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Why Violin ?
What about the decision to take up violin ?
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Barry
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lots of great replies !!  for me, I was feeling stale on guitar after 40 years of strumming and singing. I came across a Hilary Hahn video one evening and for about about a month I watched her and dozens of others playing from old time to classical. The fuse was lit.

So then I began the dreamer stage. looking at violins online, stopped in at SamAsh and fondled a few and started looking at prices, I guess I knew inside that at this point I was going to become a violinist, but hadnt commited yet.

I logged onto the library sight one day to see what types of learning materials were available as I already knew lessons werent in my already stretched budget. What I came across first was two VHS copies of fiddle for kids. Being a start at the basics kind of guy I got those and watched them over a weekend quite a few times. They were teaching boil them cabbage down and went over all the parts of the violin from scroll to end pin. So, I ordered a $50 outfit from amazon,game on.

After searching "free violin lessons" I joined a violin site called Violin stars, free lessons for beginners, Kim was my first teacher and I joined her forum. This is her :

 

This was before I found fiddlerman. Kim was great, she saw right off how quick of a learner I was and drilled me like I was in boot camp. I learned lots of twinkle variations,bowing patterns,and other pieces ,etc. She also had a post a video section which was part of her lesson plan & critic. I guess I disappointed her at the point when I posted a few videos of me doing fiddle tunes I was learning on my own. She was a die hard classical teacher and I had crossed the picket line. She scolded me, saying all I would become was another out of tune, scratchy fiddle player and I bit back....so after a few heated exchanges I left. I did contact her about a year later and thanked her for all she had taught me and we talked a bit. She expressed sadness that I had left as she saw me as having the potential to be a great violinist.She even offered to pick up where we had left off  but I said no thank you & we parted ways having reconciled .

I guess I could go on and on but I think that gives a pretty clear picture of the starting point.

There is no shame in playing twinkle, youre playing Mozart

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I've always loved the voice of the violin, and played a little as a kid, but did not continue.  Fast forward a LOT of decades, and one day I heard someone playing and I thought, I always wanted to do that.  I bought a violin, started struggling through a lesson book, then found Fiddlerman... that was the turning point.  I'm totally hooked.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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Great to hear it :)

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but the one who needs the least."

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 Because Drowsy Maggie sounds better on a fiddle than it does on my mandolin !! (harder too !!..)  Great site, thanks for allowing me the pleasure...

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