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So I was just curious what the ambitions making up the reason to why all you guys play the violin/fiddle are^^
It would be unfair if I did not share.
First of all I should start with mentioning that the violin is just about the only instrument my grip allows me to play. Neuropathic BS going on.
But I have two real ambitions.. First off is to be able to contribute to my friends. Many of them are high-end musicians. And I enjoy working with them. And only composing gets tedious after a while.
The other one.. The big bad wolf that keeps me running. That fuels my desire to continue is to compose and perform a piece. Based on the divine comedy by Dante Alighieri. Basically telling the story through music. Instead of poetry. I like the thought of that. And I think the violin will have to play a big, big role in that due to its versatility.. The collection of poetry is almost solely based on emotions, feelings, and atmosphere. And as such it is imperative that the focal point of the piece should be controlled by an instrument that can easily manipulate all those points...
Needless to say, this requires me to become exceptionally skilled at the violin. But I don't mind if I don't finish before I turn 80.. It will be my piece. And I will make sure it can be called in no other way but "Exceptional". And as such I am willing to spend 60 years on it 🙂
What are yours? 🙂
"Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild."
This year, I want to be able to play scales and a couple of songs.
Later, I want to be able to play some older songs, called "old time songs" no time line.
I have to learn all the words to the songs and how to play them on my Fiddle.
I cannot read music, or TAB and I am learning by ear and I am progressing slowly.
I have learned some things about how to play the thing so far and hope to be able to play enough to sasitsy myself.
I want to be able to satisfy my own ear, time line for this, well before I die is good enough for me.
Does this count?
It ain't gonna learn to play itself.
Within a few years, I'd like to walk in the door... pour a glass of wine and play a few beautiful songs..
By the time I am fifty, I'd like to know a few classical pieces.
I haven't found one thing I don't like about the violin. It is one of the best decisions I have made in a long time.
Love love love my violin and I love Fiddlerman.com
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
I just love the sound of the violin, lately, I have wondered why didn't I pick it up earlier??? However, like Aleive mentioned, I don't care how long it takes to become "proficient" or to be able to play as good as FM :-), what matters is the journey, and all the fun and enjoyment that comes along with it!
"No one can do everything, but everyone can do something."
Why does this sort of topic always feel kinda like a cross between a kid's xmas list and New Year's resolutions? LOL I'll avoid the "before I die" theme, since the way I lived my first 20 yrs, nobody (including me) expected me to make 30. 40 was a shock and 50 was a stunner. So since I may be around for while yet, I may as well keep busy. On the other hand I could be dead tomorrow, as any of us could. Nobody really knows.
I don't know as I have ambitions, but maybe goals, short term and long term.
Short term, I did some compositions of seasonal music when I was taking composition and music theory in college, and a few of them were string pieces or featured violin. I worked them out on keyboard after studying the range of the instrument and etc. When I was taking digital studio, I did some bits from those pieces, using sampled violin notes, but I never felt the feel was right. So I want to play those pieces that I wrote years ago. One of them has been in my head for 2 decades now. That is one of the things I am working towards, learning the techniques to get the sounds and getting enough familiarity and fluency with the instrument.
Long term, I'd like to be fluent enough to be able to pick up the violin and be able to play anything I've heard or that comes into my head. Up to a reasonable level of complexity, anyway. Nothing wrong with having to work on the tricky bits a little to get them sterling, but I'd want to be able to at least play the basic themes with an appropriate degree of expression.
But so far as being rich or famous? Bah. If had ever wanted those things, I would have lived my life differently than I do. Making a living as a musician? Been there, done that. It's not so hard. You just have to really really like ramen noodles and very small apartments and be willing to only play well known songs that other people wrote, like some sort of bi-pedal organic jukebox. LOL
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
DanielB said Making a living as a musician? Been there, done that. It's not so hard. You just have to really really like ramen noodles and very small apartments
Sounds like me when I was at university *looks around* ok still am in my university appartment even with a 10 years old kid. The improvement is that the roomates are gone lol. The place feels big now!
I really just want to play for myself and have fun. As soon as I nail down some nice tunes and learn to tune without a chromatic tuner I'll be dragging my violin case everywhere with me. Downtown parks, to the chalet, on bicycle rides etc. It's one of the reasons I went for acoustic. As for living from it, not my ambition, maybe in 20 years I'll teach little kids lol who knows.
"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
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