I’ve played the violin since I was six. In orchestras we’d play a lot of classical stuff, I was instructed in scales, and knew what an enharmonic interval was. This year I learnt to say I played the fiddle instead of violin, and I bought a pickup. Jessie, my ex-violin teacher, would probably have refused to teach me anymore if she’d been present at a single one of our practices. I wasn’t holding my violin properly, and all of those slides were definitely not notated. But this past year, playing with a group of talented guys, guitarists, harmonicists, bouzoukiers has reinvented my experience of playing the violin. Now we just need to get a gig.