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Greg Monks, old newbie
Starting to play after retirement.
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February 25, 2021 - 11:49 am
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I bought a violin as my retirement present to myself, and intend to get into our local symphony. So far so good. 

When I was a child, I had a hard time finding a teacher who would take me. At the age of 12  I was too old! The prevailing wisdom back then was that you should start at five years old, or so. I ended up taking trumpet lessons, and even my trumpet teacher said 12 years old was probably too old. 

Within four years I was playing in the Delta Youth Orchestra, and worked my way up over the years to 1st chair. Talent? None to speak of. It was all hard work, and I'm a slow learner. 

I'm treating the fiddle as though it were a 9-5 job, getting up at 3 or 4 AM, practicing until 6, having breakfast, practicing again until 8, stopping for coffee and the tv news, playing for fun from 10-:00 to noon, lunch and coffee, practice until 2, another break, play until whenever, usually 4:00 PM. Got the fiddle (a cheap-o) the last week of October, 2018, recently hit the limit of its abilities, am waiting for its entry-level professional replacement. Am now playing and sight-reading at a level good enough to lay viola in an orchestra. I have a professional viola for the purpose. 

I'm encouraged by reading about oldsters who manage to play at a high level, making into orchestras, fulfilling a dream or two. The prevailing "wisdom" still exists out there to some extent, but boy is it satisfying to prove 'em wrong! 

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Welcome to the site, @gsmonks. We have a great group of people here of all levels and experiences

I am glad you stuck to your guns.

We look forward to hearing about your progress and any information you can share with others. 

Welcome to the forum. 

The Bumblebee Flies!

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February 25, 2021 - 12:36 pm
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@gsmonks -

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Always nice to hear when someone is reaching their goals.  

Best of luck with your new violin when it arrives!

Looking forward to your input here.  

 

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- Emily

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Welcome to the forum, wow thats an amazing amount of practice kudos.👍

Bit more, bit more, snap #*÷?×[email protected]?#[email protected]

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gsmonks,

Welcome to the forum,

 

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

Albert Sammons

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Welcome gsmonks !  Impressive practice time (no idea how you manage that…). No wonder you're making quick progress :–)

Keep having fun with your violin and viola violin-student(<-- this one doesn't look like he's having fun at all…)

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Hi Greg! Yur story is so inspirational! I 'm looking forward to hearing more updates as you continue your journey.

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