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September 05, 2006

Starting Young

Bou's 2nd boy is starting band, in 4th grade. I'm very excited.

I wasn't able to start band until 6th grade. And as for a choice of instruments, I was handed a clarinet. I actually wanted to play percussion or sax, but my stepmom had an old clarinet so that's what I started with.

Bou's boy has already vowed to move to other instruments in the future as he was denied playing the ones he wanted. Ah, music to my ears!

I've missed playing. And as I unpacked and ran across my clarinet (a newer more professional one after the hand-me-down was not keeping up with me), I really wanted to play again. If I could play without disturbing the neighbors, I would. In college, we had a building that had private practice rooms that no one on the outside could hear you. I miss that!

So, unless I find something like that in Atlanta, it looks like no more playing for me. I'm looking into getting a piano, but it's just not the same. I played many different instruments, but my clarinet was like an extra appendage.

So meanwhile, I will look forward to the stories from Bou about her little musician. And if it's anything like when I started...oh boy will there be some blog fodder.

Posted by Sissy at September 5, 2006 09:56 PM | TrackBack

Don't let the neighbors stop you. They won't care. PLAY!

Posted by: Morrigan at September 6, 2006 09:13 AM

I totally wanted to play trombone ... but I got the hand-me-down flute.

Posted by: Princess Cat at September 6, 2006 09:26 AM

I got the hand me down flute from my sister and at first thought it was lame but it taught me how to read music by being in band and I made it all the way to second chair. They do have rehearsal places in Atlanta - one is called RTM - (Rehearse Too Much) where bands rent spaces to practice - good way to meet cute guys in bands :)

Posted by: Napster at September 6, 2006 03:59 PM

I never did band. I think I was absent on the day they announced it and I was too embarrassed to request it specially when I got back. I had always wanted to play the flute. My daughter did violin, but didn't like the teacher after the first year. My son did trumpet, but just didn't like it and gave it up.

Posted by: Teresa at September 6, 2006 04:44 PM

I started out with the clarinet too, but ended up playing 13 instruments by college. My favorite was the contra bass clarinet. LOVED IT. That was my instrument of choice in college. I played piano from the age of 6 but never really enjoyed it as much as the other. Until now. NOW, my keyboard sits in storage and I just long to play......

Posted by: Tammi at September 6, 2006 10:07 PM

The clarinet is not that loud! Play!! I still play my flute. The band director told me of a couple groups he wants me to play with and I said "Ummm, in my spare time?" But I'd play more if I could.

Pick it up and play!

Posted by: Bou at September 7, 2006 06:40 AM

I played the Clarinet in band and the Bass Clarinet for 1 year.

Self taught myself the flute and piccilo (sister played those) and had to learn the piano for my teacher music classes.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at September 7, 2006 08:17 AM