I started playing the violin in fourth grade and played through my freshman year in college. After a 35 year absence, I started playing again after being asked to play in church. It has now been over a year since I started playing again. I try to fit in practice when I can and just recently joined a new volunteer string orchestra/ensemble. I am thrilled to be playing again!
That’s great to hear! I was really rusty that first time I played in church accompanying the choir and organ. I practiced a lot and it turned out ok. That encouraged me to keep practicing. Slowly, the technique is coming back. Like Michael states, scales and etudes and even some of his exercises should be part of the practice routine. Best wishes to you!
I have the same story! I got to borrow a violin to play in a couple church Christmas programs, and now I’m trying to purchase my own instrument and get back into the habit of playing. It’s so funny how I now realize my mother was right – After playing for a year or so in elementary school, I was tired of it, but my mom insisted I keep playing. She said I would eventually love it. I didn’t really love it until after I dropped it in college. Then I missed it terribly every time I heard someone play!