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What are your 'dreams' with the violin? 

I know I have 2 of them, one of them sometimes I 'question' and wonder if I will 'really' achieve but I keep aiming for it, and that is to one day obtain the highest qualification one can obtain on the violin which is the 'fellowship'...

but then I have a more 'humble' dream, which 'hopefully' 'might' be more achievable, but even with this one I wonder if I will ever achieve it actually, and that is to one day be like this woman here in this YouTube video, she is my 'inspiration', I go and watch her videos (which were posted by her son) now and again and I sit and 'dream' that at the young age of 84 one day I might be just like her....entertaining my friends and neighbours with my violin :) 

I really hope I can be like her when I 'grow young' :) <3



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Posted: August 24, 2011
Last Comment: August 29, 2011
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Posted: August 29, 2011
Well my dream is that I could be defined as a violinist some day. What that means, I can't define right now. At least that I could play so that listeners' theeth won't ache and ears bleed :)

I've been gathering a "playlist" of nice pieces for violin. More concrete dream is that I would some day be able to play those. Some surely are doable now with little effort but others are really in the "dream" category :)

I'll share my list with you, with youtube links to my favourite performances... or only decent ones that I've found :

fiocco allegro (work in progress as you may know)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkk6DtawbWQ

Kaze No Toori Michi from Totoro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmVqslsmV0M

sad romance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFZ7bBaYpcw

Sininen uni ( Finnish trad. Direct translation: "Blue Dream")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_4LOjgH4mk

Canon in D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvNQLJ1_HQ0&feature=related

Song from secret garden
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LTZdZDEjTs

1492 - Conquest of Paradise
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eblu6Wb8Zg0

somewhere over the rainbow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL3hit0k5AQ

prelude no1 from Bach cello suite (viola arr.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qODGOrArlYM&feature=related

God Father theme
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERhspMcnAGc

William Tell Overture
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkCZQcfmVe8

W. A. Mozart Rondo alla Turca (turkish march)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CghCPVr6Jgg&feature=related

Czardas by V. Monti
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK_sUfa4LU4

Vivaldi winter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FsQMEEsYYM

Paganini caprice 24
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ307sM0t-0

Tshaikovsky violin concerto
http://www.youtube.com/user/Annfontanella#p/c/04265E76A38186BB/9/fTrP7b2CpOM


Posted: August 27, 2011
I treasure your answer.

Thank you Jojo.

Tricia



Posted: August 27, 2011
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Oh Tricia,
what a beautiful piece and what a beautiful reason....
you 'will' get there as you have all the good reasons and all the passion and dedication behind it.  
I just went on the famous YouTube to find Mischa Elman playing it here it is, for all of us to share with you and your beloved father who is with you forever x


Posted: August 27, 2011

Hi Jojo!

I get emotional when I talk about one of my precious goal because I will like to dedicate ďSchubertís SerenadeĒ to my father, who rest in peace, in his anniversary.

Schubertís Serenade was the reason I decided to learn how to play the violin many years ago. Every time I finish one lesson and every anniversary I say, Iím a little bit closer to my dreams.

However, it is not easy. I need an outstanding vibrato and a competent way to play harmonics.

Tricia



Posted: August 26, 2011
Anne, I also had this 'goal' of playing a concerto with an amateur orchestra and it was the Bruch violin concerto :) with my teacher in first row :) who knows if I'll get there.....one can only keep trying!

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: August 26, 2011
Great topic, Jo, and great responses. Here is my story: When I re-started violin lessons nearly seven years ago, I put two star-shaped golden stickers in my violin case to remind me of my goals: A small one to play a concerto or a concerto grosso with orchestra, the second one to learn (just for myself, not to perform) the Mendelssohn violin concerto. About a year later I changed my mind. Now I have two new goals that are a lot more abstract and perhaps may seem abstruse to you, but for me they have meaning:
  • Be able to express some inner truth as I feel it with my music.
  • Convey that expression to someone; that is be understood.
If I were religous, perhaps I would word that in similar terms as you, Eileen.

Anyway, in the meantime, as to the original goals, I've played some small solos with my orchestra but not a full concerto yet, and I have started to learn the last movement of the Mendelssohn. So that's on the way. As to the new ones, I regularly remind myself of them while practicing, and that is presumably their real benefit.

Eileen
Posted: August 25, 2011
That's wonderful Jo !   What a pleasure to just simply play music....Musically ! ....and bring joy and encouragement to others.  

Music has a profound effect on our "souls"....it goes right into the heart...for the good of an individual....or just as effectively....for the bad...depending on the source and motivation for it's use.   I've come to believe that there's more to music and how it touches our inner beings..than we know...

My goal is to bless others and to bless the heart of God.  That my heart would be such that He would use me to touch others and draw them to a place where they meet Him !  THAT I believe is the true meaning and inspiration for music !

Anyway....lol...a little deep, but that's where I'm at with this.  So, Lord willing I'll become proficient enough with this beautifully crafted instrument that folks will actually want to listen long enough to make that connection !  :-)






Posted: August 25, 2011
Sean...you play piano too?? that is fantastic! how long have you been playing piano? it sounds like you are pretty good on it too :) good on you, to be so musical, I envy you :) and if you're younger than me then you stand a chance to get somewhere professionally on the violin, it's too late for me, there's just not enough years ;)

Sean
Posted: August 24, 2011
  My goal is to bring as much amusement to people through the violin as i do with the piano. a 'dream', which is pretty far away, would be to play professionally, although i'm not too sure what i would/could be doing. but i just love music :)


Posted: August 24, 2011
HAHAHA good reply Simon :)

I will be 42 in 2 months time, so for me to be as good as her at 44 is a bit of high call I'd say ;)  so you must be younger than me then :)

I was in an orchestra, I was in THREE orchestras at one point!!! two with violin and one with double bass, but I decided to leave it until I am WELL past grade 8 to go back because to keep up with them below grade 8 you have to practice the orchestral parts a bit too much during the week at home and I didn't have the time nor the will to do that, when I am home I already dedicate 2 hours+ (when I 'do' practice properly *cough*) to what I do with my teacher and that to me was enough!  So now I said to myself I'll go back to orchestra 'only' when I can more or less 'sight-read' the stuff they play LOL (so in another 4 years maybe! as I am approaching grade 8, am due to sit the exam next year).

But I do want to be like this lady at 84, still 'going' and hopefully playing nicely enough so that I can entertain my neighbourhood at weekends and give joy through music :)

I am 'yearning' to find friends who live walking distance from me to share the violin with, I do feel VERY lonely as I don't know anyone to share this with :( can't find anyone, I only have 'virtual friends'.....


Posted: August 24, 2011
My dream would be to be as good as her at 44 - let alone 84!!

At the moment my 'goals' are to get to Grade 5, then 8 and see what happens after that.  My 'dream' would be to join one of my local amateur orchestras (even last desk 2nd Violin would be good!) and to play in a quartet or maybe folk group.

I've got a few years to go before even achieving my goals, never mind my dream!

Good topic JoJo...