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Hi, I'm Mimi
My husband purchased a violin for me on my birthday - and after gathering a whirlwind of information from here and multiple youtube vids - I was all set for violin stardom, just at my home as too afraid to play in front of anyone. I even had an intro lesson with the Fiddlerman himself, (not sure if he'll remember me)
But after almost a year I had to put my lovely instrument down as family commitments and work travel took over for the next 3ish years.
I decided I had to carve sometime out to get back into it, just in time to play some Christmas Carols. I picked it back up and thought the strings were kinda icky - so I headed off to the local music shop to change them out - Handed it over, explained that it was about 4-5 years old and probably needed new strings as was not sounding right, and waited. Sat between a 7 year old boy with a guitar and a cute little girl with a trumpet thing (it had no buttons so not sure what it was) but she was kicking it around on the floor - I told them some jokes, we all giggled, I shared my candy canes. The owner came out and handed me back my violin announcing that it was perfect. Great I thought, how much do I owe you, well, he informed me that the strings were fine and pretty expensive ones too - seriously - urhghg, I was too embarrassed to ask if it was the bow.
My husband said he doesn't care if Im screechy - think it cause he's slightly deaf so I have to shout at him, he thinks I'm funny and said that I loved it so much that I convinced myself I was pretty good...
Wish me luck, I feel a bit deflated (wish I looked deflated too but no such luck, too many cookies and candy!) Anyways, maybe I didn't do it properly the first time, or maybe everyone in my family loves me too much to really tell me how awful I was, although we only only have 1 kid at home now, maybe the other 4 kids left because of the violin....HA!
Anyways - I thought maybe start back at the beginning with the scales...and try to race along to catch up with where I thought I was....gosh I'm so confused, I really did think I could hit some notes, but my tuner proves otherwise...
@Mimi Aysha, welcome back. Glad you are giving the violin another try. I started in 1996 but, like you, life got in the way with work and attempting to build my own house with just me and my wife (lots of work!). It took nearly 20 years, a new house and retirement for me to get back to the violin. I was lucky enough to find this site soon after starting again.
The best feedback you can get of how your violin progress is going is to record audio and or video of yourself playing. I've been doing a lot of recording and often can't even stand to listen to my own playing 🙁 but it shows me where my weaknesses are (bad posture, bad bow control, etc, etc, etc).
My tuner also refuses to admit that I AM playing in tune, but we keep working together until my finger remembers where it is supposed to go.
Let us hear from you soon, don't worry about screeching here, folks here appreciate any attempt 😉
Bob in Lone Oak, Texas
Welcome back to the forum and the Violin, intonation is tough for all of us, try playing with a drone tone, Fiddlerman has them on this sight it will help with your intonation.
Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.
Thank you so much guys - got all the scales downloaded again, watched all the vids on holding everything up and together! ...and away we go.
Pierre, it was on Skype and I was a very nervous - no big, I am sure you have met soooo many beginners like me, that you can't possibly remember everyone. You were very helpful and I much appreciated it.
Welcome back @Mimi Aysha - yes indeed, life has a habit of getting in the way at times. The last year or so has been difficult for me for similar reasons - but - I did manage to play a little more or less every day. I learned nothing (or very little) in the way of new tunes, but, it turned out to be a great "consolidation phase" where I spent some time ironing-out little issues I had on various tunes, and "making them my own"
Glad you have now found the time to re-commit to the wonderful journey !
All the best - and - as ( I think it was @bob, above ) said - post some playing when you feel like it - "the only thing" you will receive here is positive and helpful feedback... which is invaluable....
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)