New year, new hobby
Happy New Year! I can`t believe it is 2017, where does the time go? Every December I like to start a new thing which I can continue into the next year. Last year I decided on the Shamisen. I am not a musical person at all but I really want to learn more about Japanese culture so I decided to start learning. At the moment I am learning some traditional Japanese folk songs… the singing without playing is hard enough!!! I honestly think traditional English songs are much easier.
England also has traditional instruments and songs however I have never been interested in learning them, I wonder why? Bagpipes from Scotland come to mind but I have always thought that it would be impossible for me to learn them. Perhaps I am being overly optimistic about Shamisen but even if I am terrible I am having a whale of a time learning. Hopefully this time next year I`ll be able to play lots of songs and even play wearing some kind of kimono, well I can dream……..