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February 25, 2015 - 6:51 pm
Member Since: February 21, 2015
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I accept the 35 day challenge.

Only had my Cecilio Cevn electric violin for a week, and officially on day 3 of the challenge.  Happens to be the date of my first lesson as well.  Signed up for one day a week, thirty minutes each.  Pointers I walked away with from having another person instead of just my internet readings were minor tweaks in how I was holding the bow, and my wrist action/position on both hands.  Learning how to properly hold the violin and bow up front were my objectives... at the end she asked if I wanted the first two finger positions taped, so I said sure if it will help me learn. 

If I stick with it for all 35 days and the month weekly lessons, I'll know if it's something I want to stick with.  So far, I enjoy it :)

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February 25, 2015 - 7:45 pm
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Good deal Taper123,
I have not been able to stay on the challenge though I'm still determined to do it. Good luck getting through all 35 days and making big strides. :)

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

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March 4, 2015 - 8:11 pm
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Finally able to play the infamous beginner songs of Hot Cross Buns and Mary had a Little Lamb.   Two weeks have gone by since I received my violin, and ten days into the challenge.  Finally feel comfortable with the instrument, now to add a little more practice time each day.  

Nice to see from the posts I've read on here that I'm not the only one who is 50+ and decided they needed to pick up an instrument.


March 5, 2015 - 8:23 am
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Very good!!  My first tune was Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and the umpteen ways to bow it out!!  Hey a cool exercise is the play those tunes starting on the different strings.

It has took me a while to get comfortable too - turning 60 in May and I am a stiff old bird!!

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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March 17, 2015 - 9:58 pm
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Still sticking with practicing every day.  

I see several posts on here about people  starting off with a Cecilio Cevn and migrating to an acoustic.   Now that I'm starting to make violin like noises, instead of just the sounds a cat makes when you drop a cinder block on it's tail from varying heights to simulate the string... I have got to stop daydreaming on the fiddlershop site.  Or just buy one.  The FM Apprentice is in my price range, yet the FM Concert is not really that much more....

... lesson number 4 is tomorrow.   I've got twinkle twinkle down from last week, and spent many an hour just bouncing around the scale.  Will see what tomorrows lesson will bring.

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