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Passing it on!

Posted by Sassafrassa on Friday, October 22, 2010

Not much to report on my own playing this week, but I have a fun story to tell.  I went to visit my family in TN over the past weekend, and I got to see my brother and his two girls.  One is 13 and one is almost 11, both smart and funny kids.  I took my fiddle with me on my trip, as I want to show off the instrument to my little brother, and the girls were both really interested.  I warned them both that I was just beginning, and the sounds that I make aren't near what could be...but I showed them both how to hold the instrument and the bow, and how to make the bow ride across the strings to make sound.

The older girl got all embarrassed and self-concious about holding it and playing "wrong" sounds.  She attempted it half-heartedly  for a little while, but pretty soon gave up to find other pursuits.  The younger girl, on the other hand, became VERY interested.  She was almost entranced--kind of like a little sponge.  She held it and wanted to play a song right away.  I told her to play a bit with the bow, and see if she could make a sound that wasn't so skreechy.  She worked a bit, and the sound soon improved.  Then she wanted to learn a song.  So, I showed her the notes to Twinkle, Twinkle...that old standby.  She fussed and fussed with the noting a bit, and before too long, was making the start of the song!

Now....the fiddle was entirely too large for her so the song ended up sounding like a dirge cause it was in a minor key.  But the awesome thing is her interest!!  She must have played that thing for about 45 minutes.  After a while, her fingers were too sore to play anymore and she returned the instrument to me. 

Finally, the cool part.  When I asked her later what she wanted for her birthday (which is coming up soon...) she said:  "I was going to ask for a new bike for my birthday.  But now I want a violin!" 

How awesome is that!!!  I apologized to my brother, and said he would need to buy some earplugs for a bit....but he was game.  Yeah!  So, another fiddler enters the family.  If only she lived closer we could be fiddle buddies....


9 comments on “Passing it on!”

Cyndy Says:
Friday, October 22, 2010 @12:50:57 PM

She is one lucky little girl to have you as her auntie. I'm excited for both of you.

richdissmore Says:
Friday, October 22, 2010 @3:07:26 PM

that was real nice you can,t start to soon or to old i just had my 64 and i,m startiing over good luck sara.

Watergal82 Says:
Friday, October 22, 2010 @4:31:12 PM

Cool! I like hearing about new converts. Err, I mean fiddlers. I hope she keeps on liking it and sticks with it.

Ozarkian DL Says:
Friday, October 22, 2010 @4:31:46 PM

You have just earned your 1st. gold star, posted by the fiddle fairy. You can earn 10 more by the purchase of a 1/2 size beginers for her, or 5 by sharing the cost with bro. Ooo....U'll need 50 for entrance into fiddle kingdom. :-)

cheekee Says:
Friday, October 22, 2010 @6:15:21 PM

its great when you can inspire the young people in your family to play music - no matter the instrument. good on ya!

eerohero Says:
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @4:50:30 AM

Your `re lucky finding some young ones to follow your steps to a happy living, with the fiddle, truly glad for your progress.

Sassafrassa Says:
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @7:21:21 AM

Thanks, all! I was excited, too. She has been fooling around with the piano on her own for the last few months...her dad has a keyboard and guitar...but she hasn't had the opportunity to have lessons or guidance. I'm thrilled she is going to be starting this journey, and I helped start down the road. Her dad and mom are looking into lessons and an instrument for her birthday, but I'm going to have to get her some "toys", too. Maybe a fun colored case or a tuner in her favorite color. She's a great kid, so I will do all I can!

bj Says:
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @7:23:10 AM

I'm sure she's online. Start sending her links to fiddle instruction and great fiddling to keep that interest alive . . .


carlb Says:
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @8:06:53 AM

Wonderful story. Any way you can pass it on, is a good thing.

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