I’m completely smitten for Moira. I haven’t had that many lessons yet, but I love just picking up my fiddle & fooling around with it for an hour or so.
Right now, I’m trying to make sure I have the fingering on the frets right. I do a lot of scales or hopscotching from note to note. To keep from driving my husband or anyone else in the listening vicinity crazy, I clamp the bridge with clothespins. (Props to my teacher Steve for telling me that trade secret!)
I also hum do-re-mi as a guide. Basic practice like this sounds boring, I’m sure. But it’s a sweet thrill when the vibrating note matches the sound in my throat.
All I can really do now is play the chorus from Jingle Bells. But I found an easy version of Red River Valley online, so it gives me something to aspire to. I’m really having fun!