Having fun with music

My younger sister, Sylvia, comes by for violin lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. She still sounds like a beginner, but she does have a good ear, so she will definitely improve over time.

The violin is the most unforgiving instrument in the world. If you don’t have a good ear, you will sound horrible. If that is the case, you should switch to the piano, as a good sense of pitch is not necessary to play the piano.

I love the violin, because it is so intimate. By using the vibrato, your violin can sound like a soprano singing solo. Just gorgeous!

When it comes to nightclubs, I don’t know why the music tends to be so loud. David and I used to hear the SOS perform at the Outrigger Showroom, and, boy, it was super loud. We left the club with our ears ringing.

SOS at the Outrigger Showroom

We had a similar experience at the Esprit nightclub at the Sheraton. The Krush used to perform there. Great music to dance to. But, boy, it was loud!

However, we have a better listening experience at the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra concerts at the Blaisdell. Sometimes, the music gets loud, but not so loud that it is unpleasant. Perhaps, it’s because the Blaisdell is a huge concert hall, not a tiny nightclub.

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Blaisdell Concert Hall

Due to the Covid, I don’t attend concerts anymore. If I want to listen to music, I listen to CDs. I can always adjust the volume on my stereo or CD player to enhance my listening pleasure. No reason to complain about busted ear drums. Just turn the volume down.

I like to listen to classical, jazz, and pop music. I hate rock and country music. Don’t ask me why.

This is my CD collection:

Then, there is my violin. I try to play it every day, focusing on easy classical pieces for solo violin. I like to play the Minuet in G by Bach, the Ode to Joy by Beethoven, the Hungarian Dance by Brahms, and other famous pieces. My tone is improving, but my playing is not professional caliber. I am just an amateur and always will be.

Whether you play an instrument or not, do have fun with music.

Music has the power to tame the savage beast.

It can move you to tears, or it can uplift you and make you gloriously happy!

21 Responses to “Having fun with music”

  1. DavidH Says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I too love to listen to symphonic and pop music. My favorite classical piece is symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler the “RESURRECTION”. As my wife does not care for this piece I use my high end headphones. The sound is amazing!

  2. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …music feeds my soul.

  3. Douglas Morris Says:

    That’s a pretty giant music collection! That’s wonderful how you’re giving your sister lessons Gigi, I grew up taking piano & horn lessons but always admired people who can play stringed instruments.

  4. Olga Says:

    I admire anyone with musical ability. I don’t play an instrument and my singing makes dogs howl and babies cry. But I like to dance.

  5. DJan Says:

    I don’t play an instrument, but if I did it would be piano. 🙂

  6. Arkansas Patti Says:

    Me too with Olga. Love music but have no abilities either with instrument nor voice. Though my cat gets turned on by my singing attempts. I think I remind her of a horny cat.

  7. Christine Says:

    You have a wonderful appreciation of fine music.

  8. AC Says:

    I think it is wonderful that you play regularly. You should post a little video.

  9. marmeladegypsy Says:

    You are with your violin as Rick is with his guitar. Every day. Sometimes it’s the painful practicing over and over (on those days I like to leave!) But when the real music starts, oh, the joy! For me, it’s the radio. My harp playing days are over.

  10. Wisewebwoman Says:

    I believe it is “soothing the savage breast” Gigi not beast. I admire your persistence in your faithful practicing and tutoring. Very impressive.

    XO
    WWW

  11. Elephant's Child Says:

    I agree with you that many venues have the sound turned up WAY too loud.
    I am glad that you have the solace and comfort of music.

  12. Sue Says:

    Dear Gigi and Friends, Don’t care for rock – or country, either – has a uncleanness about it.

  13. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Music is always a joy, especially classical music! Glad you can practise with your sister. Valerie

  14. Linda Reeder Says:

    I don’t play an instrument, but I have always enjoyed singing along to my music.

  15. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    I like rock and roll. Queen is my current favorite. It makes me want to move and picks me up.

  16. DeniseinVA Says:

    How wonderful to play the violin. I have always enjoyed listening to these instruments. I love listening to classical and opera, some light listening but not a fan of country like Gregg.

  17. Lois Evensen Says:

    Ah, yes, music. How sweet that you are giving lessons to your sister. We, too, have stopped going to Cincinnati Pops and Symphony Orchestra concerts at Music Hall. I miss it so much, but don’t want to take changes with Covid.

  18. Far Side Says:

    I am tone deaf…so I enjoy music that others make:)

  19. Nancy Chan Says:

    I love music. I tried to pick up guitar and keyboard but sadly, have to give up due to not having the time to focus. You have a big CD collection.

  20. Iris Empereur Says:

    I so agree with you. (Though even the piano I forgot how to play).
    Why so loud???

    I´d love to hear you play – wouldn´t you want to make a video to share?

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