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Old 01-06-2013, 23:38   #1
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Any violinists out there?

Hi there musicians of Glocktalk. I found a shiny violin under the Christmas tree and honestly have loved the sound of the violin since I was a child. That being said I have no musical background or talent to speak of. Anyone have any tips for someone just starting out?

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Old 01-07-2013, 05:44   #2
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Here's what Gilda Radner (as Emily Latella) had to say about that:

Chevy Chase: Here with an editorial reply is Miss Emily Lattella.
Emily Lattella: What's all this fuss I keep hearing about violins on television? Why don't parents want their kids to see violins on television? I thought the Leonardo Bernstein concerts were just lovely, now, if they only show violins on television after ten o'clock at night, the little babies will all be asleep and they won't learn any music appreciation. They'll learn to play guitars, and bongo drums and go to Africa and join these rock'n roll outfits and they won't drink milk! I think there should be more violins on television and less game shows, it's terrible the way...
Chevy Chase: Um, Littella, that's Violence on television. Not violins.
Emily Lattella: Oh, well that's diffrent. Never mind!
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:21   #3
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Find someone in your area that provides lessons. And let me know how much they are, I'd love to learn how to play.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:43   #4
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I started playing in the 5th grade and gave it up after high school for college and work. For many, it is very frustrating to play since it has no frets and you have know what in tune is. Music is difficult to read. I suggest private lessons if you can afford them. It will take years of dedicated practice and lessons to get to sounding good. Since I have perfect pitch, I took to it easy and was first chair violin in every orchestra I sat in. I picked it back up 13 years later and within an hour was right back to the same level I was before. Just recently played a few weddings without sheet music bc I memorize everything. I watched other ppl struggle with it over the years who did not have an ear for it. If you have no idea what notes are supposed to sound like, I suggest getting a small keyboard, playing a scale, and matching it with the violin, since you can't play a keyboard out of tune unless you hit the wrong key altoghether. If you have any questions I would be happy to help.
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I've been playing for 9 yrs. IMO, lessons are a necessity. If you are near a college you might find a violin/music student who'd be willing to teach.
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