My Sunday school teacher helped me discover my music talent

My Sunday school teacher helped me discover my music talent

I am a music enthusiast. I cannot say that I am a music virtuoso, but I guess I am above average when it comes to singing and playing the guitar.

My passion for music started when I was still a young boy going to Sunday school. As usual, during Sunday school classes, most of the time we were singing songs. I remember we had a particularly jovial teacher who was quite nice to us and she would teach us some very nice songs of which I still remember a few.

This teacher was the first person who discovered that I was good at singing. I guess at this time it was simply because I was singing louder than the others children in the class. I do not think that she identified a better voice in me or an ability to hold tunes better. This is because I developed these abilities later. Another major ability that she might have noticed in me was my ability to grasp songs faster. Once a song was taught us, I would not easily forget it.

Anyway, due to my superior voice and my ability to quickly grasp songs, I was often asked to lead the other kids in song. Obviously this responsibilities made me proud and made me love singing more and obviously love Sunday school more.

As I grew older, the Sunday school teacher encouraged me to join the church choir of which she was the matron. I agreed. The church choir is where I finally was able to discover my true potential and also discover more about the world of music.

I remember the first thing that fascinated me very much when I first joined the choir was the opportunity of using the mic. I had noticed that the music produced by the choir during presentations were amplified to make them comfortably audible around the church. Since I wanted to be able to have a mic to myself, I strived to be a main vocalist.

During my days singing with the choir, I also came to know about musical instruments. I had not had much interest in them before but now that I was always with them I became more interested in them. I was particularly interested in the guitar which I considered a “cool” instrument to play.

Again thanks to the Sunday school teacher, I was able to learn the guitar. The teacher was very good at the guitar and the keyboard. I was however not very much interested in the keyboard. Since I had developed a good rapport with the teacher, I asked her to teach me how to play the guitar.

The teacher patiently taught me how to play the guitar using a Seagull S6 acoustic guitar. I quickly learnt playing the stringed instrument and I became very fond of it. I asked my parents to buy me a personal guitar.

When I got my own guitar I could practice playing songs as I sung them. Soon I was presenting solo songs in church with my own guitar accompaniment.

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At home running my homely small country restaurant

At home running my homely small country restaurant

In my quiet town among the sloppy hills of a Canadian countryside, I have made myself a name for running one of the best restaurant in the locality. It is not a big restaurant but a small eatery that can hold about thirty people.

I have run this joint for the last fifteen years. I started out by working here as a cook for the previous owner who sold me it to me at a hugely discounted price. He had become sickly due to old age and having no descendants who were interested in the business, he had decided to let me have the premises.

In the few years that I had worked for my previous boss, he had keenly observed my deep passion and commitment to good cooking and proper service to customers. One could say that he found me to be a natural for this kind of job. I also had a Midas touch to his business. When he had hired me as a young gentleman, his business had been tottering on the brink of closure due to lack of customers but a few months after hiring me he could hardly keep up with the traffic of customers.

When I came to Canada in search of a job, I had not been thinking of working as a cook. I had actually come looking for a job as a driver or some other kind of common non- skilled jobs. When I could not find any vacancy for such jobs, I had become desperate. When I came across this job as a cook I took it.

In the years I have been working in the restaurant business, I have come to realize that it is my niche. I discovered that cookery and customer service were a virtue that I was naturally gifted with. I had been a good cook ever since I was young and working in the market for many years as a young kid with my father had taught me the value of providing the best service and care for the customer. These values have helped me run my business very successfully.

I am continually looking for ways to better my services to my customers. One thing that I have always found lacking in my premises was some music. Some soft music in an eatery is always a welcome sound for the visitor as he enjoys his or her meal.

There are times also when people hire out the premises to use it for functions such as birthday parties and they need some music or some public address system. I do not have these appliances and I often have to hire which is expensive.

My next step towards making the restaurant the number one eatery for all the people around my locality is therefore buying some good music system with some good amplifiers and speakers that will be able to provide quality sounds during the usual business hours and during special functions such as when the place is hired out for a party.

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Identifying and nurturing musical talents in children

Identifying and nurturing musical talents in children

Having some talent in music is not a universal thing. This is a talent that only some of us can have whilst others will not have. Different people with a natural gift for music will also have different capacities. Some are more gifted than others. Also not all of them will be gifted in the same area in music.

For example, there are some people who are well gifted to play some certain musical instruments while they are pathetic at other instruments. You could be very good at playing the keyboard whereas you cannot hold a beat while playing a drum set and vice versa. The gifts also differ in terms of singing talents and instrument playing talents.

It is common to find that a talented musician will have his or her skills spread across different areas in music. For example, an individual might be able to play several musical instruments, especially related musical instruments i.e. percussion, wind, or string instruments. It is also common to see musically blessed singers who are also gifted in playing musical instruments. It is common to see a musician who can sing and play the guitar or a musician who can sing and play the piano.

To identify an individual’s talent is usually not an easy thing. Most of the time, the individuals will discover where their strengths lie by trial and error which might take a long time. A good way of getting to know one’s talent is by observing the individual as a child.

Usually a person is talented in the things that attract them most especially as a child. Therefore, if you notice that a child is being attracted to something very much, they could have a talent in it. In the case of musical instruments, a kid may like to produce musical sounds. They may also be exceptionally attracted to melodious sounds. This is a good indicator of probable music talent in a child.

When interest is noticed in a child, it should be nurtured. For example, if you see a child is interested in musical sounds, you could buy him or her a digital piano for beginners and see how she handles it. If the child shows some interest in playing the instrument, and if she seems to easily grasp how to play simple melodies, then it could be a sign of great promise.

One of the greatest challenges that parents and guardians face when trying to find the best musical instrument for a child is when it comes to shopping. Usually, a kid’s musical instrument is specially designed to be easy to play and easy to handle for the child. For example, the normal sized acoustic guitars are too big for a child. One might need to shop for an acoustic guitar that is small (child size).

You also need to get a musical instrument that is easy to play and not complicated, like the digital piano for beginners or, for the case of a guitar, don’t buy an electric guitar or an acoustic guitar that has extra accessories such as tuners and amplifiers.

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