Is it realistic to expect to be able to pick up an instrument after 40 years and relearn to play it?
Despite a life spent loving music, I honestly haven't seriously played an instrument since I was 18. That's 40 years, for you folks keeping score. I've lived around/been friends with musicians all my life from Iggy and David in Berlin thru to more eclectic types like Jon Silpayamanant nowadays, as sort of a hanger-on.
I'm tired of that.
Now, I listen to the music, and I feel like I want to be playing it again; I miss that awesome feeling (that I still remember!) of working together to make something beautiful happen. I even miss things like playing through the circle of keys, and the challenge of keeping in tune all the way through.
So, I'd like your experiences with coming back to music, if you were away. Did you come back to the same or a similar instrument? Did you take the opportunity to learn something new?
For my part, I was a brass player- trombone and french horn, primarily, although I remember picking up a baritone now and again.
So is it a realistic goal? I was a better than average high-school player, who was encouraged by a wonderful teacher
Is the process of learning music different nowadays? By that , I mean are there new tools, etc, that I might not know about of should know about? If you came back after a long hiatus, what was hard for you?
Subquestion: Who makes good brass instruments today?