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Friday, January 25, 2008

my violin

Well, I did it. I ordered a violin this morning. It's my gift to myself for my kids' birthdays this week. I think I deserve a little something for bringing two such lovely people into the world. It's also a consolation prize... I'd been planning to go to France with the Kate McKinnon gang in July. I finally had to realize that it would be nuts to try to do that in the middle of moving to Oregon. I'm bummed about France, but happy about the violin. It's cheaper than a trip, and I'll have it a lot longer. I'm amused at how I turned the purchase of a violin into something "practical"! It's all about the journey anyway, right?

For all you real musicians out there, this is nothing fancy. Having no music stores in the area, and no experience with the violin, I did a lot of looking around online. I ended up going with this Gliga Genial 1 - a nice student model that didn't break the bank, but also wasn't the cheapest thing out there. I think it's really pretty, and I'm really looking forward to learning to play it.... slowly, on my own, because there are no teachers here either. Wish me luck. And don't listen to closely for a while! Anyway, it's the journey I'm interested in, not the destination.


Jean said...

this is beautiful!!!

Francoise said...

I've always wanted to learn to play an instrument... Violins are such beautiful instruments. My daughters say I can do it! You are setting an example I might very well follow. ;+)

Drumsclub said...

I like to hear sound of the violin, but I play drums.

Norine said...

Hooray! You will even love the smell of it.

Charlene said...

Good for you! Please get plenty of resin for the bow, or every cat in the vicinity will be joining your chorus!

Ikow Designs said...

Good for you, Kim! I played the violin for a long time in my youth, but gave it up for Dance and Softball. I've been wanting to take it back up... basically re-learn everything, but short of going to a college to take classes, it's hard to find someone that teaches classical violin. All around these parts teach fiddle (yes... it's a different system of learning).

I still have my very first music book (and violin) and it's a very good one for 1st timers. Would you like a copy of it? I can scan it and email it to you.

Good luck!

Kim Miles - Beadist said...

Thanks for all the encouragement! I think I have enough instructional stuff for now... Maybe not though! My poor dog was smacking me with her foot tonight while I practiced. sort of the dog equivalent of "Stop it! You're hurting my ears!" So anything anyone can easily get to me, I'll gratefully take it. I have ABC's for the Absolute Beginner, and just ordered Violin For Dummies... I'm pretty smart, but this instrument humbles me!