New (First) Violin Day!

Edited: February 1, 2019, 9:02 PM · New Violin Day is here and it's my first! (You never forget your first)

It is a La Chambre 600 high end student model I got from the local music shop. It was the best sounding and looking one in the $300-$400 range and the shop owner said I could trade her in for a better violin some time down the road. He even threw in an upgraded fiberglass bow because the wooden bow it came with was slightly bent.

I still can't play the darn thing properly, but that's what lessons are for!

La Chambre 600

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Edited: February 1, 2019, 9:51 PM · Beautiful! I'm happy for you! The great thing about a carbon-fiber bow is that you can always blame it if your tone blows.
February 1, 2019, 10:14 PM · it looks very cool and crisp! I hope you enjoy this journey which I have been able to!
Edited: February 2, 2019, 3:14 AM · Nice! When you feel comfortable, removing the finetuners (all except E) will make it sound better. You might need to get the pegs adjusted at the shop, but this made a huge difference on my first violin and honestly learning tune to with pegs is easier in my opinion.
February 2, 2019, 5:02 AM · A heartwarming topic to read about on a 10 degree below zero F morning. A nice looking instrument and bow to start out with and hope that you have a case to protect it on the way to your music lessons. What kind of strings are installed on your violin?

Welcome mr. Evans to!

February 2, 2019, 8:35 AM · Congratulations. You are about to embark on a challenging journey. I found it helpful to think of it as a series of modest destinations that never ends.

I would suggest three things for your violin to get started:

1. Have the shop carefully adjust the pegs so that they turn smoothly with modest effort. Sticky and/or loose pegs were the single most frustrating experience I had when starting. Do not worry about getting rid of the fine tuners for now. They will be a major convenience for some time.

2. Buy a micro tuner that sits on the edge of the violin. D'Addario sells a good one the price is modest. This makes tuning a snap and helps you easily correct finger positions when practicing.

3. Get a finger tape applied for the third finger in first position(perfect fourth above the open string). All the other finger locations can be quickly learned with this as a reference point.

February 2, 2019, 10:57 AM · 1. Agree - smoothly functioning pegs are critical

2. Agree - the new electronic vibration sensing tuners are terrific - use it to learn to tune your strings in 5ths.

3. Do not agree - the 3rd finger (in 1st position) on E, A and D strings is the octave of the string below. If you can find the 3rd finger location and locate 1st, 2nd and 4th fingers accordingly - tapes on the fingerboard do nothing for you. If you can see the tape(s) on your fingerboard - in my opinion - you are not holding the violin properly and this will hold you back in the future.

February 2, 2019, 12:08 PM · I remember how excited I was when I got my first violin. It was a cruddy Eastman factory violin. I know now it was a total shoebox, but I treated it like it was made of solid gold.

I agree that tapes hold you back. Learn to use your ears to find the right notes! I used tapes, and it caused me a lot of stress. Playing my teacher's violin for the first time (the pegs on mine were stuck) almost gave me a heart attack. I played ok, but I was pretty much dependent on those tapes when it came to my confidence.

Edited: February 2, 2019, 2:38 PM · Thanks for the responses! Yes I have a case (even has a humidity gauge), and the strings are D'Addario Helicore strings. I seem to be doing okay with the fingerings without the tape. I have a pretty good ear and I can tell when I'm sharp or flat. I'm having the most trouble with bowing, especially when fingering notes.
February 25, 2019, 8:41 AM · Hey OP! Congrats! Lovely instrument to start with it looks like!

I still have my first violin (my nephew plays on it now), and it always will be something special! Do you have a name yet?

February 25, 2019, 8:44 AM · Getting a new instrument is always a joy! Congrats!
Edited: February 25, 2019, 8:56 AM · Many congratulations on this, it's a wonderful thing! My first violin after a 40 year hiatus came at the end of November so I well remember the feeling. That violin is my forum avatar.

I concur with the others on not using tape, it took a few sessions for my teacher to convince me of this - but I trusted him on this. The ear is more important than the eye.

February 25, 2019, 9:05 AM · The use, or not of tapes is almost as popular a discussion as shoulder rests!
February 25, 2019, 9:46 AM · IIRC you used to play trombone. So you have a good enough ear to not need tape. You didn't need tape to learn the slide positions, did you?

And yes, the bow is going to give you a LOT more trouble than the fingerings...

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