Stirring the emotions

Part of the joy of playing an instrument is the relationship you have with it. Learning one is a gateway to others.

This week’s flash fiction prompt hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.


(c) Bjorn Rudberg

“Pluck don’t strum. Glide with the bow, don’t scrape.”

My cello lessons maintain the same awkward rhythm; the teacher’s bellicose voice is unchanged.

While I torment her, I eye the guitar propped against the wall. I’ve made a mistake. I chose poorly. It isn’t about what your hear, it’s how you feel, the stirring of emotions. I don’t get it with the cello. The connection isn’t there. I’m agitated, detached.

My fingers want to dance on the strings and slide between the frets.

“Mum,” I say, as she drives me home. “I don’t want to do this any more.”




  1. The musician behind the write communicates very well. Good write.


    1. Thank you 🙂

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  2. Stick with it I say! Too many guitarists, too few cellists. The yoof of t’day!

    My little story is called The Orchestra

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    1. True, there aren’t enough celloists, and even few viola players. The guitar is a very versatile instrument for the yoof.


  3. Nice take. I agree with Keith, stick with the cello! 🙂


    1. Perhaps she should try both!

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  4. Sometimes the grass is not greener on the other side… some exercise is needed.


    1. Which ever she chooses, she’ll have to practise hard.


  5. Find another instrument, but don’t give up the music!


    1. Absolutely. I tried out several before choosing the flute.


  6. gahlearner · · Reply

    Go with the guitar, by all means. A musician once said to me, once you find your instrument, you find your music. (I never did though, not looking very hard 😉 ). True feeling, well written.


    1. An instrument becomes a companion for finding the music you enjoy playing, which can be different to what you enjoy listening to.

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  7. Dear Rae,

    I hope Mum will listen and get the child guitar lessons instead. She’s obviously wasting her money and time. Nicely done.




    1. I’ve known many children pushed play an instrument, then give it up. It’s best to go with what the heart says.


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