I’ve given myself one year to master the violin.

As an adult beginner, I should be playing Twinkle Twinkle; instead, I'm playing Paganini's 24th caprice.


Ryan Vaughn is a violinist.  Of sorts.

18 Comments on “About”

  1. Peter Crookes says:

    After watching this video, I have a foreboding that you are going to succeed. To those of us who have been trying unsuccessfully for most of a lifetime to attempt that piece, only two responses will present themselves in that event: (1) give up the violin immediately, or (2) start taking lessons with Danielle. I’ll let you know which of those I choose next year!!
    Good luck!

  2. Kay says:

    Ryan, I have one of Danielle’s old cases. Let me know if you want it!

  3. Sebastian says:

    I really like your blog.
    I’m 28 and I started 4 months ago with the violin. It’s something amazing and also it requires a lot of hard work.
    Anyway, I have the same problem that you mentioned about the pinky. I didnt get the pushups exercise that you wrote about.

    Thanks for sharing your experience . Also its really amazing that for one year you got so far

    take care

    • rrvaughn says:

      Hey Sebastian, I totally agree with the hard work! I’ll post something with more detail as far as the pinky pushups go. And as far as the year goes, I hope I can make it! I’m about 6 weeks in at this point.

      Thanks for the nice comments.

  4. Eve says:

    I’m 14 and I play the cello, and I went to Luzerne over the summer and Danielle coached chamber music for me in those 4 weeks. Ms. Blumenthal now coaches my trio at home, and she introduced this blog to me. It’s kind of addicting to read. I’m really impressed at your undertaking, and your determination. And I must say that you are taking from a fantastic teacher.

    Must get back to class. Please say hi to Danielle for me, and good luck with the rest of your endeavor!


    • rrvaughn says:

      Hey Eve, I agree about Danielle being a great teacher! Are you going to Luzerne again this summer? Danielle and I will both be out there this year (except I’ll be working in the office).

  5. Eve Galbraith says:

    Yeah, I’m going back to Luzerne next year. Ms. Blumenthal told me (and my friend Dylan, who is also in trio and will also be returning) that you’d be there, and I look forward to meeting you in person and hearing you practice! I’m so happy that Danielle is coming back. I very much look forward to learning from her again, and I’ve told Dylan all about it and he wants me to tell you that he’s looking forward to camp too.

    By the way, to counter Danielle’s initial disbelief as well as your buddy Bryan’s, I have complete faith in you. You have a great ear and are very dedicated, and if anyone can help you achieve your goal, it’s Danielle. 🙂 Good luck with the rest!


  6. Jill says:

    I just wanted to say hi, and that I love your blog. And I think your fans appreciate that you’re married to a violinist, and not a violist. If you had decided to start with Der Schwanendreher, you might not have as many followers…

    • rrvaughn says:

      Hey Jill, yeah, you’re probably right. vaughnvsviola…not sure if it has the same ring to it. Although, at least I could use the same graphic.

  7. Priscilla says:

    I’m really interested to see how you progress… and see if my progress is anything at all like yours! 😀

  8. Julie says:


    I wanted to let you know you’re doing a great job! You’re a real inspiration. I’ve always wanted to try to play the violin and for about the last two months, I’ve seriously thought about renting one and trying. I ran across your blog and I read the whole thing last week in one sitting (I needed a couple of extra cups of coffee the next day 🙂 ).

    Last Saturday, because of your blog, I finally had the courage to go for it and I rented a violin. I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been working on my own for a week now and I start lessons on Tuesday.

    Keep up the great work and keep inspiring others!


    • rrvaughn says:

      Go Julie! Thank you so much for the kind words and I’m really happy that you’ve decided to pursue the violin. I would be extremely interested in seeing your progress as well. Practice every day and keep in touch!

  9. Robert says:

    I really like many things about your experience, i think you are showing to everyone many points of transcendental difficulty in violin playing that people don’t ever realize watching a virtuoso, or a professional. If you give up, you’re not an violinist. If you don’t, you have the seed inside you, no matter your achievements, that’s the way i see it.
    I hope you keep up the work, and have fun!


    • rrvaughn says:

      Hi Robert,
      I agree with everything you said. Being a musician is like being a writer or runner or any number of things. And you make a great point about virtuosos or anyone who’s great at something (professional magicians also come to mind). Since they make it look so easy, it’s impossible to tell how incredibly difficult the journey has been.

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