New (First) Violin Day!
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!
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.
it looks very cool and crisp! I hope you enjoy this journey which I have been able to!
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.
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?
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.
1. Agree - smoothly functioning pegs are critical
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.
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.
Hey OP! Congrats! Lovely instrument to start with it looks like!
Getting a new instrument is always a joy! Congrats!
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.
The use, or not of tapes is almost as popular a discussion as shoulder rests!
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?
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