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Wannabe Fiddler on the Loose
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March 8, 2013 - 9:07 pm
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Hi, everyone - I've reached mid-life and I'm clutching at straws trying to regain the musical success of my youth! (By success, I mean surviving High School Band and managing to snag a consolation seat in the local symphony when their bassoonist went AWOL one summer- yes, I played one of *those*)

Anyways, I recently came into possession of a student violin (it's a Skylark MV005) that appears to be in pretty good shape and I thought it would be a neat thing to pass the time learning to play this thing. "Scratching out a tune" doesn't even begin to describe the horror of how bad I sound right out of the gate, but I'm hoping that time and effort will remedy that situation. I have no illusions about being anywhere close to good, but I want to at least be 'competent' so I can sit in with some of the local folk/bluegrass groups that mysteriously appear in my area.


You'll notice my name says "Violanoob"- well as even a full-size violin (the one I have is a 4/4) is a bit teeny-tiny for my hands, I intend to learn to play the viola- it's more mellow sound and larger size actually appeals to me more but until I can obtain a CVA-400 outfit I'm learning the basics of tuning and bowing on my low-rent fiddle.



March 8, 2013 - 10:41 pm
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Welcome fellow noob!

I know what you mean. I've been playing for a little over a month now. When I start to practice, I don't tell people I'm going to play the violin, I tell them I'm going to go "kill a chicken".

Don't be discouraged, though. It takes time. After a little bit, It will all start coming together. Good luck!

Chandler, Arizona
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March 9, 2013 - 12:15 am
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Well, Mushroom, that is a good excuse.



"Violin is one of the joys of my life."

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March 9, 2013 - 8:02 am
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Welcome Violanoob,

We have quite a few tall players with big hands here. Some of them have tried or ever switched over to viola. I do know plenty of tall professional violinists as well. We even have a couple of violinists who have restrung a viola to sound like a violin smile
Great to have you here. Hope we can help you out when you need it.

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but the one who needs the least."


March 10, 2013 - 12:07 am
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Hi there Violanoob, glad to hear that your going to be rekindling your music in to violin/viola!  I can relate with your violin being small for you as I'm 6'5" tall and have fairly long arms/big hands.  So far it hasn't been too much of an issue but it definitely takes some getting used to since the violin is rather small in comparison.  Since you're moving to a Viola I'm sure it'll be a bit easier with that issue given the size difference but who knows, you may end up falling in love with the violin too ;) .  Good luck to you and I look forward to seeing your progress!

Russia, Tatarstan rep. Kazan city

March 10, 2013 - 4:15 pm
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WoW! Just thought right now, that the viola for big guys seems to feel like a violin for me duncecap

Welcome to the forums, Violanoob! Love your introduction!

....folk/bluegrass groups that mysteriously appear in my area.


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