Prompt: Strike a Chord
Do you play an instrument? Is there a musical instrument whose sound you find particularly pleasing? Tell us a story about your experience or relationship with an instrument of your choice.
How to Play the Flute
First, buy and assemble a flute, preferably silver in composition and colour. Purchase or otherwise acquire a book of songs for the flute. These should be beginner level pieces. Use a diagram sourced online to learn how to hold the flute to optimize the playing of it; and for placement of the fingers on the various keys. Allowing your upper lip to protrude, expel a strong flow of air directed precisely at the mouthpiece until a clear note emerges.
Begin playing the flute by following the instructions in the flute book acquired earlier. If uncertain about how the flute should ideally sound, purchase a recording by Jean-Pierre Rampal, after taking the following precautions:
Disassemble your flute and walk down a hallway to another room. Deposit the flute in the room. Conscript a family member or trusted friend to stand outside the entrance of the room, and refuse entry to all for approximately twenty four hours.
Play the Jean-Pierre Rampal recording. Note how his instrument sounds nothing like your own. Resist the urge to walk down the hall and threaten your friend, who is guarding the door. If you get past your friend and gain access to the room, refrain if possible from taking the flute outside and hurling it into the lake.
Practise playing the flute daily, until you have mastered the beginner’s songbook of flute music.
You can now play the flute.