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Topic: Taking up music again at 29
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AuthorTopic:   Taking up music again at 29
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posted: 4/12/2006 at 12:22:31 AM ET
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When I was 12, I joined my middle school band. Being the tomboy I was, I wanted nothing more than to play the drums. Mom had other ideas and I settled for the saxophone only to switch to flute by 8th grade. I really liked the flute, but didn't continue my study of music into high school. I am now wanting to get back into it, but I am having a hard time trying to decide whether or not to just go for it with the drums or to go back to the flute??? Help.

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posted: 4/12/2006 at 5:23:30 PM ET
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for me I'll want to play what I want to play regardless of what people think. hey many people find it wierd when I said i want to play the ophicleide(quinticlave){saxophone with a brass mouthpiece} Just play flute if you want to play flute,or drums if you want to play drums. theres no wrong way to go.

> Trumpets rule <
*Saxophones are OK*
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posted: 4/13/2006 at 4:33:42 PM ET
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i think you are very stupid asking that kind of questions..........come on whats the deal of taking a new instrument.......what difference will it make if someones tells ''yes go for it'' or ''no dont!''........you moron

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posted: 4/14/2006 at 4:53:50 PM ET
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Some people can be real jerks when they post anonymously. Pay no attention to them.

That having been said I want to do a reality check on you. (in other words this might seem harsh as well)

I have had many students come up to me later in high school saying that they used to play in 5th or 6th grade, quit, and now want to come back in to the Band. In almost every case they have not been very successful UNLESS they are very highly motivated.

You say you did not continue playing into high school. Why did you quit? Did you loose interest? If this is the case I would say that you will be likely to have the same thing happen again.

Playing an instrument and playing it to a level that gives you sustained joy and interest is something that has to have a lot of internal motivation behind it.

If you really do want to pick up with music again I would say start out with whatever instrument's music interests you the most. If that is drums, flute, or something else, go out and find a private teacher to help you get started. A private teacher will help you achieve success at a faster rate and that success is needed to keep you interested in practicing the instrument.

Good luck!

Chad Criswell
Western Dubuque High School

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North Coast NSW, Australia

posted: 4/15/2006 at 6:36:03 AM ET
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...and hopefully you will find a teacher willing to teach you the kind of music you like. That is a very important motivational tool for someone returning to music.

..pass me that treble clef, Mildred.

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