Those of us who have played violin for any substantial length of time know what a long, steep learning curve this instrument has -- and the dedication and consistent practice it requires.
I can remember, from the early lessons, the coaching pointers of my teachers -- comments like "Use more bow," "Use flatter hair on the bow," "Dig in," "Don't move the right wrist so much, "Keep the fingers down." Always room for improvement.
At some point come the breakthrough moments when you know you're improving -- solving one problem here, another there. Then a friend or neighbor -- or family member -- says something like: "Oh, it sounded so professional. At first, I thought it was a recording."
So what have your hearers said to you along this line that you'll remember for a long time -- something that helped you feel really good -- and you knew you'd earned it? As OP, I usually go first; but this time, I'm going to hold back a while and let you tell yours first.
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