Play that funky mu­sic

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

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.

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