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Why do YOU love the violin?
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coolpinkone
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The violin.

I love that it is beautiful to look at.  I love the history of it.  I love thinking about its origins.   

Mostly I love the sound and the vibrations.  I love the complex sounds as well as the simple sounds.

I love the variety of tones and styles of music that can be played.

There is nothing not to love about violin.

It is and will always be my favorite instrument.

This is the short version.

Toni

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I fell in love with the violin as a small child, probably toddler age... I remember watching someone play the violin and loving the sound, and how it was made by dragging a bow on the strings, and I wanted so bad to try it out myself. I didn't know until I was older that those memories were of watching my aunt play when we'd visit my father's family. Anyway... that memory and desire always stuck with me.

I love how it can sound so emotional, so much like someone does when they are singing. 

I love how it looks, it's very pleasing to the eye, as my cousin's daughter said when I dropped off a violin for her to borrow and learn on "it's so aesthetically pleasing", lol.

I love that it fits in a beautiful orchestra, and fun hoedown. 

So many reasons why I love it, this is just the short version :)  

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@damfino I too have early memories of the violin. My sister played for a few years.  I would open up the case and hold and touch the bow when she was not around.  It wasn't until I was in my 40's that I remembered how much I had fallen in love with it at such an early age.

That being said, I was and still am unfamiliar with a lot of violin music and fiddle music. 

The last four years have opened up a whole new vibrant world of music.  (another reason I so love the violin.

:)

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@coolpinkone I'm way more familiar with classical music than I am the fiddle tunes, I recognize some fiddle stuff from songs my family would sing around the house when I was a kid... for the most part it has opened up lots of new music to me, too, and new bands I wouldn't have found otherwise. I love it :)  

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@coolpinkone - Does your sister still play? Very cool story. :)

As for me, I chose to play because a teacher handed instruments to everyone in a classroom and said that if our parents fill out and sign the paper she gave us, we could get free classes. LOL

I excelled pretty fast and just kept going. Never had time to consider what I loved about it until I stopped playing full time professionally.
I love the diversity more than anything else.
There are almost no genres that the violin cannot play, if any. The violins tonal and dynamic range is crazy.

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@Fiddlerman I'm jealous! My elementary school you had to pay for the extra music lessons and either rent an instrument from the school, or buy one. Though it seemed like everyone just took the clarinet and flute, haha. My brother and I would have done anything to just learn something, and trust me we begged, lol.

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That is sad, especially keeping in mind that this is probably more often the rule rather than the exception.

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but the one who needs the least."

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damfino - I remember being terribly disappointed when I found out that the school had only band, no strings. I have always wanted to play fiddle because my grandpa was a fiddler. Thanks to Pierre, I am realizing that dream!

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The Violin is the Queen of instruments...and there is no king. Mystical and Magical, all others are mere accompaniment.

Beautiful beyond words in both form and sound. 

"Striving to attain Mediocrity"

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@Fiddlerman 

Very very cool to hear your story.

My sisters does not play anymore.  Her program was similar to yours.. school loaned the instruments and provided instruction.  I remember my mom driving around to find Jack House of Music to find my sisters first "lesson" book.

I don't know why I didn't play an instrument.  Probably because I was shy.

 

I totally love to hear everyone's experience.   :)

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@damfino I am with you.

Violin ... Fiddle and the forum here has opened up a  lot of opportunities for music that I have not experienced.

It is surely and truly a magnificent journey.

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I love playing my fiddle when I am taking deep breaths in through my nose while being able to play a medley of notes simultaneously. It's like I'm making love to the fiddle because it sings as I breath. And when I exhale I have to just let it go and release the breath (out from mouth) while keeping tempo of my melody. Then take another deep breath in, and repeat.

when I am busy humming the harmony - my throat becomes sore as the violin speaks my effort for me. Otherwise, my breathing is very potent and so I guess the violin is theroputic in a cacophony of deep breathing pleasure and sweet sound. The only downside is when I breath deep into my nose like that is it opens my ears , and I need ear plugs, and my voice becomes raspy when I humn to much. But the raspiness in my voice is kind of cool. The [left] ear though is problem.

overall I love the violin because it sounds sweet.

and the struggle of mastery - well I mean humans tend to need struggle so I accept the challenge the violin provides , mostly I like its sound though. If. I have to struggle to make it sound better then so be it.

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Hmm..

I have seen this thread a few times over the years and always find myself at a loss for how to answer the question.

I do not know why. 

But I can tell you how I know that I DO love the instrument..

Been playing it for over 4 yrs now, working on the 5th year, I play some pretty much every day.  And yet, every time I take it out of case and begin to play, there is still this moment with a drop of adrenalin to it, something exciting about it.  I don't understand why, and I don't much care. LOL

I play other instruments, but that would be what makes the violin special to me, so far as I can understand it. 

It just has some kind of magic to it.

I don't know why.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Because it makes me cry when I hear a beautiful and sentimental piece and I forget everything when I do that. I want to do that all by myself one day, to play myself making tears flowing down. It is so mythical, mysterious and heart-touching. Those are some rare moments when I forget the brain and only heart beats are there to play the rhythm along with the music!

A table, a chair, a glass of wine, a bowl of fruits, a music system with lots of records and my violin. What more I want to retire?

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When I took it up, I didn't realize how it resonates through your whole body when you play.  You are immersed in it when you make music.  It is wonderful.  As many others have noted, getting lost in my music in an evening of practice is a perfect evening.

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@DanielB "that drop of adrenaline" -that always is the case for me also.

@intrepidgirl I Did Not know how the violin would resonate through my whole body. The Vibrations of strings was and IS still a delight.

@Jacques your thoughts and Experience in playing Violin are very eloquent. I am so glad you share your experience.

@JayDreamer Violin music makes me cry also.

Cheers Toni

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Great topic: I love violin and as it is referred to as "she or her" and it is the first "her" I don't have to argue with when I play "her". smile

I've told this story before, but will tell again for those folks who haven't heard it yet.

I started to play at age 4 In 1947 and played until I was 10. My violin was a rental from a music store in Royal Oak, Michigan. I  played and took group lesson's in the grade school orchestra and private lesson's on Saturdays.

Times were tough in those days, after WWII and it got to the point where mom couldn't afford lesson's or rental any more so I had to quit. 

I've always had a violin to play even after I quit, my step dad had a violin but it was full size and to big for me. So I bought a guitar with the money I made from selling flower seeds door to door. It was a beauty, lime green cardboard that I paid $7.00 for. I played that and when I was 15, bought a Fender Music Maker.

Then came High School and "girls", obviously there was no time for violin then and if you did play violin in those days, you were considered a sissy, it was more of a girl instrument.

So after 57 years of not playing, (5 years ago) I dug out my step dad's violin which I still had and started playing again. Now I have 5 of them and play everyday. It stands against my TV stand and I play while watching TV.

The End.  violin-1267

Ken.

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@Fiddlestix Yahoo...

I love hearing your story.  I think it is awesome to hear your journey and I am so pleased to share most of my time learning and playing with you since I came to this forum.

Love and Sunshine,

Toni

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