Final Stretch of the String Workshop

Only a few days left. Jonathan and I both feel it has been very helpful and are looking forward to the new ground we will cover at our final lessons. It has been fun to notice some analogies as we go along. Here are four of them.

Saturdays trip to Old City Park. 1. For the first few days I needed to go  There were even actors there telling us about life in the 1800'sback to basics and work on each hand individually to get the deepest tone. It was a happy moment to be assigned both hands together again but it was hard to remember everything for both hands all at once! So I wrote a list of the 3 most A Jewish home at Old City Park had the law of Moses in a metal tube on the doorposts.important things to remember about each hand and put it up One of the log cabins in Old City Park. where I  could see it as I practiced. This is really helping those things become a habit. It brought whole new meaning to why it helped the Israelites to have God’s commands written on their door posts as a continual reminder throughout the day.


Lesson with Mrs. Collins. 2. One of the things I have been told is that I’m trying too hard. There is a balance between evaluating my every move and just letting it sing. The balance is also very real inGetting a good tone. the spiritual sense between making sure I’m working out my own salvation and resting in the Lord.


3. It’s so funny how much easier you can make violin just by thinking about what comes naturally. In an effort to help my left pinky reach the string I made my wrist bend in because it feels closer that way. But in reality fingers move toward you naturally if you wrist moves away from you, not closer to you! It was opposite of my thinking just like the verse in Matthew 10, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

I feel closer to the strings...

I am closer to the strings.  Pracitice, practice, practice!


4. There are a lot of little things to remember. We’ve been given detailed tips and guidelines for practicing. Friday I sat in on a lesson and was amazed at how the student did everything just right. But the instructor wasn’t satisfied with the sound. Something was missing and without it the technique was no good. “Just listen to it.” the instructor said. “You’ve got to love and deeply desire that rich, quality tone.” It’s so true. All our work is important but without love, it profiteth me nothing.


In the garden where we skyped home.

In the garden where we skyped home. There are many reminders in our everyday lives of  the truths of scripture. May the Lord bless us with the alertness to find them.



  1. Michael June 2, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    It sounds like you both have made the most of it! I’m so glad you got to go, and so happy we’ll see you again in just a little more than 1 day!

  2. James June 2, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    Good to hear a report!

  3. Tom Gillaspie June 2, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    It is joy to learn of the musical Staddons becoming even more musical!

  4. Jonathan June 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    You did a good job drawing analogies between life and violin. It was interesting how in topic class tonight that same idea came up! Enjoyed the post.

  5. Kathryn June 3, 2010 at 4:05 am #

    Thanks for sharing once again, Esther!! I enjoyed the analogies… isn’t it amazing how it is so easy to find them in our lives if we are really looking, yet often so easy to overlook them!

  6. Crystal June 7, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    I enjoyed the analogies. Sounds like y’all were making the most of the workshop.

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