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Old 08-23-2014, 02:59 PM   #1
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Play a Musical Instrument?

Not to include CD Player, Radio etc.

Personally, not an expert on any, but I do play guitar, uke, and to some extent,
recorder, harmonica and keyboard, and (long ago), the violin... to the 6th position.

So... do/did you play? If so, for your own entertainment, or in a group or on stage?

Seems as if music is taking a hit in education, with music classes one of the first to go, when school budgets get squeezed. Does your local school system still have regular courses in music?

Last question... Is RAP... Music?.
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Playing music is one of my great joys. I play baroque flute, recorder, and harpsichord regularly and also dabble with fortepiano and modern piano. I have been hired to play at weddings, have assisted college music students by playing at their recitals and have performed onstage with a Renaissance music group, but I would stop short of calling myself a professional musician. One of my big hopes for retirement is to find/form one or more ensembles so that music can finally play the role in my life that I have wanted it to for so long.
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Old 08-23-2014, 05:20 PM   #3
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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.
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Flute (I already guessed that JJQuantz did too), recorder. I tried to play the oboe for a few years but it gave me heart palpitations. DH plays guitar and uke.
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A related question is: what instrument would you like to learn to play? For me, it's cello.
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Old 08-23-2014, 06:18 PM   #6
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I don't play either one much any more, but I still know how to play the piano and the guitar.
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I played the saxophone in high school. I took piano lessons about 40 years ago and just could not learn it. Would like to try again, but not sure I'd do any better. Has anyone here learned to play the piano in their 50s or later?
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I played the saxophone in high school. I took piano lessons about 40 years ago and just could not learn it. Would like to try again, but not sure I'd do any better. Has anyone here learned to play the piano in their 50s or later?

I don't think you ever "learn" it, but if you try you are always learning. Go for it!
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:20 PM   #9
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I play piano when I get the chance/if someone has one. I also sing a lot with my grandkids or by myself.....
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A related question is: what instrument would you like to learn to play? For me, it's cello.
No doubt in my mind - bagpipes.

This will not happen because I do not want to get a divorce.
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No doubt in my mind - bagpipes.

This will not happen because I do not want to get a divorce.
Q. What's the definition of a gentleman?
A. Someone who knows how to play the bagpipe and doesn't.
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I play flute, piccolo, and piano. Had conservatory professor private lessons while in college, for which I am forever grateful, so I play 2-3x per week. Started teaching myself oboe, but it is very difficult. DH is a musician, plays piano, synth keyboards, drums, violin and sax. DS is a percussion major, but also plays flute, trumpet, trombone, clarinet.

We can't downsize--baby grand in the living room, vibes and xylophone in the family room, drums and electronic keyboard studio in the basement.

OTOH, my piccolo fits in my pocket!


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I play flute, piccolo, and piano. Had conservatory professor private lessons while in college, for which I am forever grateful, so I play 2-3x per week. Started teaching myself oboe, but it is very difficult. DH is a musician, plays piano, synth keyboards, drums, violin and sax. DS is a percussion major, but also plays flute, trumpet, trombone, clarinet.

We can't downsize--baby grand in the living room, vibes and xylophone in the family room, drums and electronic keyboard studio in the basement.

OTOH, my piccolo fits in my pocket!


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Good to hear that I am not the only one with down-sizing issues. We have a harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, upright piano and a reed organ. Also various flutes, recorders and other small instruments.
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I play the Kazoo.

When I was a kid, I took piano lessons. I hated them. They came on because my other bought a piano and it came with six months of lessons. My sister wanted to learn, and I got caught up in the hype...

I would love to be able to pick up a guitar or piano, and be able to pick off three or four chords. Just enough for most people to be able to "name that tune". After the few chords, then quit playing. People would want me to go on, and I could make up an excuse why I did not want to. Not in tune, just doesn't feel right, etc.

Of course that would be all I would know how to play.
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Piano, which I can still play. Trumpet, which I haven't played since high school. Started to teach myself guitar but sort of lost interest using the online learning method. Still want to learn it, but think I'll wait until retirement and then find a real live person to teach me.
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Harmonica - I thought it would be cool to play something so very portable. I couldn't get over the hump of sounding good enough to motivate me to continue. I should give it another try. I do play keyboards a bit, can strum a few chords and have memorized a few runs on guitar, can play a scale on recorder and maybe clarinet with a little practice, but I can't really play those.

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Q. What's the definition of a gentleman?
A. Someone who knows how to play the bagpipe and doesn't.
What's all this bagpipe hate (not directed at you, it seems to be a recurring theme)? I love bagpipes! Well, OK, in fairly small doses. I doubt that any cable or satellite system has a 'bagpipe channel'!

The Uilleann pipes tend to be a bit more mellow...



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I would love to learn to play guitar, but I don't think I have dexterity or ear for it. I took African drumming lessons for a while (djembe) but got demoted to cowbell by the end!

Mostly I'm happy to be an appreciative listener blessed with many musical friends, though. Nothing better than ending an evening with a few folks playing guitar in your living room.

Thankfully, my roommate's drumming skills have improved dramatically over the past few months and I actually enjoy hearing him practice the big set--good thing, as there's no escaping the noise!
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Have played guitar since about 14 and still playing and learning at 63. I've played a few bars around town just for fun but play mostly for my own enjoyment.
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Baritone. At least once a year I get to play with the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band. More often at smaller pep rallies where they bribe us with free beer.
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took guitar lessons as a teen, played drums in high school and college and in bands, but now play mostly piano. find playing very enjoyable and relaxing. still have drums and guitar in the " music room".
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