Things-to-do-before-i-die List

Not that I'm dying. No, I still have lots to do in this lifetime. But just like the movie, The Bucket List, my professor from one of my university Psych-courses (many moons ago) asked us to make a bucket list. He just called it 'Things to do before I die' list. To play the violin has been on my list since then.

I only started playing two years ago. But man, is it ever exhilirating. I don't play like a manic violinist - though I wish I could - but I play good enough for my level. I've had two concerts so far with my instructor, small concerts really. And we perform for free every Christmas season for a nursing home.

I'm into the modern violinists like Anna Phoebe or Vanessa-Mae. I like Hilary Hahn and Nicola Benedetti, too.

I wish I could just spend more time playing the violin. There is a sense of calmness. There is just something in playing the violin that makes you think that things are going to be alright and that everything is just where it should be.

Sylphy Sylphy
41-45, F
25 Responses Dec 28, 2009

I play my fiddle when I need to relax. It does seem to calm me down.

I haven't really gone back to my violin for some time now... maybe one day again.

It started as a boring list really. Just to complete the requirement for school. But the prof let us have it the whole term. As weeks flowed, I found myself doing different things with it. I would at times draw depending on what I see or what I perceive. Most of the things I have done in these many, many years of life, I have accomplished. Even just a taste of it. I only really started doing more when we moved here.<br />
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So to answer your question directly, the topmost in my list were:<br />
*Get a tattoo... done and it's quite massive now... or has grown, so to speak<br />
*See the Vatican Library, visit Rome, the whole of Italy<br />
*Learn the Romance Languages... though I can speak a little of Spanish already<br />
*Play the violin... done<br />
*Learn yoga... learning<br />
*Learn Kendo<br />
*Do kickboxing... I know... I'm sounding very violent. lol<br />
*Rockclimb... done indoor. twice. not enough yet<br />
*Collect books forever... always and forever<br />
*Keep writing stuff in my journal<br />
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Hope this helps! =)

I'm not so fond of using technology for my personal stuff so do the notebook thing i feel like it would be something wonderful to have for myself because there really are so many things i'd like to be able to say i've done when it comes down to the end of things. what type of things did you have on your list at the very begining.

Oi! A fellow faerie! *bounces up and down*<br />
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It doesn't really require lots of thinking. Just whatever comes to mind. But keep tabs with it. Old school would be to have a notebook. This is where I have mine, really tattered and worn out over the many, many years. <br />
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Nowadays, you have technology at your fingertips. May it be a phone, tablets, etc. You see something you like, jot it down. You think of something you want to do, however insane, jot it down.<br />
During the non-techno days, and if I didn't have my notebook, I grab a piece of napkin, or rip a menu page, and write it down there. Later on, I just paste it in my notebook. This just adds character to your journal.<br />
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That's a faerie-style. Thought you might give it a try. ;p happy listing!

id love to start a list of things to do before i die but i have no idea where to begin, any tips.

Yeah... like where I was born...<br />
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Or Costa Rica!!! Yay yay yay!!! *bouncing up and down... grabs passport and small luggage (contains only bikinis anyway)... grabs Dean*...

Bikinis are meant for summer, Jimboa... silly boy... I don't even like normal fishing... what more ice fishing!... we should probably trade places...

I haven't been much here, too, Jimboa... on and off... hence, my late reply. Summer is outdoor time. Living here with 8 to 9 months of winter, we wouldn't want to get stuck inside during the hot days...

Dean... we all love to rebel... it's inane to us... I just express it more... uhm... freely...<br />
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Jimboa... you make ma laugh... I'm actually on violin break right now from my classes because it's summer... but I play on and off at home... it's a very relaxing thing to do... thanks for your tireless advices... *hugs*...<br />
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Andrew... at 50!!! Well... I am so impressed by that! I thought I am starting so late. I have hope then... you've given me a new reason to keep going... thank you... *curtsies*...

Oh, and I started at 50.

Don't forget the minor keys and the various other modes that can make your music sound archaic, or even ahead of it's time. But no, don't forget playing. Technique is one thing but pointless if you have nothing to say with your music. ( I'm a folk fiddler, competent but not any kind of virtuoso.)

Dean... I love Emilie Autumn! Someone here introduced me to her world and I got hooked, She used to play for Courtney Love... she is such a rebel violinist... love her to bits!...<br />
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Jimboa... I know I should devote more time to playing... things are just demanding right now and I try to play as as much as I can. You've been bugging me about it forever... and I appreciate it... thank you...

Oh man, these are excellent violinists...virtuoso as they would call them. I can only listen to them; can never be like them. I'm just your simple violinist playing her strings in the meadows... ;)

Uhm, I tried playing the guitar - but my fingers started to bleed LOL. The strings are harder compared to violin. There are 6 strings in a regular guitar; 4 for the violin. Note readings should be the same. Just different strings to press. Just like playing the piano; we just use different keys depending on the notes. Hope this helps, WG. :)<br />
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I thought you've done until Suzuki Level 4?

It is a very inspiring story Sylph. I wonder if I'd be any good at the violin? What an interesting thought! I know this will sound very naive, but is the fingering the same as the guitar in terms of notes played?

Thanks, sweetieoops. :) I'm happy to know I've inspired someone.<br />
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So all you need to do now is contact a violin instructor and start right away. You don't need to have a fancy violin...that will come later. The important thing is to take that inspiration and raise it to action. <br />
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Good luck and let me know how it works out. :)

Hi, mylittleself. :)<br />
It's not so much as how you hold the violin; though this is also a factor to consider. But it's the way you hold the bow that makes all the difference. I still hear scratches when I play since I've only played for 2 years. And most of the time it happens because I get too focused on which strings my fingers will play and I lose connection with my other arm holding the bow.<br />
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It really requires patience. The skill - you develop as you progress. I am blessed with an instructor who encourages me a lot in spite of my scratching sounds. :)<br />
When I'm tired, say coming from work, and I have lessons, I usually have difficulty getting myself together. It's like my right arm holding the bow wanted to do something else.<br />
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My hubby makes fun of me and my violin. But I know he does that to challenge me more. And I do get challenged and would practice even more.<br />
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And yes, the first few years are the learning techniques. So I'm still on this stage. But it doesn't mean you can't play. Posture, well, it's not such a problem for me because I did ballet (shhh) many moons ago.<br />
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Hope this answers your question. :)

Good to see love for what you are doing:)<br />
I have a question: what about the way you hold the violin? I know this sound silly, but since you didn't "grow with the violin" are there some difficulties in maintaining the proper posture for you? My teacher's always told me the violin is one of the instruments you have to start early with to let the hands grow the way they'll suit it the most. I mean, I have slightly different left and right hand-something people don't realize unless I tell them and all my friends that play the violin(cello and viola too) have similar hands to mine.<br />
I'm always mesmerized by how people that've started late talk so dearly about it. I remember that first years were mostly about learning technique, I didn't like it too much(not that I didn't like to play just for me,that's a different thing). It requires quite a strong will to spend your time everyday on practicing, I know something about this;-)

Perhaps one day I will. <br />
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We have like 3 guitars, keyboard, banjo, accordion all laying around some where. <br />
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Obviously I would never have a chance to play music. :p

HT, you're young and you have the time in the world. So go and learn to play the piano and guitar.<br />
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It may help ease what you are going through right now. Focus on doing something positive and valuable. It would be worth it, I promise. =)

If i had the attention span, i would want to play piano and guitar. Just a couple things i wish i could do :

Oh, I definitely agree with you here. I play not because I want other people to watch me (that's just a bonus!); but I play because I love it. I simple love it. Even if at times I screw up on my strings - heck, it becomes funny and I enjoy it even more. :)

I love stories like this. Music has the same effect on me and its never too late to learn instruments. My grandpa started cello in his 60s. I love learning new musical instruments. Your own enjoyment is far more important than whether there is an audience or how you compare to others.

Yeah, music does that to you. And amazing how music can relate to whatever it is your feeling. My instructor would often know if I'm tired, or agitated, or joyous. Playing an instrument transforms your emotions...and you hear them in the music.

Glad to know I'm not the only one who started late. :)<br />
The initial challenge for me was note reading - like this was studied in grade school...I mean seriously, I don't remember much. I'm always tempted to write in the numbers above the notes; but my instructor said that I actually caught on note reading quick enough. That's a blessing.<br />
But I'm still progressing slow - gotta have more time playing and practicing!