Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Back to the sackbut
My wife and I have talked about joining a community band, and last night was the first rehearsal we attended. So yesterday, for the first time in nine years, I played the trombone. I had picked it up once, very briefly, in my first year of university, but not since then. I was moderately concerned about what would happen if I went in cold, so I took about half an hour to review a slide positions chart and go over my embouchres ahead of time. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it all came back to me. It was like speaking a language I had once been fluent in but had left dormant - it came back as soon as I had a chance to speak it again. And so I played at the rehearsal, entirely sight-reading, and actually succeeded in following and playing through several songs over the two hours. I am excited to be reviving an old hobby and to bring it in to who I am now - I currently play trombone, rather than saying I played it in high school. So I am again a trombone player, and I am happy to let things slide.