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September 20, 2011 - 10:15 am
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Hello Fiddlerman community, I just thought I would stop in and introduce myself!  My name is Shawn, I'm 20 years old, and I just recently decided that I'm going to try and teach myself to play the violin. I was browsing through videos on Youtube one day and came across a video of David Garrett playing the violin. I was completely blown away... I've always loved the sound of the violin but I had never thought to try and learn. After a little more searching on Youtube I came across Fiddlerman's tutorials which ultimately led me here. About two weeks later, yesterday from the time of this posting, I rented a student violin from a local music shop. Any tips or advice any of you may have would be greatly appreciated.


Here's to learning new things!violin_girl

September 20, 2011 - 10:25 am
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Hi!   Well, hanging around Fiddlerman is a good start and you were wise to rent.  Your success at being self taught will depend a lot on learning as much as you can.  The internet is loaded with some great sites.

Here at Fiddlerman, you have the chance to ask questions and get personal answers so it is almost like having a teacher.

When you begin to know the basics, I would suggest you try some BEGINNERS SHEET MUSIC where there is a lot to learn at a starter level.   But do exercises and studies to get yourself ready.


When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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September 20, 2011 - 11:45 am
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Welcome Fiddlesalittle/Shawn,


I'm 19 and I recently joined this site too (about a week ago). I think you'll enjoy it here cuz everyone is really friendly and we try our best to help each other out. Good luck with learning the violin smile If you need anything / have any questions, just ask and I'm sure a bunch of us would love to answer it to the best of our ability laugh

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September 20, 2011 - 12:28 pm
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Welcome Shawn. You're going to love it here. Do you already know how to read music?

United States
September 20, 2011 - 12:40 pm
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Thanks for the warm welcome everybody!


This is certainly going to be a bit of a challenge for me. I'm having issues getting my hand position right, it's a bit awkward for me. I'm just not used to it yet I guess...


@SaraO: I can somewhat read sheet music, but I really only know the basics. I'm the equivalent of a small child who just learned the alphabet trying to piece the letters together to form words.

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September 20, 2011 - 1:24 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
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Hey Fiddlesalittle,

Cute nickname, I tried to organize a page for pure beginners and this is what I came up with. I'll be improving it soon. START HERE

Welcome to

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

United States
September 20, 2011 - 1:54 pm
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Will do Fiddlerman, will do. Looks like you have quite a bit of useful information there. The tuner is a nice touch.

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September 20, 2011 - 6:38 pm
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Welcome Fiddlesalittle and I hope you stick around long enough to request a name change to Fiddlesalot 😉

Here's a little tip that has stuck in my head for a very long time to help read sheet music. On the treble clef staff you can look at the notes as E very G ood B oy D oes F ine (on the lines) and the notes in-between the line staff as F A C E.

Hope that helps ?

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