I haven’t touched my violin since the concert early this month, which I think is a privilege of not being a professional violinist. After watching some of the performances at the Queen Elizabeth Violin Competition, however, I was inspired again and began to think about what pieces I would like to work on next.
Now I play violin mostly for my own joy and perhaps hold a concert once in a while. I don’t really have a big goal, or I’m 20 years too late to have one. But being able to play some of my favorite pieces would make me happy. My son may not be very happy when I practice though. Nevertheless, if I don’t have any goal, I might just procrastinate and end up with not being able to play any of my favorite pieces. So maybe I should plan another concert. Even if it’s 6 months from now, a year from now, or even later, it can still be considered as a goal – another privilege of not being a professional violinist.
I might begin to search for a new violin in the near future since I have never been satisfied with the sound of my current one. I keep trying different strings on it, and just few days ago I ordered a set of Evah Pirazzi Gold strings to try, hoping that my violin would sound better with these newly developed strings. One might question why I need a better violin if I’m not a professional. Well, I don’t need one. I just want one because it would bring more pleasure to me and to my ears. Unfortunately, money is an issue as always, and I doubt violin collectors would loan a fine Italian violin to someone like me. So I hope I will be able to save enough money by the time I find a violin I really like.