Play that funky music
QAs a recent divorcée, I’m looking for new ways to fill my time and make new friends. I’ve always fancied myself playing a musical instrument, but am unsure which. Taking up guitar or piano seems rather obvious—what would you suggest? R. R., Hertfordshire
AHow marvellous—nothing is as pregnant with possibility as a hectic glance exchanged during a particularly rhapsodic passage of Khachaturian. However, even if your marriage was short-lived, time to master an instrument such as the piano is not on your side. There are too many guitarists and the violin sounds so hideous while one is still on the nursery slopes that you will lose more friends than you make. The bassoon is too absurd and the oboe too suggestive.
Your best bet, the harp, sounds ravishing at any level and it’s a good look: no distorting embouchure, the odd toss of the hair and legs not too widely astride your instrument. You can ask the hunky trombonist to help you shift it.