Hip, hip, hooray! Three cheers for you! Playing a musical instrument is a “hip” thing to do, and hooray for choosing to challenge yourself with the skills required to play a stringed instrument with mastery! NO, not mystery! Mastery! That’s right … the skills required for mastering the stringed instrument; for making it sing like the most beautiful voice you have ever heard, for making it sound like music is a story with pictures, for making it dance with the rhythm of your favorite poem! Playing a stringed instrument will challenge you to be creative and diligent, responsible and whimsical, happy and sad. And, truth be told, somedays you will want to practice and somedays you won’t. That’s the challenge, putting forth your best effort 5 days a week, for 20 or more minutes each day. But, you can do it … I know you can do it, I believe you can do it!