My husband never learned to play an instrument s a child and decided 7 years ago to take up piano. He continues to take lessons once a week and enjoys it immensely. Two years ago after attending a concert, he decided he wanted to try to learn to play the violin. He found a teacher, bought a violin, and has been taking lessons once a week. He picked up the violin fairly quickly considering it is a very difficult instrument to play. The violin needs to be in a correct position under the chin, the bow must be held correctly at a certain angle, the bow must rest against the strings in a certain place, the fingers must press the strings with enough force to get a clear sound, all this while reading the music you are supposed to be playing, and then playing the correct string. He does love it and it is a pleasure to hear the strains of Vivaldi or Bach coming from the living room on any given evening.
The violin teacher invited her students to a small holiday gathering to play together this past Sunday. I think she was surprised when we walked in, not really expecting him to show up with all the 10 and 12 year olds. But show up he did and got right in there with them to play. I have to say it was my smile of the week seeing him standing there amongst the kids, enjoying every minute of it.
Here they are playing a traditional Chanukah song called Maoz Tzur (Rock of Strength)