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    tinge
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    52 years old from Swartz Creek, Michigan USA.

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    Musicloverk
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    Welcome! Are you new to violin?

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    Priscilla Gaskins
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    Hi Welcome to the group! I am 69- from Owosso- How long have you been playing violin? This is a great site and Michael Sanchez is wonderful! I have bought 2 bows from him and just got a new violinf – a kowalski- from him-I had just gotten a Damiano when he showed me the Kowalski-If you want a good deal on bows or violins get them from him!
    Also do you have wednesday nights from 6:30-8 pm free? If so would love for you to join the New Horizons Band at FIM in Flint-it is an international all adult band-doesnt matter how much experience you have had- and no pressure to play well-year before last we only had one stringed instrument- cello-last year a lady joined who was gonna play violin but switched to clarinet-I play flute in the band but if you could join i would try violin -I have not been playing but 3 years and still taking lessons.Do you play any other instrument?you would be welcome in the band- the cost is $65/year-we dont play in the summer-we start again Sept 19-if interested go to FIM and register or you are welcome to come just observe and see if you would like it- sure you will!!

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    tinge
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    In 2013 I had a massive heart attack and had to have a five-way heart bypass surgery. During the wait time before the surgery I could only think of one regret: I never learned to play the violin. The heart surgery was successful. And after waiting a couple years I looked into renting a violin. I enjoyed it so much, I bought one that was a step up above the student rental. I have only been practicing once or twice a week for the past year. And I plan to practice more frequently. I played a lot of piano up to twenty years ago. But I lost interest. The music theory learned from the piano really helps my violin practice. I already know how to read the music. And the timing part is review. I also had a semester of music theory and jazz appreciation at Mott Community College in Flint. (again 20+ years ago.)
    I will keep New Horizons Band at Flint Institute of Music in mind. But not right now. I need more experience at practicing. I have been focusing on scales and nothing really else. I would like to observe in the meantime. Thank you.

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    Priscilla Gaskins
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    I hope you are doing well after that surgery! that sounds like a tough surgery to go thru!
    You are welcome to come sit in and observe our group!We have to conductors-Nancy Rubke and William Deal. If you would like to learn another instrument they can help you- There are a lot of adults in grops there and taking private lessons at FIM-private lessons are rather expensive-I take private piano lessons there -I took piano as a child and didnt take much interest but had a good background in theory so started private lessons at FIM for my own improvement and i love it!I take private violin lessons in Grand Blanc from a Korean lady who also teaches piano at FIM- her name is Hyunsoo Kim- she teaches violin at her home and is reasonable with her price-you could consider her if you want to take some private lessons -let me know and I can give you her phone number- she is a very good teacher-I take an hour lesson every Monday morning.I didnt start flute lessons till my middle 50’s so am a late bloomer! Violin is very hard and tedious to learn- really takes a long time and a lot of patience but I love it- also on this site Michael offers a lot of help and videos and you weill learn a lot from him-I have been to his house in Grand Rapids several times

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    Suzanne Cox
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    Welcome! Good to have you here. I played piano first as well, it will really help you learn the violin more quickly. You will find a great and supportive community here in the forum, as well as our Adult Violin Learners Facebook Group. Let me know if you have any questions as your browse the site!

    Suzanne Cox
    Violin Tutor Pro Teacher

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    tinge
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    thank you

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