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Chris Guleff

For me, the hardest part of re-learning was listening to myself playing. Where once I played well with ease, My playing sounded awful — even Jack Benny sounded better! This to me was a psychological or emotional challenge — a blow to my ego and a challenge to my self-confidence.

The second obstacle was dealing with the effects or arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome which have accumulated over the years. (I am 68 years young.) My reach and mobility had deteriorated to the point where I couldn’t reach the C string on my full-size viola and even had some difficulty with the G string on the violin. I gave my beautiful full-size viola to the schools so that a disadvantaged student would get a chance to learn and then bought a Cecilio 14-inch viola to allow me to get back to playing a little less painfully. I’ve also worked with yoga and other alternative forms of healing and consulted with holistic healer friends for advice.

As a greater incentive to play I set my music stand up in my office-work area with viola books from beginner to intermediate-advanced and placed the viola right next to it. This forms a daily reminder of my goal to become a good violinist & violist once more, and guess what? No more excuses.