How many toys do you have?
Seems to be fairly common among folies that we’re multi instrumentalists.
I started playing folk just with guitar and singing. Then I got into playing whistle, because I wanted to fit into the tune sessions more.
I got reasonably good at the whistle, but I didn’t enjoy it that much.
So I got a mandolin. That was pretty good fun, and fairly easy for me. Still play it alot.
Then I tried fiddle for a while. I got good enough to scratch out some jigs and reels, only slightly out of tune. One band actually accepted me as their fiddle player, unbelievably, and I ended up doing quite a few gigs with them.
These days I leave the fiddle alone. Causes me too many back and neck aches. I’ll get back into it one day though, and probably take proper lessons this time, instead of just learning by tips from friends.
These days I confine myself to guitar, mandolin and bouzouki.
Some people seem to think it’s really impressive that I play so many instruments. What they don’t take into account, though, is that I’m playing the same tunes on all of them.
If you dedicated yourself to playing one tune you know really well (for e.g, Bah Bah Black Sheep) on every instrument in the world, you could probably do it suprising easily.
That’s effectively what I’m doing, in a way. But instead of just one tune I know really really well, It’s about 40-50 tunes I know really really well.
Something that’s occured to me of late: I need to learn new tunes! I’m getting into the habbit of just learning a new instrument every time I get bored. It’s a bad trap, I don’t know if anyone else has encountered it.