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not a simple hobby

Posted by HawksEye on Sunday, January 8, 2012

violin is a demanding master (or mistress).

One can put it in a closet-- in fact, I did for nearly 30 years.  I could pick it up and play for special occasions, but I want to play it well. I can't stand it if I am not in tune, so it demands practice-- not just occasionally, but 5+ hours a week, just to maintain skills.  

I am struggling with the battle in my mind- to play for fun, to learn new techniques, to put in the time required to improve. Do scales? Do etudes? Gain skills? Learn new repertoire?  

It is fun. It is hard work. It is a challenge. Don't forget the first one, Helen,  it is fun.

6 comments on “not a simple hobby”

mudbug Says:
Monday, January 9, 2012 @2:37:16 AM


HawksEye Says:
Monday, January 9, 2012 @7:22:27 AM


Cyndy Says:
Monday, January 9, 2012 @9:15:46 AM

I'm thinking Hard work + Challenge = Fun

HawksEye Says:
Monday, January 9, 2012 @9:35:50 AM

"I'm thinking Hard work + Challenge = Fun"
yep- i don't think I could obsess over anything that was mindless and easy. Perhaps that is one reason I gave up the 'boob tube'. (where did that phrase come from?)

HawksEye Says:
Monday, January 9, 2012 @9:37:38 AM

ya know, i'm not sure it would be fun if I wasn't successful, so I might modify your equations a bit (for me):
hard work + challenge => a modicum of success => fun

sophiabrugman Says:
Thursday, January 12, 2012 @6:37:23 PM

passion comes to my befiddled brain,, as i have been deciding the very same thing Helen,,, to play or not to be,,,, oops play,, i enjoy lots of types,, and am reminisin on the adirondack fiddlers ,, and soft soled shoe band,, my fiddle is outta the box,, and she just can not keep from singing,,, sooo i say just play,, and enjoy that,, play,, like the kids do naturally,, play,, and then play some more!! My fiddle is the mistress!

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