Happy Friday everyone!
So today begins a new series of post that I’m calling Faith’s Fiddle Friday! And it’s something I’m rather excited about.
In a recent post, I mentioned that I impulsively bought a violin in that after months–perhaps years–of saying that I wanted to learn to play, I finally decided to make it happen and ordered a violin. My biggest motivation was from my NaNoWriMo novel: Heritage. Peggie, my MC, is a fiddler and I really want to bring a realism to her art.
That was well over a month ago and if I’m to be honest, it really hasn’t seen much light since then. The reason for it. Well, firstly I haven’t made the time. I’ve had a lot on my plate lately, and I haven’t been able to fit it into my schedule.
The other reason? Well, a few days after I bought it, I broke a string trying to tune it. Yep. It was a rather bizarre moment when, as I was turning the knob to find the right pitch on my D-string, I could feel it tightening and just knew that too much would snap it. And yet I turned it that one more time anyway and —
So what happened? Well, that big and ugly ‘S’ word: I got scared. I was suddenly faced with an obstacle. Not only was I struggling to tune my violin, but I was now faced with the added task of having to restring said violin. And I was afraid of the task and decided that I didn’t want to deal with the stress of it and so I placed it in its case and left it there. Until this past Sunday.
I don’t know what inspired me. I think it was a need to accomplish something. And so, with a sense of determination, I took a new D string and my violin and pulled up a few YouTube videos and after half an hour, I had this…
That’s right! I restrung my violin all on my own. And not just that. I also managed to tune it! And after that, I was in love. I continued to watch some videos and learned how to properly hold both my violin and my bow!
It was a great two hours of learning basics and making noise that just barely resembled the sound a violin should make. It was a start, and I expect it will be a long journey to where I want to go, but I’m ready for it 😀
And so I invite you to follow me along the path of learning.
May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,