I’d recently mentioned on Facebook that I’d been investigating violin lessons, and I’m happy to say that I’ve decided upon an instructor: Autumn Deppa. She has four degrees in violin performance, some 19 years of instructional experience, and currently plays with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, but has also played with Itzhak Perlman, Sir James Galway, Amy Grant, LeAnn Rimes, and Smokey Robinson, to name a few. I’ve chosen her because of her musical pedigree and where I feel my interests lie, in the more traditional violin. I’d research “many-ish” instructors (after a while they all seem pretty much the same), but it was Autumn who really stood out head-and-shoulders above the crowd in the “feel” for who she is and how I perceive she may approach her instruction.
This past Friday I’ve rented a 4/4 (full sized) violin from Mijares Violins. Mr. Mijares is quite the interesting and pleasant gentleman and we talked some as I picked up my instrument: he is a Luthier and has been hand making violins since 1987. His work is incredible. However, this rental does not appear to have been made by his hand, as given by the label inside the violin itself. But, wow, his work was on display, and he is incredible. Earlier in the year I’d read an article in our paper and it had rekindled my interest.
This Thursday, June 4th, I begin my actual lessons! I am quite excited about doing this, as I’ve been interested in learning the violin for most of my adult life! I’ve never been musically inclined, but quite fascinated by the violin for as long as I can remember, and had always promised myself that I would one day learn to play—or at least attempt to.
So, we will see if I have any inclination toward this fine instrument that has so fascinated me for so long! It feels so fragile and other worldly, holding it in my possession…and I am quite looking forward to expanding my horizons in a direction totally (if you will forgive the quite apt, in my situation, pun…) alien to my way of life! I have no goals other than to: 1) hopefully learn how to play its strings and bring something new, exciting, and joyful into my life and that of my wife’s, and 2) to play my grandfather’s violin. My grandfather used to play. I’m told he wasn’t all that great, but he could play, and his violin is still in the family. I find it quite important that I do this for some strange reason.