Santa (my mother) bought me a violin for Christmas and yes, I wanted one. I've spent a lot of time this year exposing my son to music and watching him develop a strong interest in the orchestra. He loves to watch the musicians play and knows every instrument and what family it belongs to.
I had thought about getting him a violin but then I thought, what about me? I have always loved the violin. Listening to one being played releases emotions so deep in my core being, I didn't even know they existed. Wouldn't it be great to learn to play an instrument that I have always loved? Of course it would and then I could teach my son later.
We come from a musical family. My mother plays piano and my father played guitar. I did learn to play the clarinet in high school, but I will need a refresher on reading music. I still have the clarinet (hidden away) for my son if he wants to learn. Right now he has a recorder and an electronic keyboard that he is getting pretty good at. Plus I got him a xylophonethis Christmas that he didn't get last year. He can play Jingle Bells and Mary Had A Little Lamb on them all.
When I mentioned my idea to my mother, she said go ahead and order what I needed and she would pay for it. After some research I found a great beginners violin with a case and accessories on Amazon.com (I really should buy stock in that company). So far I have got it tuned and it sounds great (I think). I ordered a DVD to learn from and some extra strings.
My son thinks his mom can do anything, so he is already planning a mommy and me concert. I'll keep you posted on the date, ha ha. So this is my New Year's resolution: This is the year I teach an old dog (my brain) a new trick. I will learn to play the violin!