Guess what? I'm excited to announce that I'm learning to play a new musical instrument. As a child, I was always musical. I sang in choir (and forged wonderful friendships there giggling in the back row), played the saxophone (alto and baritone), and played piano, which was my truest passion. I only wish I had started earlier, I think by the time I learned, I was not as dextrous as I should have been, and I could never have become a concert-quality pianist. But I loved it, and I especially had a talent for music itself – reading scores, transposing, understanding tonal harmonies etc. But, reality set in during my last year of high school, and I chickened out of studying music at university. I didn't think I was tough enough, competitive enough, cocky enough, and I had never had to do those awful recitals, so those scared me. The instrument I was most accomplished with was not the one I loved most. And so, life unfolded, and I eventually lost touch with my passion for music.
Until this weekend! My dad brought home a beautiful instrument from a recent visit to his sister's home in southern Ontario. It had been up in their attic for the last 30 years, and hadn't been played since my uncle's father (I think) had died. It needed restringing, and a new bow, and the bridge could stand to be redone, but it is gorgeous and sensual and the sound is wonderful – when I'm not squawking on it, that is! It is a beautiful, rich, elegant VIOLIN! I'm very excited! I found some great tips on the Internet on how to get started, and I am thrilled at how easy it is to begin. I've never played a stringed instrument before (I tried to learn guitar, but it hurt my fingers too much – what a princess!). So I can play a couple scales, and the penultimate beginner violinist song, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"!Hooray! And perhaps the best part of it all is that I have been moved to sit down at the piano and play some more there, too. I would love to take lessons again in piano. I wish I had more time to practice… but I think I will be taking lessons for violin, it's not exactly the type of thing you can learn on your own.
Hopefully the neighbors have earplugs! Otherwise I might get a call from the SPCA wondering if I'm torturing my cats!