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Just a new member here. I actually found this site fairly recently. I have enjoyed looking through it and have learned a lot. I started playing the violin when I was in the 4th grade. After my parents divorce and my mothers subsequent remarriage, I moved high schools. I stopped playing the violin after my freshman year of high school. I always wanted to get back to playing, but since I had quit playing I practically grew a foot. I always thought with my growth spurt it would be too difficult to find the correct notes. I've always loved hearing violin/fiddle music. My son started elementary school last August and had to choose to play an instrument or go to choir. He has a cousin who started playing the violin a couple of years before, so he chose the violin as well. That gave me some motivation. I found my old violin, bought a new bow (the original looked like it had exploded), put new strings on the violin, and some other work done to it. Now 33 years later here I am. I am doing my best to keep pace with him. We recently played Amazing Grace at a variety show together. I am having a blast and want to keep playing and getting better.
In the 4th grade, I started playing because my best friend had started and the teacher looked like Wonderwoman. In terms of visual enjoyment, 4th grade was pretty much tops. I always did enjoy playing it, just got busy with sports and being a teenage boy. My son loves it. Practically every night is a jam session with him and my wife. She will break our her high school flute.
As for the nickname, that goes back to sports. When in college my basketball teammates gave me that nickname, it's short for scrapiron. I was more than willing to sacrifice my body for the better of the team. It has kind of stuck since then. I am sure many of my teammates don't remember my real name.
Thank you for the welcome.
Well Scrap that is simply awesome - I supported my kids but never really joined in, just listened and encouraged...there never seemed to be any time left for me.
Now when my grandkids come over they are just wonderful, they beg me to play and want to join in, picking music, dancing and laughing, examining my violin and bow, it's so very cute.