Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Violin Lessons

I started taking violin lessons about 4 or 5 months ago. My progress is so slow. I chose the violin because I don't have a very large home and I do not have room for a piano, which would have been my preferred musical instrument. I used to have a piano and was taking lessons and was soo enjoying it, but life changes and adjustments had to be made (got divorced, moved into an apartment had no room for a piano and gave it away ...). So, now 13 years later, I have the musical urge again. And the violin is so small it fits into my home perfectly.

I can now play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star about 5 different ways, Go Tell Aunt Rhody and a couple of other songs that I have never heard of. Last week, I finally begged my teacher to teach me something I liked and would make me feel like I was making more progress. I wanted a hymn and so I chose Amazing Grace. I have butchered that blessed hymn in so many ways in the last week it should be considered a sin, but have so enjoyed my practice time much much better.

As an example of how bad I butchered it, I had to play it about 10 times for my husband before he even recognized it as an actual known tune and he still could not tell it was Amazing Grace!

Last night was so beautiful and breezy with no humidity, so I took my violin out back and practiced for a whole hour. My neighbors retaliated by shooting firecrackers and bottle rockets and I am sure they were aimed my way! Obviously not music lovers .... oh wait, maybe they are!


Shawna said...

I think that's so cool that you are taking violin lessons. I can't wait to hear you play something. I am a fan of the stringed instruments but was never able to play one.

Going Goofy said...

Girl, you amaze me. Violin lessons, wow. I'd love to be musically talented.