Last night we went to hear our son-in-law’s 3-piece band play at a local pub. He has been in rock bands since high school, even though music is mainly a serious hobby with him. Last night was a blast! They really had a great sound and gave a great show.
It got me thinking. I took piano lessons as a pre-schooler for a couple of years but gave it up after Mama decided I wasn’t practicing enough and quit paying for the lessons. Later, in third or fourth grade, I had violin lessons. Same story. In college I bought a cheap guitar and some basic music books and “taught myself” enough guitar to suit my own needs. Later I got into drums, but when we moved to this house I just never got around to setting them up and haven’t played drums since.
My mother was a decent pianist. So were her two sisters and one brother (actually he played banjo and not piano). But Daddy and his side of the family may have been close to tone deaf. All I remember about that side is that Daddy tried to sing with poor results.
My older two kids took guitar lessons in grade school, but gave up after a year or two, much like I had done as a kid. The youngest boy wanted lessons but I declined, based on the results of the older two. He was the one to make something out of guitar, though. Still takes lessons and he’s in his 30’s.
My wife is a good pianist, as are her sister and mother.
Almost every interview I have heard with accomplished musicians, regardless of which genre of music they may specialize in, reveals that they came from a musical family and started their interest in music at an early age. Some have admitted to little “natural talent” but have almost always confessed to long hours of practice.
What’s your relationship between your own musical abilities (tastes, even) and those of your family?
Any famous musicians in your blood line?
How seriously do you take the playing of an instrument or in voice training?
Are you adept enough at music to be playing semi-professionally or professionally?