Monday, July 31, 2006

Flute Lesson

I had my first flute lesson tonight, and I was a little nervous before I got there. However, that didn't last very long. I arrived early and the student ahead of me was finishing up his guitar lesson. This kid must be no older than 10, and he is so good. It turns out his guitar teacher is my flute instructor.

I knew going into the lesson that my teacher would be male because when I signed up for the lessons, the person I was talking to told me what his name was. However, I don't know what I was expecting age-wise; maybe someone in his thirties or forties I guess. That wasn't the case. I think this guy is in his early 20's, not more than 25 I would say (he looks younger than 25 though). That's not a problem though, just wasn't what I was expecting.

Tonight's lesson was the basic beginning type. He told and showed me how to breath properly, how to sit, how to hold the flute - making sure my left elbow is up and out and not down, how to put the flute together correctly which I think I was doing. He also showed me which keys were what notes, from E to E (I knew most of these already from my practicing so far). He showed me how to achieve the higher range notes, as well as the lower range notes, and where they are on the lines of music (which I knew - at least for the basic octave). I think this is all that I can recall offhand. He wrote everything down for me though so that I would have the info. I'm going to keep all my sheets, anything he gives me for practice, in a binder or something to keep it all together. That way I won't be apt to lose it.

I am to practice 15 - 30 mins a day with what he showed me on the flute and next week he said we would start doing some tunes. I am expecting simple songs - probably like Mary Had A Little Lamb or that sort, though he never said anything about this. I don't mind though, because I have to start somewhere right?

Anyway, I'm off to finish working on a chapter that I am contributing to a book that several of the people from Faith Writers is working on. Gotta get it submitted tonight - though tomorrow is probably when I'll get it in. The one in charge said that submitting it a day or so late is fine though. It's not the final submissions, so she said not to worry too much about getting it in late. I've got most of it done though, just hoping to add a little more and do some tweaking first.

Hope you all have a Christ filled day!


Anonymous said...

i wish i could hear you play... :)

Stephanie said...

Hi! I found you by way of.. oh a number of mutual friends we seem to have!! :)

Thought I'd stop by and to say hello, and ask if you would mind stopping by my site when you get a chance? I just put up a time sensitive post about my upcoming missions trip to Jamaica in regards to fundraising and prayer support.

Thank you so much, and may God bless you today!!


dr_bristow said...

Flute fun! Your description of it reminded me of my first piano lesson. I took lessons for years and actually really miss playing now. God bless!

Jayleigh said...

Shelley I am so proud of you for taking flute lessons! You have such a passion for life and you're not letting it slip by without notice, but DOING something about it! BRAVO!!!

I miss reading your blogs. I haven't been around much lately but I'm hoping today is the day it all changes.

Take care, sweet lady. I hope it's not too long before I come 'round again.


R.G. said...

Shelly, I love your spirit and passion for life! Isn't it wonderful to discover new interests and pursue old dreams? What a wonderful way to honor God and make life worthwhile!

Susan said...

Enjoy the flute, it sounds like your teacher is starting with the important stuff, it's so important to be sitting and holding the instrument correctly, it makes it easier in the long run.
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Delia said...

Okay, the fact that you even knew most of the notes already makes you very admirable to me. I ♥ music. There's always music of some kind playing here at my house. But, I'm soooo musically challenged that my 9 year old had to fill me in on what the notes were when she brought home her book from her music class and I still don't know what they were.

Katie said...

sounds like fun (and work well worth it) to start learning to play the flute

oh and good luck on your submission to the book, might you share with us what you are writing on?

Jennifer said...

You should see if you can upload an audio file of your flute playing for us!

Shelley said...

Thanks all for your encouragement!

Katie, I think all I can say about the book right now is that there is a mystery and there are about 25 writers working on it. As soon as I can share what it is about, I'll fill you all in on it :o)

Jennifer, I was thinking of doing that. Right now it wouldn't sound like much because I haven't learned any songs, but when I can play one (and so that it sounds like a real song) I will see if I can do the audio of it to post.