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Hello my friends! you were all wondering if I am still playing lately since I've been so miserable having been recently 'diagnosed' with hypothyroidism and being SO TIRED all the time and COLD!

I used to practice my violin EVERY DAY for 3 hours up to a few months ago, then it went all DOWNHILL and these day (since 4 months+ ago) you won't believe it but I only practice 20 minutes ONCE A WEEK!!! :'( whaaaa! that's how miserable my 'illness' has made me :(

But I hope now that I am on medication I will get back to be my 'old' self by next year hopefully (it takes a long time to 'recover').  I am 'committed' to get back to full health and I am about to start a new 'diet regime' as well!

In the meantime with the little time I practice I have learnt this new piece in the last 2 and a half months and this is me practicing it just 2 days ago.

It does sound as nice without the piano accompaniment, it really sounds like 'something's missing' but I could not find ANYWHERE an MP3 piano accompaniment for it, so apologies, it will sound strange 'violin on its own', but here I am... and apologies for the 'sub-skilled' violinist too HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA :D

13 Responses
Posted: February 15, 2012
Last Comment: February 16, 2012

Posted: February 16, 2012
Yes Andreas, I do work full time and because I 'force' myself to carry on with work by the time I get home I'm 'dead'.

I also used to 'force' myself to play the violin every day, and although I enjoy it, mentally I had grown to be extremely 'drained' and in the whole I was doing a lot of damage to myself.  So...now I respect the fact that I must do only what is essential and I HAVE to go to work as I am a single mother and have to attend to myself and my son's needs, the violin is also in a way a 'need' but I don't 'have' to play it every day, so I now only play it when I am 'physically' fit to do it :D until my medication gets me well enough to do every day again.

Anne, thank you for your support too (and everybody else of course!! thanks Patricia and Suzanne and RAY!), Anne you are so close to me I do hope we can meet sometime later this year maybe, 'somehow', I keep hoping we can....eventually...as I can't make the violinlab reunion :'(

Posted: February 16, 2012
Hey jojo,
A friend of mine had hypothyroidism, too. She wasn´t able to do anything, just like you :( But after the diagnosis she got medication and felt better really quick... so I hope you will be ok pretty soon :)
Wow, the piece you played sounds so complicated. Pieces without a clear rythm like the minuets for example seem to be very challenging... fortunately I have one or two more years to practice until I get there ;))
Best wishes

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: February 16, 2012
Patricia, your post reminds me once more that it was Jo who came up withthe Violin Lab reunion idea some time ago.

Posted: February 15, 2012

To take a break and do nothing is a very good way to regain your strength and health. Actually, I love sitting comfortable in a cozy coach and cover myself with a warm blanket during a cold winter evening to drink a nice cup of tea or chocolate with hot milk, and sometime we can do this in Florida when winter brings cold waves to the area; then, do nothing but thinking, meditate all along with my thoughts. 

Jo, I notice a lot of tender loving care for you from others VL members. You probably have done something very good for the VL Community.


Posted: February 15, 2012

So sorry to hear you have not been feeling well.  I've missed your input on VL.  I'll include you in my prayers. 

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: February 15, 2012
Hi Jo, so glad to hear you once more. Hang in there. It is obvious from your playing that you still love the violin very much. That comes out perhaps even more than in your previous videos.

I believe that your left hand has improved! I like the form. It looks quite relaxed to me. And there were some impressive fourth finger vibrato notes. I also have the impression that you work pretty hard with your bow arm, carrying the bow, keeping it light. Perhaps try and relax your arm weight into the string, for a healthier sound? Empty strings or a bit of a scale? I believe you'll feel more comfortable.

Posted: February 15, 2012

Let me add my voice to all the others, Jo, it is always nice and informative to hear from you. 

Many Cheers,


Posted: February 15, 2012
Patricia, I gave up lessons a month ago :'(

I told my teacher I could not do it anymore! I had to stop going!  but he was very understanding and said he'll always be there for me, for the 'odd consultation lesson' or to restart regularly when I am back on my feet, no rush whenever I am ready.

I have not lost my love for the violin I am just 'drained', my whole body is just 'too heavy' and I sit on the couch as much as I can that's all.  I could do things if I forced myself but that's what I have been doing for the past 3 years, now I am 'allowing' myself to rest and it's making a HUGE difference 'mentally' it's incredible! so my 'own sanity' I have to respect that ;)

I can't believe I have 'serenaded' Beth though ;) hahahaha xx

Posted: February 15, 2012

Hi Jo:

What a nice surprise to see you back because VL Community is not the same when you don't visit us. I join Eileen and Beth to welcome you.

I feel that I'm not qualified to give my opinion on others violinists. My teacher put me back to the very beginning, just bowing straight over open strings; but I have to admit, I'm doing a lot better.

I hope you recover soon and continue playing everyday as you did in the past.


Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 15, 2012
HI Jo! Nice to hear from you. We miss you and hope you recover soon. Thank you for serenading us. Those songs from Schindler's List are lovely and haunting. 

Posted: February 15, 2012
yes Eileen, it's 'Jewish Town' from the Schindler's List collection, it's a lovely piece when the piano is with it :)

thank you for your welcome back and your encouragement, I am still pretty tired and don't visit the site much or play much, I try to rest as much as I can but I try not to stay away xxx I miss playing every day and being involved xx

Posted: February 15, 2012
Hey !  Nice to have you back Jo !  :-D

Nice work !  Is that the piece from Shindler's list...?    Nice straight bow arm, vibrato coming along nicely too !   You're doing a nice job on those double stops as well.

For not practicing much the past few months...it sounds like you've managed to make much use of the time you did spend ! 

Again....welcome back !!   :-)

Posted: February 15, 2012
sorry I was meant to say IT DOES NOT sound as nice without piano accompaniment!!