Wow, I have something in common with virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell! We both played the same first instrument. No, I'm not talking about violin. Before that.
"When I was four, I was stringing rubber bands across my dresser drawers
and plucking them to create different tensions and pitches, and trying
to copy tunes I heard my mother play on the piano, and so...I don't know
how it started but, I think it... I guess music was just sort of in my
system and I was trying to find a way to play with it." http://www.prx.org/pieces/15015-virtuoso-voices-joshua-bell-rubber-band-man#description
Well, I'm sure I wasn't copying any classical piano pieces. And I'm sure I didn't figure it out myself. I think my brother inspired those early performances. Any family members want to weigh in? Who was the first to play the rubber bands stretched between dresser drawer knobs?