I’m writing this blog with all my trials, tribulations and triumphs to provide some insight to all of you re-learning (or starting) the horn. Hopefully it will help you realize that it can be done to some level of success defined by you and all the problems, heartache, misery, etc., (I can go on and on) that has happened to me and will probably happen to you really isn’t so bad. There will also be days of awe, pure joy, delight, happiness – i.e. success – that will more than make up for the bad days. In the beginning I had way more bad days than good days but the tide seems to be turning. Everyone says the horn is one of the most difficult instruments to learn. Yup, that seems to be true. It is also one of the most rewarding instruments to learn and one of the most beautiful sounding instruments. My opinion of course but if I didn’t think that why would I bother to learn to play it? The triumph of getting it right, whatever the ‘it’ is for that practice day, rehearsal, audition, performance, or whatever, is worth all the bad days.
This is the 1st blog I’ve written and I’ve discovered that blogs are posted newest to oldest. That makes sense unless readers should read the oldest first. That’s the way my story of starting the horn again should be read since my story started about a year ago. I highly recommend reading this blog starting with my post, “The Beginning” and continuing oldest to newest.
Please leave comments, good and bad. That way I can learn from you and hopefully you can learn from me. Finally, this story isn’t necessarily limited to aspiring hornists. Learning any instrument takes time and there will always be ups and downs. I think you will find parallels even though much of the story – method books, embouchures, horn buying and such – is horn specific.
I also want to thank the members of the Yahoo Horn Group for their advice without which I would have been lost more often than not.