What was it that made you want to play the violin, or viola, or other instrument that you play?
Was it perhaps that you found a giant violin in the desert?
I couldn't resist using this picture -- it's one of the craziest images of a violin that I've found thus far. Also, I've been driving for two days across the western U.S. desert to get from Los Angeles to Denver for my daughter's graduation from college, and though I saw some pretty other-worldly rock formations, I did not encounter a giant fiddle embedded in the sand. (Though after about eight hours of desert driving it might not have surprised me!)
Nonetheless I have this question for you, and it comes from my friend Ann, with whom I'm staying in the Mile-High city. She is a violinist who is an inspiration to anyone who started as an adult. (Keep practicing, adult beginners!) Her answer was that her husband gave her a violin as a graduation gift, when she'd earned her master's degree in math. That fiddle changed her life, leading her into orchestra and chamber playing, teaching, and even lutherie. At this point she definitely does as much fiddling as math-ing - maybe more!
For me, it was a combination of things, but picking from the answers below, I'd have to say I heard someone play and I loved it. I could also answer that my school program offered it, but it was not until little Sarah Beck came to our fourth-grade classroom and played us a little Irish Jig that I felt an overwhelming feeling that I needed to be playing that instrument! I went rushing home to my mother and announced that I needed to start playing the violin, immediately. "But you're going to play the piano," she said. "But we don't have a piano!" I responded. Thus began my long journey on the violin.
What made you start playing your instrument? Please answer the vote, choosing the answer that feels closest for you, and then describe the specifics in the comments sections.
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