Day 99 : wind, classical

woodwind

Common wind instruments used in classical music are: bassoon, clarinet, oboe, flute, piccolo. Other familiar wind instruments are accordion, bagpipe, pipe organ, harmonica. To produce a sound with wind instruments one has to blow into them. Some wind instruments have reeds over which the air is passed. Others, like some flutes, don’t have reeds but have a small degree of space in which air must pass across at a specific angle. Flutes are thought to be the oldest instruments dating back as far as 43,000 to 35,000 years ago. Left-handed flutes – http://www.theflow.org.uk/articles/article_left-handed.html

Sandy: When our children were under five years old, we owned a business and hired an au pair, Renata, to help us care for our children. Renata was a professional ballet dancer from Texas recovering from an injury. When she would drive the kids to and from school they would listen to classical music. Renata would quiz the kids on what instrument was playing solo and the kids got really good at naming the correct instrument. 

Kelly: My handwriting is getting worse! On another note (pun intended) I tried to learn the piano and guitar as a kid. Interesting that my left-handed brother and I gave up the piano pretty quickly but my right-handed sister still plays. Hmmm. Also.. I did have a left handed guitar. Wonder what happened to that guitar?

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.

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