How do I put this? I've never had any formal music education whatsoever, but I do play a little bit of self-taught soprano recorder. The problem I have with it is that I can only get myself as high as high-G (if that's what you call 'em) before I have to increase the air velocity and produce some potentially highly-annoying pitches while practicing some tunes.
To be honest, I find the soprano recorder too loud for me to play in my house and might be disturbing the neighbors. I'm not particularly pointing to the volume of sound, but it's rather my interpretation of the feeling of 'loudness', which I think is because the soprano is a high pitched instrument.
The notes are there but I don't dare to hit them, for I feel guilty for making too much noise and I kinda hold back, which distorts my progression on the instrument. Will the alto's mellow sound make it less 'loud' than the soprano? I wanted to at least be able to play 2 octaves without having to tell everyone in the neighborhood.
If not, what kind of instrument is suitable for my situation? And don't forget that I have the hand size of an 8-year-old (if that matters).