November 25, 2010 at 11:00 pm #105791
‘Irish flute and pennywhistle (with a little bouzouki thrown in) for
about the last six years. The session scene is easily the best
combination of great music and social network I’ve found.’
John McK, do you play the wooden Irish flutes?November 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm #105792
Well, another forumite is getting my Thor Serenade on Tuesday. . . I’m going to be getting an early music harp at some point soon to replace it. THAT is like breaking up with a serious girlfriendNovember 26, 2010 at 12:27 am #105793
I almost got a keyless flute from Patrick Olwell years ago, bamboo, but discovered the harp shortly thereafter.November 26, 2010 at 12:36 am #105794
Talk about the one that got away! Olwell bamboos have appreciated a great deal in the past 6 years or so. My own flute. . . venerable is probably a better description than beautiful.
I’m actually *not* lefthanded in the traditional sense – when I started playing highland pipes, I sat ___across the table____ from my first teacher and _mirrored_ everything she did. Literally mirrored it – hence, my right hand is always on top of my left for woodwinds. It was months before we discovered the issue.
I’m torn between a Campbell Boston and something more along the lines of the Wartburg harp. I absolutely love the hollow-sounding twang of smaller early harps, but they lack a lot in the oomph department. I can’t afford a Thurau but that would be ideal.November 26, 2010 at 1:31 am #105795
He said he was planning on discontinuing the bamboo, it was such a great price too..
I listened to Therese Honey’s youtube video of the Boston, you weren’t kidding when you said more traditional, what a great bell like sound, love the look of it too.November 26, 2010 at 2:21 am #105796Sarah MullenParticipant
I wanted to play the harp after the first time I saw one, when I was five years old.November 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm #105797
I had to look up Carillon and it might be the coolest instrument ever.November 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm #105798
John I just came across the Thurau website.November 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm #105799Sarah MullenParticipant
Not yet, but we are thinking about it.November 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm #105800rod-wagonerParticipant
Viola, then Tuba which was my primary in music school at Ohio University.December 2, 2010 at 1:51 am #105801
Right-on about the independent hands thing!
I’ve had a few chances to try out a friend’s button accordion about a year ago. . . talk about a weird instrument. . .December 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm #105802sherry-lenoxParticipant
Hi Ron- I have Wurlitzer C, #696, that I dearly love, and I’m also a rehabbed music teacher. I’ve studied for almost 4 years with a wonderful harpist, and although harp is, in fact harder than any instrument I ever learned to play, I think it’s also one of the easiest to love.
The C is a beautiful harp. Depending on your serial #, you will either have a fancy C or a classic C (my own identifiers, they are ALL spectacular).
Are you studying with a harpist or self-teaching?
Be sure to post more about your Model C!
Best wishes- Sherry LDecember 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm #105803Pat EisenbergerParticipant
I took some piano lessons at 5 years old. Teacher told my parents I was too young, but I think I didn’t do well because at that time no one had figured out that my eyesight was terrible. But I learned enough that I can’t ever remember a time when I didn’t know how to read music. Began taking piano again about the time I learned trumpet at 10 years old. Then I couldn’t keep my hands off any instrument the band director would let me take home, so I am familiar with the basics of most band instruments. Settled in with French Horn in college. After marriage I hit a musical dry spell until our 25th anniversary when I fell under the enchantment of a harp. Been hooked for the past 10 years.June 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm #105804AnnMember
Hi Deb, I hope you don’t mind my weighing into this thread late. I love hearing other people’s stories, and want to share my own.
I started piano lessons at about age 5. Despite taking lessons on and off for another 10 years, I never got any good at it. But it gave me a foundation and taught me sight reading and a lot of music theory. My sister played/plays the violin. My mother always hoped we’d do violin/piano duets, but we never put it together.
I was in choirs and choruses all through school, and sang a lot right up to about age 40. I took up guitar around age 12 and did the pop/folk thing for decades, again till about age 40 when I sort of outgrew it.
I desperately needed a new creative direction. I’d always wanted to play the oboe, but at 40 I figured double reeds were too difficult, so I took up the flute. I loved it and became totally addicted. It was the perfect blend ofJune 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm #105805
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