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Playing Since: 2004
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accepting the facts
Friday, July 06, 2012 @2:12:31 PM
A wise old man once told me that music is the best kind of medicine, I agreed with him to a certain point, because sometimes the things you love most are what hurt you or make you sick. Playing my fiddle has always been a sort of release from reality for me. And almost one year ago, I was told I couldn't play anymore. I had hurt my shoulder and with one short sentence from my doctor, my life was crashing down on me. Music was all I had known. I had soon went and seen a specialist who said I could play again if I had surgery, so it was off to the surgical center where a short shoulder surgery fixed the tear and bone spur that had made me crumble. Slowly my life was being put back together again, until I had switched my class schedule to be back in orchestra. three days. thats how long I was in orchestra before having to switch out. Thats how long it took for my world to again fall in pieces. It turns out I have something called a Trigger Point in my shoulder, only certain activities make it flair up, one of which is playing the fiddle. It cannot be fixed by surgery and I have recently had to accept the fact that my skills will take twice as long to increase then most people. I can't be in orchestra again. I can only play for about 30min at a time. twice a week. This means that for me to learn and perfect a new song, which used to only take me a week, will take me three weeks. I cannot play for long periods of time and what used to be a fun release for me is no longer a release, but a consent reminder of what I can no longer do, and what I used to love. Yes I still love music and fiddling, but it is so hard to look at my fiddle and see what could have been. I could have been amazing, famous even, and maybe I still can, but it is going take a long time for me to get to where I want to be. So it's a good thing that I am only 17 because I have the rest of my life ahead of me to work on my goal of becoming amazing, even if it does take a few more years than I had planned on.
on “accepting the facts”
Friday, July 06, 2012 @3:49:37 PM
I'm very sorry to hear that. What's the long term prognosis? You're pretty young, yet. Is there hope that you'll heal more over time? I was watching a video of a banjo player with just his thumb and a single finger stub on his left hand. He's real good. (Mountain Heart, I think.) I was thinking how I'd play fiddle with that kind of injury, and got pretty spooked. Please don't give up. Use your head. It's good for more than clamping your fiddle in place. You'll find your way.
Friday, July 06, 2012 @5:33:21 PM
there a guy with part of his left arm playing guitar at summer fest as for my self my rigth hand i had to make a special pick out of a old credit card so i can play guitar i can,t hold a regular pick. what they say were there a will theres a way necessity is the mother of invention. i all so can,t play very long about a half hour i had a stroke in 2004 march 6 and i,,mslowly working my way back to playing my guitar and fiddle i can,t bow the way they teach i wrap my fist a round the frog and bow that way its hard to play this way on the other hand if i didn,t do it that way i would not be able to play at all take your your time rehaveing and come back stronger then be for
Saturday, July 07, 2012 @4:48:00 AM
Sorry to hear that, Cadie. I'm sure you won't be mindlessly practicing as some do, but will plan and focus your practises. Don't despair. If you love it, play. Some don't even get the small amount you do, and some don't appreciate what they do get.
|Tommys dad Says:|
Saturday, July 07, 2012 @6:24:42 AM
The opportunity for to become (famous) may be even greater now that you have a obstacle to overcome. Don't despair you are young and can heal. Many of us are older and beginning to feel the limits due to age. find a way to play smarter not longer.
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