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  • #14384

    AtTheMapleTable@yahoo.com
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    I’m 47 and love the violin! I think it is the most beautiful sound there is! You’re never too old!

    #14429

    AVToolman
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    Our whole family is quite musical. My dad plays piano & guitar. Mom played French Horn. My brothers played or still play trombone, trumpet, guitar, banjo, piano, violin, bass guitar, drum trap set. We all sang together as well. As I always had a proclivity & knack for mastering electronics, I became the sound guy very early on. Once you show skill with balancing sound you’re not often encouraged to do anything that would keep you too far from the mixer.

    Now, as adults, they all have an escape, a place they can go in their own music that can sooth and calm their stress-filled day. I can’t do that with a soundboard. Thus, I am trying to show my kids that we’re never too old to learn new things. My wife is a lifelong brass player. Thus, both kids play in brass band. I encouraged them to try strings as well. Thus my son, the cellist is in Honors Orchestra. My daughter, the violist has just finished her first year in orchestra, & also plays piano.

    It’s my turn. I’m starting on violin in the hope that as they progress, they’ll allow me to join them in making beautiful music together. And as I progress, I hope to find a place I can go in my own music to escape, or to create, to weep or to fly, to laugh & dance and simply enjoy making music.

    #14448

    Bob Blackburn
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    Hi, I am new to violin. 4 days and counting. I played clarinet and sax in high school. 30 years ago. Clarinet replaced violin in concert band, so I have played some of the same parts. Now, I am looking forward to returning to music. I had my first lesson last Friday. Looking forward to learning from the group here.

    #15092

    NancyKay
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    Hi everyone. I’m so glad to be here. I too am an “old” person learning the violin. Just got started three weeks ago. I am LOVING it. I have had music background when I was a kid (took piano for 13 years) so reading music is a breeze. I think the beauty of learning something at this age (58) is the “wanting” to learn. I have always wanted to learn how to play the violin so I guess you could say this is a dream come true, or scratch it off the bucket list. LOL So much more to learn. So everyone hang in there!

    #15121

    Geni758
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    I’m 57 and I started playing violin/fiddle a few months ago. I have played guitar for 40+ years and wanted to try something new. It certainly is challenging, but in the best possible way. I absolutely fell in love with Gypsy fiddle music and am currently taking lessons in fiddle and violin, both from online providers. My biggest challenge at the moment is trying to figure out a practice routine. I also have a tendency to overdo it sometimes and that causes me pain in various areas. My fault, but sometimes I just can’t play for a short period of time.

    #15134

    lmpitmon
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    Just trying to encourage my family…How

    #15204

    Eric Dugas
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    When I was younger, I played piano and guitar. I also tried violin during one year and gave it up. Now, as an adult, I wanted to try again to play music. Getting back to piano and to guitar was a little hard, but not too much. I felt that I should also try with the violin, but as I knew very little about this instrument, I had the fear that I would not be able to learn again.

    Now, I am extremely happy that I got back to violin. It’s going better than when I was young and I love it very much. I prefer my violin to the piano and the guitar. Even if I am not good in violin, I am thinking about learning more instruments, maybe trumpet or cello.

    #15528

    FiddleDD
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    It is never too late!!! There is some research out there supporting learning an instrument as a mature adult because it works both your brain and your muscles at the same time…It’s very good for your overall health!

    #15643

    Fran
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    Hi everyone. Just signed up on this site. I used to play in school several decades ago but this month I have picked it up and am enjoying it so much. I have some beginner books I’m using.

    #15734

    boom34
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    Hi! I am quite new, just a few months taking lessons. I didn’t know anything about reading music so I’m learning too. With three kids and my work, it’s difficult to have a practice routine, but I’m trying.

    #15735

    Szilva
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    My friend told me that she is playing the violin and then I thought hm I could do that too 🙂 thats how it started 🙂

    #15892

    Marlayum
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    I am very new to violin, 52 years old and started abut 3-4 months ago. The only other string instrument I ever played was a bit of bad guitar as a teenager. I wanted to touch an play a violin for the last 20 years or so. About 6 or 7 years ago I heard a man in my hometown play and my jaw dropped to the floor. He is Pat Ireland, if anyone is familiar. I eventually found out he taught, got kicked out of voice lessons for not singing loud enough, and then decided it was “now or never.” I think I have stuck with it (for 3-4 months) because my violin idol (who is now my teacher) is very encouraging and positive, and pushes me in just the right way. I am not saying I am good (I am raw beginner level), but I am really enjoying the process and find the challenge very “zen” in a way. If you are struggling, I cannot stress enough the importance of finding a good teacher. Someone out there has a way to lead you to improvement and they are waiting for you to give them a call! If you live in a remote area, find a good online teacher. Do Skype sessions. Find you tube tutorials. Whatever fits your budget and never give up your dream!

    #16059

    HDuaneaz
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    Arthritis in my fingers; however the biggest challenge is I had 2 vertebrae fused in my neck that went south. Sometimes I can get excruciating pain in my jaw from it. My old violin teacher whom I loved told me that I press too hard with my fingers. So, I am working on not putting down so much pressure, which helps with the arthritis.

    #16060

    HDuaneaz
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    Well, it is my understanding that with the Suzuki method they start out playing by ear. I kind of learned by my own homemade Suzuki method because my orchestra teacher didn’t teach us a lot of theory, and I naturally used my ear to tell if I was playing the right notes. I never knew the fingerings for different key signatures until I taught them to myself about 12 years ago.

    • This reply was modified 9 months ago by  HDuaneaz.
    #16981

    olmmbill
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    • Contribution Score 63

    I’ve been playing about two and a half years.

    #17002

    Marlayum
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    Yes, four months new, very long old dream that I am realizing at 52
    I always thought you had to start really young and be a “prodigy” on the violin so did not think I was “allowed”.. I had some unpleasant piano lesson memories as a child, played my sister’s hand-me-down clarinet for about a year or two in elementary school band. Played a bit of guitar at 15,16,17. Never practiced much of anything, always wanted to be good at stuff but did not realize there is a process involved. I also never studied in school. I got good grades, but had a great almost photographic memory. Then as I aged and went into higher learning and realized you have to work hard and that the act of learning can be fun. Bought myself a beautiful drum set at 25 and played quite a bit for several years and loved it – my teacher was a stickler for reading music, so I can read rhythm fairly well. In my 40’s I took 7 years of voice until my vocal coach unceremoniously threw me out when I gently told him that his yelling at me was making my throat tighten. I was DONE with music after that but could not stop thinking of the violin. So 4 months ago (several years after the voice incident) I signed up for violin in a sudden lightning bolt fashion, rented a violin set and paid my first month’s lessons. I was so terrified of lessons (my teacher is a really nice man) that my hands would shake like crazy and I would play 10 times worse than at home. Finally one lesson about 4 weeks in I told him of my voice experience and he was understanding. I also was afraid he would start yelling at me for not practicing enough and “getting it” so at another lesson I pulled up on my Ipad an oil painting I did 4 years ago (horrible) and one I am finishing now (pretty good). I told him I did not work consistently every day because I have such a busy job, but I did a little very week and improved over time and hope to do so with the violin. I just wanted him to know where I was coming from and what to expect from me. He was kind and understanding and now I know I have a good teacher.
    Suddenly I realize this mostly belongs under another topic, but do not feel like erasing it. Hope it helps someone. My musical journey has been about a lot more than music, as I am sure is true for everyone:-)

    #17053

    Laura Melis
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    I hope all of you that took the plunge are keeping up with it. Learning new things is so good for the mind and violin is so COOL!

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 1 week ago by  Laura Melis.
    • This reply was modified 8 months, 1 week ago by  Laura Melis.
    #17284

    ramon9243
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    Id like to create a topic on theory reading for beginners

    #17285

    Fran
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    • Contribution Score 34

    Good one

    #17302

    ericamw1
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    i am trying to learn this instrument what is the difference between regular and electric violin is there a different sound?

    #17310

    Laura Melis
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    I’ve been sort of playing around with the violin for almost 5 years. I’m in my early 50’s and feel really new, even though I’ve been tinkering that long. I think it’s because I’m getting more serious about it. For example, I’m not practiced on scales and hardly know any. I just heard the word, Etude, for the first time last week, and I’m still working out those little black squiggles on the straight lines…what do you call them? Oh yeah, notes. So as you can see, I feel like I’m starting from scratch.

    What can I do on the violin? Chase the dog out of the room. Why do I do it? I don’t like the dog–just kidding. The violin is totally cool. And I guess I’m willing to go through a little torture to try and tap into that coolness.

    #17453

    olmmbill
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    I’m not new. I’ve been playing a few years now.

    #17491

    reachvilla
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    • Contribution Score 9

    I have started my violin learning for few years , but I felt like I am new to violin because I didn’t practice violin regularly. .

    #17627

    Cynthia
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    • Contribution Score 16

    I’m 60 and have always to learn to play the violin. So now is my chance. I have yet to begin because life keeps getting in the way but I am trying to take care of most business that needs to be address so I can begin. Hopefully within the next month. I already have purchased the Vitale violin from Micheal and it is a beautiful instrument! Wish me luck!

    #18019

    Pierre95
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    Just had 63 when begun violin. a nice challenge in sight I guess.

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