May 30, 2015 at 2:59 pm #2177
My name is Tracye, I am 53; I am from Texas, but now live in Boquete Panama.
I picked up the violin for the first time in January 2014. I had never played a musical instrument, but have always wanted to learn the violin.
I found Micheal’s old site and signed up. I bought a beginner violin from him and played on it for about 10 months, taking online lessons from Michael when he was doing Skype lessons.
I became quite enamored with the Elda Marina when I heard how warm of a sound it produced and saw how beautiful it was; it was not a hard decision to trade in my beginner violin and buy the Elda Marina. I love that violin!!
I still take online Skype lessons from another teacher and am making pretty decent progress.
Picking up the violin was one of the best decisions I have made, I really enjoy it.June 1, 2015 at 1:41 am #2268
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Hi Tracye….The Elda Marina is such a beautiful instrument! I’m so happy for you that you have it! I understand why you love it! 🙂 Did it take you a while to get used to using Skype? It’s such a great way to communicate and to be able to take lessons over it is awesome…I just find it uncomfortable for some reason. I find it strange talking to a computer screen, I guess!
MargaretJune 1, 2015 at 3:11 am #2270
I am a techy kind of girl, so Skype was easy for me to adjust to.
I did have a on site teacher for about 2 months (but also continued my Skype lessons)… and even though she only spoke Spanish and I only speak English, I did learn a lot from her in that short time…if I have the opportunity to have an onsite teacher, I would certainly take advantage of it, but think I would still take my Skype lessons. Since I am limited in options….Skype has been a real blessing.
TracyeJune 3, 2015 at 6:55 pm #2440
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Let me know if you want to do classes in Spanish Tracye, I am capable of speaking! Thanks for being such an active participator on the site. Your passion is really helping out other musicians that are interested in playing!June 3, 2015 at 7:17 pm #2441
LOL…I do live in Panama…but do not speak Spanish other than to order food (I won’t starve to death) 🙂 …but learning Spanish is on my list of priorities…so once I get started on that, classes in Spanish might be fun.June 4, 2015 at 6:04 pm #2490
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I might have to start an area on my site that promotes lessons in Spanish. Would be great for people that want to learn a little bit of Spanish and also violin. Just a thought! 🙂 Could have different levels just like the violin classes.
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