excerpt from 'The Life of William Hutton, F.A.S.S. … written by Himself, and published by his daughter, Catherine Hutton' pp. 54–55 (235 words)

excerpt from 'The Life of William Hutton, F.A.S.S. … written by Himself, and published by his daughter, Catherine Hutton' pp. 54–55 (235 words)

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The Life of William Hutton, F.A.S.S. … written by Himself, and published by his daughter, Catherine Hutton

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At Whitsuntide I went to see my father, […] and was favourably received by my acquaintance. One of them played upon the bell-harp. I was charmed with the sound, and agreed for the price, when I could raise the sum, half a crown.

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At Michaelmas I went to Derby, to pay for, and bring back, my bell-harp, whose sounds I thought seraphic. This opened a scene of pleasure which continued many years. Music was my daily study and delight. But, perhaps, I laboured under greater difficulties than any one had done before me. I could not afford an instructor. I had no books, nor could I borrow, or buy; neither had I a friend to give me the least hint, or put my instrument in tune. Thus was I in the situation of a first inventor, left to grope in the dark, to find out something. I had first my ear to bring into tune, before I could tune the instrument; for the ear is the foundation of all music. That is the best tune, which best pleases the ear; and he keeps the best time, who draws the most music from his tune.

For six months did I use every effort to bring a tune out of an instrument, which was so dreadfully out, it had no tune in it. […]

When I was able to lay a foundation, the improvement, and the pleasure, were progressive.

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