Playing the violin - or any stringed instrument - takes a lot of time, devotion and tenacity, for a student but also for a seasoned player.
That effort can feel exciting, for example: when you really love the music you are playing, when there is a performance to prepare, when one feels part of a group, or when you make a breakthrough and can now play something that once felt impossible.
Or it can feel like pain and frustration, in the midst of pressure to perform, or auditions, or criticism from others, or just a failure to meet your own expectations.
This week I have been working on an interview with a violinist/violist named Crystal Boyack,a teacher herself who was doing Suzuki violin with her young daughter. One day, she realized it was all work and no joy, so she came up with an entire curriculum called Wee Violin to help return to that joy with her daughter and her students - check this week for that interview.
Her story made me think about the fact that sometimes this happens, the joy is just not there. It's important to acknowledge this when it happens, so you can do something about it. While the violin requires a willingness to do difficult work, it's important to also seek out the joy in the music and to keep that fire burning, even if that means finding new directions - a new project, different genre of music to play, different people to play with, a more challenging goal, etc.
Please participate in the vote and share with us your experiences, with coming to a place of dejection with playing and/or with finding new joy in playing and new inspiration to do the work. Where are you at this point?
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