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    Hi, everyone. I was born with a love for classical music. Not that I don't like jazz or rock but classical music is what I play and most often listen to. I started as a pianist at around 9 years old but I always wanted to pick up a secondary instrument. I had a piano teacher for 2 years but by the second year my piano teacher was getting rude(probably because I was wanting to play Chopin in my second year). By the end of that year I quit with that piano teacher. My mom initially thought of finding another piano teacher but then she was like "Forget it, that's too expensive, besides, my daughter is a fast learner, she can go from here to super advanced self-taught", so that is what I did, went from late beginner/early intermediate to advanced enough to play the piano transcription of Tocatta and Fugue in D minor all self-taught.

    The first secondary instrument I tried was the trumpet, I was getting the right notes but I did not have a proper mute so my momma put a sock in the trumpet to try to mute it. But it just blew out of the trumpet. I'm sure there is a technique to playing notes quietly on the trumpet without using a mute but I never found out what that technique was and after a while of constant forte, I was like "Brass isn't right for me, I can easily get the notes but it is too loud".

    Then it was years before I thought of trying another instrument. I got very advanced at the piano and started composing pieces and even thinking "What composer do I want to sound like in my first piano sonata?" I chose Beethoven because he is my favorite composer. But eventually I thought "Maybe I should try the flute? Most flute music I hear is quiet and mellow." So my momma bought me a Medina flute that was purple because she knows I love purple. I started practicing and I tried to get the right note. But I always got an A with open fingering when I should have gotten a C# instead. And it sounded like a piccolo, every time. I made sure that my embochure was only the size of a rice grain but still I had problems. I tried blowing harder and I went an octave lower but it was still an A. I continued practicing for an hour a day for a week and no progress at all. Then I just gave up. My momma is pretty good at the flute for not having played it in years. Me, I am not good at all on it, I tried everything I could think of and I can't get the right note. Also, every time I get a note out, it sounds like a mixture of crisp and breathy which I know is not right.

    Then it was another year until now, I was thinking "If getting the right note is too hard for me on supposedly the easiest of orchestral woodwinds and I can't get anything quiet out of a brass instrument, maybe a bowed string instrument is best for me. I have perfect pitch so I will know if my note is sharp or flat and be able to adjust my finger position until it becomes second nature to put my finger in that position. I prefer the cello due to its wide range(C2 to G5) and beautiful sound, but I know that it is difficult to play a human size instrument and it is expensive so I should start with the violin first because I already have 1 of those."

    But it turns out, my violin needs repaired and the guy that my momma knows who repairs violins is out of town. So I'm stuck with the piano until I can get my violin repaired and start learning it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caters View Post
    So my momma bought me a Medina flute that was purple because she knows I love purple.
    Sorry I meant to say Mendini but I can't edit my post.

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    WOOOW. Welcome to Talk Classical caters. I have never played an instrument except the recording and I only started to like music at the age of 16. Yours is like the life I never had... What kind of music do you like to play or listen to?

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    Welcome to TalkClassical (TC), caters. You'll find many here who view Beethoven as their favorite composer. My wife plays violin and my daughter plays cello. Both are wonderful instruments (my favorite 3 along with the piano) so hopefully you'll enjoy the violin or the cello if you go that route.

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    There is a mute you can get for the trumpet which is used for practice. It softens the sound considerably. I have the Denis Wick one and it is excellent.
    "Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognises genius."

    Sherlock Holmes - The Valley of Fear.

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    Hi caters, and welcome to TC!

    Good luck with learning violin, I hope it goes well relative to the other instruments.......very interesting story though.

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    Welcome to TC, caters. Hope you enjoy it here!

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