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You know that you are addicted to the violin when:
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Ferret
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You know you are addicted to the violin when:

You are walking down a slope and both feet let go and for a short time you are airborne (I can fly). And then gravity suddenly kicks in.

There you are, laying on the ground in agony. Your butt hurts. Your back hurts. Your head hurts. And your left shoulder 'really' hurts.

And what is the first thing you think? It's, "(very naughty word), I hope this doesn't stop me from practicing."

 

It really happened to me last Sunday. rofl

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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WOW, John, where did you dig up this thread, we had another exactly like it maybe before you joined the forum.

Good topic though.  smile

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I know what you mean I sliced my left thumb got 5 stitches. I had Wrap it up so I could still practice ..... helped my vibrato a little too.

 

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when.... you injure your right shoulder (eek no bowing!!) and are in much pain. Quit using your arm? Nah! I can do this, I can do that...Ow now it hurts again (Rinse, repeat)... Now you hurt so bad you need a sling... Quit using your arm? Well, maybe... until I forget and use it, Ow!

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Miss out on a Fiddlerman group project? Omigosh NO! I will quit using my arm until it heals becomes my mantra...

violin-bang

Miss another Fiddlerman group project? OK, OK, I will take care of my arm and slowly start building up my strength, bowing only until things start to hurt and then sensibly resting the injured limb...

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But it is not an addiction!!

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@dionysia ..... Hang in there.... 

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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Addicted?  Who's addicted?  I can quit anytime I want.  I am not addicted.  I am not addicted.

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RosinedUp said
Addicted?  Who's addicted?  I can quit anytime I want.  I am not addicted.  I am not addicted.

Yes.. Yes @RosinedUp We all know you can give up at 'anytime'.

Now just lay back on the couch and relax. What are your first memories as a child? Did someone take away something you really loved...... roflroflol

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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This is a unique affliction. It has mental confusion inter-weaved with spiritual awaking.

Drives me FREAKing CraZy!!!!!

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StoneDog said
This is a unique affliction. It has mental confusion inter-weaved with spiritual awaking.

Drives me FREAKing CraZy!!!!!

@ratvn 

Yeah...... Tell me about it

I'm going to China next 

week and I won't have my fiddle with me bunny-headbang

I may have to buy something over there just to keep me from going into 'withdrawal' rofl

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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I once put my hand through a window I was trying to open, and cut a tendon in my right wrist (thankfully, despite it being a large cut, no veins are near to the surface on that side. my left hand and I'd have been scuppered, my left wrist is much veinier)

and my first thought, after noting that there wasn't significant bleeding, was that if it had been my left, that would possibly affect my guitar playing, so thank goodness it was the right.

not a normal thought for a right handed person

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Wow @Ferret! That is devotion :D  When I was repairing my car last night I suddenly thought "should I be doing this? What if I hurt my fingers and it makes me unable to play the violin". At least it becomes clear to us what our main priority in life is. exactly

Practice don't make perfect, practice makes permanent.

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Freq said
  When I was repairing my car last night

Huh ... I didn't know Europeans were allowed to fix their own cars. 

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lol @RosinedUp :D Not only are we allowed, but it is also necessery:) My car starts to get old now, and every trip to the garage costs me about 2000$ these days. Therefore I try to do what I can myself. I won't pay another 2k on that car!

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RosinedUp said

Freq said
  When I was repairing my car last night

Huh ... I didn't know Europeans were allowed to fix their own cars. 

They're designing their cars so complex so that is why, lol.

@Freq: what kind of repair do you do? I don't like to work on cars but sometimes can't avoid it, lol.

 

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I can quit anytime too. Honest I can. I just don't want to right now.confused

I can quit, it's easy... and no, I don't have 4 violins because I'm addicted! I don't. In fact I can sell any of them I want to... I just don't want to right now!confusedfacepalm

Really... I can quit anytime as well. blurry_drunk-2127facepalmdazed

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ratvn said
They're designing their cars so complex so that is why, lol.

@Freq: what kind of repair do you do? I don't like to work on cars but sometimes can't avoid it, lol.

@ratvn 

lol:D Norway don't design cars. Well, we have a small electrical car called "think", but there is nothing else. Sweden have Volvo, and I can't take responsibility of their designs:) All that I know is that the volvoes that was made 20 years ago is built like a tanks.  

I do the repairs I am able to do myself. And it is not much, but I try:) I have someone to help me with the repairs now. I am not able to figure out what is wrong on my own:) 

Practice don't make perfect, practice makes permanent.

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LOL

That is the first thing I think about every time I cut or hurt my fingers.

I used to be pretty good at arm wrestling even guys that were twice my size but I had to try to play afterwards to check that I didn't mess anything up.
You know you are addicted to the violin when you don't arm wrestle anymore for fear of not being able to play for a while.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Disclaimer:  If your enjoyment of this particular entertaining and amusing thread might be damped by someone saying something that is maybe a bit serious about it, you may want to skip this post.

 

If violin (or any other instrument or music in general) is or has been an intentional part of your rehab or continuing recovery program, you are addicted to violin (or are likely to become addicted).

 That would be me.  I'll try to avoid going into too much boring detail, but years ago (over 2 decades now) I was having a substance abuse problem.  Tried to quit on my own several times, and that didn't work out.  So I talked to a counsellor/therapist and we went through the diagnosis process and yeah, it was an addiction.  So I went into a rehab clinic to get clear of it.  

In the course of rehab, a very sharp therapist got to asking about why I'd let my band fall apart and why I wasn't playing anymore.  After some sessions of exploring that, she deduced that I had basically let that slip away to make more room in my life for the substance problem.  That is part of how it works and how such problems end up being a way to trash your life.

To make a long story short, picking up my guitar again and getting back into music, and either pulling the band back together or making a new one ended up being a very important part of my treatment program.  I had gotten to kind of viewing music as a hobby, and hadn't let myself think of it as more important.  I mean, realistically, everybody knows that the chances of any person "making it big" are very slim, and just get slimmer as you get older.  Why even try working towards silly hopes and dreams with odds like that?  Why play, when probably nobody will listen or care anyway?

I got told my attitude was a bunch of crap, and that I personally had better straighten it up and take music far more seriously as my "healthier choice", and do what I could with it.  Because without it, she didn't feel my chances for making it to recovery were very good.  And without making it through rehab and into recovery, that my chances for surviving much longer weren't good either.  Further, that I should be damned glad that I had a bit of talent and had already put some time into learning and practice and money into gear so that I had something as wonderful as music to lean on as a healthy sort of dependency when I needed to get through the rough spots in life instead the unhealthy ones I was in rehab for.  

Well, ok.  Nothing I can say but that she was right.  I'm over two decades "clean" now, and she is still being right.  Being 100% honest, I think that if I hadn't made that change and turned to music as something to take more seriously in my life than just a useless and silly "hobby".  Well, I'm fairly sure I'd be dead and just a tombstone somewhere and never would have even met the fine folks here.  Probably quite a few years ago, now.

So yeah, music can be an addiction, in it's way.  But it is a lot less lethal than some, and it can put some good things in your life instead of just trashing it.  Even a fairly nice new violin will cost a lot less money than a drug/alcohol/gambling/etc addiction.  If you have music/violin as an addiction/dependence/"bad habit", indulge in it and enjoy it.  It is a good one.

I'll get off the soapbox now.  Sorry if the serious talk ruined the fun for anyone.  But I didn't want to take the chance that if maybe someone is having some problems, and hoping that music can maybe be part of the solution, that they might leave without hearing that it *can* be. 

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WOW, Daniel, so glad the chances and odds of fate allowed you to return to the music, we ALL are much better off for your contributions here and if that hadn't happened, well... your insight, crafty control and use of the english language and your massive novels of postings wouldn't be here for us to read over.

 

Awesome story, congrats for the come back.thumbs-up1st-place

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Biggest warm hugs Daniel.

I am glad you shared this....It is important for many to know that there is healing..and Healthy addictions...ones that stimulate our minds,and  hearts..and soul.

The violin has saved  me in many ways...different ways...and your  friendship and fun  here is a part  of that too.

Love,

Toni

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