In my earlier post about music I mentioned some of my musical activities.
I do not currently play in any music groups, although I sing in two choirs.
I began playing music in groups around the age of eight, once I had become sufficiently proficient on the descant recorder. I learned to play the treble recorder in a group when I was ten years old.
At my next school, I played the recorder in the school orchestra from time to time. I had group violin lessons for a year (aged 12), but did not get the hang of it at all, although I was expected to join in with the school orchestra on it. Having to watch the conductor, read the music and attempt to play an instrument, which had a mind of its own more or less defeated me.
(I had been lent an instrument, which was particularly difficult to tune.)
After the year, I reverted to playing the recorder in the orchestra.
I really liked the sound of the clarinet and persuaded my parents to allow me to have lessons on it while I was in the Sixth Form (16-18 years old). Before my first lesson, I could not get a sound out of it. However, my teacher remedied that and the notes require similar fingering to descant and treble recorders, so I made rapid progress. Soon I was able to join the orchestra playing 3rd clarinet. I may even have progressed to second clarinet.
I remember playing a lively piece of music called Schwanda the Bagpiper. By this stage I was better able to cope with the multitasking required of orchestral players.
As an adult I have been involved in children’s recorder groups as a helper at a local music centre. I am a member of the village orchestra, which plays about three times a year in church services. I have also played with groups of adults on recorders of whatever size has been appropriate and occasionally I have been allowed to play the piano. The music has ranged from Early Music through classical and more modern music including jazzy arrangements. The worst music for becoming an ear-worm is Jingle Bell Rock. I have played all the parts at various times and it stays with me for days!
While I enjoy making music in groups, the piano is still my favourite instrument to play.
Just a day late for:
Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat
by Krista on February 25, 2014
Have you ever played in a band? Tell us all about that experience of making music with friends. If you’ve never been in a band, imagine you’re forming a band with some good friends. What instrument do you play in the band and why? What sort of music will you play?
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