Maybe some of my followers are wondering what happened to me. I grew silent since January. No posts no photos. Nothing. The culprit: a brand new violin I received as a Christmas gift and arrived last January 6th.

I have never played violin in my life. I know my way into music because I play piano and y used to sing in a chamber choir, but I always loved the sound of the strings an its expressivity. Nevertheless, I thought that it was out of my reach.

But now there are affordable instruments and many ways to learn with teachers dedicated to adult beginners. And I was tempted So I began to speak about how wonderful would be to have a violin

The magic of Christmas did the rest. I thought that my wish will be taken as a temporary madness. But I was wrong and there it was: my violin.

A violin is like a child. You have to take care of it every day: tune it, clean it, contemplate it, get to know it with its particular temperament. Then you have to learn many things: how to hold it, how to hold the bow, how to move your arm and your fingers until it becomes second nature to you. And practice, practice a lot: open strings, scales, arpeggios…And then explore its wonders to find the magic of the melody. First a little choppy, little by little, more confident, and maybe in the following days, weeks (or months) beautiful and smooth.

My little new companion has bring a new world of music to me I’m enjoying it as much as I can. I have to reschedule my day to restart my blogging activity but for now, the music has me trapped.

Author: Olga Brajnović

Journalist and writer. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Author of a biography. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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