M.usic is one of the few united experiences of humanity. In today’s politically fragmented world, its relevance has increased. Linguistic barriers attract people to different genres of music. Some refugee communities in Africa have responded to Mozart. Bella Bartok was greatly influenced by Turkish folk music.
One of my early musical impressions was the impressionistic, almost martial tune played on a string that ended in a crescent. My parents expressed mild concern when I told them to apply it regularly. The anger was heavy. The piano and brass bands looked vibrant and worldly. The music I listened to on TV didn’t stir my emotions in any way. Then one day Dr. Imdad Hussain was playing in our house and I was enchanted. I was also amazed by the light, shining sound of the violin. So like a human voice and still leaving it behind in terms of expression. I later discovered that the violin, unlike the human voice, can maintain a long line. No need to breathe regularly. My initial yearning for this mysterious instrument was lost and it was not until we went to England that I embarked on a journey of music discovery. I was eight years old at the time.
In England, before I was given my first violin, there were some obstacles to overcome. I started with the wooden wind but changed as circumstances allowed.
Learning to play the violin is as complex as the human experience. Even the violin is not conducted according to established rules. Instead, it depends on the player’s physique, mood and musical tendencies. In earlier times the violin was kept near the rib cage. It migrated upwards, to the collarbone, when virtue became anger. I, for one, usually hold the violin on a ‘heftzen tilt’ with a slightly inclined chin rest. Unlike the piano, the violin notes are not defined, so there is always the possibility of them resonating incorrectly. This is especially true in the beginning when the topology of the fingerboard is not applied to the eye of the mind.
After five weeks of lessons, I was playing in the school’s orchestra, and the teacher, Mrs. Brangon, complimented me, saying I had worked for a year. I was called crazy and instinctive – controversial opinion, of course, but the fact was that I did not follow a set path. Celebrating teachers acknowledge that there is no ideal way.
When I started, more young people played the violin than any other instrument, but I knew a lot of people gave up. There could be many reasons for this: lack of availability of violin as is played on many borrowed instruments. Having a technical problem. There is a shortage of violinists, higher than the music ladder. I learned a lot about it a year after I started playing. I was playing in the Brighton Youth Orchestra planning a trip to Germany. The experienced conductor told us that the tour had been postponed because there were not enough string players.
I kept playing after coming to Pakistan.
Playing the violin is a mysterious process. If the mind can imagine beautiful sounds, then the hands will find a way. I have rarely bothered the scales and arpeggios with the meaning of music. Each note has to be affected moment by moment. A piano, harmonium or an array of electronic instruments that have penetrated the music scene have limited wood quality. They cannot effectively respond to ridiculous quantum fluctuations in the brain.
Not long ago, I knew someone who played viola. Less than a fifth on the pitch, he has always played the second fiddle for the violin. Once I tried it and created a messy accent. My friend, who was a violist in the Eastbourne Orchestra, played significantly better – I still felt it didn’t have the excellent tunnel quality of the violin. I’m fascinated by the passionate sound of the fiddle, but sadly it’s not that universal.
The violin is rightly the most accessible in musical instruments. When played with harmony and temperament, it easily transcends cultural boundaries. I once gave my interpretation of Pagnini e Major Capris to Sharif Khan’s son Tony. I was recording on rusty microphones. The chirping of birds was audible during the pianisimo and the sound of clearing my throat was coming. However, the answer was absolutely warm and talented. Later, I played at a friend’s house, who invited some local musicians. I played Vivaldi and Allemande from Bach Partita II. His reaction was no less impressive.
Recently, I entered the Violin Bridge and was unable to maintain the strings. Fortunately, there is a capable luther or violin repairman near Food Street, which I found. To check the sound, I broke open the strings and played the strutting with Bach’s offer. Some passersby stopped to hear more. It is unlikely that most of them have heard Western classical music before.
The violin is at home in various musical traditions of the world – a notable exception is rock music. I was invited by a few friends, one of them a singer in a local group and the other two passionate rock enthusiasts. As I approached the spiral staircase, I was confronted by a cascade of noise. The soundtrack was repetitive and, at least for me, silly. It seemed that by increasing the decibel level, the substance deficiency was eliminated.
I have two French violins and one Russian that I rarely play. Prior to that, he was a musician in the ballet company. It has no loud sound and is ideal for playing in an orchestra. When I haven’t played a particular violin in a while, it resonates less, as if I haven’t fully woken up.
Sometimes I wonder how music compares to other activities. Over the years, I have played for national squash players as well as ordinary players. Not long ago, I competed against two players – one of whom, Imran, played tournaments at the intercollegiate level. The coach of Punjab University watched the game. It was one of two, but I was constantly making mistakes. Shot selection should not be considered in advance; This should be decided immediately before proceeding and the state of mind should be equal to the expectation of a musical note. My other interest is math – like music, it’s abstract. The same mathematical problem can be looked at differently each time and the most beautiful solution is found, just as a sentence of music is never played the same way.
The great Italian violins of the 17th and 18th centuries are not equal, let alone. One can speculate in the near future that a musical instrument with really unexpected musical qualities could be developed. Until then, the violin will be my first choice.