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Thanks to all who replied. I hope you all had a great holiday!
I feel I owe you all a big apology for not returning until now.A bunch of stuff went down not long after I played that included sickness in the family.
I'm just now getting in to reconnect.
THANK YOU all for such wonderful support of a mere Fiddlerman member.
To be honest I haven't played much since I played that time. I think when I finally get another teacher I will be more prone to pick up the violin. I haven't visited Irish session lately either. It's probably been a year now since I've been to one which is sad really, but I know the other player who attends will play too fast and I'll just be sitting there trying to keep up again.
I understand you hurt your finger on your bowing hand? Understanding your not wanting to play with an injury.
I sincerely hope you start picking up your fiddle, if even just to putz with some melody ideas - at least a little every day.
Don't know if you've noticed this yet, but I don't believe you can just 'pick up where you left off', after you haven't played for a while. I think it sets you back quite a bit - certainly doesn't help you move forward.
YOU CAN STILL LEARN A LOT WITHOUT A TEACHER!
While you don't have a teacher, ask the questions you would normally ask your teacher to others online!
Find a few musicians you'd like to emulate - and study them.
Trust what you feel, hear and see to guide you.
Search for some online violin workshops that interest you - they can be INVIGORATING! Or, at least consider taking workshops at the next 'Fiddle Hell' - coming up in April 2022.
I have described the ones I have taken at the past 2 Fiddle Hell's, here:
...think about it.
I checked out those fiddle hell events. I guess they are all online? I'll admit the name doesn't make me want to run to one lol.
Thankfully the knife grazed the side of my right index finger and removed maybe 1/4 of the nail. It bled like crazy and when it first happened I thought for sure I had cut the tip of my finger off.. Luckily after a few weeks the part of my finger under the nail toughened up and the nail is fast growing to cover up the exposed area. I have no pain there and the finger tip 'almost' looks normal now.
I played bass guitar at my church this week. You don't hear much bass on the stream. In a few more weeks I'm on keys. I also work their live stream on and off. Sometimes I sing. They don't often ask for a violin at all because as you can see the band is mostly the three piece contemporary setup and I guess they don't see the need for it. I'm also one of the older members on the teams. I might not be the first person they think of to ask. Oh well. It is what it is.
I really wish there were more events in person. Everyone is zooming these days.
There was talk that Fiddle Hell may be online next April, but LIVE for the November one.
This may be a great opportunity for you! ...not good for me, though - my traveling days are pretty much over, but I can be happy with just one online.
I think all the instructors also give lessons - worth checking out!
Don't be put off by the name - it's just a ridiculously HUGE amount of fiddle stuff crammed into just a few days!