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My name is Mark Shane and I'm a violin addict. I was a professional saxophone player for 20 years, from a musically oriented family and wanted to play the violin since I was a child.
Life has its ups and downs and after an injury ended my career, my marriage, and losing everything I owned and everything that was most precious to me, fighting with depression, and sinking further and further into an abyss of darkness that I couldn't escape, I found a fiddle in a friends attic. It sounded like bees buzzing when I drew the warped bow across it. I started watching YouTube videos on how to play and came across one of Pierre's. I reached out to him about buying a beginner violin. A friendship was started and a passion unleashed.
What can music do for you? I don't know. For me, it got me through the roughest parts of my life. My body healed enough to get back to work, even though it's a daily struggle, I don't mind, I'll play when the day is over.
I don't care to play for others anymore to often, just myself. I am my biggest critic anyway. I practice at least 2 to 4 hours a day, on some of the most beautiful violins you have ever seen, and I live life and I love life.
If you see me out somewhere, and I do travel a lot, you can be sure there is a violin or 2 close by.
Have fun with your journey, take the advice you can use and store it away, throw what you cant use to the wayside. Relax and live in the moment, and love who you are and what you do. You can be anything, and achieve anything you choose, because you are the only one that change your mind, the only one that change your path, be true to you.
@Shane "Chicken" Wang - thank you for sharing your journey with us, and I'm glad that the violin has bought comfort, pleasure and a feeling of happiness and well-being to your life.
You're right on so many levels - and I'm sure you'll achieve "The goal" - that was an impressive performance - passion and expression throughout - thanks for sharing the video !!!!
All the best !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Thank you for sharing your touching story and philosophy, and that beautiful piece of music. May your music continue to bring happiness, joy, peace, and solace to your life.
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Welcome. Very wise words indeed. I didn't experience anything like you did but I sure had a humbling experience recently. Through it I learned to appreciate the little things in life. I love the violin. I love the beautiful music that comes from it. I love the battle of trying to improve each day. Again, welcome and I appreciate the words you shared.
thanks for sharing..............
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