4 ( first live performance at age 8 )
I really wish I started playing when I was younger!
(!) In today's film music, there aren't any stringed instruments that can produce
the exact same effect used in film scoring. They mix in synths and keyboards.
Especially doubling ( tripling, x4, x5 ...) the cello w/ synths is common.
One reason amongst many that people seek out sometimes older and always music that does not suffer from this, it is something that is being removed from our musical landscape in my view.
One of many reasons I listen to classical and instrumental music frequently.
Yes, for me nothing beats the sound of real instruments played by real people! Of course the recent development in musical instruments, sound synthesis, and sampling techniques adds really interesting possibilities to music. And I am not against it or anything, because in the end the collaboration between man and machine will bring new possibilities. But nowadays I find myself getting tired of drumcomputers and "fake" sounds (samples or synths). Computers don't have feeling... Even if we could make them feel some sort of emotions (which they probably will in some way in the future), some elements will still be missing: for example the joy of playing, spontaneity and originality.
I have been listing to all kinds of rock music all my life. I find myself listening to classical music more and more nowadays