My name is Tam McLaughlin and 38 years old from Glasgow.
I started the violin around the age of 10 and got to about grade 6/7 standard. I stopped taking lessons once I left school and did not really progress. After I finished uni, I took some lessons from a fantastic teacher who plays with the BBC SSO. He corrected my posture, bowing, fingering and I was making progress but for some daft reason or other I stopped lessons and over the last 10 years have only picked up the violin a few times/year.
My kids (boy/girl twins) are almost 6 and I have been thinking about introducing them to music and would love for them to take lessons on something in the next few years.
About this time I also bought the Stagg electric violin which was selling for Â£49. As I am a semi-pro children's entertainer, I plan to use this in my shows. This has led me to rediscover how much I love the violin and how much I have missed out over the last several years. Although I have been listening to classical music all my life have started to expand my listening experience which has included many of the less common violin concertos and a number of soloists.
I have started playing again and have found that I have not lost as much technique that I had expected.
I still have an old conservatoire violin but bought a new bow which has helped a great deal.
I am not sure what I want to achieve, but I am back to playing Meditation, Czardas etc and starting on some scales and studies and hope to take some formal lessons, possibly once a month as time is limited.
I would love to work towards G8, just for my own personal achievement and to give me something to commit to, but not sure if this is a good idea or I should be doing G7 first (and G5 theory although I did do H grade music).
I checked out a few forums before stumbling across this great forum. It seems to have a mix of players at different standards all willing to share and help.