9.1.11

Restringing my violin

This is my violin. She is an Exposition; no one knows what that means, except that Justin's grandmother bought her as a young girl using money from her job at Sears, probably at a local violin shop of legend that was located downtown (the name escapes me). After some research, I believe she predates Justin's Grammy by a few years; I am placing her around 1910-1930. This makes her anywhere from 80-100 years old.

She was a gift from Justin when we'd been together only about two years. The violin had been in storage at his parents' house and needed a bridge replaced and some other work. She's still not in perfect condition, but I love her. She's very forgiving of my bad playing, which on a violin can be unbearable. I first took lessons through a private instructor for a couple of years (which is how I got into teaching piano lessons to little kids) and later at TCC, where I also continued taking piano lessons. Someday, I would like to pick up a cello, but I told myself I would become a stronger violinist first. If only my concert violinist friend Aquiles would come back to Tulsa...

This is the first time I've ever put fiddle strings on her. I'm excited and a little nervous because I am uncertain if  that's the kind of thing you're supposed to do with a possibly hundred-year-old violin. But I know we'll have fun playing jigs on the porch when the baby's sleeping in the living room bassinet on warm summer evenings this year.

Wish me luck!

2 comments:

Valerie said...

Growing up I played viola, and I can still whittle out a sad rendition of "CanCan" if you asked me to, haha. Fiddling runs in my family -- grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great, etc. all fiddled, and I really wish I had learned. I may have to impose the task on H someday...;)

Mrs. O said...

Valerie, are you giving Henry his music lessons or are you going to hire someone else to? We play around and do some lessons on drums/piano, and have familiarized A with how to hold a bow, etc, but I can't decide at what age we should begin regular lessons, should I teach him, etc. I am working on "There's Mickey and Minnie" and "Daisy, Donald and Goofy" (C#, D#, & F#, G#, A#) but that's as far as we've gone. He does parody my arpeggios if we do a "question/answer" style playing session (e.g. I ask a "musical" question by playing an arpeggio or chord set, he "answers"), but mainly we work on rhythms, because toddlers are so naturally drawn to percussion. Just wanted to know what your approach is. Thanks!

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