I have found a teenager at our new church who is as much a music-aholic as I am. She sings and is trying to learn to play the guitar. She wants to learn the piano and is interested in all kinds of instruments. Last Wednesday, she asked me to bring in my tuner this week, so she could get her guitar strings tuned. As we talked about music, she asked what instruments I had and could play. I ended up bringing my guitar, mountain dulcimer, and bongo drum in as well as my tuner. I’ve taken the bass string off of my guitar because my hands are too small to reach it to push it properly. Her eagerness to learn all about the different instruments was so exciting to see. I let her borrow my guitar book. I look forward to sharing what I know about the instruments and teaching her to play some of them.
I’m also teaching her little brother how to use the autoharp that I play as accompaniment with the children’s choir. The older kids in the children’s choir are being taught how to use instruments, mostly percussion. Amie is learning the bongo drum (which has a neat technique to bring out two different sounds), James is learning the tambourine, and Christine is learning the maraca. If we get any other kids in, I will need more instruments. I have a few ideas and I need to find a music store up here.