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Why I Took Four Violin Lessons and then Quit

On Tynan

I'm not enough of a productivity champion that I can work for 14 hours straight with no breaks at all. Sometimes I"ll find myself pressed up against some extra tricky problem, and even after taking shots at it from various angles, I can't quite push through. In times like those, it helps to take a break for a few minutes, and then try again.

Old habits die hard. I used to be obsessed with getting deals on stuff. I still am a little bit. One of the best resources for deals is Fatwallet.com, which I still check once every three or four months, down from several times a day. The last time I checked, four months ago or so, I saw a violin for $50. Shipped. Including a bow, extra strings, rosin, and a case.

I bought it, thinking that if I loved playing the violin, I could give that one away and buy a good one, and if not, I could give it away and not buy a good one. Either way, fifty bucks to see if I was interested in playing the violin seemed like a good idea. I should also add that I had been reading a lot of Sherlock Holmes, and Sherlock plays the violin when he's thinking. I was probably influenced by that.

It turned out that I loved playing the violin. Not loved as in drop-everything-and-train-for-the-symphony, but taking a few minutes to bang out twinkle twinkle little star was a good way to relax my mind for a minute before getting back to the task at hand. As I worked, I would leave the violin sitting on my bed. Whenever I needed a break, I'd get up and play for a couple minutes.

Learning to Play the Cello

On Where Pianos Roam


(Photos by Lullette M.)

 As many of you know, I am , in my heart and soul, a piano player.  It's been as natural to me as breathing, eating bacon, flexing my calf muscles, and being hopelessly left-handed.  I feel most at home when I sit at a piano.  As Tom Cruise might say, it completes me. 

One thing about myself that I've come to understand is that I am often not content with the status quo.  I've always been one to learn something new and take on different challenges.  Maybe it's just my nature or perhaps I am a glutton for punishment.  Either way, this is who I am, and thus, so be it. 

For several years now, I've been thinking a lot about cellos.  I love the rich tones and textures they create.  It is an instrument capable of creating such amazing beauty.  Last October, I took on a very exciting and new challenge.   I rented a cello and started taking weekly lessons. 

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