Friday, September 2, 2011

Choosing a Musical Instrument, Guest Blogger, and a Winner!

Choosing a Musical Instrument

My 5th grader is stuck in the midst of indecision. She finally gets to choose a musical instrument to play in either band or orchestra. She's so so excited. After several visits to the music room and a huge Try It night at the high school (where she literally tried everything!), she's narrowed her choices down to three:
  • Flute
  • Violin
  • Cello
 Dang! Those are difficult to choose from. I played the flute for 13 years - even studied one year in France. I also played the violin for about two years. I would love to learn to play the cello if it didn't mean I had to learn the Bass Clef. In all of my years of musical training, I've never been able to get that one right - which is why I only play the top hand on the piano.  =)

So we've been talking a lot about the importance of music at our house this week. We even went out to You Tube and found some awesome videos. This one is my favorite. It's from the Piano Guys. They did a surprise concert at an elderly home. I absolutely love, love, love the change in attendees attitudes!



Music is awesome! I can't wait to see what my daughter decides to learn.

What are your thoughts about band vs orchestra? If you played an instrument in school, what was it?

Guest Blogger

In the writerly world, I am a guest blogger over at Day Dreamer. The topic of the day: Unique Blog Tour Tips.  Trust me, if you're promoting a book or any other product, you'll discover something new over there.  =)

And Finally, A Winner!

Congrats to Judy for winning the awesome fall purse from the Awesome August Blog Hop! I'll email you and get it sent out next week.

Have a fabulous Labor Day weekend everyone!

5 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

Oh, I love Jon Schmidt and Steve Nelson. This video is wonderful. I love whoever did the editing.

One of my favorite songs of all time by these two is Love Story Meets Viva La Vida.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXtVBJDPs6k

Nisa said...

I am a little biased on the subject. My mom plays the cello. :) Good luck deciding!

Riquino Family said...

I am a little biased as well since I played the cello as well. I started in 5th grade and was given fabulous experiences through my childhood. In middle school and high school I got to play in Handel's Messiah at church, which is such fun music to play. In high school I was able to play with FSYO and tour England and then two years later it took me to Australia to play in the Sydney Opera House. Once in college the cello wasn't as popular so I was the only cello player for BYU-H. I would also fill in with the band and went on tour with them and played the bassoon part on my cello. Such fun times, all made possible through the cello.

The only downside to the cello was how big it was. I remember in middle school getting on the bus with it. That was an experience. Then once I moved to my nice cello and had the hard case it took up the whole back seat of our Protege.

One thing that I loved about the cello is the low notes. I'm not a fan of the violin because of some of the shrill notes that it can make when you don't know what you are doing. Even as I was learning and hit a wrong note, it still sounded great on the cello. :)

So, again I'm biased, but I think the cello is a great choice.

I'm excited to see what she decides on. She will be great with whatever she chooses!

Stephanie Black said...

Hard to choose! Those are all great instruments. I play the violin, and really enjoy it. But I think the cello is super awesome--if I didn't play the violin, I think I'd want to play the cello.

But the flute is good too . . .

Hmm, I'm no help at all!

Canda said...

I'm no help. Took lessons on piano and flute. Can't play either so I joined choir. Love the sound of flutes and cellos though.

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