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Naming your instrument
Does anyone have a name for their violin or other instruments?
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AndrewH
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So, after thinking aloud about it earlier in this thread, I finally did decide to name my viola earlier this year. It's now The Firebird.

It's a 15.75" viola made by Henry Krug of Phoenix, Arizona in 1979, one of only three violas he produced in his entire career -- most makers either specialize in violas or make extremely few violas, and Krug appears to have been one of the latter category. The name has a quadruple meaning, referring to the place the viola was made, this viola's role in my recovery after my life seemed to have completely fallen apart, the viola's quick response and intensely focused sound that lend themselves to more "fiery" music, and finally, one of my favorite orchestral pieces.

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Still nothing other than calling my old German fiddle Gramps has stuck. It's weird, but playing my Ming never feels like *my* fiddle, so I guess that's why I never named it. I've never stopped babying it, so maybe that is why. Gramps is the one that goes places with me... music festivals, playing in the park or on the porch, while the Ming sits like a little prince in its case, haha. It's gone on hikes in the woods with me before and after my fiddle lessons, but never taken out and played in those places because I know I couldn't replace it if I broke it. But it seems like it needs a better name than just "Ming" haha. 

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BillyG said
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.... 🙂 🙂 🙂    )  

"The Boss" LOL. That would mean that my fiddle decides over me. 🙁

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LIMA BEAN

Who's instrument was that comment meant for Holly? Is that the name of your Sima?

damfino said
Still nothing other than calling my old German fiddle Gramps has stuck......................... But it seems like it needs a better name than just "Ming" haha.   

NO, not Ming. I love Gramps. It's perfect.

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

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Pierre, you said your violin was made by Jan Larsson in Lima, Sweden...

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Lima..... Believe it or not, Sweden has a Lima.

Great idea Holly. "Lima Bean" is a good name. I'll sleep on it. ROFL

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My violin have no name, but i want give my violin name is Fiddle, because it represents a string instrument...

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Fiddle works.
But if there is a fire somewhere and you want to have someone grab your instrument real fast and there just happens to be many fiddles there, you'll be in trouble. 😉

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My great - grandfather named his fiddle Calico because the wood was splotched with black. I call mine Gael.

Just bow it.

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Thegael,

Welcome to the forum.

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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Thank you Mark.

Just bow it.

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I've never been one to name a vehicle as so many do, but I did name my fiddles.  The first one I got from my dad, so I named that one "Gibby" after my dad.  The one I use now I call Sunny, and my electric one that I very rarely ever pick up, is called "Desi"....I now have a Viola and not sure what to name her yet.  It will come to me.  I have an idea.  I wrote about this over a year ago on my blog, and never got around to sharing it, here it is if anyone cares to check it out:

http://helveticatrue2typeflaun.....ogspot.com

Cindy

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Ah, interesting question. I name pretty much everything that comes my way, and that includes my instruments.banana

I have had 2 ukuleles, my first was named Sunny because it was decorated with a sunset over a tropical island. My second, Woody, is, yep, you guessed it.... Wooden!

My new Gliga II violin is named Tigre (Italian for tiger). When you turn it over, the wood pattern on the back looks like the strips on a tiger. 

I'm sure other violinists have noticed, but I feel the more I play one of my instruments, the more it kinda feels almost human... Hence the names.

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Demoiselle said
 Yes, I talk to her like, "You did pretty well today!" Being nice to your instruments can never harm. 😉

Exactly. Before I play publicly, I always give my violin a little pep talk. It works for me too!

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Names are for attracting attention. When I want to attract my violin's attention, I grab it by the neck. devil-violin

Andrew

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I have my new violin for a couple of weeks now and last week I heard a whispering in my ear while I was playing. It was Maggie.......so my violin’s name is Maggie?

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

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mookje said
I have my new violin for a couple of weeks now and last week I heard a whispering in my ear while I was playing. It was Maggie.......so my violin’s name is Maggie?  

My violin's name could be Queequeg, then! (lol)

Andrew

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Andrew Fryer said
Names are for attracting attention. When I want to attract my violin's attention, I grab it by the neck. devil-violin  

roflol!!!

Just bow it.

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thegael said
My great - grandfather named his fiddle Calico because the wood was splotched with black. I call mine Gael.  

Here is a picture of her. She is now in the custody of the Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, NC. For musical instrument preservation. Screenshot_2018-10-25-12-00-07.pngImage Enlarger

Just bow it.

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