Maybe it's time to try a new instrument?

I ages ago sold my clarinet. It was the expensive one I had purchased for college at that. I wasn’t really in love with it anymore. I know…I’ve played the instrument in some form or another since middle school. But it, like my prized mountain dulcimer sat, unused and unloved.

But lately I’ve been feeling the urge to learn a new instrument. No not a woodwind, or percussive instrument (I have enough drums) but maybe a string instrument - but of an international flair – like an Oud or a ukulele.

I want something that’ll teach me not only flexibility in my fingers, or how string instruments work, but a whole new culture. I always liked relating musical instruments with its home culture (hence my fancy Ethnomusicology degree) and think it’d be fun to try something new.