I bought a violin

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Re: I bought a violin

Post by dory » Sat May 20, 2017 11:23 pm

As long as you don't give up the guitar. Ok, you can, but I hope you don't because I would miss you on the forum.

As for fingernails, mine would be nonesistent except that I pain the part that extends beyond the flesh with brush on superglue. Now that I am used to it I can get a very thin layer, but it is enough to make my nails almost indestructable. I recommend trying it.

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Re: I bought a violin

Post by Andrew Fryer » Sun May 21, 2017 8:17 am

I didn't realise this thread was still alive. I went to a village fete yesterday, where our uke group played two sets. Initially I thought that if I practised the violin enough I might by yesterday be able to manage a few solos in the Western Swing numbers we play. But I have hardly touched the violin. Pizzicato scales aren't too difficult, but the transition from that to bowing is pretty big. Maybe by next May! Mind, I have hardly played the guitar for 6 months - no fingernails, although also I'm too addicted to reading.

Funnily, a friend of a friend gave me a second violin - her daughter couldn't be bothered to learn it. It cost twice what mine cost (£100 as opposed to £50), but isn't quite as good as mine. At the time I thought I might be onto a winner, but now it just sits there, a bigger white elephant than the first one!
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Re: I bought a violin

Post by Michael.N. » Sun May 21, 2017 8:31 am

Practice colle bowing. That and a flexible wrist goes a long way to eliminating the beginners rigid bowing style.

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Re: I bought a violin

Post by Sandaun » Sun May 21, 2017 11:45 am

FWVLIW, you could find some guitar and violin duets and learn both violin and guitar parts. That might get the violin out of "white elephant" status Try playing guitar parts on the violin - after all, violin parts have been played on the guitar, so it's not (completely) absurd. :)

You could also get your uke group to call you as their violin/fiddle specialist - you know, telling the audience that they will be treated to a violin solo by [your name here] so please don't go away ... in other words, get them to make room in your performances for you to do your stuff. Otherwise you won't leave your comfort zone ...
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Re: I bought a violin

Post by malc laney » Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:46 am

sandaun's idea is great . It could be developed by recording the accompamiement on guitar and playing along with it , or recording both and posting them here.We await Andrew's post with impatience.BTW the uke is banned after brexit.

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Re: I bought a violin

Post by Rick Hutt » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:57 pm

In Junior High, in the Bay area long, long ago, they offered us instruments and lessons. I inquired as to what was available and the teacher started listing them off. I stopped when he said, "viola"., I liked the sound of the word, and having no idea whether it was blown, struck, bowed, or plucked, chose it. I had a wonderful few years with it, but then we moved away and the district took it back. Then someone said, "guitar"........
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Re: I bought a violin

Post by Andrew Fryer » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:04 pm

Nah the uke is American, albeit imported there by Portuguese immigrants in the 19th c, and we're going to have yet another pretend special relationship with the USA, so the uke is here to stay.

Curiously, I have two friends who play the viola - one of them a 16 3/4" 20th century job refashioned out of a broken cello by a local luthier, and the other plays a rare undersized 18th century instrument.
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