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Why I should win the Black Metallic Electric Silent Violin
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bob.andrews
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I see several differrent posts on why we would all like to win the electric violin. I do not envy you for haveing to choose. the hat idea seems to me the best and most fair. I do sincerly hope to win so I figured I would do my best to follow all the rules you have set in here. The reason I believe I should win is very simple. I am a 41 year old disabled vetran from the U.S. Army. Do not wory I am still able to work and have a job. Also do not judge a book by its cover so to speak some disabilities do not show on the outside . I thank everyone that has supported the vetrans both healthy and disabled you do make a differrence wether you know it or not. I have wanted to learn the fiddle since i was a child but the schools I went to did not offer it. As I grew up and made my mistakes and made progress in becoming an adult things got....interesting to say the least. I now live alone in a very small town in florida with a small music shop and an instructor. I however as I said work so the days that she can teach are also the days I work. I went online to see what i could find and stumbled across your website. I do have a 4/4 violin/fiddle (not sure the proper name as you can play both types of music from one instrument I believe). Your site has shown me a few things I never knew. And some good tips on what to do. Regardless of whether I win or not I will be coming back to this site for help and instructions many many times in the coming years. I love the sound of a fiddle no other instrument I know can put emotion in the notes as poinietly (sp?) as the fiddle.

 You can pick up a fiddle and without ever talking not only communicate your emotions with everyone, you can share those feelings with them. Bring them along with you and let them experience the happiness, joy, pain, or sorrow you are experiencing.

 There are also times when you just want to feel the music and let it wash over you. For that I feel this electric fiddle is ideal. You can plug in your headset and get lost in the music without disturbing anyone around you. Thank you for the chance to post this and please keep this site going.

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I've always been very musically inclined, but I never found my instrument. I started composing pop songs at a young age on piano. The music I was writing though middle and high school wasn't suited for piano though and I knew it, although I didn't know what it would be better suited for. The piano was a tool to me, and while I knew it was definitely possible to convey emotion through it (Chopin was one of the few non-choral classical musicians I'd had exposure to) it felt robotic (although, it wasn't a real piano so I guess it was). I got to borrow someone's acoustic guitar later, but it didn't feel right either. All that felt right was singing, which I did constantly. 

It wasn't until I finally had home Internet access that I was really able to discover and appreciate classical music, and through that I realized how expressive and versatile the violin is. What other instrument could do Bach's Sonata in G minor, Irish fiddle tunes, and Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima? I rented a VSO, and I love playing it. Such a wide variety of sounds, even "undesirable" ones like scratching are at my disposal. Everything that makes the violin difficult makes me like it more, because that's what makes it expressive. Although I sound awful, it feels like it's really me. Furthermore, I enjoy discipline and practice, and I'm very determined, so it's ideal for me.

Unfortunately, this fall I will be living in a college dorm with paper-thin walls. I was constantly being woken up at 3AM last semester because the people in the room next to mine were talking. A mute would definitely not be enough to dampen the sound of my practicing. I would also have a roommate to irritate, and neighbours who are trying to study. No one on my floor practices any instrument but casual acoustic guitarists. I was planning to try practicing in my building's laundry room, since there aren’t any practice rooms in the arts building, but the washing machines would make it rather difficult to focus. With an electric violin, I could actually practice in my room! 

When I'm better at playing, I would also be able to record myself playing my own compositions without having to purchase an expensive microphone, and performing (at least recording) my own work is my primary goal in learning. It would be so cool to be able to use effects like delay and pitchshifting, too. I can't afford to buy one though, because I'm in college and need books. I can't find a job and I couldn't even come up with the money to pay my housing deposit (I eventually got a waiver for being low-income though, yay).

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Very interesting everyone,

@ anathama - What college are you going to? What are you majoring in?

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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I'm going to a small state university, but not majoring in anything. It's a long story. I always wanted to be a Theory and Composition major but I lost my voice junior year from oversinging and then got RSI in the same year from overdoing piano. I had no idea what to do with myself. I kind of gave up. I didn't apply as a music major when I was applying to colleges because I was in no shape to make an audition, so I figured I'd major in English or something, and I ended up going to a school without a music program. Then I started becoming interested in learning violin and it made me realize what an idiot I'd been. I and started composing and voice training again. I hope to transfer to another university to major in Theory, and I'll take a year off to train and get resident tuition if I don't pass a voice audition for the program.

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Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Don't assume that no mute will not kill your sound dead until you try the metal one that looks like braces or an anchor.  Or did you try it ?

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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Hey Guys. My name is Jason and I'm currently 16 years old as a Junior in High School. First off, I've read through many of the responses on this page and I earnestly feel like all of you good folks deserve to win this more than me. But I guess I'll still make an effort to prove my worthinessWink. This website truly has a great community of people. I hope develop good relationships with all of you guys and learn to play the violin together.

I started to play music when I was only 10 years old in my 4th grade band. The instrument that I started out with and still play today is the trumpet. I've been playing for more than 7 years on this brass beast and I have to confess those were good times.

What influenced me start learning the violin was from a fellow friend of mine. He used to be my old friend back in middle school, but not we're separated in high school Cry. Yet, we still hang out from time to time. I've always wished to play Pachelbel's Cannon together and enjoy the comfort of being "twin" musicians. The only thing that hinders my progress is that I'm currently borrowing a spare violin of his. This concerns me because of the "consequences" of damaging HIS violin will prove to be less desirable. Any music teacher knows that the violin is the most sensitive instrument to care of. This is my honest reason why I need a violin of my own. The fact that it is an electric violin allows me to practice with the full freedom. I can practice anywhere in my house and even take it to school. I usually practice during lunch time. The electric aspect of this violin also gives me a myriad of opportunities to push the limits of my musical abilities and play some jazz-fusion on an A.P system. The positives are numerous and possibilities are endless.Laugh

In this day and age, it's sad to confess that my high school isn't musically inclined in playing instruments. It really damps my emotions because this is the cause of what I believe is the lack of appreciation and potential within students' hearts. For an example, my concert band has only 20 members in a school of 600. Most of them don't even show up to rehearsals which gives more reasons for the board of education to cut the band from the school budget. This dilemma is happening all over the country. For an active and ambitious musician like myself to see my own school band fade away is heartbreaking.

I hope that if I win this instrument, students will discover the overwhelming sensation of playing an instrument. No one in my school has ever seen a violin before, needless to say even an electric one. I want to inspire their hearts and revive their interests by showing them the wonders and rewards of instruments like the electric violin can offer. Music is a form of melodic empathy that is
executed with passion and poise, and the violin is one the prime examples. There is no guarantee that kids these days will convert their old habits, but I will still try for the sake of my music program  and all music programs in this country. If one student is able to grasp the fidelity of music and cherish it, then I believe that anyone can. That's the beauty of music, how it can change a person's entirely for the better.

Anyways, thank you for reading and I wish you guys all good luck in winning this electric violin.Smile

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No, I've only tried the large rubber one. I guess metal would be more effective at dampening the sound. I'll start looking for one.

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These are supposed to be really good and I'm sure you can find many dealers.

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I have one and it does the job quite well actually. You will probably be very happy with it.

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Why should I win the Black Metallic Electric Silent Violin? Good question, it seems I really should not win it. I have a violin, it works, I am happy. On the other hand, winning stuff is fun. That is the long and the short of it for me. If I won the violin I would feel a bit guilty because some of the people who posted here could really use this instrument. If I want one of these I will buy one. Please do not include my name in the drawing.

 

Wow, talked myself out of it!!! Good luck to all!

 

Dave

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You're very humble Dave! Good luck to your violin progress and welcome to this forum. Have a nice day :}

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Hello

I have wanted to play the violin since I was in middle school. But I was always told no as my parents did not want to hear the cat screeches it would make as I tried to learn. I am now 18 (19 in September) and I can not afford a violin, as i take care of my handicapped little brother Lawrence during the day and I cannot get a job. We live with our father and he works while I take care of Lawrence. Our older brother does watch him on Wednesdays but I can't work just one day a week. I do not think I should win the violin but it would fulfill my life's dream to be able to learn how. 

I love the sound of the violin in any form and if I was able to make that sound would be absolutely amazing. I would play all the time!

 

With it being electric and having headphones I could learn to play (I have a semi knowledgeable friend who is willing to help me with the basics) and disturb no one. Using books and videos I will teach my self how. Hopefully when I can become good enough to make some lovely music that would be the best thing ever.Laugh

 

I have read some of the other posts on this site even though i tried to tell my self not to ( they are way more deserving) and I wish you all good luck!

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You are all deserving. Please don't see this as a competition of who is the most deserving. I want to draw a winner from a list of deserving people that want to play. I'll let faith decide who.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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wow. umm reading all the other posts make me sound not worthy but ill guess ill try anyways 🙂   My name is Jacob Wolinsky and i live in chicago il. Im 15 years old, in 1 week! (great birthday present huh?!), anyways ive been playing violin for only about 4 years but my violin teacher says im more developed and better than students she has had for 15 years. pretty good huh!? I currently have about a 3,000$ acoustic violin from germany. It plays very nicely and im happy to not have to rent anymore 🙂  I recently came accross your youtube video about the review on the cecilio violin ,while searching on ebay, and i looked at all of your videos already! and i love all of them!! I am really looking around for a good electric violin but for a very cheap price and free is always better!! :)) but ya im going to start playing violin in my church and i think it would be better if i had an electric one:)))!!!!

 

So ya... PICK ME!!!

~Jacob Wolinsky (tamburaruza)LaughLaughLaughLaugh

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No where I have been, and I want to
know where I'm going. Vaguely, though, I struggled with this all my
life. You see, I'm an emotional being trying to find a piece of my
identity. A peace, simply put.

When I finally realized what life is
about, every piece of my fiber became alive! It becomes my words, my
lyrics, my voice. And now, now friend(s), I want to know where my music
begins. I want to hear it like Edgar Meyer and Bela Fleck plays it in
“Sliding Down”. I want to strum-dumb the Cello (the strings, really) like David Moss (*Cello player from The Blue Hit) did in “War like Boys” and “Five Cent Fare” that cold night
where I dinned with friends in the warmth of his authenticity. I want to love it like the “Bird Song”
– It is only then, I will understand the capacity of those
wonderful metaphors (*The Wailin' Jennys).         

 

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Hi there, Nowhere Street.
I saw your location and wanted to say I have a brother in law who lives in Burlington. He is a lineman for Burlington Electric Dept. I visited once, took the ferry across Lake Champlain to New York and continued on to Connecticut, my boyhood home. Vermont is a beautiful place.

Nice Meeting you.
Dave

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bob.andrews
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Have you decided as to when you will be making the drawing? And if you will be using the hat method or some other possible method?

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I thought I posted here a few days ago but it appears that I didn't post it correctly.  If I did I apologize for re posting,  I am still kinda new to this forum thing....

 

My names is Mellissa Clark and I am 29 years old, I live in Hampton, Georgia.  I would love to win the electric violin.  When I win it I will be using it to praise the Lord with the worship team at my church.

  I am currently using an acoustic violin with a standard mic.  As you can imagine I am very limited to where I can go as a matter of fact if I am not right up on the mic you can not hear me playing at all. If I get to close to the mic I get a lot of feed back and my bow is constantly banging into to mic. When I begin to play for the Lord I find it very limiting to have to stand still in one place, I need to be free to move around and flow and with the electric violin can do so.

I love praising the Lord and making a beautiful sound unto Him.  I can't wait to bring my worship to the next level. 

 

Thank You for your generosity.

Mellissa Clark

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cheerleaderI have just started learning the violin but i am still quite a quick pace learner. I have just recently learned how to play Bad Romance by Lady Gaga, but just a few sequences.embarassed

I have also learned to play 1 part of The Legend of Dark Mountain, half of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and a part of Hot, Hot, Hot.amuse Hopefully, i can learn a full song along the way.

I may not be very high on the top Winning Quota, being not very experienced at my age of 12, but I do love the violin sincerely.clap

My interest in violins started when my best friend joined orchestra. Seeing everyone in orchestra never complaining about it made me give playing the violin a second chance.laugh I started going to every performance, practice, event, celebration, preparing time, and after-school rehearsal. I have or never had been so up for somethinq as this.

I think i should win the Black Metallic Electric Silent Violin because it gives me hope in having my grandmother appreciate the violin, and so i can have an item that is my  own that i can love and appreciate other than an old scratched-up violinconfused

                                     -Dezy De Leon

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