I have a good contact with at least 3 musicians who finished musical schools and college in the past, and at least one of them still plays (in the neighbour room in the office).
They all saw my miserable and ugly attempts to play some notes and no fscking one (although I have to admit that I rarely
rape ears‘play’ on public) said that scales exercises made from different notes in different keys are so extremely cool!
And they are – scales just rock! Not because they sound good, they are pretty usual and boring (although they also can be played with some fun), but after one somewhat memorized fingering of one or another scale playing its notes in the order you imagined in the head sounds just great.
Of course there are some additional notes which sound great in given rhythm and tonality, but even sounds from the simplest C major scale (C-dur iirc) form a nice melody. Spent an hour today morning playing various bits, and would continue further if not needed to move to the office.
And although I would not call it a good playing or somewhat interesting for more or less good musician, I liked it alot. Decided to make further lessons playing that way – memorizing scales in different keys and then improvise some bits ‘there’.
Given that I have some troubles understanding time duration, it is rather hard to play very interesting albeit simple melodies. Actually not to play but to ‘create’ (in quotes since those simple melodies unlikely to require somewhat serious efforts from me, so I do not count it as a creation :). And although I try to play with the metronome, what I jam on my own is rather far from those sharp duration edges…
Ordered a set of mutes from UK (thanks to Meph who will bring it to Russia in a month or so, since no internet shop wants to ship it) – the more I learn the more I like and want to play. So decided to jam when I have a mood, and looks like office is a really good place for this.
Getting my playing skills it is better (and safer for myself) to play so that no one really hears that :)
Got Yamaha Silent Brass system (to play in office, yeah), cup mute to play at home when time does not permit and a harmon mute (eventually I will be a great jazz player, although maybe not in this life).
In late August this all will be here, but even without I want to continue. And to enjoy. And I do. Hope you too.