I HAVE to play.

May 27, 2010 at 07:31 PM ·

I've noticed in the last couple of week for certain, that there are times (no matter what I'm doing) that I just have to play. I find that if I'm out and about, and cannot play that I'll listen to violin music until I get home, usually my favorite's. I was just curious if it's normal to randomly need to play. It's not that I'm complaining, just curious if anyone else feels this way.

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May 27, 2010 at 08:13 PM ·

Yup.  One of my sayings is that I'm addicted to the Alto Clef.  If I don't get my "fix", I get antsy.  Recently, I went away for a weekend.  No viola.  The next day, my arms felt incredibly empty.  It was a physical as well as mental emptiness. 

I drove myself crazy internally until I got back home.

---Ann Marie

May 27, 2010 at 08:49 PM ·

Definitely! It's like my brain needs it and can't focus. Sometimes if I don't have time for a full practice, I will just mess around with one piece to get it out of my system. Or like you, I listen or watch something on YouTube and it helps. Good to know others feel this way too!

May 27, 2010 at 08:51 PM ·

Another hopeless addict.  Maybe we should start a help group.  Worst case scenario is hearing a favorite piece on the radio.  And torture if I don't actually have the music...

I suppose thats why this place really exists - when we can't play we talk about it :)


May 27, 2010 at 08:56 PM ·

 Yup, I totally feel that way. But there are worse things to be addicted to. :)

May 27, 2010 at 09:33 PM ·

Guilty as charged.  I guess that makes us bonafide orch dorks.


May 27, 2010 at 10:14 PM ·

Yes!!!!!! Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 27, 2010 at 10:18 PM ·


May 27, 2010 at 11:34 PM ·

 Yes.  After a few days of no violin, I miss the feel of it in my hands, and the sound I can make.  Whenever I play, I truly feel a connection to the instrument. 

May 27, 2010 at 11:36 PM ·

 Yes.  After a few days of no violin, I miss the feel of it in my hands, and the sound I can make.  Whenever I play, I truly feel a connection to the instrument. 

May 28, 2010 at 12:10 AM ·

 Sorry for the double-post. 

May 28, 2010 at 01:39 AM ·

Every single day!  To skip a day of practice is like going without breakfast in the morning.

You just don't feel 100% without it :)

May 30, 2010 at 02:49 PM ·

Happens a LOT!!!  I usually practice in late afternoon or early evening, but I often have a HUGE urge to play again later in the evening.  Unfortunately, my husband has to get up for work at 2:30 a.m., so playing before he wakes up is totally out of the question.  The house is small enough that I wouldn't be able to play without disturbing his sleep. 

May 30, 2010 at 05:28 PM ·

Absolutely. Violin is very theraputic for me, so whenever I get anxious or upset I immediately reach for the bow.

May 30, 2010 at 07:12 PM ·

it's easy to practice when you feel like it. the trick is to practice when you don't feel like it. If I slack off for a day or two, I tell myself "you really should practice" and then I answer myself  "I don't really feel like it" and then I tell myself "get up you slackard and do some practicing"

I feel a lot better about myself when I'm done, and usually get quite a bit accomplished when this happens.

May 30, 2010 at 07:25 PM ·

Yes, it's a shared emotion.  I never go on vacation without my fiddle, too.

May 30, 2010 at 09:37 PM ·

Yes, it's a need, a hunger. Sheer selfish enjoyment!

May 30, 2010 at 10:23 PM ·


The Greatest achievement is Total Altruism! Give up self, be only fodder..... surrender yourself to the greater bother/sister=hood! Have NO value! Devote yourself to the whole!

May 30, 2010 at 11:01 PM ·


Total altruism? are you talking Mother Theresa?  for it is difficult to imagine a fiddler measuring up to that definition and some scientists believe that it do not exist. Even a guy that gives his fiddles away, gives free  lessons and play in old age homes are not totally altruistic.

Have to play? I only play because I have a lesson next week and don"t want  to look a fool in front of my teacher who seem to have an over assessment of my ability.

May 31, 2010 at 06:41 AM ·

@ Royce

I suffer from an excess of pride. And that excess of pride, at this stage, means that I won't expose myself and my mediocre playing to anyone apart from my teacher and my dog...

In fact I'd say that doing what I do behind closed, sound-proof doors is the most altruistic thing I can do :-)

May 31, 2010 at 08:41 AM ·


It is fine and may even be called self indulgence with an altruistic streak as long as you don,t drive your dog up the wall. 

May 31, 2010 at 11:27 AM ·

@dion wrote: "Have to play? I only play because I have a lesson next week and don"t want  to look a fool in front of my teacher who seem to have an over assessment of my ability."

Thats how it was for me the first time round.  I loved the violin but practice was a pain and lessons were something to be scared of and at best tollerate.

And thats whats so totally different now - I can not find enough time to play and I look forward to the lessons as one of the high-points of the month (as said I don't take many).  And its today WHOOPEE!!!


June 2, 2010 at 02:09 AM ·

This might sound weird but i start getting jittery if my violin isn't within arm's length all the time, i take it with me EVERYWHERE. When i'm at work i keep it under my table and practice during lunch hours with a mute on :-), even if i can't play just taking it out and holding it in my hands calms me down.

June 2, 2010 at 04:16 AM ·

Call me crazy. I don't have to play, but I have to practice. If I don't have the time or energy for violin after a long day or if I'm not feeling well, what I miss the most is practice.  I don't practice a lot, maybe a little over 1 hour a day during week days and more weekends. But when I do get to have the quality time to practice. I feel productive and alive every minute of it. It's quality time with my violin for me. Playing doesn't necessarily do the same. I could be playing alone or in a group and it can be fun. But I don't get the same rewarding feeling in the end as a good practice session gives me.

June 3, 2010 at 03:27 AM ·

Every time I see a documentary/video/or hear a heart pounding piece I just want to say "I can do this! Give me an instrument, bow, and some music and let me fiddle!" I think its just our passion stirring in us!
Great topic
Corey W

June 3, 2010 at 04:39 AM ·

Same feeling here. My violin is always out and on my desk beside me, and even if I have a lot to do, I always play at least a little.

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