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Starting All Over

Well, not really.

I’ve just started violin lessons. I’ve owned a decent violin for years, but I never played it much, mostly because you actually have to read music to play the thing. It’s not like mandolin (which is tuned the same way), where it’s easy to find tablature which tells you just what fret to use, and in any case there are no frets on a violin so you have to be much more accurate with the left hand and you have to stretch your left hand fingers just a smidgen more than you do on a mandolin. I’m flat all the time except when I overcompensate and go sharp. It feels like starting over.

But when the band died a couple of months ago I found myself with some time and decided to take the plunge and learn to read music by learning to play fiddle. I’m terrible at it, and, without scheduled practices where other people are depending on me, I’m not so good at scheduling the time I thought I’d have for private practice.

I’m not sure it’s a good thing my teacher is patient. I think I could use a few raps on the knuckles with a ruler.

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3 comments

1 MAS { 03.15.13 at 12:20 pm }

Practice. Appoint someone to nag you. I’ll volunteer if long distance nagging will work.

2 Mike { 03.16.13 at 1:52 pm }

Thanks, Sam, but my schedule is too varied and variable for long distance nagging to work. I’ve appointed my phone.

3 MAS { 03.29.13 at 12:35 pm }

Phones are good at that, and with my seven day work week I could not be very consistently naggy. (I said to someone recently “I’m working nine days a week–no, I mean seven.”)

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