yrs and I've thought from time to time about taking it up again (except that one stint in my 20s where I wanted to learn bagpipes....being an asthmatic that would have been crazy) but never seemed to find the time. Now my kids are almost grown (except the youngest; he's 8), all of a sudden I have tons of time.
I started with a VSO but honestly sent that back so at the moment I am without a violin. I was surprised to learn though that I have 4 or 5 music shops (not counting guitar center) within a 30 minute drive including an actual luthier. I think I'm going to look locally and I'm definitely more interested in buying rather than renting. (I feel like buying is more of a commitment to continuing....)
I look forward to one day being able to play the folk music that I love and maybe even some modern stuff.
welcome to the forum, nearly everyone here are at different stages of beginner so you are not on your own, saying thst though there are some on here who are very good, and we even have one orchestra player, feel free to ask any question everyone is more than happy to help if they can especially the maestro,. or as he prefers to be called, ..?..Sir
So glad you've joined us here at the Fiddlerman Forum!
Hope you'll find your new musical journey exciting & FUN!
Are you are still looking for a new Violin?
If you live here in the USA, I can't speak highly enough of the Fiddlershop.
I'm VERY biased about 5-string Violins - after 2½ years, I STILL 💖 mine!
Have you considered one?
My husband and I talked and he thinks I should look around here for a quality used one before buying online. I am pushing to go down to the Luthier, even if it might cost more.
While I'm sure it wouldn't happen, I have nightmares about accidentally getting a viola online and having to learn alto clef.
A lot of Fiddlers here have been lured to the "Dark Side". (lol)
Anyway, the Dark Side can be very beautiful!
OR on VIOLA.
I still look at Alto Clef notation like it's really the Treble Clef - just the notes have a problem, they all slipped down ½ step from being a whole octave off!
...I'm expecting a 5-string Viola - any day, now (very excited).
good to know! I want to try one one day, just not right now lol
My journey started for 2 reasons: Two years ago, I picked up keyboard but it was a pain in the butt taking out my old vintage casio keyboard....then the plug broke, courtesy of my now 8 yr old son. My note reading is dismally slow.
So this year at the usual new years resolution time, instead of thinking : "I need to lose weight" (which is what I should be doing lol) I thought: I want to read notes not so slow. I was going to buy a recorder but my 17 yr old daughter said "no Mom, that's for 4th graders, try a real instrument." Granted, I'm a mild asthmatic so that was probably good advice. I knew the flute was a no go because I could never figure out how to get my sister's to make any noise. So violin it is!
She is currently teaching herself the mandolin I think I started a trend.
@Katka :As a fellow beginner, I say "Welcome" - this seems like a great site with lots of helpful info and people.
Hey, I also thought bagpipes might be cool to learn, they have such a unique sound... but I admit, there are several instruments I would love to be able to play, sigh...
@ELBCK - love the sound of the viola too, very rich (also, the cello). If I could just devote my time to music maybe I would get good enough at the fiddle that I could try to add the viola too (and piano and...). LOVED the 2 videos you posted - beautiful! Now see, that's me - I hear a good blue grass or Irish fiddle tune and say, oh, yes I would like to play that! Then I hear a beautiful classical modern piece and say, oh, THAT's what I want to be able to play!!! hahahaha!!