Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Make A Joyful Noise

Yesterday I did something that I have been thinking of doing for the last five or six years. I bought a flute. It's second hand (much cheaper than a new one) and it works fine to the best of my knowledge.

I love flute musice and I especially love when people at church get up and play. That is where I tend to hear most flute music - though I have heard some classical music on the flute and enjoy that too.

I also bought a finger placement chart so that I will know what keys to hold down for each particular note - though to be honest, I am finding it hard to understand. I'll need to ask someone who knows the flute to explin it a bit to me. I think I know how it works, but I'd like to ask for confirmation sake.

I got a book to learn to the notes and all as well. I know the main notes on the staff, but not by sight. I have to stop and figure out what each one is using the Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge saying, as well as the FACE for the ones on the spaces between the lines. I want to learn to read the music by sight better as well (I know, it comes with practice) so that I don't have to write the corresponding letter above each note.

I've practiced last night and tonight (about 45 mins each night), and if I am doing things right, I know which keys to press to get B, A, G and C. I'm still slow, but that is because I'm just learning.

I'm going to call and see if there are music lessons offered in the summer and sign up. If there aren't any, then I'll have to wait until the fall. I hope there are summer lessons. A friend of mine was taking guitar lessons and she was able to take them during the summer, so I hope the flute is offered this time of year as well.

I was also looking on line last night for free sheet music for flutes - preferably Christian (worship and praise, hymns, etc.) music. From my understanding (one of the youth at church plays flute and she told me this) you only use one line of music, unlike where you use two for playing the piano. I don't know then if I could use any music, or any music writen for other instruments or if it has to be specifically for the flute.

So, this is my new learning adventure. Right now it doesn't sound like much - the music that is, but it's a joyful noise in my mind. I want to play for the Lord and glorify Him through music. I guess it's never to late to learn something new. I just wish I had started before now so that I could play right now...but I just need to give it time and I'll soon be playing! I am not musical but that is because I've never really played anything. I know I need lessons because I do bettter when I am under the pressure of having to have something done by the next week, and know that I need to practice for then. If I do it on my own, I tend to procrastinate and stuff...

Hey, I just thought; Kristina...you practice the piano and I'll practice the flute and someday maybe we can play a duet during the offering at church, hehehe!

Hope everyone is having a Christ filled day!


Kristi said...

Wow - that is WONDERFUL! That is one of the best things you could do: learn to play an instrument! It has so many (hidden) blessings, both for you and for others! It is a nice outlet for your mind and soul, and it lifts the spirits of those who listen as you learn to be excellent!! I hope you learn quickly and enjoy it! I play the trumpet, and it has always proven to be a wonderful way to bring me closer to God in worship and to enjoy the beautiful language of music!

C. H. Green said...

I think this is really gutsy and exciting. I would love to learn another instrument; I play piano and organ.

Jayleigh said...

Shelley that is so awesome. Don't you just love it when God gives you such a passion and desire to work on something FUN to glorify Him?

I played piano when I was a kid but I was never really good at it. I want to learn to play again, because if last week was any sign, then we will need someone who can play keyboard at Rob's church. :-)

God bless you, dear sister in Christ.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

I hope you get a lot of enjoyment from it. Music soothes the soul!

Tracey said...

Hi Shelley! Thanks for visiting me. I'm really not sure how the stamps are made as I have just collected them from others. That is so exciting about learning how to play the flute! Enjoy!

Andrea said...

Thanks for your comment. I played the flute in high school. The flute makes such a beautiful sound.

Jennifer said...

Shelley, that is so cool! :D I've been wanting to try violin for years. Maybe now's the time.

Live, Love, Laugh said...

wow, that is so cool, I wish you the best on learning to play, sounds pretty ambitious to me. I taught myself to play the guitar and there were times I thought I would give up, but I am so glad I didn't. God Bless!

eph2810 said...

I enjoy listening to the flute. I wish I could play it, but I guess you can't teach an old dog to learn new tricks....You go for it girl.

Barbara said...

How wonderful.. I love to hear the flute too - I don't play it though..

I hope you find time to practice..