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  • #7960

    Claudio Freire
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    • Contribution Score 28

    Hi Christie, I am dealing much better with the tuning issue now. I learned to turn and pull in the pegs at the same time in other to get a good grip. My violin has all four fine tuners, but I was struggling with the pegs (yes, I am really a newbie 🙂 )
    I use a tuner app in my smartphone.

    #8396

    Kevin DeSilva
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    • Contribution Score 70

    Thank you for this.

    #8462

    Michael Sanchez
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    • Contribution Score 34

    Thanks for all your posts! I have just added you all as a friend!

    #8482

    Jeph Embree
    Participant
    • Contribution Score 4

    55 years old with minor arthritis in my neck, so keeping the violin clamped in is a challenge. I love the way the Viper is designed to be held with a strap.

    #8700

    Valorie Bakker
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    • Contribution Score 11

    I am 65 years old, and I started playing the violin three weeks ago. I am following the lessons, and trying to set up a practice routine. Like others before me, I am having a bit of trouble keeping in tune. I broke the D string last week, and went to the music store to have a new string put on. Today, the string snapped again. I live 30 miles from the nearest music store. Frustrating, but this, too shall pass.

    #8716

    DeaconBlue
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    • Contribution Score 37

    I am new to the violin, starting what I hope is a successful relationship at the ripe old age of 59. I come from a guitar background. I was looking for a new challenge and saw a sign in a yard close to me that advertised violin lessons. For some reason, I was instantly hooked, so here I am! Perhaps it is kismet? I am not typically this impulsive, so perhaps it is meant to be!

    #8826

    Dianne Adkins
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    • Contribution Score 325

    As a violin instructor, I am always sympathetic to adult students. They are almost always doing for others and have little time for themselves. This usually means less structured practice routines. It’s always good to be persistent though! If you are a parent of a violin student, you will have a better understanding of what your child’s experience is in violin study. You will also have the chance to set a good example for children who are not self-motivated to practice. Keep up the good work!

    #10569

    Carolyn Rutter
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    • Contribution Score 7

    I practice quite a bit, considering that I have to fit my violin time into my adult life, but it never seems like enough. Though I work hard, I show up at lessons sounding like I am a slacker. Been at it for three years now, and love every minute, but I am wondering if others have the same frustration. I am working on the Fiocco Allegro right now, and I know it will take me months to make it sound good. Is this the way it is for most adult learners? I really appreciate the feedback. I am starting to get discouraged.

    #11898

    john voorhees
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    • Contribution Score 6

    well, not really new to the violin BUT I played when I was 13 or 14 years of age, now I’m 79 and decided to pick it up again. I guess the hard part is trying to get the ” touch’ again. I am self learning that is, various books, internet, and a few friends that get together every week to play. I fgot an up-grade fiddle from the one I had and it really helps. I just keep plugging along and wish everyone well. If I can do it anyone can Cheers

    #11961

    Carolyn Rutter
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    • Contribution Score 7

    John, you are an inspiration! i am m a senior too, and absolutely love my violin. It is easy to get discouraged some days, but from now on, I will think ” If John can do it, I can too!” Thanks!

    #12582

    Jennifer Hansen
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    • Contribution Score 4

    First of all I want to thank everyone here! It is always a good feeling to know that there are others who are in the same boat that I am in! I played for a few years in school but transferred to a school that didn’t have an orchestra. I was so sad to lose something that I so enjoyed. Ever since then I have always wanted to take up the violin again but didn’t think there would be a way that I could accomplish that goal. That is until I found this site and all of the incredible resources that are available to me as well as a wonderful community of supportive helpful people that share the love of the violin as I do. All that I need now is a violin to play which I know will happen some way some how! I am disabled and have lost the ability to take part in many of the activities that I used to and I have been looking for something that I CAN do…that I will love doing and that will bring a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.The violin has always been in the background but everything h been coming tog for me now and I couldn’t be more excited! I cannot wait to get started on this old..new journey with the violin!
    Thanks everyone for sharing your stories here! I have drawn encouragement from all of them and have truly come to the conclusion that you are never too old to start OR restart your journey of discovery with the violin!
    I wish you all happy learning and happy playing!!??????

    #13862

    Andy15
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    • Contribution Score 27

    What is the best violin to buy for an adult who wants to play the violin for the first time?

    #13866

    Dianne Adkins
    Moderator
    • Contribution Score 325

    Hi Andy,

    I would really encourage you to look at Laura Matteo Violin Outfit and other beginner violins at Superiorviolins.com. This particular violin is medium priced, quality beginner violin. Not the cheapest, but you will find, in violins you definitely get what you pay for. Best of all, this violin is currently on sale.

    You can go to the page and hear how it sounds in a video. There are some great photos of it as well. It comes with everything you need, including case, bow and rosin. Also don’t forget superiorviolins offers payment plans and financing 😉

    Lauro matteo violin

    #13871

    murakami sandy
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    • Contribution Score 48

    hi^^ i’m sandy, 35, i bought my violin 4 years ago, didn’t have time to practice and i’m starting seriously now i hope this site will help me, i found it by watching video on you tube.
    i do everything by hear so my biggest chalenge will be to read the music.

    #13874

    Andy15
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    • Contribution Score 27

    Hi Diane Adkins,

    Thanks for the information.

    #13885

    Chirag Chauhan
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    • Contribution Score 20

    There are many mobile applications which are there for tuning the violin. You could use them too.

    #13981

    Musicloverk
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    • Contribution Score 205

    I played as a child for 6-7 years but quit for various reasons after becoming pretty good at it. Hoping to restart if I can get a violin again. Found that I remembered much more than I thought when I inherited a piano and began taking lessons. Also realized that others picking music that I didn’t like had influenced me. Would like to get good enough again to play in church and also maybe learn fiddle style for fun.

    #14046

    denise_elisha
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    • Contribution Score 6

    I am new to violin. Learning and practicing as much as I can online, while I try and find a good teacher in my area.

    #14170

    DanoSurfs29
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    • Contribution Score 30

    29 years old and started about 3 months ago. Was terrified of the instrument until about a month and a half ago cause of the screeches and I am living in an apartment building haha !! Id be pretty sweaty agter playing the thing . Now I can avoid most screeches, scratches and keep my shirt dry :-). I learned guitar in high school and this has resulted in a very similar pattern. Little to no progress for the first couple months and then major break through in all areas. Of course violin is much Kore difficult and this is mostly because if the bow. Anyways it seems for me the first bit with any instrument is quite tough and then when I finally get a boost and then I have my confidence. Practice mute usually sits in the case now ;-). So dont give up in those first few months and practice lots and you will be rewarded :-). Some songs I play regularly now are:

    Greensleeves ( what child is this)
    Schindlers list theme
    Harry Potter theme
    Star wars theme
    Jurassic Park theme
    Bonnie Tammie Scolla
    Patrick’s Reel
    Drunken sailor (my first song)
    Gladiator theme
    Hot Cross Buns ( my 7 year old daughter loves this song haha)

    #14180

    Christie Morehouse
    Participant
    • Contribution Score 140

    My instructor told me progress comes in steps, so don’t get discouraged!

    #14203

    MasterPG
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    • Contribution Score 7

    Have been playing for a month, just recently found Michael pratice routine and now using it.

    #14233

    renjah_25
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    • Contribution Score 1

    I started violin in 4th grade and fell in love. Sadly the instructor left the following year and I just couldn’t pick up with the new instructor as easily. I returned to violin around 14/15 for a short time but the instructor wasn’t available much with other students. I am now 27 looking into learning the basics again until I can afford to buy a violin.

    #14244

    AndrinaSparda
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    • Contribution Score 1

    My name is Mary and I’ve been playing the Violin off and on for a few years now. I started learning when I was 20, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I haven’t played in awhile now and I would like to get back into playing regularly. It was different starting when I was older, and many people told me it was a waste of time since I wouldn’t get any good at it at my age. That didn’t matter to me, it was for the fun of it anyway.

    #14342

    donnscotty
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    • Contribution Score 1

    I have been playing everything other than a fiddle. I have a beginner’s fiddle to work on and a lifelong experience (patience) of playing. Have it in mind to purchase an intermediate fiddle but not sure what to look for. Embarrassed because I know what I like in other instruments I play.

    #14347

    Dianne Adkins
    Moderator
    • Contribution Score 325

    Hi all! Donny, I just wanted to invite you to have a look at the intermediate violins sold on the sister site, SuperiorViolins.com. I have several of these violins in my teaching studio and have been evaluating them for several weeks. I personally own a 100 year old French violin, which I have played since my college days. Needless to say, I never expected that a violin under $1000 would capture my affection to any degree. But after about 2 days of playing their Viviano Vitale violin, I have really become quite fond of it. It has outstanding balance of tone, whether you’re playing on G or high up on the E. The tone is very ringing, and is a mellow blend between bright and warm richness. The strings ‘speaks’ easily, responding well to the bow. Besides the fact that it’s a beautiful and well crafted instrument, it feels good in the hands. It looks good. And it sounds really superb. I fully endorse it as a violin teacher and professional violin player of 30+ years.

    Click the picture of this instrument below to go to the website and see everything that comes with the Viviano Vitale violin. You can also listen to several videos on the same page of Michael playing the instrument. This is the violin that is in the current giveaway. But if you don’t want to wait, don’t hesitate. It is a gorgeous, forever instrument you will adore playing.
    Viviano Vitale Violin
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    Did you know that Superior Violins offers a ‘Try Before You Buy’ program? No Risk and No Obligation to try instruments!
    Superior Violins also offers:
    Payment Plans and Financing so you can get the instrument of your dreams!
    Trade In Program that pays $300 trade in for your old violin IN ANY CONDITION toward the purchase of a new violin!
    What are you waiting for

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