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August 18, 2015 - 8:18 pm
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Hello! My name is Candace and I live in northeast Pennsylvania. Since I can remember I have always wanted to play the violin. There's just something about it that speaks to my soul like nothing else. So for my upcoming 33rd birthday next Tuesday, I decided to finally scratch the itch and bought myself the Fiddlerman Apprentice outfit! I'm beyond excited and anxiously awaiting its arrival. ?

I have never even touched a violin before and plan on using Fiddlerman's videos as instruction. Kudos to you, sir, for providing education to those of us looking to learn and, for whatever reason, cannot do so by other means.

I have a little bit of music in my background and a lot of it in my blood. As a youngster, I took some piano lessons & played the clarinet in school. Throughout my teenage years I played around with my brother's bass guitar and acoustic guitar but ultimately found my place behind the drums for the past 17 years or so.

But enough about me, I look forward to getting to know you all. I've never joined a forum before but, after reading some posts, I couldn't resist becoming part of such a kind hearted and supportive group. ?


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August 18, 2015 - 8:45 pm
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Hey, Candace!  Greetings from the other side of the keystone state.  I grew up in Pittsburgh and currently live in Morgantown.  


I started a year or so ago...when I was 31 ...so I'm right with you.  I also started for the same reason, just loved the sound of the fiddle in bluegrass music and finally decided to just give it a shot!  I look forward to getting to play now, one or the few things that is always relaxing.


But trying to learn on my own has been a challenge.  The FM videos are good tools.  I'd also recommend picking put a couple of pieces you really want to play and trying to work towards them. After all, this is for fun so why not play the music you want!  It's good motivation when things get tough.


Have fun.... and don't be afraid to ask questions and look for help.  Most of us here seem like we started later in life with the same background and motivation as you!

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August 18, 2015 - 11:01 pm
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Hi! Welcome to the board :) I'm only a little bit older than you, and started learning just a little over 3 weeks ago. Like the previous poster said, seems to more adult learners on here than anything else, which I love to see!

It's a super fun challenge! And I am sure you'll love your violin :)  

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August 19, 2015 - 4:19 am
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Welcome Candace. smile

Everyone is very helpful and supportive here - it's a great place to be!


August 19, 2015 - 6:18 am
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Hi Candace,

Your background in other instruments will help, and I think you will really enjoy learning violin. How exciting, to have a violin arriving any day now!

Many of us here are adult learners, fully or partially self-taught. I do recommend getting at least a few lessons to get started, but if that is not possible, you've come to the right place for great learning resources too.

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August 19, 2015 - 1:29 pm
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Hi Candace, welcome to the forum! :)

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August 19, 2015 - 2:47 pm
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Welcome Candace! You've come to a great place here! Enjoy your violin journeysmile

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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August 19, 2015 - 7:49 pm
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Hello and welcome to the forum

Congrats on your new violin.

Welcome and so please to have you.


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August 19, 2015 - 8:37 pm
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Welcome, Candace! Nice to meet you. hats_off

I took up the violin three and a half years ago at the age of 49. I've played the guitar since I was 11 or so and other instruments over the years. Also took up the mandolin a couple of years ago.

You'll find mostly adult learners here and, as you've already discovered, everyone is very, very supportive here.

Please let us know how you like your new violin and consider posting a video when you're ready.

-- Diane

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

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

August 22, 2015 - 5:03 pm
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Thank you for the warm welcome and kind words!

I got my violin two days ago and have hardly put it down since. My arms are sore and my fingertips are raw, I love it ?

I'm working on learning Phantom of the Opera in between practicing scales. I've got all the notes down and can play it by plucking (pizzicato?), just need to keep working on my bowing. I'm trying not to torture my husband too much so I pluck more than I use the bow while figuring out where the notes are. 

I look forward to sharing a video once I get it all put together!?


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August 22, 2015 - 9:24 pm
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Sounds perfect Candace. Anxious to see your videos.
Thanks for your introductions and welcome to the family. :)

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