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    For those adult learners, I am curious about any interesting stories about why you put off learning violin. For example, I always thought it would require so many years to learn that I was too old for it to be useful past the teen years. Now, at 52, I feel like it is doable. What a change in outlook!

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    I played in Jr. & High School and stopped after since I didn’t have my own violin.

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    Sary Miller

    I was about 11 when Ifirst wanted to learn (and already felt a little on the ‘old’ side for first picking up an instrument) but very soon after expressing an interest, I was told that my brother was going to be a ‘musical genius’ and the money set aside for my violin was dedicated to him.

    I was a painter and a writer, and decided that it was probably true that I had no musical talent (after all, I can’t sing for anything!) so I gave up pretty quickly, and never brought it up again. After the interest was finally sparked again, the idea of conquering the ability to read music seemed impossible.

    Now (at 28) it has taken a bit of a psychological hurdle to say “Goddamnit, no, I’m doing it” especially taking in the unchanged (minimal) money situation. But hell, I am 🙂 It’s awesome so far.

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    I tried 4 times to start and then quickly stopped. I was expecting (naively) that I would be jumping into musical pieces straight away, and playing the basics made me lose interest. It took a 3 years spell as a ballet dancer and 4 years of teaching English for me to realise that you have to master the basics to make the magic happen. I am sticking it out and I am pleasantly surprised at how much progress I have made in such a short time.

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    I played reasonably well in high school, was 1st chair of 2nd violins, but quit after the orchestra teacher put his arm around me in the practice room and was whispering in my ear. I freaked out and quit after that school year, but didn’t tell my parents why (I really didn’t make the connection myself!) We moved later that year and when I asked to be in orchestra at the new school my mother said she had sold my violin! I later had a violin my grandmother found at a garage sale and one that I inherited but was busy with marriage, job, then kids and divorce, and it had been 10+ years since I played. I was afraid to play when my husband was around because I knew he would make fun of me. I grieved the loss of my violins when he stole them from the house and didn’t return them despite a court order. Always wanted to learn piano and inherited one and made rapid progress because of my music knowledge from violin, even though it had been over 40 years. Found this website through a contest and started reading, refreshing my memory. When I was unreasonably disappointed at not winning, I realized I could try renting one and have been practicing again and purchasing the violin! After 48 years of not playing it is a relief to realize that I had not forgotten everything but also a frustration to remember and work on the skills that were still needed when I quit, especially a good vibrato!

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