I played clarinet from 7th grade to Sophomore year in college. I still have my clarinet. It is wooden, an antique and special to me. I have not played in years.
My oldest, when it came time to pick an instrument for band in school, chose the sax. His uncle played sax and it was the end of the Clinton era so the sax was popular. I could not convince him to play my clarinet. When he reached high school, he chose to drop band for other pursuits. I was a little deflated.
When my next son came of age, I told him that I could play with him and help him if he chose the clarinet. I bought a cheap Bundy on Ebay and got all the books and accouterments. We tried a few times before school started but things kept getting in our way. It is now November and he has been taking music for 2 1/2 months.
Last night he asked for my help practicing for the Christmas concert. We started playing (I hope I haven’t infected my clarinet with whatever crud I have in my lungs - must remember to disinfect). My oldest came in and asked what we were playing and ran off.
He came back withthe sax and sheet music. We played a trio. My youngest felt left out, so he ran and got the guitar his middle brother had given him and strummed along with us. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!!! every squeak, every missed note, every start and restart. I LOVED IT!!!
One STRONG recommendation for an ADDer learning music - a METRONOME!! (Thanks grandmother!)
Now we have to find something for Dad to ‘play’. Sleighbells???