Prepare to be amazed.
Bravo! Bravo! What a multi-tasker! 😀
I am envious. Goaded by my first boyfriend, I attempted to learn the flute when I was in college but, after a few sessions, I threw in the instrument, so to speak. Kids, I keep telling you that singing is an unnatural act but so is playing any wind instrument. I admire all wind players because only unwavering dedication and unshakeable discipline can make them suffer years of training. I say “suffer” because wind players undergo many physiological difficulties. New wind students often experience black-outs, numbness in the arms and, other body responses to breathing deeply and holding one’s breath. It’s like learning a new skill and the body needs to get used to it. Once it does, there are other things wind players have to contend with, namely health problems. I read an article written by a dentist once and he discussed the typical dental implications of playing single and double reed instruments which included, among others, receding gums and overbite problems. Another article spoke of wind players having headaches and occasional retinal hemorrhages, again due to excessive air pressures produced when blowing into their instruments. Then another one said flutists often get contact dermatitis because of the constant contact of their flute with their chin.
Now, those are just the physiological problems. There are psychological ones, too. Case in point, when I typed “reed players dental problems” on Google, I was asked, “Did you mean: reed players mental problems?” I almost laughed out loud. I don’t know about mental problems but I do know lots of musicians who have emotional problems, reed players et al. All that practicing made many of us socially inept and, without our instruments, we feel vulnerable as newborn babes. We especially go through this when we’re younger (tween and teen years) when everyone is still trying to find their place and fit in in social circles. By the time we’re experts or professionals and have more time to socialize, we find that we can’t because we never properly learned to. But that’s the pay-off of being a musician.
Everything people do in life has a pay-off; it just so happens this is what some of us have chosen and, despite dental, mental and, many other problems, we will always deem and declare and that we have chosen well.My Sources: I discovered the YouTube clip at http://ryandupre.wordpress.com/. 🙂 Aural References (listen to short performances by each instrument): http://datadragon.com/education/instruments/winds.shtml Physiological Problems: http://tigger.uic.edu/sph/glakes/harts1/HARTS_library/musichaz.txt http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1046/j.1365-4362.1999.00656.x http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=416484 Hey, kid! Give yourself a chance to excel. Please do not plagiarize.