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Old 08-25-2014, 03:29 PM   #21
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Got my first guitar at 22 as a gift from my Mom and decided that I should try to learn how to play (I did not ask for a guitar not sure why she decided to give me that). I had taken piano lessons when I was 10ish so maybe that's why (I quit to play football and blow out my knee :P). I found that I liked it and thought if I could strum some chords that would be good enough. I never really progressed for many years (stopping for months/years at times). About 10 years ago I started playing again (a couple of years after Mom died) to honour her. I was playing something, asked my wife what she thought and her response was "it all sounds the same". I decided then to get an electric guitar and take some lessons. I now have 5 guitars and try to play at least an hour a day. I'm better, but not much better but it doesn't all sound the same now. I'd like to get back into a band if possible just to jam and maybe that's something when I FIRE. I'd have a better chance if I could play the drums (drummers are always in demand it seems) or could sing but my best chance would be to play bass (way more guitarists then bassist)...but I don't think my musical brain could handle it...it is very small and underdeveloped as my kid brother got all the artistic talent in the family
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:11 PM   #22
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Played trumpet since third grade... Until about four years ago. It just takes too much time and effort to keep your lip in shape.
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How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:13 PM   #24
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A bit of guitar. I would enjoy it more if I were better at it but maybe it has something to do with starting late? I was way over-confident that I'd be able to run with it a lot easier. But I don't think I can give it up entirely.
Pretty much the same as you on this. I love guitar music and love playing it, but I have to practice all the time just to be what I'd consider mediocre at it. I was told that the younger you start, the easier it is for your brain to assimilate the chords & finger positions into memory. I'll always play, just because I love it. However, it's more likely that people would pay me NOT to play.....lol. Only in the privacy of my own home!
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Been playing at the guitar since I was a kid, so about fifty years now. Don't play much these days, and only play for my amusement.

Have played in a couple of bands for short periods, but it turns something I enjoy into a j*b, a very low-paying j*b...
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I play the guitar for relaxation and my enjoyment. During my w*orking days it was a great stress reliever. Now a days I only bare finger pick as I find that much more challenging than strumming chords.

If I could play another instrument it would be the piano.

RAP is music but not to my liking.
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Played trumpet in jr hi and hi school band. Practiced a lot, and got to be half-decent. Admire and appreciate listening to anyone who has mastery over an instrument, be it trumpet, cello, guitar, harmonica, voice, whatever....
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Took accordian lessons when I was about 8 years old and hated every minute of them. Now I am trying to learn with an electronic keyboard.
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Used to play electric bass in HS.

Added acoustic 6 string in college (girls weren't interested in bass solos).

Karaoke is the the only music I do nowadays, hehe!
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Used to play electric bass in HS.

Added acoustic 6 string in college (girls weren't interested in bass solos).

Karaoke is the the only music I do nowadays, hehe!

A bass player is worth their weight in gold, as is a drummer.

You can get the girls other ways.
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Sengsational...I seem to recall that you can sing, too
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Sengsational...I seem to recall that you can sing, too
I like to sing...I'm not so sure those "in range" like it, though!
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I play piano. No downsizing here either, with a 7" grand in the living room and a digital piano in my office.
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:12 PM   #35
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I play all of these off and on, with greater or lesser skill. I'm good enough on the sax, recorder, and the bass to play along with others. I can play a guitar acceptably too, although I currently only have the little backpacker on the wall. I'm trying to teach myself the flute. I used to be able to play "Color My World" back when I was in a Chicago cover band in the 70s, but I never learned the scales. It's going to take a while to get better at it. I can sing, too, assuming everybody within earshot is drunk.

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Wait...I don't think I got to hear you sing, Harley! But there's still time.

That would be something for the ER-forum record books...how many of you I've heard sing at least one song! This might get added to the old bucket list.

PS: Seng, I think you might just sing better than some people we know!
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Nope. I tried the clarinet for 2 weeks during middle school. I came from a completely unmusical family. The last music class I had was in eighth grade. However, I do support music education for kids. However, I don't have kids so I have no idea about what they teach in the schools.
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Guitar and Uke.... actually, more uke than guitar.. have 4 tenors and a sop. Not a singer or strummer just a picker... really enjoyed learning uke in past 2 years.
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