June 26, 2009 at 11:17 PM
Next month the family plans to trek the U.S. via Prius, and I'm trying to decide whether or not to bring a violin, probably my American 20th c. one.
I can think of a lot of reasons not to:
It will melt in the car
I'll have to bring it in everywhere we go
I might leave it somewhere
There's no room for it
And reasons to bring it:
So I can practice
If we meet a band of gypsies, Texas fiddlers or subway buskers in DC, I can whip out my fiddle and join the fun
I want to bring it
In sum: my reasons for wanting to take it are romantic, while my reasons for wanting to leave it are practical. What should I do?
I think your last comment sums up why I said yes...."I want to." I am sure you will take care of it...plus it always look cool to walk into McDonalds with a violin case (at least I think...they seem to prepare my chicken nuggets faster, either in respect for my high brow instrument or fear that its actually a gatlin gun in there.... :)
This is a good reason to have more than one instrument.... I would take my cheapest violin with me. I remember Steinhardt, from the Guarneri Quartet, wrote a book in which he described how his precious violin was soaked in gasoline during a trip.
it's a family trip? spend the time with the family...simple
Don't musical instrument insurance policies often have clauses making them invalid if an instrumant is left unattended in a vehicle for more than a certain time, e.g.30 mins. ???
Whatever ...... it's nice to return to home or violin refreshed after a break. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. One reason for going on trips. The downside is having to catch up on gardening chores on returning.
I have the same problem. To bring, or not to bring, that is the question.
I voted no but here i am in Kansas City with my violin. It is just me--I know where i will be going--how long it will take to get there and I am running the air conditioner. It is like having a baby in the car. It just takes planning--
A full road trip with multiple destinations (Cave of the Snakes? Pioneer Town? Disney Land?) NO!!!! Also most people just are not that keen on hearing an impromptu concert, unless they are the sort who have their violins too and what are the odds on that happening?
Gotta go practice--where is my mute?
If you come here to visit do bring your violin; take it with you wherever you go. Otherwise, how will people know you are a musician? Also, One never knows when opportunity will knock. I like the idea of busking your way across America! Speaking of opportunity, it sounds to me as if you actually NEED a carbon fiber instrument. What else would a modern day gypsy use?
I voted no, but if you really want to bring one, bring one that you absolutely dont care if something happens to it. I wouldn't risk a good violin on a road trip.
I've been in the same situation here in Europe when I've taken several short trips. Each time, I've ended up bringing my violin with me, and both regretted and been glad I had it with. It's a lot of stress having to look after it, worry that it will be left somewhere, ruined or stolen (more of a problem here as I travel with trains), carry it with luggage, etc. Most trips I've had it on I've had a lot less time to play than I had planned, and at several places people have knocked on doors asking me to stop, and my playing isnt that bad. On the other hand, the times I've gotten to play while traveling - priceless.
Maybe you need something like a Wiplstix.
These days (for me) there are to many opportunities to play. So the violin goes with me frequently. This time of year I love going into the mountains and the open plains with my violin because there are just sooo many natural ampitheaters. There are places that makes my violin sound beautiful in away that it will only sound like this at a particular spot and no where else! I make it a game, have the sound deflect off a body of water which projects it into a hill side then back too me, a natural amplifier! Just so many neat places to play the violin here in the Rockies!
Don't bother. If you leave it at home, you will feel guilty for missing your practicing. If you bring it along, you will blow off practicing and feel even more guilty. This is a lose-lose situation.
This is why I hope your trip involves some Graeter's ice cream (Insert smiley face here). Have a good time!
Laurie, as above you need a knock around junker, reasonably useful but as above, one that it does not matter so much if it gets to hot, damaged or stolen but something that you can crank out some notes on, jam and maybe practice a little. Enjoy the trip, you will always treasure the memories and the fiddle can add something. Don
like already said, I wouldnt bring an expensive fiddle on a adventure like that. But if it was me, Id have to bring one. Do a little online reseach and find out where locals have jam sessions, play with street musicians.
This is a chance to have fun with your music. you'll have to share your adventure when you get back.
Have fun !!!
I almost always leave my violin home on vacations. Just too much hassle and danger to the instrument. Plus, its nice to have a break from practicing once in a while.
Laurie, we seem fairly evenly divided so in order to satisfy all of us you need to go on your trip for a few days without the violin and then fly home early so that you can practice. In this way we will all be satisfied...you get a little bit of a family trip....the "no takers" get what they want, and we "take it with you" people at least get a bit of a compromise. Its a win win for everyone.
It just occurred to me that maybe I should take my much-neglected mandolin....I do have a violin that's not my primary one, though I probably would offend it if I called it a "beater"!
I'm taking a trip next month and bringing my electric violin along. But I'm going to a place where there will be people who want to play some music and I'm planning on joining in.
Earlier this month I took a trip and left it behind. I don't regret it and was pleasantly surprised at my next lesson that I didn't seem to suffer from the short break (a week). My instructor felt the break may have helped me.
Has the folding violin been invented yet?
If you really, truly, and seriously think you will have the time to play then bring it. But give it some serious thought as you are packing a families belongings for a week? long trip in a Pruis? You're nuts! Where are you putting the instrument, under the hood with the engine?
Surely the tribe DESERVE a break from the old squeak-box ?? Undivided attention for them, for a change !!! Would I take my mistress (if I had one) away on a trip with the wife'n'kids ??
Maybe if your "mistress" provided a significant part of the family income that made the trip possible, David :)
I vote Mandolin, Laurie. Just please film yourself busking with the mandolin. I think it would make a great YouTube video.
LOL David. Interesting analogy.
" Maybe if your "mistress" provided a significant part of the family income that made the trip possible, David :)"
Unfortunate choice of phrase, Thomas. !! Professional playing might sometimes SEEM like living off the proceeds of immoral earnings ....... cheating management and public alike with out-of-tune wrong notes....
"cheating management and public alike with out-of-tune wrong notes...."
Ha! I didn't know you attended my last concert David...you should have come backstage and said hello :)
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