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Got a third-hand guitar in college that self-destructed before I learned one song (Over the Hills and Far Away, Led Zepp). Played air guitar for thirty years and then - the fiddle bug bit. It's been good to me, somehow letting me learn its secrets the guitar never did. I'm at my best playing with others at songs I've never heard before.
Upgraded to a nice 5 string and it's great fun. I'd been doing open mike and sitting in with bands and evening jams after I'd been playing 3 months. Picked up a pedal steel guitar, working on that now.
Of course that wasn't enough, I had to do the "impossible". (Actually a very few people do it.) A lyric came to me for Ashokan Farewell one night. It was before Valentine's and the idea gelled to do a(nother rushed) CD for Valentine's. So the need was there to fiddle and sing at the same time, which is never done. After I'd been playing a bit over a year, I did one song for someone and didn't try again until this idea.
I shot the first try at the lyric I wrote on video and you can tell what a brain cramp it gives you :O It degrades your playing and singing. Once you can walk and chew gum though, styling up your step and stopping drooling come next :) So getting my voice and fiddle back from each other is a work in progress, but necessity intrudes and I had to get the CD done - to hand out for Valentine's weekend... Three songs I just listened to the original artist, had never played it before, and laid down in one take. Playing and singing under two weeks, never played the song, no time left for a second take.
When you really want to do something, never let it be said it can't be done.