We’ve added a new instrument to our fold. It’s a 1/10 size (read: eeny, teeny) violin for my son, Oliver.
Believe it or not, it’s not the smallest one available. I think they go down to a 1/16 size, which is miniscule. Since we’re not actually trying to raise a baby Mozart, though, we thought we’d cut our boy some slack and wait until he’s a walloping five-years-old before starting him on music.
He had his first lesson last week, and learned about the names of the parts of the instrument, and how to hold it.
This was before his lesson. His look is much more professional now.
Not so much his sound yet. Hopefully they’ll start working on that this week!
We’re just renting the violin for now, so it’s not in the best of shape. Lots of little nicks and gouges. I wonder how many little hands learned on it before Oliver. And how many are still playing?
Isn’t it adorable, though? Look how small it is, compared to my full-sized one.
I kinda just taught myself the violin, so I’m being careful not to teach him any of my bad habits. I’m sure before long, if this lesson thing works out, he will surpass my basic skills.
I don’t have any aspirations of my kids becoming professional musicians – I just love having a musical house. I can’t wait until we can all take out an instrument and jam together.
How about you? Do you play any instruments?