Saturday, October 4, 2014

And Then I Was In An Orchestra

We were up first.

Me with my guitar.

Setting up.
Once I started studying the Law of Attraction I realized it was imperative for me to get music back into my life.  So I started putting that energy out into the universe. Now that I have a car, I have a lot more options. So I decided to pursue the free orchestra at the Apple Valley Library. I started last Saturday and today I got to join them in a concert at Spice of Life in Victorville, CA. I played my guitar.

But that is just the beginning of it. For the past few months I've been taking many musical paths. I just ordered harmonicas and picked those up at the store today.

I also took my mandolin to last week's orchestra practice.

And my boyfriend got me a digital tuner that covers ukelele, violin, mandolin, guitar, and chromatic. It is so much easier than tuning an instrument by ear when everyone else is trying to tune theirs at the same time.

And I got two books on making stringed instruments. I'm having a blast. I'm only going to play in fun situations so it won't trigger my performance anxiety.

The most important thing for me is that being in this group is teaching me how to combine a whole bunch of instruments into something that sounds like music. I could never figure out how all the parts went together. The director is very good at answering questions like that. His orchestra is for people from 3 to 104. I do take my own instruments (because if you don't, how are you going to practice when you go home)? But he has some loaner instruments.  If you are in Apple Valley or nearby and have Saturday afternoons free, I recommend joining.

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