Sunday, January 12, 2014

I Really Want To Play A Musical Instrument

   I really want to play a musical instrument. When I was in elementary and middle school. I took violin lessons. All we ever played was a song called Concerto Grosso. Four years of the same song was really no fun, and I do admit, I didn't practiced all I should have because I really hated that song. I have no idea who the composer was. I did learn in those years of school orchestra lessons that the teacher was an identical twin and he and his brother married identical twin sisters and the each had 4 kids who oddly enough looked really related. I also learned how to read music and play the violin. I didn't play well, but I could play it.
   I also have a really pretty autoharp I would like to know how to play, but then again, there is that finger and string problem. Plus, no one seems to think you need lessons, "you just pick it up and play". I know there is more to it than that. One day, I might find someone who gives lessons.
   When I was a freshman in high school, I took one year of guitar lessons. I learned more about reading music that I already knew and learned that I can't play the guitar because my fingertips split and bleed and really hurt when fingering the guitar.
   A really, really long time ago, when I was 17, I got my first recorder. I really wanted to play it, but hated the sound, and it wasn't all my playing, which admittedly wasn't good. Way back then, I couldn't find many books to teach yourself the recorder. Now, with the wonders of the internet, I can find many books and videos on youtube. I still don't like the sound, so now, I have a collection of instruments I cant really play.

An A and a D Native American Flute. I really like the sounds of these,
but I think I want to play them without written music.

A G and a C Seed Pod Ocarina. These are interesting. I also like playing
these. The fingering is fairly easy if I could get my brain
and my fingers to work together. When I bought these, I also bought little song books
that you play by tabs. If I drop them, they break.


D tin whistles or penny whistles. These are also high pitched, but I actually
like these. I hope to learn to play them. There are several places
on youtube to learn to play these.

My recorder collection. From right to left are 2 Soprano recorders, and Alto recorder
and a tenor recorder. The white recorder is my first one. I was really trying to
learn you to play it, but with a toddler in the house, I didn't want it broken, so I bought the clear
orange one. Soprano recorders are in the key of C.
I decided to get the Alto recorder because it is an F and has a deeper tone. It still wasn't right, but I
am pretty sure I will learn to play it eventually. I hope. The fingering is the same, just the notes are different.
The last recorder, I just got and it is a Tenor, in the key of C. Everything I learned on the
Soprano recorders I can do on the tenor. It has such a nice, low mellow sound. I really like
playing it. I got the tenor recorder right before the new year started. I am practicing everyday and am now working
on my 8th note. It has been so long since I was able to read music, I had to start over with that. I can play a very mournful Red River Valley.
My brain and fingers are getting better at working together, so that's a good thing, and the dogs don't howl either.
With a C recorder, I should be able to play a wide range of songs when I learn more notes. I really want to learn how to
play The Tennessee Waltz and Moon River. I am making progress, but I really wish I was younger, so I would learn things easier and have a longer time to enjoy playing the instruments, not that I plan on kicking the bucket soon.
Maybe I have just hit the right time in my life to learn because I also actually like practicing now versus when I was younger.


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