My name is Matthew Jordan, and I'm very new to violin. I started taking lessons from a lady in my town (Pikeville,TN) and I'm loving it.
When I was an active duty Marine, I was married for six years, and my wife (at the time) came from a family that played bluegrass and she played violin/fiddle. I tried to get her to teach me that entire time we were married, but it never happened. So about 5 months ago, I saw an ad in a local classified and saw that someone was offering violin lessons right here in town. She's been teaching me and my book is the Mark O'Connor Violin Method. I've been using a violin that belongs to my girlfriend's mother. It's an old William Lewis and Son Ton-Klar the Dancla? So, now that I'm loving it and sticking with it I just purchased my very own violin from Fiddlershop. It's the Fiddlerman Holiday Special they have up right now. I called and talked to Pierre and he assured me it was a good violin. I've been impressed with all their stuff.
Anywho, I'm anxious to learn and look forward to any wisdom and advice you all have to share with me. Take care!
Welcome to the forum Matt! I quit violin at 13 due to moving to a town with no school orchestra! I am now 68 and coming back due to inheriting my grandfather’s old violin! What I am saying, is this, it is Never Too Late! Actually, you will learn a lot and get to play all sorts of songs! Enjoy the journey! Congratulations on getting the holiday special!! I was admiring that same violin myself! It has a beautiful sound! Stay with us and share your journey with us! Lots of great people and lots of very positive encouragement is to be found here!
"Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one".- Albert Einstein
@MattyJ - welcome, Matt !
Looking forward to hearing about your progress - and never forget - on this forum there is no such thing as a "dumb question" - never hesitate to ask for advice either on the instrument or technique - we were all in the same starting-blocks at one time and happy to share both our successes and failures
All the best with your journey with your new fiddle !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Matthew, welcome to the forum. You've found the best resource available on the web for supporting our desires to become better violin players, not to leave out viola's too
There are folks of all ages here and at all stages of learning and/or performing. I perform daily during practice for my cat and wife (if she can stand it) and have submitted one video for critique and one for mixing by @BillyG into a "You Are My Sunshine" video.
I wish I could order one of Fiddlerman's violins, I've heard nothing but praise about them and the one's I've heard in the videos really do sound great, but I've already got 3 violins I got 20 years ago and don't think a new one would make me sound any better
Glad you're joining us.
Bob in Lone Oak, Texas