Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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Your Parents are pushing this because they love you, care for you and want the best for you. They being the adults, sometimes have to "encourage" their children to play, because they see something that their children do not.
They see a natural talent in you, that they don't want to go to waste. There are BIG opportunities if you pursue your muscial abillities.
I play the Fiddle. I picked it up like that *snap*. I play by ear, and ended up teaching myself how to read music. When I started to play, my dad heard how much natural talent I had, he signed me up for lessons. I was only jigging around with it for 5 months.
My First lesson with my new Fiddle Teacher, had me play for her so she could see where I was. When I played, she didn't believe me when I told her I just picked it up and have only been playing it for 5 months. She signed me up for our communities annual Fiddle Contest, and I won 1st place.
I was hooked, but there were times where I didn't want to play at all. I woud put my fiddle away for months on end, and my parents would get after me all the time, I thought they were being mean, but in reality they saw a talent in me that I couldn't see.
I started to teach the fiddle after playing for about 3/4 years. Took on 30 students. I had a mixture of interest. Some really wanted to play, those were the one's who flourished and became very talented at their gift. Others didn't really want to play, but they played because their parents felt learning an instrument was important, and then I had students who were like you - had a gift, wanted to play, but hated being pressured to play.
My family is a very musical. My dad played in band, my brother played in band all his school years and now is phenominal at the guitar. My Mother has a beautiful voice. My Grandpa payed the fiddle, and my cousins - now there is where the real musical talent is....
My Cousin is now the head Pianist for the Seattly Symphony and she teaches the piano. My other cousin has her own band and she travels all over Canada and the U.S.A performing. She has CD's out and has a following.
This is what I ask my Fiddle Students that I would like you ask yourself and answer them.
1) Why do you play this instrument? What is it about this particular instrument that draws you?
2) Do you feel the music inside of you when you play?
3) Does your heart race when you play?
If you don't know the answers, or cannot give an answer - maybe you have some soul searching to do.
When I play my fiddle, the music flows through me. My foot starts stomping and I feel a rush. I want to learn, progress so much, I taste it. When I think of all the instruments in the world I could play - the only one I am physically and mentally drawn to, is the fiddle.
I love the culture of the instrument. I love the history of it. I love, love, love it when I play for people and they get up and dance, or start tapping their feet or clap to the rhythm.
To me, that is one of the best feelings in the world, when I hold that fiddle in my hands.
You need to do some soul searching darling. Keep me posted.