February 8, 2013 at 1:33 AMMy worst nightmare came to life today - I dropped my precious violin! I don't even know what happened, I was practicing and looking over my music to see where I needed to practice next, and BOOM! On the ground. I got into an emotional wreck. My heart started pounding, and I was just nervous on the verge of tears. (And I'm a boy. That doesn't naturally happen.) What made it worse was when I tried to move my E String peg, it wouldn't tune. So I nudged the shifted bridge back into its spot ever so slightly, and what do you know - problem basically solved. I could tune my strings and everything! I even finished up my practice session. But to be safe, I'm going to tell my technique teacher what happened and see if he finds any additional damage.
Glad it's ok so far. That's really scary. (And boys 'naturally' cry; it's society that [unnaturally] says they shouldn't.
Mistakes do happen and it's okay. Even Arnold Steinhardt had instrument problems. He ran to catch the NYC subway and tripped. Violin case flew (gasp) and went splat. It was cracked but Arnold took it to a good luthier and it ended up sounding better than before. Amazing, right? (Shout out to good luthiers and Steinhardt's book called Violin Dreams!)
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