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Annette Singh @Troisnyx

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Lancashire, UK

Joined on 6/26/11

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Your little story is fairly similar to mine, actually. I began taking piano courses at a young age, and became fairly good at it. I had a good teacher, which was a retired professor from the conservatory, and essentially taught me most of the musical knowledge I had until I reached college, which is saying a lot.

Unfortunately, once I reached secondary school, piano was not offered in band class, so I had to change to another instrument. I had to pick between sax, trumpet and percussion. I tried the sax, but I had a hard time producing a sound, and plus I didn't want to play what everybody else wanted to play. I then had to pick between percs and trumpet, but I tried the trumpet first, and just fell in love with the instrument and chose that one before even trying percs. I don't know if I would have taken percs if I had given it a shot, but the idea of one day being able to play what my uncle (world-reknown player) could do had me hooked.

I thought that would be all, but once I hit a certain age, my father decided it was time that he taught me a bit of his art, or congas and djémbé. I didn't think that would de much at first, but once I discovered the world of percussion, I was once again hooked, and almost 10 years later, I couldn't be more thankful! To this day, I'm discovering new instrument I want to learn on a daily basis, and my formal training in almost all types of instruments has helped me tremendously.

So the moral of the story is: Don't be shy to try new things, you might just discover a passion you didn't know you had!

Though I played the viola years ago, I still have an appreciation for music (I'm still biased toward string instruments, the violin family in particular) and musicians. I truly hope you can find that choice that'll make you feel most whole and best, giving you that worthwhile feeling that you long for.

How touching. I learned violin for a while in secondary school but I didn't really commit to it after the melodies I had to learn became a little more complex. It is a beautiful instrument, yes...perhaps I'll revisit it later on in life.

From what I've heard of your musical works, I thought you were both a pianist and a drummer. So, aren't you considered a multi-instrumentalist already?

Last point: terrific photo revamp there! Loving the warm filter and that determined expression as you clutch those timpani mallets, haha. :D


Heh heh- I own quite a nice variety of instruments. Once I settle into my own apartment (this autumn, perhaps?) I'll finally be able to unpack them and get back to the madness that enveloped me so long ago.

My main instrument is the tinwhistle, partly because I love the sound, and partly because nobody around me plays the tinwhistle. But, despite my desire to be different, my brother-in-law's piano has claimed a lot of my free time. :D It is nice to be able to play a handful of notes at once.

The violin can be very very emotional and beautiful sounding. It's a pain to learn, though. At least for me it is.

Good Luck with the new Instrument, and consider following up with the Violin. Even if something is commonly done, that doesn't mean you won't have a special Aptitude for it all the same, and if you have one, you certainly aren't fitting into a Mould, but rather moulding the Instrument, however common, and creating with it. Perhaps you might find something in yourself that you never knew was there.

Like the time I picked up my grandfather's bass recorder. :)

I've been steadily on the route to being a multi-instrumentalist since then. I now play about half a dozen instruments (or can at least pretend to). If you have the time (and money, although there are used instruments in great condition on ebay and in stores that are affordable), it's worth it imho. :)