Friday, August 8, 2008

Ben - Jammin'

My two year old grandson, Ben, loves music. When I go visit, the first thing he asks me, "did you bring your dulcimer?" Actually, it sounds more like "duhcimer" but he definitely knows what it is. We spend a lot of time enjoying music. I play the songs he knows and he sings along. Some of his favorites are Eensy Weensy Spider, Row Row Your Boat, Old McDonald, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Last week, my sister, BIL, and I went to visit them. They brought Ben a harmonica and taught him how to "play". Now we're trying to teach him how to play the right notes. But anyhow, he watched my sister, BIL, and I playing together and calling different songs. When my BIL gets up out of his chair...Ben grabs his harmonica, pulls the chair in close between my sister and I...crawls up in it and immediately calls out..."Row Your Boat".

It's so important when teaching young children to play music, that you play along with them. We'll have him jamming along with us before long.

Home From Vacation!

I'm home now and about caught up with everything. Thought I'd share some things from my vacation with my sisters. We carried our musical instructions and my youngest sister and I played together every time we got a chance. I play a mountain dulcimer and she plays guitar or concertina. She also sings...what fun we had!

Then we got together another time to play and this time my brother-in-law played with us.