The first time I play the violin was when I’m just 6 years old. Then, my parents, like all other parents, would love their kids to learn how to play a musical instrument. And I’m very fortunate to have my hands on the violin – even though as a little kid then, I don’t even know how a violin is played 🙂
I still remember the first piece of violin music I played – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. (I’m sure you know that song too). While these are really easy songs, my parents and relatives do love to see my play the violin. And yea, the feeling is really wonderful!
As I grew up, I continued to play the violin, and improve my skills level too. I also started to play with my primary school’s orchestra, as a little Violin 1. We played in concerts, violin competitions (and won!), and even invited to perform overseas too. This was then I learn how to play the violin as a group, instead of just solo.
However, if you see that my violin journey was all about fun, then you might want to read on.
As years go by, violin seems to be a more difficult instrument to play. I’m frustrated with my playing, and I just can’t seem to improve my violin skills. As a teenager then, I also become interested in other areas, like sports – football, basketball and even archery. I play the violin less, day by day.
This is also when my very best violin friends decided to give up violin playing to pursue other interests. I’m quite sad when they told me, and the thought of me giving up the violin struck my mind too. Then, I was only 14 years old, with just ABRSM Grade 5 violin certificate.
I did not play the violin for a couple of months… till I attended a orchestral concert, and was inspired to pick up the violin again. I’m in love with their violin music, and believe that I can really play beautiful violin music one day. I resumed lessons and worked hard to improve my skills.
17 years on, at the time of this writing, I’m still playing the violin and I’m loving it! And one thing I can share is that I never regretted picking up the violin, even though there has been ups and downs throughout my violin journey.
Other than loving my own music, I’m also a violin teacher to a couple of students. It’s really great seeing them growing up loving violin music. I do play in my friends’ music bands and perform for my church, to share my joy of playing the violin with many others.
In 2011, I created ViolinMusicSchool.net to spread my love of violin music with more people, and share with violinists around the world my knowledge about this amazing and lovely instrument.
Here you go my friend in violin! My loving relationship with my violin thus far. Hope it does interest or inspire you in some way 😀
So now it’s your turn!
What’s your story with the violin? I know it must be more interesting than mine. How about sharing it with me, and fellow violin lovers over here? Simply leave it in the comments below!
You can write about
- How you come to play the violin?
- What did you love about the violin?
- What are your struggles when you play the violin?
- What would you like to achieve from playing the violin?
- … (show case your violin video/website if you have one too!)
Your story doesn’t have to be long, or professional. Even if you only played the violin yesterday, we love to hear from you too! Let’s encourage one another in this great violin community here!