Okay so it's not really new, nor is it really new to me. This is my Great Grandpa's Violin and it's been in my possession since around 1995. We're not exactly sure how old it is but my dad thinks that he was playing it before my grandpa was born in 1918. And then my dad suggested that my great grandpa might have inherited it from his father. So we're pretty sure it's over 100 years old...but how much older who knows. So it was in rough shape and hadn't been played much since the 70s, and we got it restored professionally in the 90s just before I got it and then I never had a teacher so it gathered dust. Fast forward to last week, I was in Nashville and got to see Old Crow Medicine Show at the Grand Ole Opry. I bought their concert DVD and met the band (briefly). When I got home and watched the DVD I was hooked. I've watched it a few times now, and last Tuesday I drove out to my parents house and grabbed my dear old violin off the top shelf of the entry-way closet. I've picked around on it every now and then over the last 20 years, but usually I'd give up after minimal effort and return. This time has been different. I put a few pieces of tape on the fingerboard to mark the finger positions, new strings, and a practice mute (for the sake of my girlfriend). I figured out the major scale in a few positions and I was off. I print out a few new pieces of music every day at work and bring them home and crank them out. And I'm just having so much fun. It's actually pretty straightforward and though it's tuned differently, a lot of my guitar knowledge gas transferred over, so that's sped things up. I know my dad is happy that I'm finally figuring it out, and I wish I would have put more time in it while my grandpa was still around. But this Fiddle now lives on in another generation, because I have a hard time putting it down! Any fiddle players around this forum?