Musical overload

I’m not quite sure how it happened but it would appear that I’ve ended up in a very musical house.  When I was young I learned some piano and played the classic flute as a teenage.  However I never remember feeling a sense of pleasure or relaxation when playing.  It felt like something I ‘should’ be doing rather than an enjoyment.  Our first son didn’t really show any musical interest when he was small, in fact even learning tin whistle in school seemed to cause distress so we didn’t pursue it for him.  However now as a teenager he has been teaching himself guitar over the last year and wants to know why he didn’t learn any musical instrument when he was younger!  You really can’t win.

Our next son began Suzuki violin at 4 with his father.  Joe had never really played any instrument growing up but has a really good musical ear.  Being the parent of the Suzuki pair really awakened his interest in music and shortly after he actually began teaching himself guitar.  What I find fascinating is the pleasure he gets from playing.  When he’s stressed and needs to unwind he’ll play for 5 minutes and it just chills him out.  (Fortunately I have knitting for that).  This son has also got a good musical ear like his dad and has just moved from violin to viola.  It’s his birthday this week  and what he wanted was a ukelele.  Pictured above is the one he picked out for himself, and he is so very, very pleased with it!  He has played it so much over the last 2 days I’m not sure he can actually feel his fingertips anymore.  You may notice a slightly larger instrument behind, his dad went shopping with him and somehow this pretty guitar ended up coming home….

Over the last year I’ve been submerged in music again.  Due to timing issues I’ve become the Suzuki parent in the house and my youngest has also now started.  He is a sweetheart but is always convinced he is right.  Lets just say that this makes music practice interesting.  Anyone out there doing Suzuki violin with a really, really stubborn child?  Would love to hear how you manage to reduce conflicts at practice time!