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Old"er" and Left Handed
First time on this forum. I am old"er", left handed and determined to learn left handed.
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August 30, 2018 - 11:32 am
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I just retired at 66 from being an engineer for over 40 years.  My brain's music side never got much workout except as a child I took piano.  I know a few musicians who say I am crazy, nuts, etc; for starting at my age left handed.  I am having a terrible time finding a teacher in my area who wants to teach older than high school, much less my age or left handed.

I now have the time, the desire and playing right handed just feels so wrong to me. My goals are minimal.  If I can learn to play so I can enjoy it - great.  If my wife doesn't have to wear ear plugs it would be a plus.  Could this website help me in this endevor?    

Thank you.

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August 30, 2018 - 1:19 pm
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Hi and welcome to this great forum ?

I’m 48 years old and started to play the violin 7 months ago.  I am also left handed and this was never a problem. Before I bought my violin I pretend I already had a violin and practice in the air as a right handed. Just a little bit of imagination.  When the violin came I took it inmidiatly as a right handed ? And look at it in the positive way, you’re left hand is stronger so you can have the advantage on the fingerboard.

You're never to old to learn, the journey of playing the violin is difficult but it’s really a great pleasure. I’m so very very happy I started to play the violin, every day a happy day with my violin. 

This forum is really helpful ?

Good luck with your exploring ? 

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August 30, 2018 - 6:58 pm
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@stoney I notice you've been a member of FM forum since 2015 and this is your first post ! Man, it's time to get with it :)

I'm 69 (nearing the 70) and started playing back in 1996, but life and work (I was an Engineer too, like many others hers) got in the way, so I really started again in 2016 when I joined this forum.

This is a great place to get started, so keep posting and joining. Look forward to hearing more from you.

Bob in Lone Oak, Texas


August 30, 2018 - 9:26 pm
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Welcome to the forum,

I to play left handed also with a standard right handed fiddle so it is possible if you have the drive.


Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

Albert Sammons

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September 5, 2018 - 12:25 pm
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I wish to thank those who responded with words of encouragement about starting at an older age and being left handed.

Before retiring I was listening to retirees that said they were bored every day and had nothing to do.  I thought I would join the ROMEO (retired old men eating out) group at the local eatery for something to do.

Not enough time in the day; I just need to commit.  Thanks again.

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October 1, 2018 - 11:58 am
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@stoney - Nice to have you here. If it feels better to play left handed, then by all means do it. Just one thing to keep in mind. Later if you decide to keep upgrading your instrument, you'll have far far fewer options.

If you find a teacher who doesn't want to teach you, there is something wrong with that person unless they never teach beginners. For me, the important thing is drive and ambition. Results aren't even as important. Hope you find the right person but in the meanwhile, you can learn a lot on your own and we are here to help. :)

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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