I have been playing the guitar since I was 7 years old (that's 20 years now!). I always thought the violin kids at school were a little geeky which put me off even trying the instrument. I now work for a company that makes a care kit for stringed instruments and through my work I have met plenty of violin players...they are not the geeks I once thought they were! Anyway after being inspired by the instrument I got myself and electric violin and started to teach myself. I have never had a lesson on a musical instrument in my life and don't intend having violin lessons. When I told this to a local teacher, she looked at me as if I were dirt and told me that you can't play the violin without lessons. I don't want to learn to read music and have no interest in playing other peoples music. I'm getting on pretty well with my playing and I'm starting to use effects to make things a little more interesting. But I'd really appreciate any tips anyone give someone who is unwilling to go to lessons and learn the traditional way.
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