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PostPosted: 2012-10-21, 16:22    Post subject: Thank you & Farewell Reply with quote

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First to thank the many members of this forum for their support and knowledge over the years, I've never been able to contribute to the discussions in a meaningful way but I've learnt a tremendous amount from you all.

After much thought I've finally thrown the towel in, I've been playing for several years now but have never been able to progress beyond the absolute basics and am just becoming increasingly frustrated; self teaching, although I firmly believe it can work for some, is not for me. Unfortunately there are no teachers in Scotland and on-line lessons are not a practical proposition for me for a variety of reasons.

I'm fortunate in that I can play my clarinet to a level which gives me enjoyment and from which I know I can progress, even at my somewhat advanced age, but admittedly this is based on several years tuition when I was much younger having retained at least some of what I was taught; so at least I will still have some playing enjoyment.

As to my shakuhachi, well I was in a quandary, I intended to sell it but have no idea of it's value so was a bit stuck but coincidentally my daughter visited today and after discussing my dilemma she promptly appropriated it, misappropriated may be more accurate, she's a fine art student and intends to use it in an installation piece she's working on with the working title of “The Death of Music”; and for which she has been busy seeking out old instruments; so my poor shakuhachi may yet get it's moment in the spot light.

As an aside, I often wonder if my inability to fully master any instrument is, at least partly, due to my hearing, or rather lack of, as I wear bi-lateral hearing aids and probably miss a lot of nuances as well as lacking the ability to accurately identify pitch; well I'll never know.

I will visit occasionally as I intend to continue growing my shakuhachi music collection and I've found the CD recommendations useful in the past and I know that I will do so in the future.

In the meantime I wish you all well and hope you all continue to progress and raise the profile of this wonderful instrument.

Stay well

Paul
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PostPosted: 2012-10-22, 08:17    Post subject: Thank you & Farewell Reply with quote

That is sad.
You never come down to London?
But I understand. And I think you have contributed in a nice way to the forum. So thank you Razz !
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PostPosted: 2012-10-22, 13:47    Post subject: Thank you & Farewell Reply with quote

Paul, Sorry to see you go but glad to hear that your flute will carry on in a different light.

Enjoy your new path.

take care, Perry
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PostPosted: 2012-10-22, 18:49    Post subject: Thank you & Farewell Reply with quote

Kiku, thank you for the kind thoughts.

I lived in London for many years but since I left 20 years ago I've only been back twice; I'd always hoped to revisit old haunts but with a daughter in university, a son who is unable to work and possible redundancy in the near future I suspect that may never happen.

Again all the very best to all of you.

Paul
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PostPosted: 2012-10-23, 15:53    Post subject: Thank you & Farewell Reply with quote

Peoples interests and priorities change with time. Shakuhachi will not go away, you can always come back and revisit it at a later point in your life if you want. It is good meditation even if you never master it. In the meantime, have fun with the clarinet, an amazing instrument, one of the few wind instruments with a a full 4 octaves and a different enough of a character in each register to be considered an entirely different instrument in each one. Another good, but different, kind of meditation. Perhaps more suited for you, at least at the moment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rGi7XHHM9no
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PostPosted: 2012-10-23, 23:50    Post subject: Thank you & Farewell Reply with quote

I back Charles point, Paul... and I would add another... don't get rid of your Shakuachi... One good day it may call you back and you'll be happy you still have it. I'm sure your daughter will be happy to return it after her installation has it's day... hopefully undamaged. Your daughter is probably making a point about the disappearance of old music and instruments in favor of technology and computers, but do assure her that there's a bunch of freaks out here making sure that Music will never die!
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