I am returning to playing the violin as a hobby after a 10 year absence. At age 41, I was surprised at how difficult the violin is now, even after several months playing with two community orchestras in the second violin section. My brain, eyes, and fingers don't seem to be able to connect anymore. I cannot play passages as fast as I used to, the notes sometimes "dance" around the page and I have a hard time figuring out "is that really a D?" (I have 20/20 vision by the way). Vibrato is now a nightmare. I really have to work harder than I ever did before. I'm assuming aging is the culprit. How do violinists, especially the great ones, deal with age? Am I destined to be on a downward spiral, eventually to give up my instrument, like Olympic heroes are washed up before age 30? What are the secrets to being able to play well at age 40, 50, 60?
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