I started playing trumpet when I was 55 years old (Iím 59 now) Iíve made some progress during the last 4 Ĺ years due (IMHO) to sticking at it through thick & thin.
However Iíve always thought that as in most walks of life some have an edge on others, including playing musical instruments.
A week last Sunday we had a family get together to celebrate what would have been my Fatherís 100th Birthday. After visiting the grave we had a good meal and then some returned to my place to carry on the celebration.
Five minutes into a Footie(soccer) kick about, in the garden with two of my nephews and their young boys I cried off (frankly I was shattered) and decided to have a tootle.
My nephews and their sons came into the kitchen (where I was practising) for refreshments sometime later, they all wanted to have a blow.
I explained the basics in terms of mouthpiece position, finishing with just say Tah as you blow. My nephews (30 & 27 yrs) tried first and after making initial sounds both almost turned blue in the face trying to play higher & louder! Their eldest sons did OK (aged 10 & 8). However the youngest (7) was impressive. He played some good sounding notes with what looked like no effort at all, and got a round of applause from us all. They soon got bored and continued with the footie! I guess they want to be the next Steven Gerrard or Fernando Torres rather that Arturo Sandoval or Chris Botti.