My all-time favourite instrument is the piano. I've been playing for over 20 years (since age 9, in April 1984, when I started private lessons)--maybe more, since Mom tells me I started playing on my own at an even earlier age and one time played for my Sunday school class (the teacher surprised Mom when she told her what I did)--that's how my lessons started. I have played for ISSMA district piano solo contests and given numerous recitals, and also played piano for my high school jazz band.
I perform regularly for friends and family (and have done so for church and a local retirement home), and now that I'm in London, I'm still using that talent--in King's College London musical society performances. In two weeks, I will be playing two piano solos for the College musical society concert.
The piano I have is a 1914 Hobart M. Cable upright grand, built in Elkhart, IN
, and it's the same one I first learnt on. I plan to keep it forever if possible.
My second instrument is acoustic guitar. In Sept. 2001 (just before 9/11) I bought a beautiful new Epiphone Hummingbird (the sister to the Gibson Hummingbird), and started lessons then. I continued lessons until this summer (2004), just before I headed over to London to attend King's College London. I left my guitar at home, because I already had enough luggage (4 bags) with me for the trip.
I also have played various percussion instruments in school band--first of all, xylophone (bells), then snare and bass drums, then marimba and others.
When I was in 3rd grade, we all played soprano recorders in music class. That was the only part I enjoyed in elementary music classes--otherwise, as a total non-singer, I hated the rest of it. To this day, I still have my Suzuki soprano recorder dating back to 1985 (third grade year).
Now, I am just beginning to gather a collection of various musical instruments with which to decorate my future home--the old instruments of my many siblings from their band days, as well as my old instruments and now, in London, I'm shopping around for interesting instruments--like the Flutophone, the Yamaha "designer" recorders in translucent colours, the Melodica thing that looks like a piano you blow into, and I would like to find other things--eg. a green violin, a green trumpet, some ethnic instruments, etc. etc. My future home will someday look like a musical museum. You can tell I'm a very musical person, from a very musical family.
Wish me luck on my search!
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)