Moving Countries without my Violin. Should I Quit?
I’m an adult beginner who started playing last year. I am moving to a different country next month and bringing my violin with me is not an option. I’ve been playing on a 45 dollar violin I found second hand online over the past year and my teacher had had no complaints. (Other than telling me that it sounded like a 50 dollar violin but then moved to reassure me that it was alright)
Should I buy another cheap violin (about a hundred dollars?) and hope that I get lucky again, or should I be looking at a step-up violin? I’ve been working on some Handel and Vivaldi over the past months, the latest being Vivaldi’s concerto in G major, just to give everyone an idea where I’m at.
I’ve also considered quitting violin actually. I don’t really want to quit, but I honestly don’t have a compelling reason to continue either other than the fact that I enjoy it. Learning the violin has also been very helpful with my intonation and I have had some musical epiphanies after picking it up. However, it'll be hard juggling work, school and preparing for a piano diploma. :/
When they asked George Mallory why be summited Mount Everest, he replied, "because it's there".
No need to quit violin unless you don't have enough time to practice. Just buy another violin. It is ideal to go to a store and try some out.
"I honestly don’t have a compelling reason to continue either other than the fact that I enjoy it."
That is an interesting topic, Carlos. Work hours have decreased significantly over the last century, time spend on household work has decreased thanks to inventions like the dishwasher etc. But we still FEEL the time is not enough. I think part of it is the modern leader style leaving us a lot of freedom to decide how to do our work tasks, but often failing to define when it is good enough. Most things can always be done better...
Since you don't say if moving countries is long term I'm assuming it is. If it were me I would look at an intermediate violin as a minimum. Most violins in such low price ranges are not very good learning tools for someone who is advancing.
Yeah, get an upgrade. Maybe a $300 violin, if that's not a stretch on your budget.
Is the rather picky care a violin requires eating into your schedule? I've been wanting to study violin 50 years, but never found myself in a consistent safe environment for a violin. All it takes is a minor failure, and a violin is kindling.
I find that rigging a bomb to blow up once practice levels dip below two hours per day is a pretty effective reason, until of course they started all the splicing together of takes and really fooled me. But the woman reaching for the handbag always gives it away...
you have the most significant reason to play the violin, the same as the most of the people (I hope)
Thanks for the replies, everyone. I am indeed convinced that simply enjoying the instrument and music is reason enough to continue until I can't.