Friday, July 21, 2006

The Sound of Music

Ok, it doesn't sound like music yet, but I have been practicing on the flute all week (except yesterday because I was out of the house til late). I am following that book that I got that teaches the notes and what fingers to hold down. I now know the B, A, G, C, F, and E notes. So far the "music" is just a simple one line of several notes that doesn't sound like any song at all type of thing. You know, the practice lines that help you learn which fingers to hold down for the right notes. I'm still rather slow and reading the music, but it is definately improving and my goal is to not stoop to writing the note letter above it in the book.

I also called for flute lessons on Wednesday and set up an appointment to start. I will be going on Monday evenings from 7 til 7:30 (it's only half an hour, but should the student want an hour you can schedule still have to pay for it though, so basically it would be double the cost of the weekly 1/2 hour lesson). The guy that teaches is away until next Thursday and he doesn't do any teaching on Friday's in the summer so that he can go away on the weekends if he desires to. That's ok with me though, but I had originally wanted to go on Fridays. I could probably change the day once the summer is over though, should I choose to do that.

I start on July 31, and the next week is a holiday here so the place is closed. I think I might see if it's possible to book for Tuesday evening that week so that I can get one in. I don't know if he'd give me double the practice work for the two weeks, or if I would just be a normal amount to practice and just do that for the two weeks.

What I mean is if, for example, in one lesson I learned two notes; that week I would practice those two notes and the next week learn two more. So, would he give me four notes to practice instead (since I would be missing a week because of the holiday). I am thinking probably the first one. But like I said, I'm going to see if I can get a class for that Tuesday or Wednesday so that I don't have to miss a week. It all depends on what they have available.

I can't wait to start the lessons - I'm psyched! I just wish it was this Monday I was starting and not next, but I can't do anything about that. I'll practice these few notes though and work on recognizing the notes on sight and not having to pause to figure out what they are first. I also have to practice counting the beat better. That is slowing me down because I am finding it difficult to think 1-2-3-4, and play the note while counting and trying to think of what the next note is. I know, it will come with more practice though. I just wish I could practice a song...just need to find some that have only the notes I know so far lol.

So, I'll leave it here since this has turned into a longer post than I thought it would be. Have a Christ filled day!


Disciple said...

Congrats again -- in no time at all you will be making a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Joe said...

Ditto disciple, and think what it will do for your breath control!

Disciple Quilldancer said...

Shelley, thanks for stopping by my blog. I think a few days ago you asked about youth curriculum and I posted an email address for you -- that was for this ministry.

We do it outside with a truck, but there are many churches (denomination doesn't matter) who have Sidewalk Sunday School on their church campus. The only real requirement is 3-4 hours per week and a heart for kids.

R.G. said...

How wonderful to have a new adventure! Isn't life just an endless succession of possibilities? Praise God for the music He is bringing into your life, and may He be glorified by it!

Rachel Hauck said...

Hi Shelley,

Thanks for stopping by my site! Good to meet you. Love your site. The picture is amazing.

Rahel Hauck

Jayleigh said...

Shelley I am so proud of you for following through on this passion of yours. I know you will be fastastic! GO GIRL!!! :-)

Maggie Ann said...

Hi Shelley, thats great that you are taking flute lessons. I have a flute....they are a beautiful instrument.

MugwumpMom said...

Hi Shelley,
Was bloghopping around CWO tonight and noticed your blog...first, it's beautiful, second, you're a fellow Canadian...I'm on the westcoast in Vancouver, but was born in Victoria, so we're both as far tothetuther side of the country that we can get...and third, you are just taking up the flute. Cool! I'm just taking up the guitar...yes, the flute is a far more lovely sound and the guitar hardly compares, but my talent is somewhat more optimistic than it ought to be! I'm 44, and have always wanted to play, so last December bought myself a Christmas gift. Good for you for following your dream too!
I'll definitely be back. Your blog is lovely.


Pia said...

that's wonderful! i know, like knitting, you'll be good at it too. :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats, have fun playing the flute, maybe later you can give me lessons, hope things are well with you. We have to get together swiss chalet is calling ha ha. Hope to chat soon


*~Tey~* said...

Hi Shelley

I have started a new project and I am wondering if you would like to be apart of it. Basically I want to collect postcards from people all over the world . I'm calling it Postcard Exchange (I've posted it on my blog if you want to read more about it) as I offer to send a postcard from Australia to anyone who will send me a postcard from their location. Are you interested? I hope you are as it's doubly cool to get a postcard from a familiar blogger.

Well check out my blog and leave a comment of send me an email if you're interested.

Debrand said...

Shelley, my daughter is a flutist. She took lessons in school for 9 years. Since I'm learning bass guitar, I can feel for you trying to concentrate on everything at once. I'm working on hearing the notes instead of reading the music all the time. Lots of practice is needed. You'll get it.

steve said...

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31 Girl said...

Hey there - thanks for stopping by my site! I think any noise we make to the Lord sounds wonderful to Him - no matter how it sounds to ourselves or others. Just do it out of a pure heart. And remember, practice makes perfect!

Delia said...

Hi Shelley! Congratulations on learning to play the flute. I ♥ the way a flute sounds! Of course, I'm not musically inclined AT ALL, so I don't even try to learn instruments. Which makes me even more in awe of those of you who do!

Good luck!

And I'll definitely have to come back to find out how the flute playing comes along!