First instrument as many others quoted - recorder
. I remember there being several learning groups and quick as a flash I was in the advanced group, being only about Year 3, along with my brother
and other Year 6's
Not sure how I got into playing the clarinet
, I think I heard someone else in my year was having lessons and I fancied having a go
I remember, not sure how, it taking a few attempts to get a note but I managed it! My first lesson, my "audition" comprised of, "play E", then "play D", then "play C" and I got lessons
at that time, I think the first couple of years were free, and then about a tenner a term thereafter. I progressed to doing Grades 1 and 2 at primary school and did Grades 3, 4, and 5 at secondary school. I stupidly missed out on doing my Grade 7 in my last couple of years of school to concentrate on my GCSE Music. Same happened at college. Looking back, I wish I'd done it at school as A Level Music was so much more difficult than GCSE!
Before leaving school, I remember being interested in the flute
and so asked my mum about getting me one. Once I did my GCSE's she bought me a second hand Boosey and Hawkes one, really good at about ?95. Anyway, I naively thought with a scale book and a few nice books here and there, I could teach myself how to play it, and so I played it every now and again, probably avoiding it for a year, 18 months at a time! Then I was on Facebook one day and someone mentioned about having bought a flute and wanting lessons and so a friend of mine offered, and so this piqued my interest and so I asked her about them and after having a flute for 8 years I finally started to have lessons! After playing through a few different pieces she thought I was Grade 3 standard already but I started looking through Grade 4 music and took the plunge in doing my Grade 4 this term, after only having lessons since September! I'm hoping to do Grade 5 but if I'm to do it under my current teacher I need to do it next term, she leaves for uni in September/October!
I still wish I'd started having flute lessons sooner, and perhaps taking up the saxophone, and piano. But it's never too late