I’ve been asked many times, “why did you start the violin” or “why should I play the violin”.
Well, I did not have a choice in the matter of what instrument to play though my mother has a different story. I was 3 years old and saw a group of 3 year olds playing violin together. My mother asked if I liked it and I, of course, said yes. That was the beginning.
The years of study have been gruelling. Let me be very honest with you: the violin is not an easy instrument to start. Being a typical teen, I did not want to practice. Playing violin, at my time, was not cool. I had better things to do like dreaming and homework. However, I played and practiced and took all my exams as requested. Then by grade 12, I had had enough and quit. I tried to play guitar but it was just not the same. A couple of years later, I suddenly woke up and realized something was missing. Where did I put that violin? What did it feel like to hold it and play it? Well, I found my then instrument and became very emotional and re-attached. I proceeded to take lessons and practice like crazy. I was addicted.
To date, I am still in a learning mode. I love learning. I am taking piano lessons and have taken singing lessons. I am also dancing. Music is my life. Without it and, particularly, my violin, I am lost. I love the feel of the instrument under my chin. I adore the bow and the horse hair that slides over the strings. My heart sings when my fingers glide over the strings. I can feel the music’s vibration in my soul.
If you decide to start with the violin, think carefully. It is a very difficult instrument to play. It takes dedication and a love for the journey. It is a beautiful instrument and will be your closest confidant. It will go everywhere with you and you will rely on each other. Your relationship with your violin and bow will be fruitful and yes, enjoyable, even after hours of practice!