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    Kay Chang
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    I’ve been playing violin in an orchestra in the second violin section. There are fun parts every once in a while, but in all honesty, though I need to practice to make it sound good it is, yawn, really boring and makes me want to avoid my violin. How does one keep/get back the joy of playing???

    #1936 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
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    I would suggest looking around for groups that have ideal music that you want to learn. If the music is boring, then you definitely aren’t going to find it enjoyable. In my local area, there are over 6 orchestras that are all at the advanced level. There are also many small groups that meet, and you can also form your own string quartet. If you are struggling with the passion of playing, it might just be that you need to experiment with other avenues. Just a thought!

    #1937 Reply

    MarkG
    Participant

    I keep my interest up by switching between fiddle and classical music. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of JJ Guy and Gordon Stobbe’s Twin Fiddles album. I’m not quite able to play the tunes yet though. 🙂

    #1938 Reply

    margaretellen
    Participant

    I’m wondering how one goes about finding a local orchestra to play with…I haven’t played with one in years (okay, decades!) and the last time I did it was in another city. I don’t have any idea of where to even begin to look for one – any ideas? Thanks!

    #1939 Reply

    Kay Chang
    Participant

    You live in a big city. I live in a small one. It is the city orchestra (the only one). There is an orchestra at the university in town, but you have to audition and I need to focus on my kids till they graduate. 🙂 I homeschool and its time consuming. However, I think you’re right about different avenues. It’ll have to be avenues on my own! I am going to go to one of your webinars about playing music from YouTube! 🙂

    #1942 Reply

    Kay Chang
    Participant

    Look for violin instructors and ask them. You could google it. Some may be on the net. Many colleges and universities have one.

    #1954 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    I don’t think it would be terribly difficult to find others to “jam” with in your local area. Go to craigslist or ask local musicians if they know of ways to connect with other musicians in the area. All it takes is finding one partner and then growing from there! Playing duet music is a lot of fun, you could find someone right at your level that would enjoy just playing through stuff with you. Also you could find a pianist to play with which always is a lot of fun and can sound wonderful. Try to find players that are just as good or better than you as being with someone that is further behind isn’t quite as fun. I also like to play with players that have good solid rhythm, so we can nail the music in proper timing. Nothing like music in sync with others!

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