Trying to learn two instruments has been making me feel like there aren't enough hours in the day, like never before for a sustained period. I'd also like to get in some running, weight lifting, and reading. Made me try to actually figure out where my hours are going, on days when I'm not doing anything else but work, and try to figure out a better schedule, wasting less time:
9am-10am get ready for work (can this be faster?)
10am-11am drive and sing
11am-7pm work (run half an hour during lunch, 3 days a week)
7pm-8pm drive and sing
9pm-9:30pm lift weights
10pm-8am sleep (do I still need 10 hours?)
Very glad for weekends.
I had a lot of fun playing and singing along to the first song in my fiddle book this morning. I can sort of play it up to full speed. Don't have much of an idea how well I'm hitting the notes, but I can at least hear when they're really off.
I guess I should catch you ello people up a bit.
I got a rental violin (Eastman VL100), and an electronic piano (Yamaha P-105) a couple weeks ago. Had been working on a Yamaha fife (keyless piccolo) for a while before. I have a teacher for violin and piano (an hour every two weeks), and maybe voice. @zephlett knows plenty about the flute to teach me the fife.
I played the violin in fifth and sixth grade, I think. I wanted to play the fiddle, with my mom playing acoustic guitar. I was apparently pretty decent, but stopped because there was no joy in it for me, and I wasn't fiddling.
I need to play the fiddle, that's the one I'd like to some day be good at. Piano / keyboard seems useful for learning music theory, which I'm very interested in, and also conveniently common. The fife is a very conveniently portable and durable instrument. And singing seems fun, and I have a lot of opportunity to practice in my car.
I'm very happy with the books I've been using:
Alfred's Adult All-In-One, Level 1, piano book with CD
Brian Wicklund's American Fiddle Method, Volume 1 - book, CD, and DVD
The Fife Book by Liz Goodwin
I'd kind of like to eventually get better at playing my djembe (Remo 12", hand drum), because it's fun, and learn a little guitar, because it's common. But I definitely have enough to handle right now.