Camlin has a great post on music and it gave me the idea to put up some bragging rights.
I don't often post about my son, but her post gave me the idea so if you want to blame someone...
My son is now 18 and going to graduate High School in May. When he was in the third grade he came to me and said he wanted to learn to play the saxophone. Being the mother that I am I said no. I made him play the clarinet. He hated it and me, for years and year. He played that clarinet up until his 3 year of High School.
There were times in band when he was the only clarinet player, because all the cool kids played sax. I did not care. Play the clarinet.
Then when he was a Freshman he wanted to not tell the band leader that he played the clarinet, he wanted to tell him that he played the bagpipes. So me being me looked at the boy and said you can play the bagpipes you just have to get a few thousand dollars and lean how to work the bellows.
He of course said I can't play them. Me being me I went out and bought a chanter. That is what is used to practice the pipes so that a thousand dollar instrument is not ruined. I handed it to him, along with the book of sheet music and told him to play me a song.
Boy: I can't.
Me: I spent $40 on that thing if you don't play me a song I will chase you around the house with it until you do.
He picks it up and what do you know he can play it.
Boy: MOM MOM I can play it!
Me: DUH! I made you play the clarinet because if you learn to it you can play most woodwinds.
Well, the boy went to his new HS and learned 3 years of guitar in 6 months. So he now plays chanter, clarinet, guitar, bass guitar very well. He can play sax, tin whistle, harmonica, and a few others.