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    Musicloverk
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    I’m wondering why others quit playing violin when they were young. Could sharing help parents and young people to avoid our mistakes? It took me several years of playing piano to sort out some of my hurts and reasons which were many. Most of them I didn’t have words for until recently. One big one was the pressure to be popular even though I was a quiet introverted person. Playing violin was considered geeky in the 60’s and the teasing was difficult for me. My siblings were allowed to tease and harass me when I practiced which made me react by dreading practice even though I made good progress. They were sometimes told to stop but there were never any consequences. I was constantly reminded of the sacrifice of my parents’ time to take me to lessons and no matter how well I did, progress was never enough or acknowledged. I was always trying too hard to please others and lost enjoyment of the music and had so much tension that it was impossible to learn vibrato. I understand my parents having dreams of great things for me, but when it turns into so much pressure that I lost enjoyment of the music and lost sight of my goals, it became destructive. There were other factors as well, but this is already too long. I’m grateful to be able to enjoy playing violin and that God provided the opportunity to learn piano and help me understand and heal and realize that I hadn’t forgotten everything. This forum has been very helpful, too.

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    Fran
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    Hi there. I’m new to this website. But to answer your question, I played violin in Jr,.& High School orchestra late 60’s and I loved it. But after I graduated I unfortunately stopped. I didn’t have my own violin. I used to use the school’s and so after graduation I had no violin to play on. I’m sorry looking back I didn’t find a way to play but I did get a beginner violin several years back and now I’m retired and have time to practice.

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    Musicloverk
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    I also didn’t like a lot of the music chosen by the orchestra director and in the curriculum. It would have helped to have access to violin music to play for fun to supplement curriculum.

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