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Thinking of Becoming a Professional Fiddler?
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May 31, 2022 - 10:12 pm
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Anyone entertaining the goal of becoming a professional fiddler? 

Found a glimpse of what it takes in Nashville, with Dr. Bob! 




June 1, 2022 - 4:16 pm
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Maybe pro violinist, but fiddling ain't really my thing.

"In the long run, any words about music are less important than the music."
- Dmitri Shostakovich.

June 2, 2022 - 10:45 pm
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Well, I'm realistic enough to know I am never going to be playing some backup in Nashville.  His playing was amazing to me.  The closest I will come to a stage is if I go to the Grand Ol' Opry and get one of those posed pictures they let you take on the center stage LOL!  Maybe if I started 40 years ago?  Nah, probably not even then...




June 2, 2022 - 11:48 pm
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@SiennaAViolin - 

"Fiddler" is a VERY broad term - not just associated with Old Time Country and Bluegrass Violinists.  Many dictionaries define Fiddler simply as - someone who plays the Violin.

Isn't having great intonation, rhythm, being dependable, understanding music structure and how to use music theory to improvise, all basically universal - whether Violinist or Fiddler? 

Improvisation may differ for Classical Violinists vs. Fiddlers - but the same basic principles must be learned. 

I sincerely hope you become whatever type of Violinist you strive to be. 😊 


@LinDee -

If you stick with it this time, I think you will be amazed what you are capable of in a few years! 

...just a hunch. 🤗 

- Emily

June 3, 2022 - 1:17 am
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@ELCBK - Emily  - totally agree with your statement - to each their own of course, but all the forms/style/genre's played on the violin take so much effort, work, practice and talent and all of them produce such beautiful music.

And, thanks for the kind words - time will tell I guess.  But I can't imagine ever playing that good.  Well, maybe in my dreams.  I really do wish I had started a long time ago.  But, as we all know, you don't get to go back, only forward...

@SiennaAViolin - I guess we all have different loves in the music field violin


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June 16, 2022 - 12:29 pm
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Watching a bit of that video, it's kind of ironic, but lot's of amateur violinists are doctors.

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

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