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    Default Any Violinists on here ?

    Curious if any Violinists took up the uke ? I did and love both !
    I play an English violin from 1790 and a Joseph Gaffino from 1745, and also a Yamaha electric.
    Trained classically originally, and still play orchestral music, but folk now also, in an improvised Guitar/fiddle duet.

    Tell me about your violin skills ! I'm sure there are some virtuosos on here; I'm far from one !


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    I am a fiddle player, primarily old time music but have also played other genres over the years. I have been playing all sorts of fretted instruments including ukes for over 4 decades.
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    Well, I'm not a violin player, but I do have a violin. My Grandfather played the violin. Actually my mother told me he was a "fiddler". He played in bars, for dances, and things like that. Then my Mother played his violin in high school. It is a Francois Salzard, and my Mother told me that my Grandfather brought it back from France, where he fought in WWI. I don't know if that is true or not, as he died when my Mother was only three years old, so that is just what she said. But it appears to be old enough. I've had it for probably thirty years. I have never tried to play it. The neck is separating from the body of the violin, and I don't want to play it bad enough to get it fixed. If it weren't for that, I might have tried.

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    Bumping up an old thread... I would love to try to learn the violin, and have ordered a used one off of eBay. Is there a good violin/fiddle forum comparable to UU?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inkdork View Post
    Bumping up an old thread... I would love to try to learn the violin, and have ordered a used one off of eBay. Is there a good violin/fiddle forum comparable to UU?
    For fiddle, Fiddle Hangout would be good.

    More general for violin playing: Maestronet

    However, I would suggest that you take some lessons from a good teacher. Violin is one instrument that you want to get the correct technique from the start. It is more than a little difficult, esp in the beginning to get the subtleties of bowing and tone production. Many people start and give up easily.
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    I found Fiddle Hangout but not the other one. And I'm planning on at least a few lessons because reality says I don't even know the proper way to hold it when it arrives.
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    It is not so easy to transition from ukulele to violin/fiddle. Just be prepared to take deep breaths and be patient with yourself. It also helps after some time to have other people with abilities similar to you to play slowly with. That is how I learned many decades ago. Good luck!

    I do see from your signature that you play dulcimer so I assume that you are not interested in classical violin, more old time fiddle? In that case, if you can go to some fiddle festivals or camps. Fiddler Magazine BTW is a generally good source for many styles or Old Time Herald if you are primarily interested in old time music.
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    LOL I expect to be absolutely terrible at it for a while! Hopefully a few lessons will get me off on the right foot though and I can go from there.

    I'm honestly interested in either style, but I do have a soft spot for old time music. I'll keep a look out for fiddling events nearby that I might be able to attend. I'll check those magazines out as well. Thanks.
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    I bin "playing" that squeaky scrape box about 3 months now, so this 'll be a larf...a bit of George Formby doesGypay Jazz...lol....

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    My mom played and was a prodigy. Her mom was first violinist in her dad's bands, then my mother was. He was the NBC Orchestra leader for quite awile waaaaay back. My Mom just died and I inherited a Thir and a Magini. I would love to take lessons but my uncle asked for them, and since he is dying of cancer I sent one and will pack the other to go soon. I hate to let them go. When he steps out the family promised to send them back. Hope so. Those violins were long time companions to my mother, who played beautifully, it was astonishing. She played piano and bari uke too.

    Even with all the musicians, it was a very dysfunctional family, I wasn't much of a part of it even though I was the first born of the first born, and no one ever thought to ask if I wanted to learn to play anything.

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