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Naming your instrument
Does anyone have a name for their violin or other instruments?
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kodachrome
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I love this! The other day I was telling my husband the names of my violins...he said they have names??? Now I don't feel weird anymore 😂. I have a lord Wilton replica that I call Marvin because it looks like my granddads old violin and an old German violin I call Hester-that was my grandmothers name. I just figured it was only right to name the other one after my grandmother. 

The interesting thing is that the old German violin was made 1 year before my grandparents were born. It isn't very pretty but it has character and I like how it sounds. 

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A kid in orchestra named my rental (when I was 9), and then my VSO and knilling didn’t have names.  Got a new one last year I meant to name, but traded it in for my latest, that I call Astrid.  

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I'm with damfino. I call my Louis Lowendall made in Berlin 1893 my German, and my no label China, my China.

My China was waiting for an Evah Gold (silver) G string that just came in the mail today from the states. I don't like the Evah Gold (gold) G strings.

I don't like the Evah Gold (gold) E strings either, and I've got an Evah Gold (steel) E string on it. 

So now I have a complete set of Evah Gold's on the China. Sounds good! it's all set now for busking season. 

"Striving to attain Mediocrity"

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My first violin is a Cecilio Electric in blue. I've named him Shadrach, based on a dream I had that my best friend from the time I was born (I should mention he's a dog), who was hit and killed by a train when I was 9, was protecting me as a massive blue-black lion named Shadrach and had stars in his fur and the moon in his eyes.

I'm renting an acoustic violin I haven't bothered to name, but plan on turning in for ownership when I get my tax return. Love my local music store - all of the rental payments minus tax and insurance goes towards the price of a new violin. Hopefully I'll have a good enough ear in time to choose the right one. I'll let it give me it's name once we're ready.

"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression."

Algernon Moncrieff (Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest")

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I do not have my violin yet. I hope to order it within the next couple days and start my journey but I have long known that when I get a violin, one of the first things I will do as I learn my violin's sound and feel, is to name him/her. I absolutely feel like it will make my connection with the instrument stronger. Of course, I cannot name it until I get used to it. 

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I have named my violin Brianna after my daughter because she is beautiful and strong, and she makes me very happy!

- Pete -

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@pchoppin - That is a fantastic reason IMAO. 🙂

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Thanks @Fiddlerman

- Pete -

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I think that I will name mine Advil because it has caused great arm pain. 😊 On a serious note, I think that naming one is a lovely idea but nothing really fits so far. I just call it my violin. I'm just so proud to have one to call mine. Love the violin! 

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rofl LOL @ "Advil".    And a belated welcome to the forum @lucille !   

lucille said
....... I think that naming one is a lovely idea but nothing really fits so far. I just call it my violin. I'm just so proud to have one to call mine. Love the violin!   

  Sometimes, they have already have their own name - and one day - one day - while playing, and EVERYTHING just "works" - and when your violin is ready to be accept you as the player she'll divulge that information - and you'll hear a little whisper in your head - that's her name !!!!

  When I re-strung my old Skylark which *I* had named "Herman" as a viola, the instrument just sounded so darned good (for what it is - a cheap old 1980's thing) I was playing and playing her for hours.....  suddenly, while playing, the name "Violetta"entered my mind - that's it...   🙂  - oh - I wrote about this before - hang on - here - https://fiddlerman.com/forum/life-as-a-musician/naming-your-instrument/#p87501

  Anyway - that's just fun....  More seriously - take care with that arm, keep as relaxed as possible, avoid the "death-grip" and so on...  you are going to love the journey !!!  

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Hey and thanks for the welcome BillyG! Maybe a name will come to me. You have great names for your instruments and you have a collection. I have a great beginner violin and am already wanting to move up a level. 😀 I wonder if this is common among  those of us that love music. I bet that it is. The bad thing about a violin is that it's so easy to put in your car and cart it home...unlike a piano. 😊 That's a good thing as far as pianos go, at least. 

Yeah, I have to see a doc about this muscle strain. I've been holding my violin so loose lately that it's hard to play. Anyway, I will just have to take my time and overcome. I can't stop playing! I know why it's called the Devil's Instrument now. 🎻

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LOL, Yes Lucille.

That is probably the most common phenomena of all.... wanting to move up to a better instrument 🙂 The truth is that a better instrument makes learning that much easier. They are usually much easier to play, require less effort, resonate better, sound better, achieve some techniques that cheap instruments have trouble achieving.

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My violins names have been Violetta  ( La Traviota sp?), Pinky, Gretta, Noelle, Rosie and Ming.

I Play with Ming now almost exclusively. 

 

My grand daughters violins have names.  Abby named hers Abby.   Amelia named hers Hermione. 😉

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I’ve seen a lot of beautiful names and reasons in this topic. I don’t have a name yet, not sure if it’s a male or female 😃 but perhaps, one day I find a name that’s perfect for us (for me and my violin)

 Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about dancing in the rain!!

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@mookje - yes - he/she will simply let you know - one day while playing - you'll hear this little whisper in your head....  that's his/her name - really...  I kid you not... 🙂 

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@BillyG Sounds like a wonderful fairytale and I really believe in fairytales. Can’t wait 😊 

 Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about dancing in the rain!!

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thumbs-up

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Help me name my violin guys!
I never even thought about naming it. It's a Jan Larsson from Lima Sweden.
I don't play it much though. 🙁

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but the one who needs the least."

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ROFL !  Just call it "The Boss" ( until he/she lets you know what his/her name really is --- you gotta play that instrument every day though for that to happen....   it needs to feel wanted.... 🙂 🙂 🙂    )

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