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    CynthiaB
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    Hi everyone. I’m 59 and had my first violin lesson yesterday. What can I say? It’s a “bucket list” thing! All I can say is that it’s ugly. Painfully ugly. For my practice today I closeted myself in the master bath with the door closed and closed the door to the bedroom as well:). Suitably insulated, I screeched out Twinkle Var A (Mississippi Hot Dog ring a bell?) for an hour. 30 min of that was tuning, an exhaustive process, All I can say is that is sounded ever so slightly better than yesterday. Hey, I’m optimistic!

    Anyway, the humorous thing as it relates to us older ones: I wear bifocals, and it is very difficult to view the keyboard with them! I tried a pair of cheaters from years ago, but still a bit disoriented. Anyone else have this problem? I’m hoping my eyes will adjust. There is a silver lining I guess. I have to rely more on touch for the right note than sound.

    I’d love to hear about your own humorous personal experiences learning the violin as an adult 🙂

    #8215

    Anteros
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    • Contribution Score 162

    I hear you. I always wanted to pick up the violin but finally decided to do it a few months back at the age of 37. 🙂 My teacher started me out on a diet of Mississippi Hot Dog as well. Are you using fine tuners?

    A humorous story from my first lesson after the two week Christmas break. I arrived and said hello to my teacher and had the following conversation:
    teacher: Did you get any time to practice over the break?
    Me: Of course. I practiced nearly every day.
    teacher: Hah. My child and adult students were almost opposites. The children took a vacation from every thing including music lessons. The adults were all like ‘Yes! I have time to practice!’.

    Enjoy yourself. It’s a lot of fun. 🙂

    #8240

    Claudio Freire
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    Hi Cynthia, I am 44 years old and I started playing a violin two weeks ago. I am going thru the first 10 lessons from the site. My whole body hurts, specially my back and right hand, but I am very excited that ‘Jingle Bells’ sounds a little better now.
    The only thing funny so far is the face that my six-year-old boy makes when he hears me playing ?

    #8500

    Chrystal
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    Hi Cynthia

    Good luck with your new venture. I have been playing for almost 4 years as an adult. I can honestly say it is one of the best life experiences for me. Music and my violin have become my faithful companions on a daily basis. Sometimes the relationship get rocky and it seems that my violin doesn’t want to comply to my tireless efforts but for the most part it has been a joy, a pleasure. I get very excited opening my case…my neighbours… not so much. The greatest challenge for me is to not cause a disturbance in my apartment block….especially when learning a new piece.

    I wish you all the success and joy and that you will be able to make all the music your heart desires.

    #8521

    Jeph Embree
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    I deliberately got an electric violin for my starter because they are sometimes called “silent” violins. This is not the case. So i go to the farthest part of the house to do my screeching.

    #10270

    DeaconBlue
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    At 59 I was looking for a new challenge and saw a sign in front of a house on the way to work that advertised violin lessons. Coming from a music background (guitar), but having trouble with arthritis and hand strength, it jumped right out at me and once I found out how technically challenging it is to play the violin, I was hooked. I don’t know if I will ever be any good, but I sure am going to try!

    #10595

    suzettesmith11
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    Hi, I started recently. Aged 47! Did some violin practices at the age of 10, but think my dad found it too painful, so it did not last. I just think that a violin brings to music something that is ethereal, mystic and beautiful… Hopefully, with loads of practice I can play silent night at Christmas time this year. That’s the goal at least.

    #10864

    Carolyn Rutter
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    Cynthia, your post really made me laugh! The master bathroom is also my practice room (with the bedroom door shut). I have been playing for three years now. My husband gave me a violin for our 30th anniversary. Sometimes, I wonder how he can stand hearing me….it is hard for ME to hear me! I can play much more complicated music now, but I still sound like Jack Benny most of the time. I practice every day and am waiting for the magic to happen. Truth is, I love it so much, that I am willing to keep on keepin’ on. I wish you the best of luck with your music!

    #10873

    suzettesmith11
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    Kia Ora, Cyntia Three years, wow, you must be pretty good by now. I am the first to admit that my playing sounds a bit like a cat that is being tortured. These days it’s my poor kids that are suffering. Thinking about it, it does explain why they are out so often. LOL.

    Well, we can only but keep on practicing.

    #10922

    Chris Guleff
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    Well, I’m a senior citizen — 68 years old — and am coming back to playing violin and viola. I have arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome, and playing either of my instruments hurts, but I’m determined. I’ve been assured that with proper exercising and therapy I can regain my range of motion, AND I remember that when I first started learning strings it hurt then, too! Just the look, feel and smell of my instruments gives me pleasure.

    #11170

    William Bickerstaff
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    When I first started relearning after a 41 year absence, all three of my kitties would skedaddle out of the room with my first few bow strokes. I sounded horrible, even to myself. After a few weeks they stuck around in my room. I still remember the (as I remember it) horrified response of all three of them with a chuckle.

    #11237

    Chris Guleff
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    Yes, Will, pets can be great critics. I once noticed a parakeet I once had leaning over to focus on my viola playing . . . in rapt attention! Another time, I had just purchased a new viola which arrived in the mail. After I opened and strung it, I began playing, and my dog came out of the bedroom with a look on her face that said, “are you crazy?”

    #11510

    Valorie Bakker
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    These posts made me laugh, and reassured me. My dog will stay in the room with me, until I squawk or squeak. Then she will leave the room. I am 66 years old, and taking violin for the very first time. Had my first on line lesson this week. I live in a rather small town, and no violin teachers(players) anywhere near. I am working hard to produce a good sound. Today was better than yesterday.

    #11666

    Daniel
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    I’m 57 and went back to school for math. I thought if I could do that then I could also try the violin. I play the guitar ( so-so ) and the mandolin ( also so-so), but have always wanted to play the violin. My wife got me a starter violin for my birthday and I haven’t been able to stop playing it since. I use my wife and my cats reactions to judge how things are going. Hahaha. They and my neighbors are very kind about all this. ( Big surprise). I use a mute, that helps a lot. I’ve also learned a lot from this website and Michaels’ book. I highly recommend it. Learning something later in life is very uplifting. You all know this. It’s nice to be part of this community. Thank you all!!!

    #11885

    john voorhees
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    Hi all, I am re-learning the violin, I played the instrument when in grade school( a thousand years ago) since then I have played the bagpipes, banjo,guitar and dulcimer. I am self teaching with a variety of books and other musicians in my area ( N.E.Arkansas) I’m glad to be here with ya’ll John

    #13406

    cheryl Anne
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    • Contribution Score 5

    Hi Everyone, I also wear multi focal glasses. I went to the optometrist the other day and brought some sheet music with me. I got an inexpensive pair of single vision glasses for when I play. What a difference! It was well worth the money.

    #13454

    CynthiaB
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    Cheryl Anne I am going to try that! Thanks for posting your positive experience with the single vision glasses!

    #13461

    Dianne Adkins
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    • Contribution Score 325

    It is so great to see so many adults picking up the violin. I’m 58, though I have been playing since about 10 years old. When I first started playing I had a younger brother who was 3. He loved me so much. When I practiced, he would open his mouth wide and make a crying face, big tears for his sister. But not a sound would come out. I think he must have thought I was crying too. Nice to meet you all! I have taught several adult beginners and hope I can be of some help to you all at some point!

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    #14161

    Musicloverk
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    I love the responses about pets’ reactions. I haven’t been able yet to get a violin again. Mine were stollen in early 1980s, but I inherited a piano and have been making good progress playing it. My dogs reactions can be priceless. Can’t wait to see how they behave when I get back to violin. I found that I remembered more than I thought I would after so many years and it helped me progress more quickly on piano so am hoping I can enjoy violin more than I did in my youth.

    #14225

    GAboy
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    Age 57, and still in the “thinking about it” stage.

    #14239

    Meggo
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    GAboy! Any time is the right time to start learning! I’m 54 and just started 6 months ago!

    #14259

    Musicloverk
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    It encourages me so much to see how many others played when young and are now picking it back up. I sure hope that I can get a violin soon to try again. Hope to enjoy it more, enjoy the process without the pressure to compete. I’ve found that I can pressure myself as badly as others pressured me in the past. I can concentrate on learning pieces that I like and try things that seem fun, like fiddle style or bluegrass.

    #14327

    Christie Morehouse
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    • Contribution Score 140

    I am 65, & feel it takes me longer to learn new violin concepts/techniques. Makes me feel bad!!! But I will not give up.

    #14330

    Dianne Adkins
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    • Contribution Score 325

    Hey Christie, I want to encourage you to not feel bad about what you perceive as a slow pace of learning. You are doing something very challenging. At any age, people learn at different paces. We never stop learning, as long as we live. I think that is what keeps life interesting. At our age, some people run marathons, and some sit on their butts and watch TV. ha ha ha! We can do what we want!

    I feel like I have slowed down considerably with age (Im 58), especially in terms of the stamina required to play the violin compared to the intensity and duration of practice I have done in the past. I had a rotary cuff injury this past year. Even after physical therapy, if I overdo it, it starts hurting again. The doctor said it was a professional player’s injury. Thanks so much! NOT! Life will slow you down. It’s just what happens.

    So I’m with you girl! Just don’t compare yourself with others. Just don’t worry about taking smaller steps forward and more time mastering small goals. Keep positive feelings involved with playing violin and have fun. You’re not being graded and there are no deadlines!
    Positivity

    #14777

    Debog
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    The bifocal thing rang a bell with me. I have trouble reading the music unless the music stand is just right. It’s frustrating. At least I have something to blame some of the wrong notes on!

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