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    Marlayum
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    The last straw that got me on the phone with our local violin school was when I became envious of hearing my husband playing his guitar after work, which he has done every night for the eleven years I have known him. I felt a flood of envy, almost mixed with anger then realized I was denying myself the joy of playing an instrument and trying to blame it on him. I have “no time” to practice but have fit violin into my life now regardless via a later bedtime. Can anyone out there share what you “tipping point” was in taking up violin as an adult?

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    HDuaneaz
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    I couldn’t wait to be invited to orchestra class when I was a child even though I said I wanted to play the trumpet.

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    Fran
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    I always wanted to start playing but never had the time. Now I’m retired and have the time!

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    silvergirl
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    I played for two years as a child and took great comfort in it. Unfortunately
    i enjoyed playing around on it far more than actual structured practice, so I became discouraged and quit.

    35 years later my 15 year old son was diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness. I just could not stop crying. I was devastated. I remembered how much comfort I took in my violin as a child and took it up again. This time I have resolved to practice intensely the technical skills so I can develop the skill level necessary for violin playing to become a true catharsis for me. Meanwhile, I have found intense technique practice to be a deep source of comfort for me. Nothing calms my soul or quiets my mind like intensive violin practice.

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    Marlayum
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    Silvergirl I am so sorry to hear that your son was diagnosed with such a severe illness, and hope you and he are doing well? What fortune to be able to find some kind of solace from Violin technique. It certainly takes up a huge amount of brain space !

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    Musicloverk
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    I realized, after not winning several of the violin giveaways, that I was unreasonably disappointed and that I could look into renting a violin to try to play again after 48 years of not playing. I ended up purchasing the violin and am regaining rusty skills and working out old issues with more understanding. Learning to enjoy and relax rather than push myself and tense up!

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    Ekeoma
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    I had college electives credits to fulfill and I found out about that my college allowed students to take classes independent of the music major programs. I chose violin and for $250 for one semester I had a professor teach me on one of the university’s violins. I am now looking to buy my own.

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    silvergirl
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    Thank you!

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    dilawless54
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    I live in a remote area but with the internet I can learn online where before it was not available and now that I am retired I can practice diligently too.

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    RandomAly
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    Wow. Such interesting stories. 😮 🙂 Even if some of the situations were negative, I’m glad it pushed you towards a positive decision to take up something you loved/wanted to do.

    Mine was just getting a cheap violin for a cosplay I was doing and I realized that I could actually play it. So that meant there were no excuses. I started looking up videos and that’s how I ended up here. 🙂 (But I have always wanted to play the violin much before that ’cause I’ve always been into music)

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