The deadline for the 2023 Group Christmas Project submissions has now been extended to Monday the 11th of December.
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!
Welcome to the forum, wow thats an amazing amount of practice kudos.👍