Picking up a string instrument as an adult: It's #nevertoolatetoplay

February 22, 2019, 10:35 AM ·

Are you (or were you) an “adult beginner” violin or viola player? I know there are lots of you here on violinist.com, and I need your help!

Many musicians start playing as adults, but there remains a stubborn cultural consensus that adults have a more difficult time than children when learning to play a musical instrument.

With Kun's new campaign, #nevertoolatetoplay, we want to debunk the myth that the only time to take up a musical instrument is during childhood. To do this, I’m looking for violin and viola players who started playing as an adult OR who played as a child and returned to music years later.

Our campaign will feature YOUR photos and stories about starting a string instrument as an adult, or picking up an instrument for the first time in years and feeling like a beginner again.

Any insight or opinions about the process and how you’ve found it would be super helpful! What are the challenges? What made you decide now was the time to get an instrument or start taking lessons?

For the campaign I’m looking for a photo - either of you or your instrument or perhaps the corner of your home where you practice. Please caption your photo with the answer to one of the following questions:

1. What do you love about learning to play an instrument?
2. Why violin?
3. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about playing violin or viola?

Short videos are also more than welcome! (Up to one minute).

Post online with the tag #nevertoolatetoplay and @kun_rest or email me at emily@kunrest.com. I'll boost posts across our social media platforms, and hopefully your stories will inspire others who have been thinking about starting to play an instrument to finally get their hands on a violin or viola!

I've chosen violinist.com as the first place to advertise this campaign, so any of you who submit pictures will be the first to be featured!

For more information (and a few little Ts&Cs), visit www.kunrest.com

Note: This campaign is run by the Kun Shoulder Rest, and posts will be shared on Kun's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. However, there's no need for you to use a Kun rest (or a shoulder rest at all!) to contribute!

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