As a young person I'd tried recorder, drum and piano with various levels of success but, being given a choice of whatever instrument I wanted to learn gave me the chance to really explore the options available. Guitar and the other fretted instruments held no appeal for me and Violin annoyed the heck out of me. Cello had some appeal but wasn't really ... well ... weird enough for me. After a lot of trying various instruments and deciding they truly weren't for me I narrowed down my options finally settling on harp. Then came the decision making process of what style of harp, how many strings, what size etc. After a lot of trying of various harps belonging to friends of friends and in various stores I finally found an instrument that truly resonated with me (pun intended). A double-strung harp was what I wanted. If you're determined to learn an instrument, and you are NEVER too old to learn, don't let any doomsayers or negative ninnies tell you that you can't.
I always played piano, it just was a given at home, I don't really see it as part of my music education. It was just part of my life. When I was learning music at St John's Primary School I started on recorder and guitar. As I grew up I moved onto flute, which I was not fond of, however I did pretty well at it. By the time I got to high school, Astley, Mr Walker recommended I continued with the flute, although I wanted to learn Double Bass. Apparently ladies did not learn Double Bass. Music in High School was fun, orchestra was great, although I was always second flute. I figured if I learnt another instrument too I could be excused from more PE (I still am not a fan of PE) . I ended up doing O'Level music in a class of just 5 and loved it. In the end I was learning Violin, Trombone, Flute, Recorders, Side Drum and Piano - a perfect week. However I was not the perfect student and I have road tested every reason not to practise you can think of. This does not mean I did not enjoy music, I just did not see the point in practising. However it was short lived. As O'levels grew closer ,despite being a straight A music student, I was told I would never make a living from music, try science or secretarial. In those days I was not the headstrong rebel I am now. I listened to the supposed voice of authority and wisdom and went into science. Big mistake, follow your skill! Music took a back seat to science, then the motortrade and even secretarial (for 1 week - boring! ) until I was 22 ish, disollusioned and bored. My Mum (an awesome piano teacher) asked me to consider teaching. I had never intended to be a piano teacher however once Mum convinced me I was hooked. Looking back, why did I learn so many instruments? 1) It got me out of P.E. 2) I did not have to walk home until late, so I missed the "bullies" I cannot remember the name of the careers advisory service. It was 1984 or 1985 so she must have been from TMBC School Services. Her advice was terrible, however without knowing life without music - I would not be so committed to my music today. and she was wrong, you can make a living out of music, and it's the best. What about you ? Why did you decide to learn the instrument you are learning ?