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I haven't picked up any kind of instrument for nearly three decades, but in my old age I've gotten it into my head to try the violin. Why, you ask? I don't know it just seems like something to do now that I don't have anything else to do.  many years ago I played some bluegrass music, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and pretended to play some guitar, but I gave it up and I don't even know why. I very briefly tried the fiddle, but failed miserably. I did OK with the left hand, but the bowing was some kind of black magic that required me to sell my soul to the devil or some such thing. So wish me luck, not that luck has anything to do with it.

The search for great technique does not always lead to great music, but the search for great music does always lead to great technique.

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Hi @JiminTexas and welcome to the Fiddlerman Forum!

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Welcome amuse

'Armed with theory, practice becomes meaningful. Through practice, theory becomes fulfilled.' - Egon von Neindorff.

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Hello Jim and welcome!

"...but the bowing was some kind of black magic that required me to sell my soul to the devil.."

Funny stuff!  Oh dont do that..just put the yard work off another day for practice! 😉

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Nice to see you here....and good luck with your new venture.  

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Welcome @JiminTexas ! Wish you lots of fun 🙂

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JiminTexas said
I haven't picked up any kind of instrument for nearly three decades, but in my old age I've gotten it into my head to try the violin. Why, you ask? I don't know it just seems like something to do now that I don't have anything else to do.  many years ago I played some bluegrass music, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and pretended to play some guitar, but I gave it up and I don't even know why. I very briefly tried the fiddle, but failed miserably. I did OK with the left hand, but the bowing was some kind of black magic that required me to sell my soul to the devil or some such thing. So wish me luck, not that luck has anything to do with it.  

Welcome to the forum Jim,

Learning to play the fiddle is obviously tricky and time consuming but also tons of fun.
People sometimes ask me why I love to sail when I can get to where I am going way faster with a power boat? For me, it's the journey. The journey is just as fun if not more fun than the destination.

Enjoy your new journey and thanks for your introduction.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Welcome to the forum and back to making music look forward to hearing about you journey.

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JiminTexas said
many years ago I played some bluegrass music, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and pretended to play some guitar, but I gave it up and I don't even know why. I very briefly tried the fiddle, but failed miserably. I did OK with the left hand, but the bowing was some kind of black magic that required me to sell my soul to the devil or some such thing. So wish me luck, not that luck has anything to do with it.

I had a similar experience.  I played percussion for many years, but somewhere in the early years of my youth I tried playing violin.  I don't know if was the intrigue of the instrument or the pretty girl who let me try it.  At this point, it is a toss up. But I wish I had been able to get past the horrible sound I made because today I LOVE playing... more than anything.  More than I ever loved percussion.  I am pretty sure my life would have turned out quite differently if I had gone ahead with violin those many years ago.

Welcome to the forum @JiminTexas 

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Hello JiminTexas,

I'm an older fellow playing the fiddle for a second time but this time is different. I was not ready to play the fiddle years ago and I've talk to other musicians I jam with & some say that they have attempted other instruments as well & gave up but came back later in life and learned to play that other instrument that they gave up on earlier. They all agree too that if you're not ready to play, you won't.

If you played other instruments earlier in your life, I'll bet that you'll succeed this time around with the fiddle.

Good luck!

Bob

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