Me at nine years old, my first NYSSMA competition, level I, Morning Mist
I have played the flute since I was about 9. Like a lot of people, I started out in fourth grade in public school. I had already played the guitar, as my dad does, so I had a bit of a musical background. However, I would love everyone to see this.
I had a rough start there. lol. I was nine years old, and I remember being so excited about the flute, really the instrument itself. I remember sitting out in the yard, showing it off to everyone when I got it from the rental at Northeast Music in Albany. I didn't even know how to put the thing together. What does a nine year old do with a flute she can't play? Give it a bath! Yes, a lovely bath!!! I dropped the thing into the tub, unbeknownst to my mother. I thought, why not give the flute AND the recorder a bath??!!
And so, after the bath, I proceeded to get a washcloth which I was sure was just like the cleaning cloth Miss Keegan had showed us we could stick in the cleaning rod. After that was rammed into the head joint, I had to call my dad to get it out. Playing got better after that and I went to my first NYSSMA and did very well.
I named my flute Paul, after my favorite Beatle. He got a lot of baths. He even got a trip down a flight of stairs in our house!
Anyway, the point of all of this is that you just have to keep going. You can't give up. I've come a very long way from high school playing in college. Take heart, keep faith, keep going, and be inspired by others in your quest! If you can't get it, don't give up. That dilligent practice everyday WILL pay off. Everyday that passage will be smoother, cleaner, and your flexibility and technique will improve, and NEVER, ever, give your flute a submergent bath. Please.