I love music! There’s hardly a day that goes by that I don’t have my oversized headphones on and am drowning out the world for a few minutes in the best therapy known to man. I also love The Legend of Zelda — like a lot. One day, I was hanging out with my family in our living room, listening to songs that popped up on YouTube when a song by Lindsey Stirling came on. It was a cover she did in violin of The Legend of Zelda Main Theme.
I fell so in love with it! It was beautiful! Every time her bow glided on her violin I felt the passionate need to have her skill. To make something beautiful and meaningfully lovely like she could and a smirk lifted to my face when I realized my little sister had her own violin.
It took little convincing on my part to get my little sister to let me use it. I don’t know if this is normal from a sibling but she’s really cool with me using any of her stuff. I was so excited when I first picked up her violin. It was a cute shade of purple and fairly new. I could also read music in Treble fairly well so I thought I’d have this in the bag. Life has a way of disappointing sometimes.
I Sound Like A Dying Cat — Literally
It didn’t matter what I did, the sound I made with my sister’s violin sounded like the grim reaper himself. My siblings frowned at me every time I played and I just shrugged. No one had to tell me. I sounded awful. So much for this being easy. I finally realized why in all the T.V. shows the little girls that were learning violin sounded the way they did. It was hard. Even holding the violin in it’s awkward shoulder position was hard. I had to take a few breaks so that my arms could get used to how I was holding it. And I thought holding a flute for an hour was difficult!
I was teaching myself. My mom taught me the basics of music at ten years-old and I preferred not to spend any money on lessons from someone. (because I’m saving up for quite a few other things right now) I had a Violin for Beginners book, so I thought I could do this, but two months passed, lessons passed and I still… sounded… horrible.
There’s More to Violin Than Practice
In the winter of last year, life was a little crazy for me and I fell away from practicing for awhile. I was reminded of it again when I heard another brilliant violin theme during the start of the new year and thought about how badly I still wanted to be able to play it. So, I picked up the violin again and spent an entire month playing every day. I thought that because I got so much better with my art during Inktober last year, maybe I could see an improvement with my violin if I practiced every day for a month. And I did a bit, but hardly. A month of work and not much to show for it — at all. I felt I was doing something wrong and sure enough, I was.
I thought I needed some advice from someone who could actually play, so, I went to YouTube and typed in, everything you need to know to play the violin. I got a couple of good results and the first one I clicked was a woman giving numbered lessons. I started on her first lesson and was hooked with her every word. The woman was a saint! She taught me that you apparently are suppose to hold the violin bow a certain way, not fist it like I was.
The way she taught me to hold it hurt and was uncomfortable for a few days but it was easy to learn and remember. It felt like I was going to drop the bow like she said, so I didn’t expect it to help me with my form but amazingly, it did. It felt right. She also taught me how I should be holding the violin with my left arm: to count off from 12 o’ clock in front of you and work your backwards to around 10 or 9 o’ clock. Her advice was genius and after some stiffness with the new posture I was suppose to hold, I felt a lot more comfortable and best of all, I was doing it right, finally.
Learning anything is hard. I can be the first to say that, but it’s so worth it if you like doing it. I still don’t sound too good on the violin, my siblings are testament of that, haha. But I like doing it, and although it’s slow, I think I’m getting better. I’ve learned a lot already. But everyone needs to have hope and see what their future could hold. It helps me a lot to listen to a professional violinist like Taylor Davis or Lindsey Stirling play an awesome song before I practice. It reminds me of what I want, my goal, and that it was possible for someone else so, maybe it’s possible for me too.
I’m definitely going to watch the rest of that great violinist teacher’s lessons and hopefully post any silly mistakes I make on my blog so that others don’t do the same. But I’m not giving up! I want to be a violinist!