One of my character in One Light Year (OLY) Road Trip has musical ability. Lordy, this author just don’t have that kind of musical ability. My character made me stretch, go and reach out. I met a street player while I was taking a trip to the grocery store. The man was playing his instrument, right outside the entrance. After he stopped playing, I asked him a few of questions about his music. He said that he was born into a musical family. He always played music in good times and bad times.
We were talking about his instrument, which looked like flute but it wasn’t a flute. It was called a recorder. He played beautifully. People stopped to admire his music and to tip him.
It was cool to know that the flute goes back thousands of years. While I was doing research I learned that there are different types of flutes.
Native American Flutes
East Indian Flutes
Andian Pan Flutes
German Flutes also known as Western Cocnert Flute
No matter the origin, I think they all sound beautiful.
My close friend is also a musician, a guiatarist and tabla player.
He was giving me some lessons on how to strum the guitar. There is so much to know, how to hold the guitar, where to put your feet when you are playing, frets on the guitar, tuning the guitar, pitch, notes. Those are just basics.
Like many instruments, the instument can be further broken down to even more specific categories.
There is the Spanish Guitar
There is the elecric Guitar.
There is the steel guitar.
Learning music is like learning another language. You have to have good ear. The good thing is you can train your ear.