QUOTE(ELLAonthepiano @ Jun 9 2010, 11:23 PM)
my friends all understand that i'm really committed to my youth orchestras and choir, but i'd really love them to be more interested. i've played them a cd of my (very good might i add) church choir but they found it really boring (i dont know what i expected) and took the mick out of some of my guy friends for being altos (they sound gay apparently.) i'd really love them to come and watch a service or a concert or something but they just laugh at me like i'm suggesting something stupid. i even offered to pay for tickets to our prestigious pre tour concert (about £10 each) and they refused. i wouldnt want to feel like i was forcing them but i think if they saw me play or sing they'd understand how much it means to me and be a bit more understanding when i don't go out because i have a rehearsal.
Its difficult to get people interested in something that you are passionate about, but I really wouldnt worry too much, I have several friends who are very different from me, we dont like the same music, style of clothes, films etc... but yet we find tons to talk about and respect that we are both very different. This must be the case with your friends, as despite them not appretiating your musical skills, they are still your friends right? And quite often people laugh at things they dont understand, so try not to take it to heart. If you really wanted to get them on board, maybe you could try to play/sing something more to the style they like and take it from there.
QUOTE(The Flute Fanatic @ Jun 10 2010, 08:18 PM)
I've been playing flute for years, my friends have never taken any interest in my music, never come to any of the concerts I play in even when I'm doing solos and I got used to it, they just didn't like orchestral music and I accepted that. But last year one of my friends decided to take up flute which was fine, but then one of my friends listens to her practise every time and takes so much interest in her playing! I feel so rejected and can't understand why she takes interest in her and not me.
Dont underestimate yourself, you may have influenced them more than you know, it cant be coincidental that one of your friends has taken up the flute knowing that you play it too. The thing is, I think a lot of people on this forum have much more than a pasing interest in what they play, I would say most (please tell me if I'm wrong
) are quite passionate and a tad obsessive about their music
Take my group violin lessons, I want to learn everything I can, and buy tons of music/books and practise every day, the others in my class only have the tutor recommended book and utilise the class lesson as their practice for the week!
I think you have influenced your friends, and they are interested, but maybe just not as pasionate as you are.