A lot of interesting backstories going on here.
Everyone learns recorder at around seven years old, at least in elementary schools in California. That was my first real introduction to music that wasn't singing, and I was hooked. Instrumental music allowed me to fiddle around to make sounds rather than project from my voice. I had been in choir all through elementary school, however, in addition to band.
My brother had played clarinet, and I remember trying out my mom's flute and his clarinet, unable to produce a single note. I got frustrated and thought it was too difficult. I really liked the clarinet--how it looked, smelled--and I was pretty upset that I couldn't play it. I decided to give saxophone a try in fourth grade beginning band but after a week of blowing into it and running out of breath, I mistakenly thought it was the instrument and switched to trumpet.
I worked on trumpet for the next year, being pushed into advanced band the first year but sent back after I talked back to the teacher, as I was unable to produce dynamics other than FFFFFFF. ;)
In sixth grade I decided to play drums. I'm not sure if I started out that year on trumpet and switched, but I remember learning the very basics of handling drum sticks and beating my practice pad to death. Sadly, I had no idea what a metronome was at the time, and didn't start using one until two years ago.
I played drums in 6th/7th grade, switching to trombone in 8th grade, using nothing but a slide chart and a pencil. I messed around a lot, playing songs by ear. Particularly the OST from Cowboy Bebop. That was my first real introduction to what jazz is, and probably why I am so much in love with it today.
I played trombone all through high school; concert band, marching band, jazz band; and played horn one year for concert band. Back in 8th grade I went camping and really liked how the a camper's guitar sounded. I asked for one for Christmas or my birthday and my dad got me a Yamaha. In 11th grade I took guitar class in high school after buying myself an acoustic guitar online.
I pretty much dropped out of music for the next ten years after high school, basically just lazing around and playing my guitar. I wanted to be a rock star.
It wasn't until a lot of rough events in my life that I got my focus back on music, taking piano and theory class over again, talking to the teacher about trombone and jazz band, which led to me joining the jazz band in 2015 spring semester at the community college. I had always wanted to play clarinet and saxophone, however, so I bought my own clarinet, taught myself how to play every single note in the regular three registers, and joined symphonic band, playing basically only the major notes in the music.
It was pretty overwhelming at first, but being surrounded by talented musicians and having the music move along whether you can play it or not really pushed me. I practiced all the time, using the practice rooms, and becoming a music major, enrolling in applied music, which introduced me to my clarinet teacher.
That summer I bought myself a tenor sax, with the intention of playing in the jazz band, no longer playing trombone. I didn't quite make it for jazz band, but I enrolled in the jazz improv and jazz combo classes, and it's that teacher who has inspired me to drive my own playing to reach the level I want.
My mom had given me her flute, but just this year I purchased an intermediate flute, open holed, with a b-foot joint, and so now my main instruments are clarinet, saxophones, and flute.
I have been listening to chip music for many years, now, mainly djCutman's "This Week in Chiptune" and I had always wanted to be able to create chip music of my own. Just about a week or two ago I stumbled on this site and have been binging ever since. I set up FS-UAE to run Amiga and use Protracker 2.3d and the AHX tracker. I installed Milkytracker and Schismtracker on my native linux, and finally figured out I can just run a virtualbox to run an old copy of windows XP SP3 I had lying around to run 0cc-Famitracker, since running it in WINE was proving a pain in the butt. I got my MIDI-to-USB working with an old keyboard I got from my grandma some time after she died.
That's something I failed to mention earlier. My grandma loved piano, and she had an upright piano that I would fiddle around on whenever I visited. It was during those visits that I really grew comfortable with music, both with her piano and this keyboard.
I'm pretty happy with my setup right now, and now I just need to stop talking and start tracking!