I have been playing the violin since I was 3. The last year of college I took a break from it because life was crazy. However, I have been getting involved in the music community again and I am remembering why I love being a musician.
Practicing is a pain, as usual, but making music is a great feeling. To work hard a at something and see yourself improve is pretty rewarding as well. It might also help that I have a very photogenic violin.
When I started lessons, I learned to play using the Suzuki method. This method involves learning to listen and feel the music and then play it back. Anyway, I had lessons every week and had to practice at home several times in between every lessons. As a child I did the weirdest stuff to get out of lessons when I didn’t want to play.
One time I kept putting my violin out of tune when my teacher wasn’t looking. Since she would constantly have to re-tune it, it cut that lesson in half. Unfortunately, my teacher realized what I was doing so my lesson ended with…a talk. I should have just practiced!
Like most kids, I went through a phase where if the skill took lots of work then I didn’t want to do it. But as I have gotten older, I have learned that anything worth having takes time, dedication and…..you got it – practice.
So if you really want to do something, work for it. Put the time in, you will be happy you did.