Lilting Fiddle

Learning to Play Fiddle as an Adult

Fiddleversary – Five Years of (Kinda) Playing Fiddle

January 15, 2024

Five years ago today, I set out with determination to learn how to play fiddle. Five years later, I’ve still not learned how to play fiddle. I’m still back practicing simple exercises and easy songs – mostly because I’ve not been consistent with my practicing at all.

The last time I practiced was back in November, about 2 months ago. Thankfully, the things I was practicing then are so simple that it wasn’t all that hard to pick it right back up today. Because today is my Fiddleversary, I thought it would be a good day to recommit and see if after five years, I could stick with it and make progress.

There actually was a point several years back that I had made pretty decent progress in learning the fiddle. I don’t know exactly when that was, but if I searched back through my practice log, I could probably find it.

I don’t think that’s all that important right now, though. The main takeaway is simply that I’ve done it once, so I can get there again if I only buckle down and dedicate time to practice. It doesn’t even have to be a huge amount of time – I know that. Consistency is far more important in the end.

So, here I am, returning to the beginning yet again. Will year 5 be the year when I finally connect and learn to play in a way that’s fun and pleasing to me?

There’s only one way to find out. I hope it will be, though.

I also need to name my fiddle. Naming your instrument is something I’ve seen other people do, and it apparently helps to form a bond with your fiddle. I’ve just always called this fiddle (which is also turning 5 years old this year) my Master – since that’s the name it had in the store.

But I’d rather find something a bit more personalized. I’ve just never come up with something that felt right. So, if you have fiddle name suggestions, let me know!

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