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DanielB said

I believe every fiddler should have a good reason to think of themselves as a violinist at least once in a while. (Seriously, I think people waste just too much time worrying about any difference.  I don't feel there is even as much difference as between flat-picking guitar and fingerpicking guitar.  It's the same instrument, just differences of style and technique.)

Actually, a fiddle is any string instrument that is bowed, so; a fiddle is not the violin alone, but the violin is a type of fiddle.amuse

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Yeah, but most of the folks that consider themselves fiddlers are playing a violin.  And as you point out, the violin is technically one of the instruments that can definitely be called a fiddle. 

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ozmous said

DanielB said

I believe every fiddler should have a good reason to think of themselves as a violinist at least once in a while. (Seriously, I think people waste just too much time worrying about any difference.  I don't feel there is even as much difference as between flat-picking guitar and fingerpicking guitar.  It's the same instrument, just differences of style and technique.)

Actually, a fiddle is any string instrument that is bowed, so; a fiddle is not the violin alone, but the violin is a type of fiddle.amuse

It depends on your dictionary.  Your claim is contradicted by my Merriam-Webster Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary and by several dictionaries accessed through onelook.com.

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I usually use "fiddlin' around" when I mess something up.....like the tv, the dishwasher, the computer....tonguedunno LOL

 

.....I just wanted to bring this topic back to light with all the new members I'm seeing!  I always have fun reading new responses to "Fill in the Blank!" 

It' funny, I hardly see any of the members that joined around the same time as I did.  frown I hope they are doing well!  

 

And for our newest members (and those who would like to fill it out):

 

EJKiszenia said
Hi everybody, I thought it would be fun to have a "fill in the blank" section, fiddler style!  There is no wrong answer and several different directions you can take your answers in!  Most importantly, have fun!  

Just quote the questions in your response and answer away!  cheers

 

  1.  I’ve been fiddling for _____ year(s).
  2. My Favorite song to play, currently is_____.
  3. The first song I ever learned was_____.
  4. The song(s) I would really like to learn is/are_____.
  5. Some of my favorite violinists and groups are_____.
  6. I wanted to learn violin because_____.
  7. When I play a song and find that I am out of tune in the middle of playing, I_____.
  8. When I play a wrong note, I_____.
  9. When I rehearse, I_____ when nobody else is around.
  10. When I rehearse, ______ must always be at my side.
  11. When I play in front of people, I_____ to relax.
  12. When I see someone else play violin, I focus on_____.
  13. When someone walks in on me while I am practicing, I_____.
  14. The most fun I have had when playing violin was_____.
  15. The most nervous I have been when playing violin was_____.
  16. When I hear a random song on the radio that has violin, I_____.
  17. When I hear opera, I_____.
  18. I believe every violinist should have_____.
  19. I believe every fiddler should have_____.
  20. Violin adds_____ to my life.
  21. _____is a must learn song for all violinists.
  22. The most requested song I hear is_____.
  23. When I first started learning violin, I accidently_____.
  24. When others find out that I play violin, they_____.
  25. If I could go back in time to when I first picked up a violin, I would tell myself_____.

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EJKiszenia said

Hi everybody, I thought it would be fun to have a "fill in the blank" section, fiddler style!  There is no wrong answer and several different directions you can take your answers in!  Most importantly, have fun!  

Just quote the questions in your response and answer away!  cheers

 

  1.  I’ve been fiddling for _____ year(s).
  2. My Favorite song to play, currently is_____.
  3. The first song I ever learned was_____.
  4. The song(s) I would really like to learn is/are_____.
  5. Some of my favorite violinists and groups are_____.
  6. I wanted to learn violin because_____.
  7. When I play a song and find that I am out of tune in the middle of playing, I_____.
  8. When I play a wrong note, I_____.
  9. When I rehearse, I_____ when nobody else is around.
  10. When I rehearse, ______ must always be at my side.
  11. When I play in front of people, I_____ to relax.
  12. When I see someone else play violin, I focus on_____.
  13. When someone walks in on me while I am practicing, I_____.
  14. The most fun I have had when playing violin was_____.
  15. The most nervous I have been when playing violin was_____.
  16. When I hear a random song on the radio that has violin, I_____.
  17. When I hear opera, I_____.
  18. I believe every violinist should have_____.
  19. I believe every fiddler should have_____.
  20. Violin adds_____ to my life.
  21. _____is a must learn song for all violinists.
  22. The most requested song I hear is_____.
  23. When I first started learning violin, I accidently_____.
  24. When others find out that I play violin, they_____.
  25. If I could go back in time to when I first picked up a violin, I would tell myself_____.

I am amazed at how old people of my age are.....

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  1.  I’ve been fiddling for -6-7 months though I've had a violin for about year-.
  2. My Favorite song to play, currently is -Harry Potter theme, Scarborough Fair, bits of Moondance by Van Morrison, Fur Elise.
  3. The first song I ever learned was - I started with a method book, so what ever was in there.
  4. The song(s) I would really like to learn is/are - Far to many to list, any of the 30 or so songs I have sheet music for on my computer.
  5. Some of my favorite violinists and groups are - My instructor, Lindsey Sterling, and anybody else who inspires me to get better.
  6. I wanted to learn violin because -Played Mary Had a Little Lamb in 1st grade and only took me 20 years to try it again.
  7. When I play a song and find that I am out of tune in the middle of playing, -Depends..if I'm in front of people will either roll with it or try to smoothly correct it. If not in front of anyone then just stop and correct it.
  8. When I play a wrong note, I - Same as above but I tend to smirk and silently curse myself.
  9. When I rehearse, I -Have a lot more fun - when nobody else is around.
  10. When I rehearse, - Computer (has all my sheet music)- must always be at my side.
  11. When I play in front of people, I -imagine everyone is deaf...j/k.  I tend to relax after then first few measures.
  12. When I see someone else play violin, I focus on - Everything they are doing.
  13. When someone walks in on me while I am practicing, I - Hope they have a good reason for interrupting me.
  14. The most fun I have had when playing violin was -my first time on stage in a music hall or my first recital.
  15. The most nervous I have been when playing violin was - on stage with an empty audience oddly enough.
  16. When I hear a random song on the radio that has violin, I -Try to remember it so I can find the sheet music later if I liked it.
  17. When I hear opera, I - Dont listen to opera.
  18. I believe every violinist should have - A humble attitude, been meeting a lot of snooty violinist lately.
  19. I believe every fiddler should have - a moonshine still...i dont know.
  20. Violin adds -Music, enjoyment, frustration, friends, a more active brain - to my life.
  21. Any song, just play something - is a must learn song for all violinists.
  22. The most requested song I hear is - Dont really get requests.
  23. When I first started learning violin, I accidentally - Thought it was not that difficult of an instrument...boy was I wrong.
  24. When others find out that I play violin, they - Tend to be surprised. Same as when they find out i can juggle. Now just got to find a way to combine the two.
  25. If I could go back in time to when I first picked up a violin, I would tell myself -You have no idea how deep this rabbit hole goes.

 

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I’ve been fiddling for --8-- year(s).
My Favorite song to play, currently is-- Spey in Spate reel--.
The first song I ever learned was--twinkle twinkle little star variation A from the Suzuki method--.
The song(s) I would really like to learn is/are--preludium and allegro by Kreisler and Tullockgorum-- .
Some of my favorite violinists and groups are-- Natalie MacMaster, Leahy, Liz Carole, and many others--.
I wanted to learn violin because-- it sounded awesome and it was lively & fun--.
When I play a song and find that I am out of tune in the middle of playing, I-- cry--.
When I play a wrong note, I--cry--.
When I rehearse, I--like it-- when nobody else is around.
When I rehearse, --a mirror-- must always be at my side.
When I play in front of people, I--smile and tell myself "you can do it! They will love you"-- to relax.
When I see someone else play violin, I focus on-- how they hold the bow.
When someone walks in on me while I am practicing, I-- say "hey!! Wanna hear this new tune that I'm learning?"-- .
The most fun I have had when playing violin was-- well.... I aaaalways have fun playing the violin. But I'd have to say that the most fun was playing all night and day for two weeks straight in Weiser, ID for the national fiddle contest. There wasn't a single hour that went by that wasn't filled with music. It was perfect--.
The most nervous I have been when playing violin was-- my very first fiddle contest back in 2006--.
When I hear a random song on the radio that has violin, I-- say to myself "I should learn that" then I never do.
When I hear opera, I-- uhh.... Say to myself "8 should learn that on the violin" then I never do... Haha. Everything's a violin song to me- even opera--.
I believe every violinist should have,-- fun!!!!!--
I believe every fiddler should have-- even more fun!!!!!!!!!!!--.
Violin adds-- energy, friendships, joy, happiness, lots of stuff.... Pretty much a bunch of great stuff to my life.
Lonesome fiddle blues is a must learn song for all violinists.
The most requested song I hear is-- Devil went down to Georgia .
When I first started learning violin, I accidently-- dropped and smashed it (oops).
When others find out that I play violin, they-- say "wow, you must be an awesome human being" to which I humbly reply "yes"
If I could go back in time to when I first picked up a violin, I would tell myself-- "you're in for a heck of a ride"

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This thread was really fun to read.  Some of the answers people put down were just great!  The one about wearing pants really made me laugh...

 

Anywho, I suppose I'll join in as well.

 

  1.  I’ve been fiddling for .5 year(s).
  2. My Favorite song to play, currently is the theme music from Titanic.  I hate the movie but the music is great!
  3. The first song I ever learned was the theme to Braveheart as done by Taylor Davis.
  4. The song(s) I would really like to learn is Electric Daisy Violin by Lindsey Sterling.  This was one of the songs that inspired me to start learning the violin.
  5. Some of my favorite violinists and groups are, well, the Fiddlerman of course! Lindsey Sterling and Taylor Davis remain my favorite violinist with Johannes Brahms as my most respected composer.
  6. I wanted to learn violin because it is one of the few things that have helped me find peace and for some reason, it always helps me relax.  I also personally believe that God lead me to this path in life.
  7. When I play a song and find that I am out of tune in the middle of playing, I cringe!  Well, that and stop playing right then to fix the tune.  Yeah, it's an OCD.
  8. When I play a wrong note, I act like it was completely intentional and then hope nobody was listening...
  9. When I rehearse, I can't help but think I'm an expert dancer when nobody else is around.
  10. When I rehearse, my trusty tuner and polish must always be at my side.
  11. When I play in front of people, I try to image them all wearing Sponge Bob boxers to relax.
  12. When I see someone else play violin, I focus on their vibrato technique.
  13. When someone walks in on me while I am practicing, I usually get distracted and have to start over.  It's really annoying!
  14. The most fun I have had when playing violin was doing a duet with my father on the piano.  We played "What Child is This" during a family Christmas party.
  15. The most nervous I have been when playing the violin was when my boss asked me to play a solo in front of about 400 Soldiers.  Thankfully, I got sent out of town that weekend to do an inspection.  That's the first time I EVER looked forward to doing unit inspections.
  16. When I hear a random song on the radio that has violin, I always turn up the volume and try to pick up on their bowing/vibrato style.
  17. When I hear opera, I tend to twitch and run away crying.
  18. I believe every violinist should have a name for their favorite violin.  My acoustic is named "Gelassenheit" or serenity.
  19. I believe every fiddler should have um, the same thing as a violinist?
  20. Violin adds a sense purpose to my life.
  21. Amazing Grace is a must learn song for all violinists. 
  22. The most requested song I hear is well, nobody really request that I play anything for them right now other than my baby girl.  Perhaps she has hearing loss...
  23. When I first started learning violin, I accidentally tightened my G-string too much to the point it snapped.  When a friend went to repair it, he of course yelled out to everyone, "Look!  He broke his G-string."  I think I wanted to die...
  24. When others find out that I play violin, they tend to be shocked or treat it as a simple hobby.
  25. If I could go back in time to when I first picked up a violin, I would tell myself - well, being as it was only 5 months ago, I think I'd just tell myself never loose sight of the end-goal.

"I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie."

Conor Oberst
 
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NICE!!  Reading these just makes my day!  I think we all need a good laugh every now and then! :D

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