Discussion is wide open, not limited to violinists; I know there are violists, cellists, pianists, and others here. And our circumstances are diverse: Some of us, like me, were kid beginners; while others were teenagers, and still others were adults.
My first instrument was piano -- this was my parents' idea. I'd been listening to classical music -- orchestral, piano, violin, vocal -- at home since I was very small; and hearing this kind of music seemed as natural to me as walking and breathing.
But violin lessons were my idea. Soon after beginning piano, I heard and saw a professional orchestra play at my elementary school. Now I could hear and see in person how string players made the music happen. I was thrilled -- and hooked.
I told my parents that I'd like to learn violin. They agreed to this -- but wanted to make sure first that this instrument wasn't just a passing fancy with me. It wasn't. My piano teacher was very supportive and wished me well as I got ready to make the switch.
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