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Aug 16, 2019 - 11:15:12 AM
7 posts since 8/16/2019

Beginner looking for a fiddling teacher, and advice about purchasing starter fiddle. Cambridge / Boston and surrounds.

Edited by - gcharpentier on 08/16/2019 11:16:36

Aug 16, 2019 - 11:47:34 AM

7466 posts since 3/19/2009

Welcome to the Hangout.. I suggest that you get the advice of an experienced fiddle player before buying a starter fiddle....You will surely get advice here, also ... Do you have a budget?? for your fiddle? Do you play another instrument?

Aug 16, 2019 - 12:39:47 PM

7 posts since 8/16/2019

I can play piano, though very rusty.
I play basic nylon string folk guitar, chords, not finger picking.

Aug 16, 2019 - 12:41:11 PM

7 posts since 8/16/2019

I haven’t come up with a budget.

Aug 16, 2019 - 12:49:10 PM

7466 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by gcharpentier

I haven’t come up with a budget.


Again, get an experienced person to help you get a fiddle ....and get a teacher.. I learned the HARD way, by myself.. I don't recommend it.. wink

Aug 16, 2019 - 1:01:16 PM
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79 posts since 3/19/2012

Should be lots of good teachers in your area. Used to be a shop on Mass Ave, Music Emporium, don't know if they're still in business, but they had a couple racks of good used fiddles. If you're interested in Celtic/Scottish/Cape Breton styles, you might look up Katie McNally, Hanneke Cassel, or Ed Pearlman. Or check in with the Canadian-American Club in Watertown. Should be lots of good Irish fiddlers at any of the pub sessions too. Happy fiddling!

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:54:14 PM

7 posts since 8/16/2019

Thank You!

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:58:18 PM

Baileyb

USA

9 posts since 1/24/2019

Maybe these folks can help you.

carriagehouseviolins.com/

Aug 17, 2019 - 12:41:25 PM

199 posts since 11/5/2014

quote:
Originally posted by gcharpentier

Beginner looking for a fiddling teacher, and advice about purchasing starter fiddle. Cambridge / Boston and surrounds.


 

Which style(s) are you interessed in?

Which budget for a fiddle?

Aug 17, 2019 - 1:16 PM

7 posts since 8/16/2019

I’m interested in French Canadian, but willing to start learning any basics.

Aug 17, 2019 - 1:17:17 PM

7 posts since 8/16/2019

I need to do some research before answering about budget.

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:15:11 PM

199 posts since 11/5/2014

If you just want to dip your toe in the fiddle waters, I would get an outfit from a place like fiddlerman. For around $500 you get a playable instrument and much of what you need with it (case, bow, shoulder rest, etc). Honestly, that should work well for your needs for a number of years. Carriage House Violins is good but more expensive. Good place to rent though if you really want to just try things for a short while.

For lessons you’re in a good area. Check with Passim School of Music in Cambridge. They have classes / workshops on a range of styles, and may be able to connect you with a teacher as well.

Aug 18, 2019 - 4:27:21 AM

7 posts since 8/16/2019

FiddleBas, Thank You.

Aug 18, 2019 - 11:33:10 AM
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Moko

USA

1 posts since 11/24/2017

I rented when I first started. It was a good decision. I found a good stringed instrument shop, they set me up with a better instrument than I was ready to buy at the time, decent bow and strings, all tuned up ready to go for something like $180 for a year. I broke a string (I'm an idiot) took it to the shop they replaced it ,tuned it up for no charge in about 10 minutes.
I liked renting because it got me started immediately and bought me time to learn a little more before I eventually bought my first fiddle.

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