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riboslav / Sinisa Petric 10 days ago
Hi guys, After more than 20 years of neglecting my primary instrument on which I acquired my classical music education, I finally decided to return to the violin. Since my old acoustic violin was completely deformed, I decided to buy an electric violin so that the neighbors wouldn?t complain: ?Who?s beating the cat?? There was a good opportunity on eBay and got the violin from Germany. Hand made beast with active pickup and 4-band eqalizer...not an ole porch fiddle, but nowadays, with digital modeling, it can sound almost acoustic. And now, back to basics (was my bow grip Franco-Belgian or Russian? I forgot). Empty strings first...scales in first position...and so on. Maybe I'll be able to play some decent improvisation after five, six months. Damned...and I used to play Grappelli hot jazz pieces...once.


   

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offthewall   commented 10 days ago


Hello Sinisa, Welcome to my Front Porch. I've just been listening to some of your very nice guitar picking and that deep mellow voice you have. When I find the time I think I may come and do some work with you. I'd be very interested to hear how you develop with that fiddle. I got an electric violin a while back but am struggling with it. Tried it out on a couple of songs but am not at all comfortable with bowing!

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riboslav   commented 10 days ago


Hi James, Thanks for a welcome. Regarding bowing and bow holding, there is a good channel on YouTube where you can find some great tips on bow hold and right hand in general: https://www.youtube.com/user/violinclass/videos As I consider myself as beginner (after all I haven't touched a violin for more then 20 years) I think videos on this channel is a way to go.

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offthewall   commented 10 days ago


You are probably quite right but I have to find my own way of doing things as I have arthritis in my hands. It makes anything in a violin position rather difficult. because of this I tend to use the old time Country style of holding the fiddle to the chest rather than under the chin. I'll get there eventually. :))

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riboslav   commented 10 days ago


Oh, arthritis is nasty thing. I have some pain in my fingers, probably from computer (I work as a software engineer) and that was one of the reasons to begin picking again. Still 3 years to full retirement and then I hope I can spend more time with music and collaborating with other musicians . Now I must go to sleep, tomorrow is another day in the office. BTW, here is my hobby site (computer graphics and music), mostly my fingerstyle compositions that I forgot to play :) https://sigmapi-design.com/music/compositions/