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October 7, 2012 - 12:57 pm
Member Since: September 27, 2012
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Hey everyone!


I'm relatively new to Fiddlerman's site.  I originally found out about this site via YouTube. 

I'm currently a full time homemaker, mother of two, who loves to listen to music.  I grew up in a musical family and it is my first love.  I have a wide taste in music - a good friend once told me that's how it should be - and violin is my instrument of choice.  I would love to learn how to play guitar but since I'm a tiny person of only 4'11" with very small hands, I'm limited.  Even playing a full sized violin presents many challenges!

I started studying violin at the age of 10 under the Suzuki method, but only progressed to book 6.  Then other interests distracted me.  Then came college.  I did however, occassionally pick up my instrument now and then to keep myself from forgetting my favorite pieces.

Directly out of college, I got married and started a family.  After 17 years of marriage (I'm still married!), at the age of 42, I still love playing my violin now and then while the children are at school. 

After having open heart surgery 7 years ago, it was painful for me to play, as my sternum never fused correctly.  Now it is tolerable enough for me to start playing once again.

I have pulled out my old books as a refresher/warm up, and I've been looking for some intermediate pieces to try out for fun.  I am also interested in finding some popular scores such as 'Pirates Of The Caribbean', 'Fiddler On The Roof' and possibly some 'Phantom Of The Opera' pieces.  Any suggestions on where I might find these pieces for free would be greatly appreciated.  I would also like to know if anyone has ever tried Hal Leonard's arrangements and what their opinions are on them.


It's great to be here!



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October 7, 2012 - 1:19 pm
Member Since: August 22, 2012
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Welcome to the forum! coffee

Since the Fiddlerman posse has done a project with He's a Pirate, you can find sheet music for a Pirates Of The Caribbean song here: https://fiddlerman.com/2012/01.....-a-pirate/ I look forward to being able to play the "Violin 1" of those some day!

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October 7, 2012 - 5:45 pm
Member Since: March 14, 2012
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Welcome, Cara! Thanks for sharing your story. I'm sure you'll like it here...it's a bunch of great folks and very helpful resources from Fiddlerman. Looking forward to hearing more about your violin experiences!


-- Diane

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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October 7, 2012 - 6:34 pm
Member Since: February 13, 2012
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You will find a wealth of info here and even though you've been down the "beginner road" before... I bet we all here will learn something from you in your process of starting back up.

Can't wait to see your examples.


"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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October 9, 2012 - 5:12 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
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Welcome Cara,

Always great when someone who played as a child rekindles their relationship with the violin.

Do you feel like it's like riding a bike or like starting from 0?

Glad to have you here. Look forward to more posts.

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but the one who needs the least."

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October 11, 2012 - 2:02 pm
Member Since: October 7, 2011
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Hi, Cara! 

Welcome to the forum!


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