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Pete Choppin
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First, thank you for welcoming me.   Being a member of this group of instruments is a very special honor.  Strings are the most challenging of all the instruments in the orchestra and I am proud to be called a violinist.  

Yes! You read my name right.  I am a Choppin.  With 2 ‘p’s.  I am related to the composer, Frèdèric Chopin.  The extra ‘p’ comes from family lines when Frèdèric had moved to France. 

So music literally runs through my veins.  Many members of my family are musicians and I have been a musician since elementary school. 

However, I have only been playing violin since February this year.  

But I LOVE my violin.  And I LOVE playing my violin!

I am a beginner.  I hope I can learn as much as I can from the experience here!

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Hi Pete,

Great introduction story 🙂  Hard to not have musical ambitions with Chopin in your family tree.

Welcome to the forum.violin-student

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Thank you @CharlieStrings 

Glad to be here!  I play very little piano, by the way.  LOL!

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May 17, 2018 - 9:25 pm
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Great jeans to say the least. 🙂
Don't let that put extra pressure on your learning ability. Even if you love what you are doing, and you are doing well, set goals rather than expectations.
Many ambitious learning instrumentalists put so much pressure on themselves that they get depressed that they are not progressing as fast as they would like, or intended to.
Welcome to the forum.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Welcome to the forum! 

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Fiddlerman said
Great jeans to say the least. 🙂

It’s genes, actually tongue

And I hear ya... I do, in fact, tend to push myself maybe a bit.  And you’re not the first person to mention this.  My best friend, a violist, has expressed the same concern that I may be trying to reach a little beyond my grasp and she reminds me that the violin, and all string instruments are relatively difficult and require time and patience to master.  And that some of the skills can take months or years to develop, depending on the individual player.  She’s right, and you’re right.  

Thank you @damfino 

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That said, if you just keep on playing without expectations, you might be surprised at how far you're able to go.

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Welcome to the forum.  I hope you continue to love and be inspired by the violin.

Have a lovely time with your violin playing.

Cheers

Toni

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....in your OP you mentioned 'orchestra'. Are you studying classical then? any plans for other genres?

"Striving to attain Mediocrity"

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@AndrewH yes I have thought many times about the expectations I have had of myself to progress at a certain pace and to have goals and reach certain milestones.  I think for me it is very motivating and helpful to have realistic goals.  And it is very satisfying to be able to reach them.  But I know the dangers of wild expectations and the disappointment of not meeting them.

@coolpinkone thank you so much!  This forum is always so welcoming!

@bluesviolin can I assume you are a blues violinist?wink  So, right now I am taking private lessons and we are still working on basics (1st position, a few basic scales, the ever improvement of intonation, 4th finger strengthening, etc.).  Yes, I have played mainly in orchestras (prior to violin) all throughout my musical life.  I am open to many genres for violin.  In the future, I do hope to play for people to enjoy music such as for family and church some day or even for volunteer work.  I do want to join a community orchestra and play classical pieces, likely during holiday times.  I do not have any plans at this time to play professionally.  

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Sure. I think of goals and expectations as two completely different things.

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...I went thru all the posts and I couldn't seem to see any mention of what instrument(s) you played in the orchestra?

"Striving to attain Mediocrity"

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bluesviolin said
...I went thru all the posts and I couldn't seem to see any mention of what instrument(s) you played in the orchestra?  

Oh sorry.  I mentioned in my profile I have been playing percussion for many years.  

I have never played in a professional orchestra, but I have played in church, community, and school orchestras over the years.

I’ve also played in jazz bands, marching bands, a few paid gigs, and just get together with friends.  These were all mostly small venues. I played the drums for these many times. Great fun!!

By far, however, I prefer orchestras because the music, to me, is richer and very challenging, which I prefer.  

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