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Where do I begin? (Returning violinist)
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May 18, 2014 - 11:04 pm
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I want to play again! There, I said it out loud. Now what?
Tales of a youthful violin player:
I played classical violin until I was 16, taking lessons from the age of 7. I just played. I didn't really understood theory or what I was playing. Everyone said I was had a gift, who knows? Playing came easily, and I could play by ear, infuriating my teachers for spending so little time practicing, but performing my lessons flawlessly. I was first chair for the local youth symphony orchestra, but did not play on the school orchestra. Sports were fun, girls were fun and finally having to practice for real for three hours a day was not fun. So I walked away. That was 30+ years ago.
Last year I picked up an ukulele and it was fun to play. I could hear my violin calling me when I'd set the uke down next to it. Finally I took it out of the case, just for giggles. It had been strung incorrectly who knows when, so I fixed the strings, tightened my bow, tuned them up and actually played a bluegrass tune that popped into my head, well enough for someone to say, "I didn't know you could play".
Now I want to play again, but am actually afraid that I won't really remember how or some other nonsense that will keep me from picking the instrument up for real. So...where do I start...and thanks for reading this far!

May 19, 2014 - 9:34 am
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I would guess a surprising recovery. Violin playing is more mental than physical IMHO so all you have to do is revive some memories !

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May 19, 2014 - 10:58 am
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Step 1: Remove violin from case
Step 2: Remove bow from case
Step 3: Have fun.

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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May 19, 2014 - 2:02 pm
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Haaaaaaaaa @Uzi - so true !

And, welcome, and good luck to you Serene with your return to "the devil's instrument" - LOL - go for it - you'll get lots of support and feedback here ! I wish you success, but above all, fun and enjoyment !

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May 19, 2014 - 6:33 pm
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hello and welcome.

You know, the violin is like riding a bike, except its harder and its not a bike. https://fiddlerman.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif

Just the fact that out of the dusty case you identified a string problem, tuned it AND sawed out a bluegrass piece leads me to only 1 conclusion. None of us here knew you could play.

Welcome back and imagine what would happen if you put some rosin on the bow too https://fiddlerman.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_biggrin.gif

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May 20, 2014 - 10:46 am
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Fantastic news Serene :)

First of all, I would go back to basics just for a little while now that you are more mature and make sure you don't get into bad habits. I would go back to some of your Good Ole Etude books, don't know which you have or had.... and do a bit of painful slow careful practice. Play scales, only because you know that all the music you will be playing consists of scales. Do them with intonation and sound production in mind. You don't have to destroy the fun of learning again by exaggerating but just make sure you are on the right path to begin with. After a percentage of your practice time with scales and etudes, play around with some bluegrass or whatever tickles your fancy. :)
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May 20, 2014 - 5:40 pm
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Welcome back.  I'm sure many of us adult beginners would love to be starting where you are now, with a solid child hood base.  As Fiddlerman said, go back to the start, after all, it's the start for a reason.  I'm sure you will be able to get through those basic lessons pretty quickly.  Really, you are just reminding yourself and your muscles of what you once knew.  I wouldn't even say you can get on to the fun stuff quickly because as an adult, you probably realize that even relearning the basics is fun since you KNOW what will be possible once you get those skills back.  So good luck and have fun.


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