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October 19, 2015 - 10:12 pm
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I started in March playing the violin.   My instructor likes the "All for Strings" series for older students... and I have had no problem with that.

But like all older students, I get bored with what I am assigned, yet run through it anyways for the learning process.   This week we will complete book one (of the three part series).

Two of my favorites that I seem to have memorized now are "The Blackest Crow" and the "Skye Boat" song.  

First two lessons I took were with my electric violin, as that was all I had.  Then I decided I wanted a acoustic, and have been very happy with my FM Concert violin. 

Next lesson is Wednesday, and I keep thinking of taking my electric in this week with my effects pedal.   In the bypass mode it is like a normal violin for the most part.  For the last part of lesson, we always play what I want...  Yet sometimes ya just want to hit the pedal/switch and add something to it.   If nothing else, I love the tuner feature on it.

It would be one of those.. I love my acoustic and what we do in the lessons... but here's what I also love playing kind of sessions. 

Somehow I think she can handle it... and might even approve.

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October 21, 2015 - 9:19 pm
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One thing I would caution against, is playing the electric too soon. Yes, I know... it sounds so cool and all, (I have an awesome 5 string electric I just made a fretted fingerboard for) but you will find that playing the electric is soooo easy to get the sounds from and the acoustic, well, it requires a lot of work!

I practiced on the acoustic (I now have 6 total) violin for the first 3 yrs and now find myself seldom playing them just because the electric is too much fun to play with all the effects and amp and sounds you can achieve in music and all...

first the basics and great intonation and then roll into the electric and you'll find it makes you sound so much more advanced.

Just a few of my thoughts because I've done that, and been there... just like you. hats_off

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October 22, 2015 - 12:42 am
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I would also suggest focusing on the basics first.  


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November 9, 2015 - 2:10 pm
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Have you been playing for 7 months with an instructor?  Seems like that is a good foundation.   Maybe if you take the E Violin along and let your teacher know that you want to play both and would like to use the E.violin, and then you can have a jam session.. while continuing to the  acoustic lessons at times...  Life is short.. play both.. :)

I play EV... I  love it. Last time I jammed my violin bud put it on a setting that was so rocky cool.. it was so fun to play Minuet 1, Bach with ...um... it was like 99 setting.. like hard rock.. I had a blast. 

But Mostly every day i play my acoustic violins.. .Hell.. I am 50.. I guess I play whatever I want .... when I am lacking a skill or cant shift or my tone is screwed.. I take responsibility and work on it... Or say screw it and get out the EV.. LOL

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November 10, 2015 - 4:39 pm
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My teacher thinks playing with different violins in class is fun, it changes things up. I think whatever keeps you going and makes it fun is a good thing. And, you've been playing since March, so I see no issue in using an EV :)  

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November 12, 2015 - 8:53 pm
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I started with an electric violin...   after my second lesson I bought my Fiddlerman Concert.   The FM is the one I take to my weekly lesson.   Plan on going to a weekly lesson for a year to learn the basics.

Had to cancel a lesson last week, and she has a lot of students who cancelled Thanksgiving week....  so we are going to do a double lesson.  First half hour with the acoustic and second half hour with the electric.

Always something I want to learn or improve on either of them.  Been playing the electric more and more, yet still find a couple hours a week for the acoustic to practice my lessons.  

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