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Julian Stokes

A varnished wooden thing

May 29, 2010 at 8:24 AM

I LOVE MY VIOLIN. I love it. I love it. I love it.

OK - so it's scratched, it's not a big name: it's a Maidstone. 100 years old, Student Level Instrument writ large.

In my 30 years "off the fiddle" I've pursued other interests and tortured other instruments - the guitar notably and enthusiastically, strumming and warbling.

But here's the thing - my guitar - yes it's a nice thing and I'd hate to lose it but I rate it as just a possession. The violin, on the other hand, is more than an object. It's something which has a spirit - and that both captivates and intrigues me.

From elise stanley
Posted on May 29, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Interesting - but I used to play the guitar too and I characterized it not as an instrument but as a friend.  The reason was that you could take it anywhere and play and sing - unlike most classical instruments where you need the right environment and sometimes other like-minded players.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on May 29, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Interesting, I love to hear all instruments when they are well played but for myself as an instrument to play the violin is the only one that was a love!


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