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And so the journey begins...
Just bought violin... we'll see where this goes.
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April 5, 2013 - 10:28 pm
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I ordered an electric violin to learn on after 4 years of wondering what it would be like to learn it. I'm hoping that this website is a good resource. Based on some lurking I think this looks like a great site with a helpful community. 

I strive to play violin for Carnatic music, as inspired by L. Shenkar. Is there anyone else into this kind of thing? Ultimately I'm going to save some $$ and invest in a good quality 7 string electric violin to match some of the Raga phrases Shenkar gets on the low strings of his double violin.

And yes, this will probably take at least a decade to really master but I've been playing guitar for almost a decade and understand the level of dedication required... just the first night with the violin is going to sound so terrible!

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April 5, 2013 - 10:37 pm
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Here is a link to a youtube video of L. Shankar. I could not figure out how to embed the video properly. 

Live performance:



Seriously, just browse around youtube with a search for "L. Shankar" and you will find some really amazing stuff... I can sing along with it, so I figure that with enough technical practice I will someday be able to express the hauntingly beautiful phrases. 





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April 5, 2013 - 10:43 pm
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thats so cool! alot of talent in the world!


"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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April 6, 2013 - 7:44 am
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Great plan. I think you will do fine with your attitude. You are already expecting this journey to take time as with your guitar learning and anything above that will be a pleasant surprise.

We'll help you as much as we can. Happy that you took the plunge. You may even invest in a less expensive acoustic violin soon after beginning just to get that nice violin quality sound as well. Most people do. smile
The electric is great for practicing without disturbing neighbors as well as jamming using effects and so forth. Since you play the guitar you probably have some equipment already. The guitar effect boxes and amps are the same as the ones that suit the electric violin.

Welcome to the forum.

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but the one who needs the least."

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April 8, 2013 - 3:46 pm
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Hi, ThreeLeggedMangoose! =)

Welcome to the forum! Here are several members, who plays or tends to play Carnatic music, haven't seen them lately though, but hope that they'll show up =)

Wish You happy fiddling!

Thanks for the video, L.Shankar is awesome!amuse

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April 8, 2013 - 8:58 pm
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Welcome!  Glad to have you here and you'll love it because it truly is the best resource for violin on the web.  I wish you well on your journey.  You will be surprised the very first time that it does NOT sound quite as bad as you expected.  It's after the first week that it begins to sound really bad to your own ears because you expect more - lol.

Thanks for posting this - very interesting and beautiful.

The most beautiful things in life cannot be touched or seen. They must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller~

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