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Just recently fell totally in love with the fiddle, that is! Searching the internet a few days ago and came across Fiddleman.com. It was hard to believe all this great tutoring was available free of charge. Lesson after lesson. However, I was somewhat apprehensive about registering, because at 66 years of age, understanding quite well how late it is for me to begin learning the fiddle and the difficulty of the instrument. I have played bluegrass guitar and mandolin for over 40 years, but somehow I knew that I would be missing something at the end of my life, if I did not try to learn to play fiddle. I have always wanted to, in my view the fiddle is one of the most beautiful sounding instruments there is, but somehow guitar and mandolin kind of filled my musical space, but after retirement, I want to give it a go. I have a very good developed "ear" for intonation so I purchased a Knilling violin with a hardwood bow and set out on this journey Oct. 17 2013. I've never looked back. Practice every day at least 3 hours and I'm absolutely having a "ball". Hindsight is 20/20. Regret is a waste of time, instead I'll spend that time practicing. Love this website. Fiddleman seems so down to earth. I've already confirmed with my wife about purchasing The Fiddleman carbon fiber bow this month. Jack
Welcome. I am sure you will enjoy these forums.
I think Fiddlershop is wonderful. They have been very nice to me. If you ever decide to upgrade your fiddle, I suggest you consider Fiddlershop. I plan, sometime, to purchased the Fiddlerman soloist violin. It seems pretty nice.
By the way, I am curious about what small town in Western Kentucky you are from. I spent my high school years in Mayfield, Kentucky, and participated in some of the music programs that they had at Murray State University.
"Violin is one of the joys of my life."
Gosh, Thanks guys for the welcome. To Duane, I'm up near Elizabethtown, KY.
about 6 miles west, actually. Small town, Cecilia, pop. 300, Salute! My dad was born and raised near Paducah. So yes I know where Mayfield is. Wasn't that the home of famous singer, Chicken Catcher? Thanks King and Robyn, I appreciate the welcome. Oh, by the way, Kevin, I haven't broke THAT news to MY wife and I ain't about to!
Welcome aboard. Glad to hear you are enjoying the fiddle. You are never too old to take up a new instrument. I know several people who didn't pick up a violin and start playing until they were well into their 60 and 70's and they have become quite good. I started playing at the age of about 10 and contionued until I was in my early 20's. Then through most of my 20's, 30's, and 40's I never played at all. I didn't get back into the fiddle again till I reached the age of about 50. I am 55 now. I primarily play mostly classical orchestral music (I also play with a local orchestra) but sometimes I also delve into a little folk, country, traditional, and jazz now and then.
In any event I extend a warm welcome and definitely keep up the good work and good luck in your musical endeavors.