learning fiddle after brain injury
Ten nonths ago I took a fall while doing something called skatesailing ( iceskating while carrying a sail). No I was not wearing a helmet. my fall caused a traumatic brain injury. At that time I had pretty much lost my ability to speak, think, read or write or even see clearly without a lot of effort. Oddly I was no longer able to carry a tune or whistle, much less tolerate the din of any kind of music around me. But for some bizarre reason asI began to get better I got it in my head that I should teach myself to play the fiddle. I figured maybe it would be a good kind of therapy. I discovered it gave me a kind of focus and comfort that nothing else could at that point. It has been the greatest gift that I have ever recieved. My family & very generous friends say I am making progress in lots of ways. But most important to me is my fiddle sings everyday. I spend usually several hours a day playing. My playing has never felt like a struggle but a journey down my path healing myself. I don’t know if anyone out there has had any experience with the power of learning an instrument following a brain injury.
I began taking lessons awhile ago. She has taught me by ear. But my teachers experience with teaching trad. irish music is really limited. It is what I love the most.She said she is almost at the point where I should be referred to someone else. But she has come up short with where I should go. I am so desperate to continue. I live in New Hampshire,(usa). Does anyone know of someone that may be willing to take me on? Just think of me as an interesting project.
If I am up to it my husband and I will be traveling to the county clare region in Ireland for 2 weeks in May. Of course what I am so excited about is the music. Anyone have any sugestions about how to make the most of it?
Looking forward to replies