Traditional Irish Music
The Face of a Child:
When I was ten years of age, the conductor and violin teacher of our school orchestra, Mr. Robert Martin, came to visit our elementary public school in Cincinnati. He demonstrated just about every instrument that could be played, but especially the array of classical orchestral instruments.
The face of a child is always very honest. During the presentation that day, something on my face must have caught Mr. Martin's attention. Afterwards, he approached me directly about playing a violin. I'd already knew that I was in love with the instrument, because I had heard it played SO EXPRESSIVELY in my parent's American folk, bluegrass and country music, and in countless soundtracks. He prompted me to ask my parents about buying me a violin, but he also offered to lend me a violin if I wanted to play!!!
I asked my dad about buying a violin, but I didn't know if he could. He surprised me by purchasing a violin for my eleventh birthday present. It must have been a real hardship for our family. Looking back on it, I estimate that my dad must have labored for about 200 or 300 hours to pay for it. Oops, and I wanted to convert it into some fiddle playing right away!
Sadly, things got busy, and my fiddle sat lonely for many years as I became a busy teen and adult...
The fiddle found me again, so I got it back out of it's case about two years ago. It's been helping me have the time of my life! So, I like to think that my fiddle chose me!!!
We must have been attracted to play the instruments we love for a reason...
Maybe you found your instrument under a parent's guidance and tutelage?
Maybe the instrument "runs in your family"?
Maybe you witnessed an amazing performance?
Maybe you are influenced by a legendary musical icon or hero?
Maybe you don't have much recollection about the reason?
It would be interesting to know YOUR musical instrument story. Thanks in advance for sharing!!!
I hope you won't be depressed about any music situations too much! I think the main thing must be to try to have fun with it, no matter what! If you ever make it over to Cincinnati, I hope you might visit The Riley School of Irish Music on some Saturday! Thanks for posting again :)!
Thanks Bruce, I will. Keep the fair side out!!!
I someday hope to get a nice nyckelharpa, but they can be rather hard to find in the States. Do you know of any nyckelharpa sellers in the States that have quality instruments?
Write me at email@example.com and I'll see if I can help you find one.
That is a great story! It never would have occured to me to even invite a piano player to a session, much less expect him to bring his own instrument. Do you have to have help hauling it in, or is it light enough to transport on its own?
I brought my digital piano to our session once.
Once. I had to use a two wheel dolly to transport the piano, the stand, a stool and an extension cord from a block away. It didn't really fit well and it was a real balancing act. My piano is really just a "use at home" instrument and while people liked the sound, most of the time they said they couldn't hear it well. They said I should bring an amplifier.
I have an amplifier. Then I would be transporting the amplifier, the piano, the stand, the stool, and a bag with the extension cord, a power strip, and a patch cord. I would then need to make two trips with the two wheeler and sometimes I wind up parking three blocks away.
Ain't gonna happen, sister.
"I am not playing a "real" instrument."
Laurence, there are always people ready to look down their nose at someone or anyone. At some sessions the guitar players and bodhran* players are told that they are not playing true traditional instruments.
*I am a little surprised that bodhran is not in the spell check dictionary for this site.