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October 22, 2009

Yesterday afternoon, AJ’s aunt came out to visit music stores with me. She wants to get AJ an electric guitar for Christmas, which is going to rock his world (or at least allow him to rock it himself). Our agenda was to visit two stores, one a local guitar store with an exceptionally knowledgeable staff; the other the Walmart of guitar stores.

We visited the local store first. It’s in the next town over. I’ve been there before, once last Christmas when I was thinking about getting Mr. Spy some guitar lessons for a present (I ended up going a different direction), and once when AJ was full on into School of Rock to check the place out. It’s a good place. They have two store fronts in the dying downtown area of a small town that sprung up about a hundred years ago on the train line. The storefronts are separated by an insurance agency, so in one they have percussion instruments and in the other guitars, banjos and mandolins. It’s a small space, but packed. Every time I’ve been in there, there’s been some guy noodling an Allman Brothers’ tune in the back. This time, the manager helped us, a small man with a neatly trimmed beard and colorful tattoos covering both arms like sleeves. He showed us a few things and recommended a full-sized instrument built on a slightly smaller scale. It’s one he could play for a long time. He was telling us about the tuning mechanism, which was why he recommended this and I mentioned that I’m a violin teacher and having good pegs is important for beginning violinists too. When I’m in stores like this, I tend to mention I’m a musician, because it often makes a difference. They’ll talk to you differently and you’ll get more information. This time, though, he said, “That’s interesting. I’m actually looking for a violin teacher.” He gave me his card and said, “If you want to teach out of here, we could work something out.”

Back in high school, the idea of teaching violin at a store that catered to rock and folk musicians would have been my dream job. Even now I think it would be cool. And I love the idea of doing more fiddle. But can I handle it? I haven’t been playing much lately. Something to think about, though, for certain. And the commute couldn’t be beat. I could ride my bike there if I wanted to.

Today, though, my ambition is down. I’m trying to get some more job applications out, but the cold I’ve been nursing for coming up on two weeks seems to be taking a turn for he worse, and I’m typing flat on my back in bed — a bit of a challenge.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. freshhell permalink
    October 22, 2009 3:46 pm

    That does sound cool, actually. Take care of yourself. My husband’s had some sinus thing for weeks which has turned out to be pneumonia. I don’t know how that happens.

  2. October 22, 2009 7:49 pm

    I know the store, and that sounds like a fun opportunity! Hope the cold goes away soon.

  3. October 23, 2009 8:06 am

    Ah, would you teach classical violin or delve into ‘fiddle’ playing as well?

  4. October 23, 2009 8:31 am

    Something you’ve had for two weeks is no longer “a cold.” It’s most likely a bacterial infection and you should get to the doctor.

    I’m also curious about Smedindy’s question–fiddle or violin?

  5. October 23, 2009 8:45 am

    Re: teaching, I think it would be a little of both. This store doesn’t do much, if any, Irish music, as far as I can tell, but they are big on bluegrass. I’m hoping maybe I might be able to get someone to show me the ropes on that genre, which I love to listen to, but have never tried playing. There is a fair amount of technical crossover between the two genres. And, for that matter, between Irish and early Baroque music. Although I’m sure there are plenty to disagree with me on both counts, I got a better grip on my Baroque playing from playing fiddle. Jeanne, point well taken. The thing that’s puzzling about this, is that mostly it just doesn’t seem that bad. Except that every now and then it does. So it regularly fools me into thinking I’m getting better.

  6. October 23, 2009 11:49 am

    Sometimes moms need to ask themselves “if my kid had these symptoms for this long, would I have him at the doctor by now?”

  7. October 23, 2009 1:06 pm

    Hope you feel better soon! My DH is an amateur violinist and has played since he was a child. When I first met him he was in an informal string quartet and someday I hope he can join another.

    My younger girl is an avid flautist so she gets us playing sometimes (I studied the piano for 6 yrs but am No Good At All)

  8. readersguide permalink
    October 23, 2009 2:19 pm

    1. Sounds exciting! and
    2. Jeanne is right.

  9. crankygirl permalink
    October 23, 2009 3:23 pm

    I love the idea of your teaching violin out of the shop. excellent.

  10. February 7, 2010 11:40 am

    Just Love this post! Thanks for this. Thanks for sharing this…..

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