Well, no actually, except for the part about trying to learn the cello. It's been 18 months now, and I'm plugging away, attempting to force my hands, arms, body, but mostly my brain, to do things...
This column was a near-perfect description of my travels with the violin over the past 6 months. Though I've played piano and flute for 45 years, a stringed instrument is a completely different animal. I check my ego at the door when going to lessons! Learning a new instrument is humbling, brain-feeding, emotionally satisfying and just plain fun - and I recommend it to anyone at any age. I enjoyed reading your column.
Seized by some peculiar muse (clearly one with a sense of humor), I have undertaken to learn the cello in middle age. To the amazement of my teacher, my family and myself, I've made incredibly rapid progress. Displaying a fluidity and musicianship that cannot be taught, I burned through the early books and went straight to repertoire that is usually the province of advanced players.
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