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Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other -- if one is non-musical, it doesn't matter how much time one puts in. As Charles Winchester put it: "The gift does not lie in your hands. I have hands, David. Hands that can make a scalpel sing. More than anything in my life I wanted to play, but I do not have the gift. I can play the notes, but I cannot make the music. You have performed Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Chopin. Even if you never do so again, you've already known a joy that I will never know as long as I live. Because the true gift is in your head and in your heart and in your soul."hinermad wrote: I wouldn't say one is born with musical ability. One is born with the predisposition to develop musical ability. Like the myth about taking 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert - it's not the hours, it's the willingness to spend those hours on study and practice.
I think 'attacking' is pretty much what Bugs had in mind :DTypeminer wrote: Four-fingered hands didn't stop Bugs from attacking Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody. :D
I actually started out with the slide trombone way back in the 1970's. Took up the flute in the '80s in the Navy. Been trying to get something with the bagpipes (only have gotten started with a practice chanter). Been twiddling with a recorder & alto recorder for a couple of years. And recently acquired a pair of Hammer Dulcimers. I lay odds that Jinx could have a fun time with the Dulcimers!!FerreTrip wrote: Okay, as a musician and a cartoon artist, I REALLY love the punchline for today's comic >XD
Also as a musician and audiophile in general, hearing Jinx having trouble makes me whine with I-wish-I-could-help feelings. I just wanna go in there and help him out with the sheet music, and sit down with his parents to discuss something other than piano, because I majored in music and still found piano difficult. (Granted, I play flute, which can only do one note at a time, but with its complicated fingerings, you'd think I'd be better....) Like, what instruments are left? Trombone needs only lips and the abilities to grasp objects and move your arm; trumpet and French horn only need three fingers to operate the keys; and percussion can be done by anyone while still requiring a good amount of study to be actually good at it instead of banging away randomly. And of course, there's always singing. I dunno what kinda guy he's gonna turn out to be, but looking at him, I'd say he'll become a tenor, and trust me, EVERYONE needs tenors in their ensembles. We're a rare breed, apparently.
...Sorry, I love music and agree with Jinx's mom, because I think everyone who can understand rhythm and isn't tone-deaf should try music. Not only that, but practicing music makes the rest of your grades go up! It's proven!
My daughter played trombone (as her band teacher called it, the "amazing fun machine") for several years in school, but then she discovered boys. (Friggin' hormones, screwing up careers since forever!) I've thought of taking up the bagpipes myself since my wife passed away, and I mostly don't care what the neighbors think.MephitMark wrote:I actually started out with the slide trombone way back in the 1970's. Took up the flute in the '80s in the Navy. Been trying to get something with the bagpipes (only have gotten started with a practice chanter). Been twiddling with a recorder & alto recorder for a couple of years. And recently acquired a pair of Hammer Dulcimers. I lay odds that Jinx could have a fun time with the Dulcimers!!