fiddler on the roof next door last week, I started thinking a lot about the power of legacy, when it comes to the violin.After discovering a
My new friend Jonny has just begun his violin journey, having inherited a violin from his late grandfather. That connection to his grandfather and to the past has been a compelling part of his motivation. His story made me reminisce about my own family connections with the violin - I thought I didn't really have any family connections to music, but then as it turned out, I did.
The violin is a small and portable instrument, and for that reason it is the kind of object that people can keep for many generations, even if they move across the globe. If the instrument has been kept and is not being played, its owner often will want to find someone who will make it sing again: a young relative, a friend, or just someone who is very interested.
When a person decides to play the violin or other stringed instrument, often there is a family story: a sibling who played the instrument, a distant relative who played the instrument or was a musician in some way, or even a whole family culture of playing instruments for many generations.
While I started on a school violin, I did inherit a violin from my grandmother, and I played the instrument for many years. It definitely gave me a feeling of connection to a part of my family that I never really knew in person.
Have you ever inherited an instrument? How did you feel about it? Did you wind up using it? Did you feel connected to its previous owner or owners? Have you ever actually given a violin to a relative, friend or student? What made you compelled to do so? Do you plan to do so in the future? Please answer the vote and then tell us about your experiences with violins, instruments and legacy.
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