At a young age I was taught the recorder and the xylophone. I moved on to the cello (the only instrument which can cry -- pearl of wisdom) and was taught by a peripatetic teacher of whom I remain very fond, but whose name I cannot recall. Was pushed too hard at orchestra, playing first cello, which was beyond my capabilities for most of the music, but my colleague from another school (there were only two first cello) covered my inability so that the group effort was still good. My teacher noticed that I had a double joint in my left thumb and thus played differently. The pinnacle of my ability was parts of the Variations for cello by Andrew Lloyd Webber.