I started playing the clarinet in seventh grade and played in school until I graduated. For a couple summers in high school, I also played in the city's municipal band that performed each week at a local park. Music has been a huge part of my life, and one that is especially dear to me since David and I met through band! David is even a music teacher, so he has continued his love of music into his career. I occasionally play my clarinet with him and some of his students in small ensembles, but don't play nearly as much as I used to.
A while back I told David I wanted to play my clarinet more, so he suggested that we play together every once in a while. He can play just about every instrument there is, and even though he is more of a brass guy, he can definitely rock out on the clarinet. It's so fun to play together and I've found that it is a really good way for me to keep my brain sharp and give it a good workout. Playing my clarinet is like riding a bike; I don't think I'll ever forget how to do it. Reading music is another story.
David brought home a book of music for us to play together, and I realized how rusty I was at sight reading. It really did require my constant thought and attention to play each note while keeping the beat by tapping my big toe in my shoe (a habit my teacher taught me as a seventh grader and one I still practice today). When reading music while playing an instrument, there are several different things you have to keep in mind all at once and it really does give your brain a workout. Especially if you aren't in practice every day. And I better keep in practice because David wants to start a family band one day when we have kids! :)
Do you play an instrument? If you used to play in school, do you still play today?
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