True beginner wants to play among others
I’m a beginning flute player in Santa Barbara.
We have a lovely session here that they were nice enough to allow me to join. However, in order not to bother anyone, I sit way far away. I do this because I do not know very many tunes, and of those I do know, they play at a speed where I cannot possibly join in. The best I can do with any tune, whether I know it or not, is to play a single note here or there.
I’ve read enough on this site to know that most players that can play as well as the people at my session would probably prefer people like me to stay away for a few years. But what will that do for my ability to learn tunes and learn how to play with other people?
I realize that there is value in listening, but it is too easy to be a simple spectator. I want to actively participate.
I would really like to play with other people. I would like to do this because it would be fun and because it’s a little boring playing alone. Playing with others would give me some focus and direction, some goals or something to look forward to and work toward, and skills in listening, staying in tune and on time in the context of playing with other people. Plus people to just “talk shop” with.
Some thoughts I have had:
1. Take lessons, even if they are classical, silver flute because at least I would play with the teacher and learn things
2. Take an adult education class - if the guitar or ukulele class will let a flute player join, that is
3. Forget about it -- one or two notes at the session is as good as it gets
What should I do?