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bocaholly
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July 8, 2018 - 1:22 pm
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Hi All,

New to the violin, new to the forum. Since a picture is worth 1,000 words, let me start with a link to the first two violin videos I just posted to that section of the forum:

https://fiddlerman.com/forum/share-a-video/violin-is-not-golf-but-sorta/

If any of you know of beginner string players between Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach interested in working on easy pieces together, I'm all ears!

Appreciate your input.

Thanks,
bocaholly

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Fiddlerman
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July 9, 2018 - 1:54 pm
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Thanks for your intro and videos Holly.

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

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bocaholly
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You're welcome... and thanks for this awesome forum!

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Hi! Nice to meet you all--I'm in Miami. I just got a violin a few weeks ago (in the middle of a move), so I'm just getting started with more regular practice (sorry, family!). I'm hoping to get a few lessons to make sure I don't develop bad habits right off the bat. It's exciting to take up a new hobby as an adult.

My goal is to learn to play Celtic (Irish, Cape Breton) & Old Time music with enough skill to be entertaining to myself and my family. My other experience as an amateur musician is primarily classical, but I've always enjoyed listening to and singing folk music, I'm excited about learning to fiddle!

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bocaholly
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Hi Tefoneill,

(I almost wrote "hi Telefon Nellie" but it looks like you have your hands full so I bet you're too busy for that 🙂

Welcome to the forum - from one South Floridian to another! 

I completely understand your excitement to get started and wish you as much enjoyment as so many of us here have found. 

If you by chance find a community orchestra that accepts beginner violinists between Miami and Boca, please clue me in. 

Holly

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Fiddlerman
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July 19, 2018 - 10:25 am
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tefoneill said
Hi! Nice to meet you all--I'm in Miami.

Be sure to drop by Fiddlershop and meet us someday. 🙂 We are located in Pompano Beach not far from I-95.

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pchoppin
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@bocaholly @tefoneill 

Welcome!!!

I hope you enjoy this awesome forum as much as I do!  It’s the BEST!  

So if you are brand new with your violin, as in you’ve never played a string instrument before now, you will need to go through the basics before being able to play in an orchestra, even a community orchestra.  I am excited for you and equally enthusiastic, believe me, anyone here can attest that I just LOVE my violin and I am extremely motivated!!!!  I am glad to see you are too!!   However, the pieces played in any orchestra will require you to learn the very basic skills before you can play them.  

But do not let me discourage you at all!  You should find community orchestras, listen to them perform, see if you can take a look at the music they are playing.  Meet some of the members of the orchestra, meet the conductor(s).  And learn all you can do you can join them when you are ready!

- Pete -

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bocaholly
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Thanks for the welcome, pchoppin... and double thanks for the good advice about not letting my expectations get ahead of my learning curve. I think I've spotted a local orchestra and will try to make contact with the conductor. Worst case scenario, I'm pretty handy with a camera so at least I can help them out with that until my playing is up to snuff. To be continued...

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