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Upstate New York (Albany Area)
December 6, 2011 - 2:38 am
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Wow. I got my "Cecilio CEVN-1Y Yellow Maple 4/4 Size Silent Violin in Style 1" from KKMusic today. What a wonderful looking instrument! The pics on the web page doesn't do it justice at all. In the pics it looks almost like a yellow paint with sparkles in it and some areas look kind of like wood grain. Actually the finish is real nice (Clear with very small sparkels in it) and the wood grain is very nice looking. I didn't see any flaws in the finish. The little setup that I had to do was easy and tuning with the tuning pegs was very smooth too. No slipping or grinding. I did have to tune quite often. I know from what I have read that metal strings stretch so that can happen a lot in the beginning. I think I am going to purchase new strings though. I purchased Jade rosen and that went on nicely. I did notice that on the underside of the fretboard that the stain or paint that they used on the ebony fingerboard was not even. I thought Ebony was black without using stain or paint. Now to my troubles.

After going through some of FM's tutorials I started to practice. My big problem is this. While holding the violin correctly I placed my hand on the neck as FM states. I can finger all the strings with my middle and ring fingers somewhat easy for the first time. My pinky seems to be a lost cause and my index finger when I can bend it almost always touches other strings. In some areas it just feels almost like I can't get to the G string with my index finger. I am thinking some people go through this too? There is one other thing that came to my mind. When I was in high school I did brake my elbow and had it in a cast. I don't know if the way it healed has anything to do with it. I do have short stubby fingers while I am at it. That can't help. Good for Bass playing and not guitar. 

At this point I feel like my arm doesn't want to bend as I need it to be, to be confortable to finger the neck.

I know things get better with time but is this normal?

For a silent electric it sure puts out a good amount of sound. I think it is perfect for me to practice without headphones and amp without effecting any apartments next to me 🙂 Very nice package from KKMusic! 

Time for bed. It is 2:36 AM for me and I have to be up at 6:30 AM to get ready for work. Yuck.

Have a good day all.

Eric   santa3

Kevin M.
Nicholson, Pa

December 6, 2011 - 9:50 am
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Eric I am like you and have short stubby fingers but in time they start to work so just keep at it and it will come.  One thing to keep in mind is make sure your wrist is straight.  With it bend even a little it makes it harder to get to the G string.

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December 6, 2011 - 11:16 am
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Hey, Mekaone, it's nice to hear that You like your new instrument! birthday_balloondancing

About fingers: guys! don't forget that girls play on 4/4 violins as well!  devil-violinActually i doubt that your fingers are shorter than mine =) And i have in the opposite  – skinny fingers (pinky especially XD) My teacher says-that's not good, but i don't feel any problem except correcting notes with 4th =) but i think this is quite improvable…exactly So don't be so upset with it!!!! birthday_balloon


PS: Mekaone! And with my skinny fingers i play on bass guitar =)jimi-hendrix See - no problem!!

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December 6, 2011 - 1:43 pm
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Hey Mekaone,

It is quite normal that your arm will feel like it doesn't want to bend the way it should and same with your fingers in the beginning. Just take it easy and don't force too much.

Try to come around the instrument as much as possible (right side) to reach those strings with your fingers and you may need to get your violin more over your collar bone to reach. You may even need a shoulder rest to make it easier. I know that they don't come with shoulder-rests and a visit to a local violin shop might be a good idea.

A few times I tried to hold my violin on the right shoulder just to see how beginners feel and I understand that it is a weird feeling at first.

Lastly, it doesn't matter a bit if your fingers cover more than one string for now. Later if you play double stops it will make more of a difference but you could always cover the string above the two that you will be playing or below the two so that you can still cover more than one string and play double stops as well. Also, there are times that you want to cover two strings and play 5ths in which case you will have an advantage over others.

As Naska said above, fat fingers give nice rich sound. I'm not saying that those with skinny fingers can't produce the same sound though. There are advantages to both.

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