At 54 I have started to learn to play multiple instruments. For the first time in many years I have started to earn money on my own, as a street musician. I started to learn violin about 9 months ago, but kept getting stopped, because the instrument kept breaking down (we got it in a pawn shop for $50).
My husband and I had been homeless for most of the last year. Now we have settled in Las Vegas, where we are able to make money playing music for passersby on the LV strip. We could really use the instrument for many reasons. We live in a small apartment and it would allow me to practice any time, even while my husband is sleeping. Also, we can amplify the instrument with our mobile cube and distort the sound for different effects.
Finally, we want to start making instruments and selling them online. We are moving to another country at the end of October, where we can start a village project to help support people of a less privileged culture. We want to take an electric instrument with us, so we can learn to make these, too.
We feel that creativity is a human's birthright. We want to create electric ukuleles, violins, banjoleles and other hybrid instruments, which are easy to learn and play and make these available inexpensively through the internet.
We have in mind to make a website similar to the fiddlerman.com site. This kind of creative support site is wonderful. I would like to make something similar for ukulele etc.
That's the short of it. The long of it can be seen on my blog... http://lifeisglorious.com/pages/blog.php
Raffled doesn't have much to do with an essay. I'm pretty sure it means that the people that post on this forum wanting to win the violin, meeting the minimum requirements for the contest will have their names thrown in a hat. Then your name could be picked by a random drawing out of the hat to win the violin.
Not that I'm against it, but I noticed that among the new posts caused by the "requirements" some of them are spammed But on the other side of the coin, some posts lead to quite interesting discussions. Good marketing, IMO.
@Fiddlerman, Well, thank you for this contest and for all your hard work. Thanks for making all this material available to people all over the world. The internet is certainly a wonderful tool. Really, even though my life was difficult for many years, very painful even, I don't think I have really suffered much compared to almost anyone else I can think of who has some sort of difficulty. Think of having only one arm, for instance. I know a guy like that on the Las Vegas strip who plays guitar. If I get a chance to take a video, I will upload something from him to my youtube account. His street moniker is "Bandit" (as in "one-armed"). He actually plays pretty well. Doesn't do much finger picking though (little joke there).
@myguitarnow, I certainly do hope you did not mean me when you said that people were making up stories. On my website I just posted a few paragraphs about what has been going on this last year. Really, I should write a book. But I am too busy living a crazy and complicated life to write about same. I wasn't at all fabricating anything. Anyway, I took down that part about the proposed project from my post on my website, because for personal reasons I don't yet want to announce it to "the world". I just got a little too excited about it. I told my husband not to tell anyone and then I went and posted it on the internet for all the world to read.
Don't worry, we're not being trolls here, and notice, we didn''t mention names
And I find your story down to earth honest too. And Interesting.
@Fiddlerman… thanks a lot. Actually it took me a long time to enter myself because, the fact of the matter is, I was slow on the uptake when you announced the contest. When I took a second look, it said "raffle" so I figured, "what the heck" and went for it. The part that interested me the most was the built in headset jack which could double as the monitor, and the fact that it was self powered.
@myguitarnow Yeah, I meant the uber crazy stories that sound true, but somehow look embellished. But I'm not one to judge and, personally, I'm glad a lot of people want to learn. Which in whole is the entire reason this community is set up.
I would like to win the violin as I have always wanted to learn to play ever since I was in primary school. At 11 years of age I had studied the violin for about a year and used to play in my school orchestra. I remember taking the grade 1 exam and passing and feeling so proud, and excited about continuing to learn music. Unfortunately my parents were unable to support my music studies once I had gone on to secondary school so I had to give it up. Determined after many years to relive my passion for the violin, I have applied to study two music courses with the open university, and to teach myself music using the free online resources as I cannot afford to pay for tuition. Winning the violin would enable me to relive this long-held dream, and to make my children and my wonderful husband really proud of me.
It all sounds good but for sure some stories sound embellished. Many moons ago I lived out of a car in midwest winters and really do understand the passion that we have to play music. I would like to hear more of our passion for music instead of our personal down falls for wanting and needing a free violin. If you do really want to play, you will find a way!
Yes I thought it was a strange situation but to suggest the idea of deserving the prize conotates to providing reasons of hardship or struggle rather than simply the love of playing. Many of us are passionate about music but cannot always find the means to realise our potential. I think this competition is more interesting than it would seem and many of us find it hard to discuss painful experiences. What Fiddleman has done is provide a forum for honest expression.
After all music is about life and good music is about real life... A lot of the best music is borne out of suffering. Let us not be afraid to express one or the other they are after all one and the same.
Welcome to the forum mine,
You seen to have figured it out. Weight is very important, also feeling the violin when going up into higher positions. Other than that there is not much more to think about concerning the shape of the violin.
Another choice for those of you living in Apartments and such where you risk disturbing your neighbors would be to purchase a solid metal or rubber mute like this one.
Thanks for the info Fiddlerman, it's much appreciated!
I've read that you own one of those metal mutes, I'll definitely pick up one of those if/when I own a violin. That's why I'm really hoping to win this electric violin so that I could just hook up headphones& be really quiet - & when I progress, hook up to a recording device& produce music.
Anyway, if you have the time, what's your opinion on having a light/heavy violin, or is it completely personal preference? I'm wondering, because like I said previously, if I don't win, I would be saving to purchase 1 of the 4 Celicios that they offer& I'm just not sure which to decide on& I can't find any info to help me figure it out... this is the auction that has all 4 styles to choose from.
My name is Andrew Canan, and I think that I should get the eletric fiddle because I have been playing for nine years and have won two first place awards in the state of Indiana in the last three years. I have wanted to try to excel in the fiddle and I think that winning the Black Metallic Electrci Silent Violin would be perfect. I have been looking for something exactly like this and I have been gave the chance to addition for a preformance art school and I wanetd to do something differnt. Ever since I have picked up the fiddle at four years old I have always liked rock ,and ,blues and from your videos I think that this fiddle would play that type of music very well.
oh yay-FIDDLES ROCK.
My name is Mia Messer and I have played the violin for over thirteen years and I play gigs around town. I also been working at my daughters school helping teach students after school for free. If I get the violin than i will give the one that i am currently using to my daughter who i was teaching but now is in a orchestra, learning from your videos. Thanks for your time.
Have you seen any information about the weights of these fiddles. The lighter the better for sure. Funny thing is that they posted my review on that same link that you just posted.
Hi, no I haven't been able to find any weight info on those fiddles so I'd safely assume that the 1 w. no body (like ur Zeta) is the lightest of the 4. And yeah, the link I posted is from KKmusicstores's Ebay auctions, which I believe is the same Co. that supplied you the giveaway fiddles, hence them using your review vid.