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    msplumuniq
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    For me, I began learning the violin at the age of 9. I’m now 55. I remember how frustrating it was at times when I couldn’t keep the bow steadily on the strings, or made squeaks! But, I’d keep at it, until I’m sure I drove my family crazy. Maybe they thought it was a fluke, I’d quit, but I didn’t. I loved it. I honestly don’t remember what drew me to it, it may have been the best choice I had at the time. I knew I wasn’t interesting in a wind instrument or percussion. (Later, I taught myself the piano after having taken accordion lessons). Since that point, I’ve mostly played in churches. I’ve also been the pianist several times (and a couple times the organist). It’s a huge leap from playing a single note (or at times chords on the violin) to chording and playing melody on a piano! But, it did make me grow as a musician. I have a very original style on my instruments, because I’m largely self-taught. For instance, I naturally picked up doing vibrato in Junior High School, around the age of 12, (but never demonstrated it during “chair challenges” due to fear that I was doing it wrong)! So, no first chair for me.
    I also learned a lot by playing with the church worship teams. So, I picked up a unique style that adapted itself well to Southern Gospel, but was just as comfortable doing more classical sounding music and even a little jazz style. I admit jazz is challenging for me, but I have “cut loose” a few times and improvised some both on piano and violin and organ.
    Right now, I don’t have a decent violin, so it’s hard to play. Hopefully someday, we’ll be able to purchase one of these fine violins. It’s nice being in the chats though to see what others think and are talking about. And just general “string talk.” Pam

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    rebecca
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    Wow! You must be a really good violin player! I started when I was three and I’ll be 50 next year. I don’t really remember much until around middle school when I was going through the Suzuki books with a great teacher. I was also in the school orchestra and the conductor had us play “Light My Fire” by the Doors. I prefer classical as by base genre and like to fool around with rockabilly with my boyfriend. My parents bought me a really good violin when I could play a full sized one, and I just love playing it. You’re right, a good instrument makes all the difference. I hope you entered the violin giveaway because the Tia Bruna looks like a fantastic instrument!

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    msplumuniq
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    Well Rebecca, I hope I am!! I’m not as good as I should be, I know that, I got lazy at some points, for instance my upper positions need work, excluding the E string. I have been told by people that they really enjoyed my playing. I think the key, at least for me, is playing with emotion. They feel the emotion with the music, just as most of us feel the emotion in a song from a good singer. I just can’t help but let the emotion out when I play. Same with piano. I have largely learned to play by ear, although I do read music as well. When I was a teen, for about a year, my family toured around doing week long church children’s camps, and my dad preached on Sunday. Later, as a family, even including our married spouses, we continued singing and playing in churches. I always played the violin as well as piano, and my younger brother and I taught ourselves many songs that my parents wanted to do (my mom sang with my brother). So I suppose I’ve had a varied background!!
    I love connecting with others who’ve played for a number of years like you, it’s fantastic!!

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