Have you ever wondered what it would actually be like to learn a musical instrument, often people say "I haven't got the time" , "I'm too old" or "It's too late for me to start"...
We thought it would be a good idea for our pupils to answer some questions that you may have, and you can hear from them directly what's involved in learning a musical instrument.
Let's hear from Jinny who is learning the Clarinet with us at My Music in Berkshire...
Q: How long have you been playing your instrument?
Since April 2012.
Q: Why did you start playing your instrument?
I came to a national 'Learn To Play Day' at Dawkes Music in March 2012. I was given a free 20 minute session on the clarinet and got completely hooked.
Q: What do you most enjoy about playing your instrument?
It is a personal challenge, and a real thrill when the notes come out in the proper order and sound like music😊. I love playing in ensembles; people are very generous with their support and encouragement and there is a strong incentive not let the other players down, therefore to put in some practise.
Q: Do you belong to any groups or orchestras?
Yes, I am a regular participant in the Dawkes monthly Sunday Groups, a member of the Windsor Community Orchestra which meets weekly in Windsor during term time and play in a trio.
Q: What’s the most rewarding thing about learning a musical instrument as an adult?
It is very rewarding to experience progress towards making a half decent sound on the clarinet, to know with the help and encouragement from experts I can keep improving.
Q: What’s the most challenging thing about learning a musical instrument as an adult?
I play better when I feel in what I call my “music head”, reading the music, understanding the rhythms etc seems so much easier. Sometimes it is hard to let go of other thoughts/concerns and preoccupations of life.
Q: What has been your favourite piece you have learnt to date, and why?
This is a tricky question because as I have moved forward in my playing ability it has been very satisfying to “master” a piece of music which previously I would have found difficult. At the moment I am enjoying music by Mozart and I love swing music.
Q: How often do you have lessons?
Generally once a week for 45 minutes.
Q: What do you enjoy most about having lessons?
The criteria for my lessons, is that overall it needs to be fun, even when it is also challenging and if I am honest frustrating at times! The lessons highlight what is going well and I get pointers towards a better technique, better sound, mistakes corrected (in a very tactful and encouraging way😊)
Q: How often do you practice?
Because I enjoying playing the clarinet so much I try to practise every day. This may only be for a few minutes but can extend for 60 -90 minutes when there is time.
I am so impressed by the professional musicians I have met; they are very talented and put in an amazing number of hours practicing to maintain their high standard.
Do you want to get started?
We offer flexible lessons, that take place in our teaching rooms at Dawkes Music in Maidenhead. Lessons are scheduled between 9.30-5.30pm. Our pupils usually come weekly as we find this enables better progress, although some do some every other week and for more specialist queries and pro players they come every so often.
We hope you enjoy reading these pupil interviews and it might encourage you to take the leap into "giving it a go". All our teachers are professional, love what they do and have a passion for making music.
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