Is the violin the hardest instrument to learn?

[Laughs] I don’t think so. You know I know it’s going to take some time to get accustomed to having some of those notes and the scale shapes and how to play that. I don’t know if I’m really comfortable with the scale or anything or anything like that. It’s probably a bit of a learning curve as well, but it’s fun. I do have a great time in front of the guitar, it’s a great way to relax, you just tune and it’s just great for relaxing. It sounds great on the saxophone as well, which is a little more relaxing too.


It’s a great way to take a break. It’s very easy to get caught up in the routine of working with your instruments and getting better at those things. It’s always nice to do something different and get away from that.

Was there ever a time that you were really trying at practicing with your instruments, or were you really practicing with a piano, or were you just going back into recording when you started to become very familiar with that instrument?

No, I mean you know it’s very easy to over-practice if you’re not properly disciplined. It’s always very difficult to do for us to see a record come out and we are so invested in what we do on the record. This is sort of my job, and I love it but it’s quite draining. And I have to spend a lot of time and effort and time just trying to put things into these recordings that we’ve put together just from scratch.

You’re making a record that’s sort of completely different. I don’t know if you’re conscious of that, but I assume when you are making a different record, your intention is obviously to make it the right thing. Is the way that you were working with your instruments while you were recording on that record different from when you were making it as a solo performer?

No, well it was different in that it was a little harder work and it involved more practice. But the way that I’m practicing, it’s kind of different as well. This is probably one of the reasons that I didn’t really like the second band to do it with. I sort of realized they didn’t want to make the record as a band. I think it was a better idea for us to do it as us individually. And maybe a little less rehearsing and a little more playing all along the way, sort of like a