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24-05-2017, 04:44 PM
RE: Taking Up an Instrument
(23-05-2017 11:59 AM)Larai19 Wrote:  Do you compose? Big Grin

I do Smile

It has become very accessible to anybody to record and mix his/her own songs with decent quality thanks to home studio recording. A good software and a good soundcard is all you need. In the 90s it was much harder, if you played electric guitar and wanted to compose, you had to join a band or to invest in expensive gear. Of course joining a band was the best, but it's often very difficult to find like minded musicians (especially drummers) to play music. Now, with a software, you can do pretty much everything, you record layers of instruments and can complete a whole song alone.

(23-05-2017 07:02 PM)Larai19 Wrote:  I've been looking at this violin...

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Bellafina/Pr...-Outfit.gc

It's in my price range for beginner violins. Is it any good?

When my wife bought a violin 10 years ago, I think she paid it about 220 €, but it was in a small music shop in the city which was known to be expensive. It's difficult to know the quality of an instruments just by its price, it gives you a general idea but on the basic models, it's usually more difficult because their can be some difference due to the dealer, the brand, etc. I would say your price is probably correct, but I don't play violin so I can't give you real advice on it. The best is probably to check the reviews on the website. Also sometimes if the brand is well known, you can find youtube tests about it. I checked "Bellafina" on youtube and there are a lot of test videos, not the same model, but by checking the price of the models that are tested, it can give you a good idea of the model you found.

I don't know in which country you live, but in Europe one of the biggest music online dealer is Thomann, it's a german website, they have got a lot of choice and their price are usually among the lowest.
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25-05-2017, 12:04 AM
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You can also hire if you don't want to spend the money up front. I had a hired violin for years before I got one of my own.

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(06-02-2014 03:47 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  And I'm giving myself a conclusion again from all the facepalming.
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25-05-2017, 04:39 PM
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(24-05-2017 04:44 PM)Sturm Wrote:  
(23-05-2017 11:59 AM)Larai19 Wrote:  Do you compose? Big Grin

I do Smile

It has become very accessible to anybody to record and mix his/her own songs with decent quality thanks to home studio recording. A good software and a good soundcard is all you need. In the 90s it was much harder, if you played electric guitar and wanted to compose, you had to join a band or to invest in expensive gear. Of course joining a band was the best, but it's often very difficult to find like minded musicians (especially drummers) to play music. Now, with a software, you can do pretty much everything, you record layers of instruments and can complete a whole song alone.

(23-05-2017 07:02 PM)Larai19 Wrote:  I've been looking at this violin...

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Bellafina/Pr...-Outfit.gc

It's in my price range for beginner violins. Is it any good?

When my wife bought a violin 10 years ago, I think she paid it about 220 €, but it was in a small music shop in the city which was known to be expensive. It's difficult to know the quality of an instruments just by its price, it gives you a general idea but on the basic models, it's usually more difficult because their can be some difference due to the dealer, the brand, etc. I would say your price is probably correct, but I don't play violin so I can't give you real advice on it. The best is probably to check the reviews on the website. Also sometimes if the brand is well known, you can find youtube tests about it. I checked "Bellafina" on youtube and there are a lot of test videos, not the same model, but by checking the price of the models that are tested, it can give you a good idea of the model you found.

I don't know in which country you live, but in Europe one of the biggest music online dealer is Thomann, it's a german website, they have got a lot of choice and their price are usually among the lowest.

What kinds of music do you produce? Big Grin


Thank you for doing a little search about my violin! Big Grin That was very kind of you . I will take your advice and follow up on it.
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25-05-2017, 04:40 PM
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(25-05-2017 12:04 AM)morondog Wrote:  You can also hire if you don't want to spend the money up front. I had a hired violin for years before I got one of my own.

Do you have any advice on finding a teacher? Smile
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25-05-2017, 04:48 PM
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(25-05-2017 04:40 PM)Larai19 Wrote:  
(25-05-2017 12:04 AM)morondog Wrote:  You can also hire if you don't want to spend the money up front. I had a hired violin for years before I got one of my own.

Do you have any advice on finding a teacher? Smile

Haha. Nope Tongue I was fortunate that my first teacher was good, and by the time I finished with him I'd learned what I needed to go forward on my own.

I suggest look for someone who's made a career out of teaching music, rather than is a good musician who might take a student. Career teachers are good at teaching. Plus they often have little groups that you can join as you get better.

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(06-02-2014 03:47 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  And I'm giving myself a conclusion again from all the facepalming.
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25-05-2017, 04:52 PM
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(25-05-2017 04:48 PM)morondog Wrote:  
(25-05-2017 04:40 PM)Larai19 Wrote:  Do you have any advice on finding a teacher? Smile

Haha. Nope Tongue I was fortunate that my first teacher was good, and by the time I finished with him I'd learned what I needed to go forward on my own.

I suggest look for someone who's made a career out of teaching music, rather than is a good musician who might take a student. Career teachers are good at teaching. Plus they often have little groups that you can join as you get better.

What made you decide to take up the fiddle? Smile
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25-05-2017, 04:55 PM
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(25-05-2017 04:40 PM)Larai19 Wrote:  
(25-05-2017 12:04 AM)morondog Wrote:  You can also hire if you don't want to spend the money up front. I had a hired violin for years before I got one of my own.

Do you have any advice on finding a teacher? Smile

Check out

Local community music schools
Music stores (often run lessons or have teachers' cards)
College music departments
Music teachers who advertise online (Craigslist and the like)

There are also teachers who do Skype lessons
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25-05-2017, 05:14 PM
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(25-05-2017 04:52 PM)Larai19 Wrote:  What made you decide to take up the fiddle? Smile

My brother started before me, ironically he no longer plays. I guess originally it was just a desire to copy him, but later, especially after I discovered Irish music, it just became part of me. I can't give it up now, it'd be like giving up breathing.

You come across Irish music in the weirdest places. I've got a terrible porn clip that I've kept for ages because the background track is an amazing piece of fiddle music Blush

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(06-02-2014 03:47 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  And I'm giving myself a conclusion again from all the facepalming.
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25-05-2017, 05:18 PM
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(25-05-2017 05:14 PM)morondog Wrote:  
(25-05-2017 04:52 PM)Larai19 Wrote:  What made you decide to take up the fiddle? Smile

My brother started before me, ironically he no longer plays. I guess originally it was just a desire to copy him, but later, especially after I discovered Irish music, it just became part of me. I can't give it up now, it'd be like giving up breathing.

You come across Irish music in the weirdest places. I've got a terrible porn clip that I've kept for ages because the background track is an amazing piece of fiddle music Blush

I feel remarkably compelled to ask you how you found it. Laugh out load
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25-05-2017, 05:31 PM
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(25-05-2017 05:18 PM)Larai19 Wrote:  
(25-05-2017 05:14 PM)morondog Wrote:  My brother started before me, ironically he no longer plays. I guess originally it was just a desire to copy him, but later, especially after I discovered Irish music, it just became part of me. I can't give it up now, it'd be like giving up breathing.

You come across Irish music in the weirdest places. I've got a terrible porn clip that I've kept for ages because the background track is an amazing piece of fiddle music Blush

I feel remarkably compelled to ask you how you found it. Laugh out load

Well, you know. Late at night. One feels the need to stroke one's ego so to speak... a visual assist is sometimes helpful...

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(06-02-2014 03:47 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  And I'm giving myself a conclusion again from all the facepalming.
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