How I Learned To Play The Violin

Posted by Fitz Villafuerte under Life Lessons, Mindsetting on June 6, 2013

I know how to play the violin. I’m not good at it, but I know how to play it.

I also know how to play the piano, the guitar, the harmonica, and numerous other musical instruments.

Again, I’m not good at any of them, but give me a song and I can probably play part of the chorus decently after a few minutes.

This skill is not a unique talent, I actually know several people who can do the same thing.

They and I, are not really musicians, and most of us didn’t go through any formal training either.

In fact, the closest thing I had as a music lesson was from my aunt, who taught me how to play “Do Re Mi” from the Sound of Music on a toy piano when I was six years old.

Each day, she’d teach me one line of the song, and I’d have to progressively memorize each note until the time came when I can already play the whole song on my own.

This experience, one which I still hold dear as a memory, is the seed which planted my lifelong interest in music.

An interest which encouraged me to join our local church choir, where I eventually learned through careful watching and self-study – how to play not just the piano, but also the guitar, the drums, the tambourine, the flute, and the harmonica.

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Back in college, I had a dorm mate who knew how to play the violin. She’s a music major and on rare occasions, she’d bring it out and practice some songs at the dorm lobby, much to the delight of us, her co-residents.

One time, she was feeling a bit generous and asked us, her curious audience, “Does anyone want to try?”

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I was one of the few who said “Yes”.

She patiently guided everyone on how to hold and play it properly. I eagerly watched and listened to her instructions. When it was my turn, she looked at me and asked, “Do you know how to play any musical instruments?”

“Yes, the piano and the guitar,” I replied.

“Well, that means you basically know how to play the violin already,” she said in a matter-of-fact tone.

She told me the notes of the four strings and guided me on the proper way to hold the fiddle and move the bow across the strings.

With my knowledge of playing melodies on the piano, and the finger dexterity I learned from the guitar, I slowly moved the bow and began to whisper along with the notes that I played, “Doe, a deer, a female deer. Ray, a drop of golden sun…”

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Many people ask me how I learned to become an entrepreneur, and how I learned to become an investor.

The answers are a bit longer, and more complicated than how I learned how to play the violin. But the start of the story is always the same.

I first learned the basics… the “Do Re Mi” of wealth, which is: paying yourself first, spending less than what you earn, and living with an abundant mindset.

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6 Responses to “How I Learned To Play The Violin”


  1. Mark says:

    Hi Fits,

    Sorry I was not able to post question in Ask.com/ Please help me..

    Im planning to pursue my video editing skill as another source of income while working in a good company however, the problem is that I dont have a good laptop to support the work and now Im thinking if I will borrow money (P 100,000) payable for two years in a bank to purchase a laptop (P 60,000) and the rest I will invest in a mutual fund for 2 or more years.

    Note that I am currently employed and I beleive that my current salary can pay this bank loan (P 5,000/mo)

    Is this a good idea?

  2. Claudine says:

    Nice analogy and thanks for sharing Fitz!

  3. Gil says:

    Hello Fitz

    This one is very nice. Now I feel I could start to do profitable business operations after my great disappointments from failures.

    God bless

    Gil

  4. Lois says:

    Very inspiring article. Great job!

    Any tips on how to handle money generated from your business? Like when do you get the ROI? how do you manage business expenses? When should you get your profit and how much do you reinvest? In short, I think I want to know how do you exactly multiply your income from a business?

    I have a small business – a sari sari store, delivering mineral water and “tapsihan” for more than a year. Sometimes, money earned from the mineral water would be used to buy repleneishment for the other two and vice versa. Its difficult to separate the money gained from the sale as its tedious to log every items sold. Btw, this is just a home business so I guess the practice of logging the sale is taken for granted. So i hope u can share some best practoces.

    Best regards,
    Lois

  5. Fitz says:

    @Lois
    Manage each business unit separately and like you would your own finances.

    In general, each month, I immediately keep 30% of the net income (like paying yourself first) – this serves as cash fund for the business (like an emergency fund). Then I use 20% for sales and marketing expenses. And 50% is used for the operational expenses.

    When I am able to save at least 6 months worth of my operational expenses as my cash fund, that’s the time I take that 30% and divide it to 20% as personal profit, and 10% as “business growth fund”.

    All the percentages above are not set in stone. Adjust according to your business and personal capacities.

  6. PINASforGOOD says:

    It’s all about the mindset.

    We aren’t born a natural saver and it takes a mindset to get away from a consumer mentality to the path of financial freedom.

    I so agree with you.

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