QUOTE(skylark @ Jan 27 2009, 11:13 PM)
Do you know you're Top Poster within your first day, Noxica
( no but if you hum it, I'll play it
Y'know I'm sure I've got the sheet music for that somewhere...
Yeah....I guess I have posted a lot. In a nutshell, I quit violin aged 9 after being pushed too far too fast, to a chorus of wailing and protests, and thought that was it. Then towards the end of my teens, it started niggling...
I know I was good. A lot of people who knew what they were talking about knew I was good. I was told by one of the most famous teachers in the country that I could go to the top, and it bothered me. It bothered me for years and years and years. Then I got into a band called Turisas, who have a violinist called Olli who, in technical terms, is off the scale. I saw them live in March 2008, and spent most of the set standing at the front looking slightly simple, completely shaken to the core by the sheer speed he was playing at. Although I now (thanks to their forum) know he's a slightly strange, occasionally whiny little git, he started something.
It took me nearly a year, but in November I finally walked into Turner's (Birmingham), bought me a violin, then a few days later went to my first lesson in nearly 15 years.
My feet honestly haven't touched the ground since. I still high on it - it's like being that supersupercrazily enthusiastic 4 year old starting out again every time I think about it. It's magical to me, and given that apart from my teacher (and occasional mild interaction with The Olli) I don't know any violinists, finding a place that a) has friendly violinists about b) has adult learners about and c) shares my sense of humour is, well, rather exciting.
But fear ye not! This 'ere lolcat be 'ere t'stay!
*noms more tea*