To adult beginners, who have not played violin in the past; what made you decide to start the violin? Why? Had you been musical before and played other instruments? Mostly, I'm curious if others have had an epiphany similar to mine?
I wasn’t terribly musical before; I played some rock guitar, but I never did anything with it past a couple garage bands in college, since then the axe has collected dust for the last 15 years. Later, I went back to school for engineering, graduated, got married but ounce we settled in, I got bored.
I needed a pursuit, something to dig into that had a lot of breadth and depth that I would not tire of easily. Shoemaker? No, wifey didn’t want me as an apprentice in Hungary. Watchmaker? Too many tools; no. Calligraphy? Only my deceased great aunt would appreciate, no. So what to do? Enter my heroes, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, who are the two main characters in Patrick O’Brian’s sea-faring novels which span 21 volumes (and at least a half dozen compendiums to my knowledge). After reading about half of the books, I finally watched “Master and Commander” which is based on the books, and in it is a scene where Jack and Stephen play a duet in the Great Cabin as they do in the books on countless evenings (there are even compendium CD’s of the music referenced in the books).
And that’s how it struck me; how romantic (appropriate as my wife loves to call these my bromance books); two friends sharing toasted cheese, coffee and music. Now the violin somehow appeared to be accessible, something to consider. Before, I had never even thought of the violin however much classical music or opera I listened to, it just never occurred to me. I even dated a professional violinist before I met my wife, but I never thought, “Hey can I try that thing?” This was a revelation and I was bent on getting my hands on a violin. That was a year ago and this little box of wood with strings and a stick has not ceased to amaze and delight me.
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