Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Choosing an Instrument

Our little boy loves music. Whether it's playing his toy guitar, pounding on a friend's piano, singing the 'ABC' song,or sitting at daddy's drumset after a concert or church service, he loves to be involved in music. And that warms my heart more than I can say. But now that he's approaching the formative age of 3, I'm faced with a dilemna. Which instrument do I place in his hands?

Here's the options the way I see them:
-Drums/Percussion -> easy one, we have plenty and I know a decent and cheap teacher; but they're a pain to carry around, hard to practice in a city, and do we really need two drummers in one household?
-Guitar -> readily available, already have one, widely useful for everything from camping to family worship time to big-time song-writing; but everyone plays guitar, I mean everyone. I'm trying to think of someone I know right now that doesn't play guitar, nope, can't do it.
-Piano -> classic, beautiful or jazzy or just about anything, can sing and play or can just play, I love listening to (good) piano playing; but there's so much to decide within, like do we start with classical music-reading, or playing by ear?
-Horns -> next...
-Other string instruments -> an interesting possibility, I love me some cello (even better if you can beatbox with it, though I believe the market on that's already taken), violins are purty or lighting quick and easily portable, a harp is odd yet quite davidic; but what if he likes the bass? We don't have room for one of those in our apartment!
-Woodwinds -> jazz flute, that is all.

Of course I'd like him to learn a little of a lot of stuff, to be a good musician he'd need to. But there's also the struggle that many like me face: we so want to do a little of everything that we never get good/great at one thing. I feel like that's most of my life. To be honest, I'm not sure I'd change it though. So, which one do I start with, suggest, hope he attaches to?

14 comments:

Clem said...

I don't play the piano !!!

Paul and Tracy said...

Guitar. No Barth's can play it.

Michael & Joe Joe said...

Clem - I'm not entirely sure what you're talking about... but you do play a sweet hand-flute!

Barth's - yeah, well, you don't count... or I was exaggerating, one of the two.

Clemence said...

ahah oops indeed i was answering to your "I'm trying to think of someone I know right now that doesn't play guitar, nope, can't do it".

so, let me correct : I don't play the guitar !
but what hand-flute are you talking about ?

Michael & Joe Joe said...

Remember that musical skill I taught you? Using your hands and a compressed air flow...

Clemence said...

ooooh yeah !!! I'm a pro now! I'll show u when I come back ;) We will have a concert together !

Hallie said...

I dont play the guitar....
but, I'm partial to the Rain Stick.
Didnt see that as an option. He would be a natural. I think Sawyer would be able to go pro with it.

Michael & Joe Joe said...

Rain stick, indeed. Don't know if he has he patience for that though. His mom has tossed around the idea of a didjeridu skill... perhaps a duo?

Courtney said...

And what I so wrong with horns? Both of your siblings played them...and I know for a fact mom still has the baritone lying around, and that Sawyer tried it out while at her house. I choose horn, just to annoy the pants off you like I used to :) love you!

Paul said...

Back farts. It's awkward as you lay on the ground and it requires a dose of humility, but no one will see it coming. No. One.

Michael & Joe Joe said...

Paul - What your analysis lacks in usefulness, it makes up in accuracy. Thank you.

Court - What horn did you play? No really, I can't remember. What you say is true though, 2/3 of our siblingry played horns. But also, 2/3 of our siblingry no longer plays music, so...

Benja said...

I don't play the guita Uncle Michael! (Although you did teach my sister's to)

Michael & Joe Joe said...

Haha, that is true Benja. But your life isn't over yet, there's still time!

Benja said...

Okiday! learn it soon!