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New to the violin (again).
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July 25, 2012 - 6:14 pm
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Hi guys! I've recently picked up the violin. I played for a few years when I was a kid but became a teen and stopped taking orchestra in school...thought I had better things to do i guess (jerk!). I always loved violin/fiddle music & I've really regretted giving it up. I'd forgotten everything exept twinkle twinkle. I always wanted to learn again but never got around to it, I even bought a cheap violin off ebay & it sat for 2 years. I took the summer off this year  to hang out with the kids and started online lessons to help learn to read music again. I AM HOOKED!! It seems a little harder learning at 39 than it was in 6th grade but I'm coming along. I've found a few problems (mostly because there's so much to do at once when you play-fingers in the right place, bowing corectly, and learning the notes)...but I make sure I practice at least once a day, six days a week, so I'm sure with practice i'll work them out, the videos are a huge help too. Usually if I'm paying too much attention to fingering my bowing gets sloppy and screachy or I my fingers dont seem to want to go in the right spot when I'm concentrating on the bowing...I never thought I would love scales!

I practice with my daughter whos in her 2nd year of orchestra at school so we help each other alot, it's been fun. We're loving all the downloadable sheet music we've found and have figured out a few favorite songs's jumping ahead, I know. I'm totally looking forward to being able to play well. I'm setting goals on at a time & I've found alot of help in the tips you all post and everyone is always encouraging... and the videos are just awesome!

Thanks alot guys!violin-1267

July 25, 2012 - 8:48 pm
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Nice to make your acquaintance, Shanda. Welcome! Judging by your "I AM HOOKED" pronouncement, you'll fit in well here. We're all addicted. :)

That's really nice that you're learning along with your daughter. It's fun when you learn a new skill with a friend or loved one and can compare notes and give each other advice. My husband is also learning to play the violin, so needless to say, it's a topic of conversation every night at dinner.

Keep us posted on your progress!


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

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

Merritt Island, Fla
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July 25, 2012 - 9:00 pm
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Hello and good luck! I origionally started playing to play with my daughter way back when.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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July 25, 2012 - 10:46 pm
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Howdy! I just joined a couple days ago myself. The people here are incredible. Welcome!

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July 25, 2012 - 10:51 pm
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WOW, welcome all you newcomers. I've only been here since Valentines day and now it seems I'm a vetern... LOL

We're all in the same boat... err... fiddle case together...

Lots of cool stuff to learn and lots of friends here you haven't met yet! cheers


Let's see some pics of those fiddles! thumbs-up

"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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July 26, 2012 - 12:16 am
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Welcome to the forum Shanda. Look forward to getting to know you here. Glad you found your way over.

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but the one who needs the least."

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July 26, 2012 - 12:30 am
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Welcome!!  Always good to have a new face around here.  Be warned...most of the people around here? You'll fall in love with 'em.  Kindred Spirits are hard to come by!!


My daughter is starting orchestra this comin year.  I really look forward to learning with her.  It is going to be so much fun for us!!banana

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