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Haaaa! Scratchy, as I was reading through your description/hypothesis, I quickly developed the correlation to golf,,,, then just two sentences later, YOU made the golf analogy. GD, guess my wife is right,,,, I'm not as profound as I think I am.
The difference between golf and violin though, is someday we may perfect the violin! Btw, golf sucks! haaaaa
The Violin is the Lion of the Instruments. It has the premier solo work (Bach sonatas and partitas) to its name and is the boss hog of the largest ensemble (eg. Richard Strauss' tone poems). Its versatility in different musical genres is unmatched (eg. Jim Cuddy solo career) and its virtuosity (sorry piano, guitar) is infinite. It lives for generations and ages as no other inanimate object.
Very interesting approach! So what you're saying is that our natural, competitory tendencies drive our desire to play based on the infinite potential for improvement despite our inabilities, having deemed them temporary and of less importance compared to our current abilities?
And I just thought it was something in the rosin dust!
I do agree though! I love knowing that I can pick up my fiddle at any given time and improve! It's something to look forward to and rewarding when it happens!
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin
According to the SAPNC, within the inner ear, it is believed that certain tones of the violin stimulate the production of a hormone that is, with only a minor delay, delivered to the pleasure center of the brain. There, the hormone produces an effect akin to that of eating dark chocolate: euphoria, pacifism, and romantic inclination.
Once play halts, the brain is deprived of this chemical, and created in its absence is a sense of loss and panic. With repeated stimuli, the brain soon learns to crave the violin and those specific tones.
Speaking for myself - I admit to violin addiction only as far as I am enslaved by licorice; which, by the way, is not a harmless addiction; it realizes a disproportionately high percentage of the grocery bill.
You are talking about dopamine! I learnt it in school years ago lol. Fund this little article from Scientific American (click the quote):
If you read that article you'll understand why I have chocolate bites in my violin case! Naaah! Didn't know anything about dopamine and violin until today lol, but I guess my candies after a good practice will stay, I even have scientific facts to justify eating chocolate now!
"It can sing like a bird, it can cry like a human being, it can be very angry, it can be all that humans are" Maxim Vengerov
...I didn't realized what IT is...
A pronoun's antecedent should always be the first preceding the pronoun's occurrence.
In this example, CHEMICAL is the antecedent.
I am to blame for the confusion, for a writer's objective is not to be understood, but to make it impossible to be misunderstood.
I think I read that in STRUNK & WHITE.
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