You know you are a violinist when.... you start this again!

December 7, 2010 at 11:18 PM ·

You know you are a(mong) violinists when this topic maxes out in 2 days!

I bet we have room for another run through.... :) 

Replies (100)

December 7, 2010 at 11:37 PM ·

 You have a mark on your right index finger from where plating on your bow is wearing off. 

December 7, 2010 at 11:42 PM ·

when you say yeeeeeessss she's started another one (about the thread)!

Is it me or the more violinists reach the end of the year and get tired, the more they enjoy laughing and gossiping on these threads!!!  It's like a therapy  ; )

December 7, 2010 at 11:48 PM ·

... when you've already read 100 responses and still want to read more.

Does anyone here have a life?  I know I don't :-)


December 8, 2010 at 12:21 AM ·

when the volleyball comes down to you from rafter-level and you, the setter, think "to heck with what the hitters want, I'm going to bump the dang thing because I have a concert on Sunday".

December 8, 2010 at 12:24 AM ·

you give your violin a female goddess's name AND start calling her voluptuous.

December 8, 2010 at 12:39 AM ·

Uh-oh.  I wonder how much longer before this thread goes into the gutter like the last one.

December 8, 2010 at 12:42 AM ·

when natural pleasurable urges are distractions from practise.

(there you are Smiley, didn't want to keep you waiting)

December 8, 2010 at 01:14 AM ·

Elise, you are incorrigible.  I refuse to succumb to temptation.... Well maybe just once.

... when you listen to Paganini Caprices while making whoopie.

December 8, 2010 at 02:17 AM ·

"you give your violin a female goddess's name AND start calling her voluptuous."

If there were a few more women in our business, we wouldn't need to do that. LOL

"... when you listen to Paganini Caprices while making whoopie."

Kinky, for sure. ;-)

December 8, 2010 at 03:17 AM ·

... when you listen to Paganini Caprices while making whoopie."

Kinky, for sure. ;-)

That's because Smiley have always dreamed to have Paganini's over stretchy hands...

Not sure it's for what use though...in his case?  ; o )


 

December 8, 2010 at 03:29 AM ·

OK, continuing on this fine discussion...

... when you need viagra to get your mind off the violin.

Anne Marie, stop fantasizing about Paganini's hands.  This is a serious.

December 8, 2010 at 03:38 AM ·

when you go down to the basement at 7 pm for a 15 minute play....

.....and come back up at 10.15 pm

[and here I need not say that it was on my vioin.....  ]

December 8, 2010 at 03:55 AM ·

so you trade the sAx for the violin? Good!  Oups forgot to say "When" befor my sentence...

December 8, 2010 at 03:59 AM ·

...when you have a nice bowhold on your toothbrush and practice tremolo bowing while brushing your teeth...

December 8, 2010 at 04:17 AM ·

When you are absolutely in love with your violin, and think it is perfect.....

And you can't stop fantasizing about the next violin you want.

December 8, 2010 at 04:29 AM ·

... when seeking a mate, you look for stocky people with short necks to improve the chances of your offspring.

December 8, 2010 at 04:46 AM ·

... when you freak the first time you accidentally bruise your new violin (and you then find sollace in telling yourself that old italian violins have way more after centuries and...worth thousands...)

Smiley... very true but one of you have to have a big wallet too (Julliard is expensive!)

 

December 8, 2010 at 04:48 AM ·

When you would be willing to take the world premiere neck shortening surgery (ouch...)

December 8, 2010 at 05:04 AM ·

When you rationalize that your long neck is actually far better...

(so why DON"T they make fat violins?)

December 8, 2010 at 05:15 AM ·

... whne oyu caerfulyl read evrey post by Buri, evne thuogh vevrythnig is spelt rong.

December 8, 2010 at 05:33 AM ·

smiley!~  behave yourself  (though I think you are safe as I doubt Buri reads these)

When you buy over $200 worth of quartet music - and find that your musical fantasies are way beyond your abilities...

[and when you then resolve to become good enough to actually play them..]

December 8, 2010 at 05:33 AM ·

smiley!~  behave yourself  (though I think you are safe as I doubt Buri reads these)

When you buy over $200 worth of quartet music - and find that your musical fantasies are way beyond your abilities...

[and when you then resolve to become good enough to actually play them..]

when you yell your replies so loud they echo!

 

December 8, 2010 at 01:41 PM ·

....when you play tremolo perfectly as the result of technique rather than stage fright.

December 8, 2010 at 01:43 PM ·

....when you can spell "Arthur Grumiaux."

December 8, 2010 at 01:44 PM ·

....when you write your own cadenza to the Schoenberg Violin Concerto.

December 8, 2010 at 01:57 PM ·

... when you have a hickey and it isn't due to making out, rather something you enjoy far more.

BTW, There's nothing kinky about the Paganini Caprices.  It's a lot cheaper than Viagra and just as effective. 

December 8, 2010 at 03:21 PM ·

....when you understand why viola jokes are so funny.

December 9, 2010 at 05:57 AM ·

 when people constantly ask you what's wrong with your arms, and why they're always shaking... 

December 9, 2010 at 05:59 AM ·

 And another: 

... when you're sitting in class, and literally all you can hear is the Franck sonata.

December 9, 2010 at 12:26 PM ·

Malid:  heh!  that happens to me too, how many people are being driven crazy by the Bach double resonating in thei heads?

when winning the Fischer secrets of tone production CD feels like you just became a milionare...

(true story :D )

December 9, 2010 at 07:57 PM ·

When people notice you zoning out because you're working out the fingering for the song that's currently playing on the radio.

When the first thing you think of when someone says "frog" is a bow, not that little green critter.

(I was disappointed when I found I was too late to post in the first incarnation of this thread, but I knew it would be resurrected...)

December 9, 2010 at 09:18 PM ·

Then we will forgive you for posting TWO in one message. :-\

When this topic is so famous people are lining up to post on it :)

December 9, 2010 at 09:49 PM ·

When you convince your young children that Christmas is actually the 26th so that you can squeeze in that out -of-town, well-paying midnight Christmas Eve service.

(Last year and this year, actually.  They are probably are going to figure it out next year and revolt!!!!)

December 9, 2010 at 10:37 PM ·

... tell them that Santa is actually a violinist at the Met.

Wait a mo, wouldn't THAT be nice!

I mean, when you wish Santa's second name  was actually Milstein ;)

December 9, 2010 at 10:44 PM ·

... when you say "ow" when you accidently hit your case on something--then apologize to your violin, promise to be more careful, and swear to throw in an extra polishing if it promises not to hold a grudge.

December 9, 2010 at 10:45 PM ·

 One more...this is addicting...

...When you joined the facebook group "I headbang to Shostakovich"...because you do. with a miniacle grin on your face. 

December 10, 2010 at 02:19 AM ·

when you decide to take an evening off from practise (having pulled off over 22 hrs the week before) and instead spend the evening listening to  potential quartet pieces :-\

December 10, 2010 at 03:28 AM ·

Ha!  22 hours in a week.  You call yourself a violinist?  No breaks unless you do 22 hours a day.  Get back to the dungeon.

December 10, 2010 at 03:40 AM ·

 Does the basement  count as a dungeon?

December 10, 2010 at 03:41 AM ·

...when you kiss your violin good night   (especially the days before concerts or when the practice went well!) 

December 10, 2010 at 03:50 AM ·

"When the first thing you think of when someone says "frog" is a bow, not that little green critter."

to go with that one here's mine

... when you know that the frog will not turn out in a charming prince or a genius in the lamp or a private practice coach or anything the like!!!  (that's just in Walt Disney...) 

December 10, 2010 at 04:06 AM ·

 Does the basement  count as a dungeon?

Yes, if that's where you practice. 

Elise -->-->-->  to the dungeon.  And don't come out until you can play Paganini. 

December 10, 2010 at 11:13 AM ·

Play Paganini, no problem, just wait till I have my 20,000 hrs (hey, we old folk need a break OK?)...

And yes, it was 22 hrs in my basement dungeon.

when your practice schedule means you don't have time to finish.....

December 10, 2010 at 03:19 PM ·

Cut you some slack?  No way granny.  Back to the dungeon. :-)

December 10, 2010 at 04:24 PM ·

When you just got invited to participate in a scientific review in VIENNA (holy cow) all expenses paid, and all you think about is visiting Mozart's residence and checking out the string quartet scene... (well, maybe not quite all...)

Anyone here in Vienna?

December 10, 2010 at 08:22 PM ·

"When the first thing you think of when someone says "frog" is a bow, not that little green critter."

"to go with that one here's mine

... when you know that the frog will not turn out in a charming prince or a genius in the lamp or a private practice coach or anything the like!!!  (that's just in Walt Disney...) "

But you kiss your bow anyway.

December 10, 2010 at 08:27 PM ·

"Ha!  22 hours in a week.  You call yourself a violinist?  No breaks unless you do 22 hours a day.  Get back to the dungeon."

That's the place for "scratchy violins, screechy piccolos, nauseating trumpets, etc., etc."  (Anyone who practises a musical instrument and hasn't watched "The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T" is missing something.)

December 11, 2010 at 02:20 PM ·

5K fingers?  wow, I'd like to hear him play the Paganini caprices...

When you go to the violin shop to drop off your bow - and come back with 20 quartets, most of which you don't have a chance of playing...

December 11, 2010 at 04:45 PM ·

When you can tune your E string by adjusting the peg, without having to use the tuner.

December 11, 2010 at 04:50 PM ·

....when you know the name of that funny-looking fork thing that fits over the bridge and muffles the tone.

December 11, 2010 at 07:03 PM ·

... when your profile picture consists of musical notes.

December 11, 2010 at 07:30 PM ·

 ... when you watch films and comment on people playing the violin (when the actor simply cannot play the violin!)

December 11, 2010 at 07:32 PM ·

 ... when you're sitting in the car, listening to the radio and telling your (non musical) parents what techniques, probable fingerings, open strings and ornaments are being used in the piece. 

December 11, 2010 at 08:05 PM ·

....when the finger pads of your left hand can cut glass.

December 11, 2010 at 08:09 PM ·

....when you can perform all 4 vibratos: arm, wrist, finger, and eyebrow.

December 11, 2010 at 08:12 PM ·

....when you join an orchestra that plays only period instruments for an all-Tchaikovsky program.

December 11, 2010 at 08:14 PM ·

....when you can explain violin technique in a way that non-musicians have no idea what you are talking about.

December 11, 2010 at 08:15 PM ·

....when your niece asks you to play at her wedding.

December 11, 2010 at 08:17 PM ·

....when you can give a lecture entitled "An informal history of the index finger in the performance of the Dvorak Violin Concerto."

December 11, 2010 at 08:18 PM ·

.....when you can play Flight of the Bumblebee without the audience offering any stinging comments."

December 11, 2010 at 08:59 PM ·

...when you have an anatomy or physiology exam and wonder how that body part or function can have link with the violin or what is needed to play the violin... 

but about anything has a link with violin playing or violin in a larger sens when we think about it!

December 11, 2010 at 09:13 PM ·

.....when you appear on "Fiddling With The Stars."

December 11, 2010 at 09:50 PM ·

[Smiley - are you referring to mine?  I tried to change it but it did not change for me but I'm guessing it did for you??]

when you fall in love.. with a mozart slow movement...

December 11, 2010 at 10:38 PM ·

yea, I tried to get musical notes on my profile pic, but it just put up a picture of some ugly dude.  One day, maybe I'll be a violinist like Elise :-)

... when you bring your violin with you to buy clothes because you want to make sure they don't hinder your ability to play

December 11, 2010 at 10:58 PM ·

@Sander,

Don't forget shoulder and chin vibrato! Those are my favorites two!

December 11, 2010 at 11:00 PM ·

I saw a rather large woman in the mall today.  Her butt vibrato was quite impressive.

December 12, 2010 at 01:19 AM ·

When you watch Glee and find yourself telling your friend that the violinists in the background aren´t really playing because you can see it that they don´t move right.

December 12, 2010 at 01:40 AM ·

...when at the store, you buy christmas decorations containing violins before looking at the other decorations... 

 http://www.photographersdirect.com/buyers/stockphoto.asp?imageid=792395

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-christmas-decoration-image2645185

etc

December 12, 2010 at 02:00 AM ·

...when you look at Christmas angels with violins and think...

gee, the person who made all of them seemed to know what he was doing (no angel have necks, they all have broad shoulders and somehow fatty finger tips)  and they even know that they have to hold the scrool high... wow I'm impresseed! 

 

http://www.superstock.com/stock-photos-images/1815R-36085

http://en.fotolia.com/id/9580577

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-6221308/stock-photo-a-christmas-angel-with-a-violin.html

(sorry, i don't know how to put links here...)

December 12, 2010 at 02:26 AM ·

when you can't resist those dorky violin pin/earrings/tie clips at the instrument shop...

December 12, 2010 at 03:02 AM ·

 ...when you've built such a deep relationship with your instrument that you actually refer to it in conversations with others as if its a person.

(ME: Chery was so happy to be outside and playing. I think the sunlight does her good, raises her spirits. FRIENDS: Who's Chery?) O_o

December 12, 2010 at 03:20 AM ·

... when your violin is worth more than your house and neither one is paid off.

December 12, 2010 at 07:44 AM ·

Legend has it that a true violinist can also master right hand vibrato.....

December 12, 2010 at 09:19 AM ·

when you read roland's post and start wiggling your right hand...

December 12, 2010 at 10:41 AM ·

 ... when someone mentions  "The Rat Pack", "Dean Martin" and Sammy Davis Jr", and your first thought is the Franck Sonata :)

December 12, 2010 at 10:47 AM ·

...when every fiddle tune you play sounds the same ...ouch! (there's a lady fiddler friend, also a top kick-boxer, now standing over my shoulder making me type that in - I'm so sorry, please forgive me ...)

December 12, 2010 at 06:36 PM ·

When the high point of your day is opening the case or undoing the catch ....

December 13, 2010 at 03:26 AM · When you've learned how to run AND play violin at the same time...because your husband frequently chases you though the house trying to get you to stop playing after 3 hours! I've actually gotten quite good at this...

December 13, 2010 at 04:00 AM ·

@Julie, violin is the ultimate aphrodisiac.  Did it ever occur to you that your husband is chasing you for a different reason?

December 13, 2010 at 04:25 AM ·

...when you feel like a total cyborg reading about all the other people who also hold their toothbrushes with a nice relaxed bow hold (this is almost creepy)

December 13, 2010 at 10:19 AM ·

...when you also hold your chopstick with a nice relaxed bow hold... :P

December 13, 2010 at 01:58 PM ·

....when you find yourself applying rosin to your broom handle.

December 13, 2010 at 02:00 PM ·

....when you use a tuning fork to eat.

December 13, 2010 at 04:43 PM ·

..when 'cat gut' does not evoke pussy's large intestine...

December 13, 2010 at 06:46 PM ·

....when you can play C-Sharp and D-Flat as two different notes.

December 13, 2010 at 08:22 PM ·

 ...when you're invited to dinner then asked "why do you hold your fork so strangely?!"

December 13, 2010 at 11:36 PM ·

when you don't think it strange that someone can rest their left hand finger tips on the table and alternate lifting the 1st&3rd and then 2nd&4th finger tips

December 13, 2010 at 11:50 PM ·

...when the side of your right index finger is calloused

December 13, 2010 at 11:59 PM ·

...when the side of your right index finger is calloused

December 14, 2010 at 03:58 AM ·

 @Julie, violin is the ultimate aphrodisiac.  Did it ever occur to you that your husband is chasing you for a different reason?

 

@Smiley, now that you mention it, I think you could be onto something!   :)

December 14, 2010 at 04:13 AM ·

when you believe playing your violin is going to get men chasing after you... and not to dunk it in a bucket of water either..

December 14, 2010 at 05:44 AM ·

 @Elise, there's belief, and then there's reliable outcomes...lol!

December 14, 2010 at 09:50 AM ·

even better...

when playing your violin results in an expansion of your family...

[wow, can you stroke then cat gutteries...]

December 14, 2010 at 02:53 PM ·

....when you can play Kreutzer #2 without thinking of Jack Benny.

December 14, 2010 at 03:04 PM ·

[we're almost at 100; do we want a third run at this :D; or should we go practise?? ]

When you opt to practise your violin instead of going on a fully-paid three day trip to Vienna (er, another true story...)

December 14, 2010 at 08:31 PM ·

"... when you watch films and comment on people playing the violin (when the actor simply cannot play the violin!)"

When people you watch films with get into the habit of asking you whether the person on screen is really playing, and take your answer as authoritative.

December 15, 2010 at 07:47 PM ·

When you can't get through a wedding gig without someone's drunk uncle asking if you can play The Devil Went Down to Georgia.

December 15, 2010 at 07:53 PM ·

When you have a spare bow in your office to practise your arm motion while reading reports...

[nother true story - but I actually have a cello bow, first because its the only spare I can afford and second because I think the weight is good to excercise my muscles]

December 15, 2010 at 08:54 PM ·

 when you avoid having anyone sit next to you on the train by miming playing a concerto.

(it works every time ;-) ah, leg room).

December 15, 2010 at 10:24 PM · When you can't get enough of this nonsense :). Look for the sequel...

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