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Hi my name is Jamie. I am the husband of Nikki aka (DragonLady.) She got me in to try the violin. I have always liked the way violin sounded. So I am a beginner and willing to learn. I am also in the Army Reserve.
In the past I played trombone in band in middle school for one year. The teacher, he did not try to help me much, he said I was too much of a pain with my learning disability. I am dyslectic so I see things backwards like the letters "b" &"d" but some great people had this disability to name one, Albert Einstein. So I don't really see it as problem. I am really good at drawing and really knowledgeable when it comes to animals.
I am left-handed, held my wife's standard right-handed violin it doesn't feel comfortable to me. My left hand fingers don't want to bend the right way because I have broken it once and fractured it three time mountain biking. Most likely I'll have to buy a left-handed violin.
I went to Showtime Music today to see if they had a left-hand violin but they didn't.
Welcome, FiddlingSoldier. I've always figured that the willingness to learn something is far more important than natural ability. You're more likely to stick with it and get creative about problem solving when you really want something than if it's just handed to you. So don't get discouraged with your playing!
We just order the Cecilio Ebony Fitted German Type Left-Handed Violin CVN-320L. Can't wait to get it so we can start playing violin together.
16 years of experience and relearning.
If you change chin rest and strings over can you make your own left handed violin. Hmm, but then there is the fine tuners........not forgetting the bridge?……and the sound post..........am I beginning to answer my own question
The lefty fiddle is actually a mirror-image of a "regular" fiddle and needs to be set up that way at the building stage for best results.
Good thought Terry, you could move the sound post, turn the bridge around and put a left handed chin rest on the violin, but there's another thing you need to think of, that being the BASS bar, which is located on the opposite side of the sound post under the bass side of the bridge. It is probably 8" to 10" long and runs parallel with the top of the violin. It is fitted perfectly to the underside of the top of the violin and glued in before the top is set on the violin. Need I say more ?
I think the tuning pegs are just opposite from a R.handed violin too.
Has anyone in the forum ever played a 5 string violin?
Several years ago I saw a 5 string fiddle in a pawn shop, I was tempted to buy it. I have played a 3 string violin before. It happened when I was about 9 yrs old playiing a solo number in a recital. My A string busted in the middle of the song and I finished with only the E,D and G strings. The audience was impressed.
I can still remember and play the first few bars of that song and for the life of me I can't remember it's name. I have been tempted to record a audio of it and post it here to see if anyone knows the name of it.
Maybe this will help... Da Dee Da Da Dee Da, Dum Dee Dum ... any one know it?
I wonder if there's very many people who play a right handed violin left handed? I mean, held opposite of the 'normal position' with the E string actually on top vs the G string.
If you leave the soundpost under the E, and the bar under the G and just switch hands, everything is still in the right spot on the instrument just held different.
Ain't it weird, playing a right handed violin is held in the left on the left side of the body and playing a left handed violin is held and positioned on the right side of the body?
I suppose left handed people could play a right handed violin better than right handed people could play a left handed one. I mean...
Oh forget it...
Haha, good one,
Surely if you play left handed in an orchestra you're in danger of having someone's eye out!!
I am amazed at how old people of my age are.....
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