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@@Oliver... I have a FM Soloist violin. The first version. A gift from a friend who believes in my playing.
I started out with a good student violin three months before I found FM.com.
I do also have a similar to the 99$ or even cheaper ...violin that was given to me. I have a video to show people that if one wants to play... Yes a beginner can play that kind of violin.
Yes... I do spend more time with violin than any human in my life... So It could be my mid life crises love child. Ha ha
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
Why violin? Let me count the ways:
You can get a decent one without breaking the bank.
Forgiving. If you land on a wrong note, you can quickly slide into the right one. Can't be done on a piano.
Only 4 strings to tune.
Not as hard to learn as all those non-violinists would have you believe. (Don't know anyone who has truly mastered it, though.)
Portable (that one's a biggie for me).
Works in any genre of music.
Everyone likes to hear it.
There's probably more.
I bought my first violin in January. I have always wanted to learn to play the violin, and much like DanielB, decided my someday was going to be now, not later.
I practice every day, maybe some day I will even sound good :-); but even if I am the only one I sound good to, it is worth every bit of time and effort I put into it. I find it very relaxing and rewarding!
I am glad I did it, and will never stop learning.
I started when i was quite young, but my parents say that i had been asking to play the violin for a long time so they got me one and i started playing (as you do). I am very thankful to my Mum who spent lots of time (and maybe some chocolate) getting me to practice, I wanted to be good without having to practice.
I did stop for a few years when I wasn't able to get lessons, but then picked it up again, and bought myself a really nice full size and have been playing without lessons for a few years, mostly because i am really fussy about who my teacher is.
But now I practice because I love it, and couldn't imagine not playing the violin.
Great question Oliver
Well @Oliver Oliver, as I said in my Fiddlerman 'interview',
"After being diagnosed with cancer two years ago, and having always wanted to do something musical, I decided that it was about time to try to to play an instrument. Why the violin / fiddle? Well, since starting I’ve asked myself that question many a time. One of reasons is because I felt that it would be a challenge. Did I ever get that one right."
It's been over 2 1/2 years now since I started and I'm still bashing away at it. There gave been ups and downs and at this particular time I'm having one of those 'downs'. But I know that I'll work my way through it.
That is an important thing in learning the fiddle. Never give up. Yes it's difficult but in the long run it's going to be all worthwhile.
Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of ..... What was I saying????
Now, "Why do we stay with it?" would be an easier question to answer...
Because it is just such a hellaciously fun little instrument!
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
I'm 29 and just started playing the violin about 2 months ago now. It's something I've always loved listening to and seeing others play. Jiu jitsu and wrestling had always been my main recreation, but with injuries and the joys of family life keeping me off the mats, I found myself thinking more and more about learning to play. And like others have also said, a big turning point for me was just in realizing that there are good, affordable beginner violins out there, and there are plenty of online resources to help the beginner out. In fact, my violin purchase was largely the result of watching the Fiddlerman's online review of the Mendini MV650. Coupled with seeing a professional play it and the mostly positive Amazon reviews from other beginners, I decided to give it a try. So far, its been a great decision. My wife and I have been learning to play together, and we absolutely love it. Big thanks to Fiddlerman for this site and all the great resources you put out there!
Omg... Long story short... Lets say that I used to study music long ago when I was a child for so many years... But she life stuff and the heck of my head pushed me away from it for more than a decade...
Now I am trying to get back, taking the piano and the violin as a bonus, because back in the day I had a secret love toward the violin...
But its a really long and emotional story...