Do you play any musical instruments ??

#1
Piano , Sax , drums , base , bass , guitars ,

And please don’t say you play the organ !!!!!

My parents would not allow us to play any musical instruments as a kid
 
#2
I played a Blue's Harmonica. I could play the theme song to Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman. Tried drums, guitar and piano. No good. Would have liked to have learned to play the violin, which is my favorite instrument.
 

BlueB

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#5
A bit of acoustic and classical guitar. I prefer the later, but I'm horrible at both :-D
I have an Ovation/Applause, a Lucida and another Korean made cheapo classical which I actually play the most. I also have a beautiful archtop, at my mom's house in Europe. That thing is incredibly loud and very bright in sound, almost like a harpsichord.
 
#6
=), I'm learning to play Ocarina. At the beginning I could'nt read music but now I do.
Here are some examples of the way I aspire to play some day
 
#26
Seriously, drums. Started playing sax because my grandfather did. Switched to drums around 11 or 12 and never looked back. I like hitting things I guess.
 

jhick

Professional
#27
Started piano when I was 5. My mom taught me until 5th grade and then said I was too advanced for her. Mostly grew up playing classical, but also dabbled into jazz (Gershwin) and ragtime (Scott Joplin). In high school I played competitively and briefly thought about making a career of it. I took 2 semesters in college and then my teacher told me it probably wouldn't make sense to continue unless I wanted to minor or major in it. Twenty some years later I still play for fun and took over doing church worship music about 4 years ago. There are still some pieces I can perform from growing up (Mozart Sonatas, clan play all 3 movements of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and 1st 2 movements of Pathetique). Love sitting down and playing through Chopin's Nocturnes and some Preludes.

My son (14) is now taking lessons. I taught him for a while but he plays by ear and likes to compose his own music, which are 2 things that I never excelled at.
 

jhick

Professional
#28
I also played percussion in the band through 9th grade. Of course I excelled at piano like instruments (bells, xylophone, chimes, etc.), but also was good at timing and keeping a beat. Never mastered the drum set, even though I had an interest in it.
 
#29
Tried many, but no. Would have liked though.

Sme thing with singing. You may learn technically sound manner, but the music just is not there. Decided to leave it the more talented.


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#30
Tried many, but no. Would have liked though.

Sme thing with singing. You may learn technically sound manner, but the music just is not there. Decided to leave it the more talented.


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You might be surprised, so try singing. The more you do it, the better you get.
 
#31
You might be surprised, so try singing. The more you do it, the better you get.
I have seen a mom to my cousins praise her daughter, how talented she is with the piano...

It was second-hand embarassment at the best. Could not do anything, but applode the performance, yet it defenately hurt my ears.

I know, music is maths, but if you are stuck into counting, you’ll never get to the physics part and no art will occur.


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#32
Piano , Sax , drums , base , bass , guitars ,

And please don’t say you play the organ !!!!!

My parents would not allow us to play any musical instruments as a kid
I taught myself to play the guitar at 20 years old, before you tube and all the better resources we have today. My parents paid for my sister's piano lessons as a kid but for whatever reason never offered any sort of music lessons. I still don't understand that considering my dad plays the piano. He actually apologized to me when I was teaching myself to play guitar.

Anyway I've wrote songs, played many open mics over the years. It's a worth while past time I would suggest anyone learn even if you never play in front of anyone though. The inital pain and lack of success I think is what discourages most.
 
#33
I taught myself to play the guitar at 20 years old, before you tube and all the better resources we have today. My parents paid for my sister's piano lessons as a kid but for whatever reason never offered any sort of music lessons. I still don't understand that considering my dad plays the piano. He actually apologized to me when I was teaching myself to play guitar.

Anyway I've wrote songs, played many open mics over the years. It's a worth while past time I would suggest anyone learn even if you never play in front of anyone though. The inital pain and lack of success I think is what discourages most.
I’ve saved hundreds of people being sorry by not going to sing in kara-oke.

But isn’t that the same in tennis too? First ten years are just agony. Golf is even worse, the first twenty years are the hardest, as Gary Player has pronounced it. Don’t expect too much, it’s a hard game.


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#34
I’ve saved hundreds of people being sorry by not going to sing in kara-oke.

But isn’t that the same in tennis too? First ten years are just agony. Golf is even worse, the first twenty years are the hardest, as Gary Player has pronounced it. Don’t expect too much, it’s a hard game.


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Very true, anything you are starting out at you will probably struggle, golf especially IMO. Guitar is actually painful on the finger tips though until you build up some callous. I don't play much these days like I used to and even my fingers will hurt after 20 minutes even with old callous's. I'd suggest a beginer get an electric guitar or classical one with less tension.

I've sang in front of 100's of people at open mics but never sang Karaoke even once if you can believe that. I guess I always felt more confident in the practice an work I had put in to learning a song though I've bombed a few as well.
 
#35
Very true, anything you are starting out at you will probably struggle, golf especially IMO. Guitar is actually painful on the finger tips though until you build up some callous. I don't play much these days like I used to and even my fingers will hurt after 20 minutes even with old callous's. I'd suggest a beginer get an electric guitar or classical one with less tension.

I've sang in front of 100's of people at open mics but never sang Karaoke even once if you can believe that. I guess I always felt more confident in the practice an work I had put in to learning a song though I've bombed a few as well.
Can relate.

I’ve spoken in front of half a thousand people and felt comfortable, cause I knew exactly the substance. However giving a speach in front of your relatives or dad’s 70th birthday is a whole different story.


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#38
@Mr.Lob
That must be a difficult instrument. How in the world do the violinists figure out the pitch? There are no frets.
What gets me is that most of them are doing this fine, intricate placement and motor control with their left or non-dominant hand. And they execute the larger, grosser movement with the dominant side. Are they all playing the violin backwards? Are there not enough "left-handed" violins to go around?
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#39
@Mr.Lob


What gets me is that most of them are doing this fine, intricate placement and motor control with their left or non-dominant hand. And they execute the larger, grosser movement with the dominant side. Are they all playing the violin backwards? Are there not enough "left-handed" violins to go around?
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Don't play violin at all but I would think it would be similar to guitar in terms of left/right.
On blues guitar (say B.B. King), the fine motor skill is typically with the left fretting hand and the grosser movement with right dominant hand.

Of course, with fingerpicking style, it can be pretty equal.
 
#40
Don't play violin at all but I would think it would be similar to guitar in terms of left/right.
On blues guitar (say B.B. King), the fine motor skill is typically with the left fretting hand and the grosser movement with right dominant hand.

Of course, with fingerpicking style, it can be pretty equal.
Yeah, similar sitch for the guitar but you do have frets on a guitar to make it easier. (But a lot of electric bass guitars are fret-less, just like their acoustic brethren). As lefty, I found it quite easy to play a "right-handed" guitar. But I had a lefty friend who played the same guitar upside-down -- with the bass strings on the bottom instead of the top. He also had "left-handed" guitars. He knew 2 different chord fingerings -- depending on whether his was playing a lefty guitar or a righty guitar.

With flamenco and classical styles, the right hand is often performing quite a bit fine motor skills with the right (dom) hand. Ditto for the Eddie Van Halen style of guitar playing.
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#41
I did learn to play a bit of ukulele, guitar, flute & piano/keyboards. However, I did not achieve a very high skill level on any of them and don't remember how to play very many songs/pieces.

But I did develop a pretty decent musical ear -- without the aid of a tuning fork, electronic devices (or any mechanical devices), I can still accurately tune a ukulele, tune a guitar or tune-a-fish ( sound effect ).
 
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#42
@Mr.Lob


What gets me is that most of them are doing this fine, intricate placement and motor control with their left or non-dominant hand. And they execute the larger, grosser movement with the dominant side. Are they all playing the violin backwards? Are there not enough "left-handed" violins to go around?
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You would have been great if that was your true passion
Your true passion was programming , right ???
 
#44
Just me or does the sax look damn hard as hell ???
It is my understanding that playing the clarinet is a bit more difficult than the alto (& tenor) sax. The oboe, bassoon & French horn, in turn, are supposed to be tougher than the clarinet. Even the flute, especially an open-hole flute, could be a little bit tougher than the alto sax. Embouchure for flute playing might be a bit trickier than the sax. I was ok with the first octave on the flute and much of the 2nd octave. Beyond that, my embouchure was not tight enough to produce the higher notes. Of the woodwinds, the recorder might be the only easier one to play than the sax. (But I believe that the recorder might only be a 2 octave instrument).

The tenor sax might be slightly more difficult to play that the alto. Soprano and baritone saxes, harder still. Saxes have something like a 2.5 octave range. An octave key on the sax probably makes it easier to play higher octaves than on a clarinet. However, the clarinet is supposed to have a range greater than 3.5 octaves (nearly 4 octaves, I've heard).

The clarinet has open tone holes, like the open-hole flute. Not absolutely certain but I don't believe that any saxophones have open holes. A lot of the squeaks heard with novice clarinet players often occurs because they do not fully cover the open tone holes. Bottom line: clarinet fingering and embouchure requirements make it somewhat more difficult to play than the sax (esp the alto & tenor sax).

Somewhat different perspective than mine:
https://windplays.com/choosing-woodwind-instrument/#Pre-Woodwind_Instruments
https://savetheorchestra.com/index.php/2017/10/17/choosing-woodwind-instrument-guide/
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#45
You would have been great if that was your true passion
Your true passion was programming , right ???
Badminton, tennis & volleyball (and, for a while, snow skiing) have been my true passions. Unfortunately, did not really develop these skills until my 20s & 30s. Might have been an advanced high-level badminton player or Div I tennis player if I had started much younger.

I did take quite a few programming languages and a few other software classes in college but, because of vision limitations (convergence insufficiency), sitting in front of a computer monitor, coding, for more than an hour or two was much more than my poor eyes could take. Ended up, a hardware troubleshooter (primarily digital electronics). And later, a tennis stroke mechanics troubleshooter.
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#46
It is my understanding that playing the clarinet is a bit more difficult than the alto (& tenor) sax. The oboe, bassoon & French horn, in turn, are supposed to be tougher than the clarinet. Even the flute, especially an open-hole flute, could be a little bit tougher than the alto sax. Embouchure for flute playing might be a bit trickier than the sax. I was ok with the first octave on the flute and much of the 2nd octave. Beyond that, my embouchure was not tight enough to produce the higher notes. Of the woodwinds, the recorder might be the only easier one to play than the sax. (But I believe that the recorder might only be a 2 octave instrument).

The tenor sax might be slightly more difficult to play that the alto. Soprano and baritone saxes, harder still. Saxes have something like a 2.5 octave range. An octave key on the sax probably makes it easier to play higher octaves than on a clarinet. However, the clarinet is supposed to have a range greater than 3.5 octaves (nearly 4 octaves, I've heard).

The clarinet has open tone holes, like the open-hole flute. Not absolutely certain but I don't believe that any saxophones have open holes. A lot of the squeaks heard with novice clarinet players often occurs because they do not fully cover the open tone holes. Bottom line: clarinet fingering and embouchure requirements make it somewhat more difficult to play than the sax (esp the alto & tenor sax).

Somewhat different perspective than mine:
https://windplays.com/choosing-woodwind-instrument/#Pre-Woodwind_Instruments
https://savetheorchestra.com/index.php/2017/10/17/choosing-woodwind-instrument-guide/
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I have no idea what you said but I get the hole thing
Even through we are in different trenches in USA politics ; I have always found you extremity intelligent ,knowledgable, sagacious . and a perfect gentlemen
 
#48
Badminton, tennis & volleyball (and, for a while, snow skiing) have been my true passions. Unfortunately, did not really develop these skills until my 20s & 30s. Might have been an advanced high-level badminton player or Div I tennis player if I had started much younger.

I did take quite a few programming languages and a few other software classes in college but, because of vision limitations (convergence insufficiency), sitting in front of a computer monitor, coding, for more than an hour or two was much more than my poor eyes could take. Ended up, a hardware troubleshooter (primarily digital electronics). And later, a tennis stroke mechanics troubleshooter.
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Is the violin harder than the clarinet ??
 
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