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Raven
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August 26, 2018 - 3:38 pm
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Well, hello. I started playing the violin as therapy a few years back, trying to maintain or increase manual dexterity and keep synapses firing after a systemic infection caused some brain and brainstem damage. I'm still struggling, but doing better.  I came across Mr. Fiddlermans videos on YouTube, and now that I'm trying to get a little more serious about playing, I decided to take the plunge and join the forum.  I played the bass clarinet and tenor sax through junior high and high school. Reading music is coming back to me, so I have a little headstart there, hoping to learn more, and maybe contribute to others. Thanks for listening. 

Lord, give me patience, because if you give me strength, I'm gonna need bail money, too!

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BillyG
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August 26, 2018 - 3:56 pm
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Welcome @Raven - thanks for sharing your background 🙂

We have many levels of members here, from inspired beginners, to intermediate players, and beyond - and - as you have no doubt already discovered by visiting the forum, we have posts covering virtually all levels of playing and all levels of instrument set-up, strings, bowing, you name it - someone will start thread.... 

I'm sure  you'll be happy here, and grow - enjoy the journey !

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@Raven you've found a great place to learn and get feedback from folks that have just started with violin and those that have been playing for a long while. I was really glad to find this unique forum. I believe you will enjoy it here too.

Bob in Lone Oak, Texas

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Raven
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August 26, 2018 - 4:28 pm
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Thank you ,Bob. Looking forward to learning! 

Lord, give me patience, because if you give me strength, I'm gonna need bail money, too!

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Raven
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August 26, 2018 - 6:03 pm
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And thank you, Billy. Trying to figure out where I should start, there's so much to pick from!

Lord, give me patience, because if you give me strength, I'm gonna need bail money, too!

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Hi @Raven and welcome!

You're right that this forum has turned in to quite an amazing resource. I think it goes back at least 8 years. I just joined a few months ago and am having a great time drilling down into a whole range of threads. As a beginner, I obviously have a lot of questions 🙂

Enjoy!

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Hi and Welcome @Raven 

Are you a Poe fan? (your user name). I am!

I am a beginner violinist going into my 5th month of playing now.  I feel I have accomplished much, but there is still quite a bit to go.  But I am still just as enthusiastic as I was when I first picked up my violin!  I just LOVE to play!  For me, it holds some therapeutic effects, possibly a little different than what you describe, but possibly similar too.  My violin makes me happy.  I find fulfillment, I learn patience, I find peace, I have a purpose.  

You have come to the right place to find some advise, support, and just friends that love music. 

Welcome

- Pete -

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August 27, 2018 - 2:39 am
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Raven, welcome to the forum.

 

Mark

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Welcome to the forum, @Raven 

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Raven
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Thanks Bocaholly, and Pete, yes, I enjoyed Poe, but I chose Raven because of a hobby of mine. I do blacksmithing as a hobby, and have a small shop. I had to come up with a name years ago, so I called it Raven Ironworks, the raven being so smart, and black, like the metal that I work with.  Now it's grown so that I live in "Raven`s Nest" and I've become Raven. Also called "Jim", on occasion by some, and other unmentionable names by people sometimes referred to as "loved ones". Thanks, everyone, for the greetings! 

Lord, give me patience, because if you give me strength, I'm gonna need bail money, too!

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BillyG
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August 27, 2018 - 12:33 pm
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Raven said
...... Also called "Jim", on occasion by some, and other unmentionable names by people sometimes referred to as "loved ones". ...

roflol  Yeah, I get addressed in a similar manner (i.e. the unmentionable names) at times!!!  🙂   hahaha, it's all "water-off-a-duck's back" to me - all good !

And  I like the background story to the name "Raven" - that's cool !

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August 27, 2018 - 12:39 pm
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Welcome to the forum Raven,

Learning to play the violin for mind therapy is a terrific idea. It's good for your well being and to positively affect your mood as well. I find that playing, without expectations relaxes me. I suppose that music, in general, is great medicine. 🙂

I'm so glad you took the "plunge" to join us. We're happy to have you here.

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

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Fiddlerman
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Raven said
........I do blacksmithing as a hobby, and have a small shop......

I have an idea for a mute that I would like to talk to you about. It could be a great project but I don't know how to go about it. Would best be made of metal IMO. Do you work with other metals than iron and steel?

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

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I've done a little bit of work in brass and aluminum, but only in shaping a little, like grinding and lathe work. Let me know what your idea is, I'll let you know what I can do about it! Thanks for the welcome!

Lord, give me patience, because if you give me strength, I'm gonna need bail money, too!

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I'll send you a PM with my idea.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Hi Raven and welcome to this forum ? 

 Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about dancing in the rain!!

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Raven
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Thanks Mookje...uh, how exactly do you pronounce "mookje"? I appreciate all the welcoming comments. I've been mining my way through the violin and techniques posts, boy, what a lot of information already! And very inspiring. 

Lord, give me patience, because if you give me strength, I'm gonna need bail money, too!

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