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    Michael Sanchez
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    My Grandfather is 92 years old, and still plays the violin everyday. About 10 years ago, he hadn’t played for about 5-10 years as my Grandmother was getting more and more sick. I brought him his old violin that he used to play in the Grand Rapids symphony and he never looked back. Who says you can’t play the violin at age 92? I even had an 89 year old student once who was a PURE beginner. Common people, you can do this…There is my story. Any other cool stories out there?


    Ladbrooke Bomeke
    • Contribution Score 24

    Eh they’re just numbers! In the end, it’s just about the passion, I say.

    Can’t say I have a cool story to relate but I look forward to reading others who post! The day I get over my fear of crowds and performing for others will be the day I can tell a cool violin story lol!


    • Contribution Score 66

    When I worked in a music store, a boy and his mother came in and asked how hard it is to learn to play the violin? I said it takes practice, but you start by learning how to pick up and hold the violin. I took out a rental and sized him for a 3/4 violin and showed him how to place his feet, balance his weight and pluck open strings. I spent about 25 minutes with him and he learned that he could do it. He and his mother felt better about taking lessons and took the mystery out of learning how to play a violin.


    • Contribution Score 32

    Ironically, my violin teacher runs on the phrase “you’re never too old to learn”. She put the phrase on her business cards and now she has several adult students coming regularly!

    As for my story, the only thing I can think of right now is having a Czech violin and meeting an elderly couple from there. They mentioned that violins are typically associated with gypsies there, and for some reason my mother found that hilarious 🙂


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    I’m 57 and disabled. I play the mandolin a little, but always wanted to play the violin. I thought I was too late to start to learn, then my wife surprised me with a real beginner violin and Michaels’ book “Fiddle for Dummies”. I really didn’t think this would turn out well. I was afraid I would scare my cats and end up with outraged neighbors from my apt. complex. But several months down the line and I can’t believe what has happened. The violin has turned out to be as enjoyable to play as I hoped it would be. I try to play every day and my cats and I are still on speaking terms. Thanks to a mute, my neighbors are fine with my practice also. Some do question the sanity of taking up an instrument like the violin at my age, but I get points for giving it a try. It’s never to late to try some thing new. I can’t express the joy of playing this beautiful instrument, but I now can’t imagine not playing the violin. My wife says it has done me a world of good to take it up. I now have to play as much as I can. Do not be afraid to try, It gives life a boost that I never expected or could have hoped for. It really is the definition of joy!!


    • Contribution Score 60

    I mainly play the viola, but whenever I play it just for fun, I feel like the 200 lb gorilla gets off my back for once! I carry a heavy load as a full time college student! It’s a lot of pressure, squeezing in 3 hours of practicing a day, plus school work, plus regular work, that I sometimes practice at work!


    • Contribution Score 13

    I am 51 and for 3 years was contemplating playing the violin but didn’t want to start anything I might not continue as I sometimes do. A year ago I dove in and found Michael and this site. I immediately bought the Damiano as I read in a lot of places that a quality instrument will make One sound better right off and won’t be so discouraging. It has been about a year and a half now and I play 5 times a week and having a lot of fun learning new songs that get progressively harder. The neat thing about the violin is if You develop technique, even the simplest of songs can sound good, haha! I love how One can put emotion into it. You can make the same song sound sad or happy.
    Anyway, have fun because it is a wonderful journey, not a destination! Enjoy the ride !

    Gary Gipson


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    Past year my second daughter (8 yo) started with the violin at school. Her teacher told me about to take classes with her, so it would encourage her to practice. Although during that year we barely use de bow (this teacher starts with pizzicato) I felt in love with the violin. And then I decided to began with classes with a personal teacher. I didn’t read music, so I’m taking lessons too. And the great surprise is that I CAN play the violin… 😀 I’m 43 and since I was a child I liked so much the piano, that I always knew that some day I would study music and learn to play the piano… And suddenly I am here, with an instrument that I ever thought it was impossible to play. And I simply love it!

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    `I feel in love with the violin a long time ago. Finally, I bought my first one at the age of 49. My husband, son and I owned a restaurant in Friday Harbor, my son is a bagpiper, so I have been around a lot of music. I have never had formal lessons, only help from friends and violinists. A co-worker and I bought many violins on ebay hoping to get that special one. I went to a music shop in Seattle and bought my 35 Roth, which I love. Then this year I bought the Damiano from Violin Tudor Pro, it sounds as good as my Roth! I work as a Para Educator and have the summers off, I write YA books and have German Shepherds, a parrot, horse, and chickens. I belong to the North West Scottish Fiddlers, but it’s a ferry ride away and I’m not able to go to the meets. I am determined to start playing this year. I’m so glad I found this website.


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    I have so many stories to choose from…the husky that sang along to my playing…the time I skipped 8 bars while playing a solo with orchestra…the balancing act featuring “The Wind”….No, I think I have a more recent story. About 2-3 weeks ago, I had just finished teaching and was on the train heading to a gig with a band I play with called “Nautilus”. I was at the train stop just before the one I had to get off at and was standing near the doors with my violin leaning against my leg. Then suddenly, as the doors were closing, a man in a grey hooded jumper grabbed hold of my violin and leapt off the train, the doors closing behind him. Very well timed if I do say so myself.
    I’m sure you can imagine how much I panicked. I no longer cared that I had a gig in half an hour. My violin, my livelihood, had just been snatched from me and I could not just run after the thief. I promptly called the police and made a report and when I got to the next station took another train back to where the man had been and went and talked to station staff. I didn’t believe I was going to have much hope with finding it, it was peak hour and very crowded. I described the blue case it was in and the man who had taken it and after talking to a few people, a train director said that they had seen the man just get on a train heading north! The staff made phone calls to all of the stations that the trains would stop and discovered that there were some transit police officers getting on that train. Now, while the staff were doing all of this, I had been searching around the station area unaware that the man had left on a train, and after about an hour of searching, I got a phone call from a police officer saying that they had intercepted the thief and told me where they were.

    What an experience! I had to make a police report and everything! The thief tried to tell them that my violin had fallen and he had caught it but wasn’t able to give my violin back to me because the doors were closed. I thought I was going to have to testify against him in court or something but the police said it wouldn’t be necessary and I got my violin back within the next 15 minutes. I was incredibly lucky. I had missed my gig, but I also had my violin back and the chances of that happening so quickly had seemed impossible.

    That’s my violin story! I’m not sure if that was what you were after but I thought it would be more interesting than how I ended up playing the violin…which I don’t remember much haha


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    You brought back a memory. When I was in the Marine Corps, stationed in Washington D.C. back around 1975. I talked with a single young woman; by the way, I was a single young man. We were at some kind of gathering. She told me that I had a very nice singing voice, and she loved to listen to me sing. I thought to myself that I never sang in front of her. She lived in the apartment just above me. She was on the 17th floor, and I was on the 16th floor. No, we didn’t get together.


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    The coolest violin story that I’m aware of is in that Canadian movie “The Red Violin”. Fantastic story.


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    I hope to some day have a cool violin story. That is why I am here and learning violin:-)


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    I don’t have any really good violin stories yet. I know I will eventually, but I haven’t been playing the violin for very long. I have been across the country playing music though, just not the violin. I have spent some time with people that have great stories and I enjoy listening to them. Stories about meeting famous fiddle players throughout their life or how they came to play the instrument. I just enjoy a good story.


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    It’s really cool!


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    My violin story begins many years ago….My grandfather, who was born in 1919, took violin lessons as a child. He apparently hated taking lessons and never went very far with it. When he passed about 9 years ago, my parents gave me his old violin. Shortly after I acquired his old violin I picked up a violin as a gift for my dad (in his 60’s) who always wanted to play but never did. He had it for a few years and never did anything with it so he gave it back to me. It sat in the top of a closet for about 6-7 years and survived a house fire we had last year. This past Christmas a friend received a violin as a present and taught herself to play. She inspired me and after getting a free afternoon of music instruction (piano and violin) from a visiting preacher and his son at our church in April, I came home and got started. I am slowly progressing but I love it!! I am 41 years old and am finally fulfilling a long time dream of playing what I consider to be one of the most beautiful instruments!!


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    I began playing the violin when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I played all throughout my school years until I graduated high school. Like so many of us do in our youth I went off to college and stopped playing. Now I am 35 and have began relearning all the things that that i had learned so long ago. I had forgotten how much of a stress reliever my playing was for me. I have a 12yr old daughter that has beganing playing the viola at school so it has been a fun ride practicing the violin while she plays the viola part. This helps to keep is both motivated to practice. Because it is awesome quality time with each other as we learn together. I don’t have much free time and I was so excited to find this program. I am looking forward to continuing to play and becoming a better violinist.


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    I began playing the violin in the 4th or 5th grad and played through the middle of my senior year of high school. I took private lessons and always played in the top level orchestra offered by my school. I loved playing more than practically anything. It was my goal to become a professional player and play all over the country. Unfortunately for my senior year of high school symphony orchestra, I had an absolutely horrible orchestra instructor. He ended turning my love for music into hate. I stopped playing halfway through that year and didn’t pick my violin back up for about 6 years. At times I would often think about how much I had loved to play but I would also remember why I quit. During what I call my “violin glory years” my grandmother and I would get together and play 2-3x a week. She would sit at her piano and I would pull up a chair with my violin. She always encouraged my love for music and would teach me the piano on a weekly basis. She was incredibly sad when I quit playing but told me “Now love, I know your passion for music has been reduced to a smolder, but it will light back up again, it always did for me. We are people who have music in our soul and will always look to music to relax, live, love and heal”. I don’t think I have ever been so happy that she was right! My Gamgam was overjoyed when I called her pearlier this month and asked if she wanted to play like we used. She is 90 years old now and still going strong! I am happy to have our bond of music again.


    Chris Guleff
    • Contribution Score 87

    When I was in college I took a ride into the surrounding countryside and stopped at a rural antique store with some friends. They had a violin for sale for only $25 or $30 – this was in the late-1960’s. The violin looked to be in pretty good condition so I picked it up and started playing it. I smiled at everyone and the shop owners just nodded hoping I would buy it. It actually sounded pretty good for an inexpensive instrument, and nearly did buy it, except that I really didn’t need another one and it would not have been an upgrade from the one I already had. Now I wish I had — I could have passed it along to someone else.


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    sounds to me like Chris Guleff needs to take another trip to the countryside…


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    Ok I have one: I was scrolling through the above stories, and found one that I though sounded good and thought “who wrote that?” And realized it was me. Had to laugh some more…I know that is silly. It has been a really long day! Now tell me you did not scroll through to find my previous comment:-)


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    Not really a “cool story,” but I’ve had a violin for a few and I’ve got not really started practicing seriously after playing publicly for the first time in May with BC Renissance Festival, and I’ll be playing publicly again the end of August.


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    In my second year of playing, my violin had a bit of a problem. I live in Minnesota and the weather here is insane. Especially in the winter. It will be warm one day, and thirty below freezing the next. Anyways, I was going to school one morning and it was super cold outside, but warm inside. So the weather change from my house, to outside, to the school was harsh on my violin. when I unpacked my violin hours later at school I found my violin in pieces. Not like the wood cracked, but the pegs fell out, the end button and tail piece fell off, the strings came off, and the sound post even tipped over. Anyways, I fixed it and I’ve gotten a new violin since then and pay better attention to humidity problems.


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    dew156 thanks for posting that…now I know to protect my instrument a lot better against the elements!


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