Music has existed since I have memories.
I started to play the violin when I was 5 years old. A violin teacher came to my kindergarten for looking for several potential talented kids to teach in one afternoon. I can't remember what did she say exactly at that time. All I can recollect is my mom took me to the teacher and bought a violin for me the next day. I didn't know what that instrument with four strings means to my life in that age. But now I'm thankful that my mom made this decision for me.
Learning to play the instrument is not easy. During those 9 years, almost the only other thing in my life besides homework is violin. I spent 4 hours in average to practice everyday, and more over weekends. I got callused left hand and once hated this "annoying" string. I asked mom after I grew up why she let me practice so much. She says a person who loves music must has an interesting soul. And an interesting soul is essential for every one.
I stopped playing the violin after I went to high school. There was too much pressure from Chinese college entrance exam to allow me continuing to practice the music.
My life turned silent after that. I do listen to the music when I need a rest. But there was no opportunity to play it on my own. Time went to the year I came to U.S for college. My mom suggested me to bring my violin to here so I can continue to practice when I'm free from class. However, my violin is big ( I changed the violin size several times while I was getting taller) and I had to take two heavy luggages with me. So I left it in my home.
Luckily, I met my Ukulele this summer.
That is a instrument store selling different kinds of Guitar and Ukulele. I walked into out of curiosity. After listening a man's Ukulele performance, I told my friend, "I want a Ukulele." Very similar with violin, Ukulele is a four-stringed instrument. So it's not hard for me to learn it at all.
I decided to bring it with me when I need to come back to school.
That's how I go back to music with Ukulele. I normally practice twice a week now. Although I'm just a Ukulele beginner, with 9-year experience with violin, it's not tooooo hard for me to learn this similar string instrument.
Here's one simple song I practiced this weekend. Hope I can play more complicated one soon.