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I'm 26, and work as a nurse in the Twin Cities. I've been involved with music for most of my life, starting with choir and dabbling in piano when I was 8. When I was in 5th grade, my school had a "Strings" program, and I played viola for about 6 months (probably not well!). I would have gone on to Orchestra, but we moved to a different school district that didn't offer Orchestra until 10th grade, and my parents didn't want to pay for private lessons, so I took up tuba instead, and played that through high school, while dabbling in clarinet and saxophone.
I bought my first violin about 4 years ago, but never really played it. Eventually, I graduated college and started working as a nurse, then decided that I wanted to start playing violin for real. Played for about a month before tendonitis in my wrist made me stop. I eventually had surgery for the tendonitis, and started playing again three months ago!
I started taking lessons 2 weeks ago, and so far I think they're going well. I had made it through the first two Essential Elements books on my own.
Tomorrow I'll pick up my new violin, my first upgrade from my $60 VSO that I started with 4 years (or 3 months) ago!
So that's me! Hi!
Welcome @Lady_Battle ,
It's good that you are taking lessons now - I have found them very helpful. Discovered many bad habits I now have to un-learn.
How exciting to be moving on to a better quality violin! It will probably be much easier to play. Tell us about the new violin when you get a chance!