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Old 10-14-2018, 06:26 AM   #1
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Would love to hear from any one who plays an instrument or may want to play one.

What instrument do you play or want to play?
How long have you played or been interested in playing?
What kind of music do you play or want to play?
Are you a novice, beginner, intermediate, or advanced player?
Do you play professionally or just for your own pleasure?
Do you like playing of others or do you only play in private?
What inspires or discourages you?
What are some of your favorite songs you play or want to learn to play?

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Iím learning to play the piano.

I took lessons as a child and again as an adult, but I havenít retained much. So itís like starting all over again.

Iím using the Sudnow Method. I took lessons from David Sudnow in the early 80s in NYC and really enjoyed learning. He was a unique guy with a unique talent. His method is to play the piano without learning to read music.

Iíll try some other methods later, but will stick with this one for awhile as I tackle scales, chords, and basic theories.

Right now Iím practicing and relearning the scales. Things I learned previously are coming back, but my fingers fumble like a beginner. Though, Iím quite enjoying it and am not rushing through it.

One of the things I love about the Sudnow Method is I get to study the great jazz pianists and am encouraged to learn jazz standards.

The first song in the lessons to learn is Misty. I may start playing that in the next week or so with a goal to finish it in 3 to 6 months, but for now Iím focused on practicing my scales.

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I play organ, electric keyboard, and some piano.

I started with lessons at age 7 (so that's a long time!), but I don't play regularly. The beginning lessons consisted of six books, each more advanced than the other. After that, I continued lessons until I went to college 10 years later.

My favorites were blues and some of the then-new "pop" songs of the 1970's. I figured out the Beatles' "Let It Be" on my own. I also learned a lot of classical pieces, which helped a great deal in college when I took a music appreciation course. I already knew and appreciated the composers and pieces we studied.

When I was stressed out, I used to go to the music building, find an empty practice room with a piano, and just bang out all those songs I learned. It's still a stress reliever today. I don't like playing in front of people (I played for a church, which was nerve-wracking), but put on my earphones and I'm good to go.
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Would love to hear from any one who plays an instrument or may want to play one.

What instrument do you play or want to play?
How long have you played or been interested in playing?
What kind of music do you play or want to play?
Are you a novice, beginner, intermediate, or advanced player?
Do you play professionally or just for your own pleasure?
Do you like playing of others or do you only play in private?
What inspires or discourages you?
What are some of your favorite songs you play or want to learn to play?

Would love to hear from others.
I would love to play instruments but I am not musically inclined in the least. I played a recorder in middle school choir but that is it. I do have a ukulele but I haven't put any time into learning it.

I love the piano, so I think it's great that you are getting back into it. My fingers are super short. Not sure how I'd manage that but it would be great to learn. I have interest in the acoustic guitar and drums and if I could only play one, I'd choose the drums. Not as portable as most instruments but I love them.
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My mom, among her copious other accomplishments taught band and was in an all girl trio way back in the day. She knew every instrument and could master each and every one.

My siblings and I pale by comparison, but I played the trombone beginning in the 6th grade and was in concert, symphonic and marching band throughout school. I also played piano for numerous years. My mediocre talent brought first prize winnings at state and I was also first chair. The boys really really liked that.
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My mom took me to an private music teacher, for years, beginning at an early age. If memory serves me correctly, I think I was about the age of 9.

I studied classical composers and participated in seasonal recitals and also played in competitions sponsored by the greater Piano Guild Society, locally.



Favorite composers back then were Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Greig, Rachmaninov. Later, I began to study religious compositions and composers, but Classical composers are my favorite.


I rarely share about that part of my life with anyone who knows me here at home. In fact, last Thanksgiving, my bff-sil invited me to attend their giant family gathering for the traditional Thanksgiving supper, which because their extended family is so large and attended by family members from out of state, they rented an location at an church, out in the west hills, near Lake Oswego. There was no background music, but there was an piano in the corner of the dining room of the gathering. So I sat down to the piano and opened the churches hymnal and began to randomly play pieces of music from the hymnal. Some of the pieces were so familiar to me that I began to improvise on certain pieces and to the surprise of everyone, they enjoyed an appreciated the music I provided for entertainment at their family function.


I rarely tell anyone about my ability to read and write music or my talent to play written music or compose my own because when I was young, it was my refuge, my place of inner peace, my own private world to help process the wrongs done unto me, which provided for my own Balm of Gilead.


I love to play the piano.


I would love to learn how to play the guitar, better than I can (I've had some informal lessons by friends here at home).


I'd love to own an Martin guitar, or an beautiful Mandolin.


I have an couple favorite songs I love to play, including Moonlight Sonata and Nadia's Song...but my favorite thing to do it take unusual pieces and marry them together into an arrangement that is simultaneously compelling and is capable of invoking memories of times people might dial into, readily.
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Nope not able to play any instrument, full admiration to those who can, it must be a wonderful past time. I have never been musical enough to even consider learning though if I ever did I have always had a great love of hand bells {a little unusual I know !}

I hope you don`t mind Orema if I include a video of one of my favorite pieces for anyone unfamiliar with this musical genre, quite magical....

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What instrument do you play or want to play?
I play the piano, violin and a little guitar

How long have you played or been interested in playing?
I've played the piano for about 7 years; the violin for about the same (7 years); and the guitar for 1-2 years.

What kind of music do you play or want to play?
I mostly play classic stuff, I'd like to play more country songs, but I can never find the right sheet music.

Are you a novice, beginner, intermediate, or advanced player?
I'd consider myself an intermediate player in the piano and violin; a beginner in the guitar.

Do you play professionally or just for your own pleasure?
Just for my own pleasure.

Do you like playing of others or do you only play in private?
I like to play in private.

What are some of your favorite songs you play or want to learn to play?
I'd like to learn to play some more country songs.
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My father could play guitar, banjo, violin, and piano! All self-taught never had a musical lesson his whole life!
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I play a little piano,guitar and harmonica

For me I have been singing in bands since I was 19 and pretty much my last band was in my 50's,but never learnt an instrument till i was 52.
I guess I was lucky in that my body was my instrument,but truth is I never thought I was smart enough to learn an instument.

I started playing harmonica,with the last band,which really was more of a clollective,with different members changing instuments,and 4 or 5 different singers,I just started playing in the background,although I cant play blues harp at all.....
Then I got a piano and went through lots of teachers,mainly trying to avoid learning properly and being arrogant.
then I got sick and could no longer sit at the piano,I got a guitar dec 26 2017,im now having lessons from a pretty renowkned rock guitarist,with a classical background,he trained at Berkley,which is unusual fo OZ

For me acoustic music,more James Taylor,but thats pretty high reaching

Thats hard,musically ive played lots,but instrumentaly,beginner-intermediate.

I would say both,I play guitar everyday but I got asked to perform last week,"sing"
Have I ever made money,well no
money has never been my motivation,i just love music

I love playing with others,as you really learn a lot and I just love talking about music and its so much fun,I actually never could do Kareoke,I just felt so lonely on stage by myself
I find that since learning an instrument I hear music differently.

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I can play simple bass lines on electric bass guitar. Can also play kazoo (grin). I'd love to learn to play keyboards and drums. I played a recorder (badly) in junior school, but if I were to have a go at a wind instrument now, I'd want to try clarinet or saxophone.

How long have you played or been interested in playing?
In my teens, I wished I could be a musician and be in a band, and tried writing songs. Someone bought me an acoustic guitar, and I learnt to pick out basic melody lines on that. I couldn't handle playing chords. I couldn't read music and wanted some way to record tunes I composed myself, and didn't know there were any other music notation systems, and so ended up re-inventing tablature.

In my early twenties, I bought myself an electric guitar, and only then did I discover that there are two types of electric guitar, and I should've bought the other kind, ie: a bass. So I proceeded to pick out bass lines on my lead guitar (a lovely Shergold Meteor which I wish I still had). I also learned to pick out melody lines on a Casio VL-tone, a battery-powered monotonic keyboard.

In my thirties, I discovered the joys of using music trackers, a type of music composition program, on the Amiga, and put out an EP on floppy disk with a mix of covers and original compositions (the originals all related to being lesbian in various ways), with no vocals, but the lyrics were included as text files accompanying each track. A couple of dozen people purchased copies of the floppy disk from the Public Domain software company I placed the EP with.

When I got made redundant at the age of 59, I treated myself to an electric bass guitar.

What kind of music do you play or want to play?
Mostly rock (gothy, new-wavish) and jazz, maybe a little folk and classical.

Are you a novice, beginner, intermediate, or advanced player?
I'm a lifelong novice!

Do you play professionally or just for your own pleasure?
I wish! For my own pleasure. I suspect most people would pay me to stop playing, if anything!

Do you like playing for others or do you only play in private?
I have performed as singer and lead kazooist in a "band" that won a "silly talent" contest in a social group when I was quite young. All we had were kazoos for instruments and boxes for percussion. We won, and got asked to do two follow-up gigs. Some folk are gluttons for punishment! 8-} That was fun, but I mostly just play for myself on my bass, often playing along with music I have playing.

What inspires or discourages you?
I just like music.

What are some of your favorite songs you play or want to learn to play? On bass, absolutely anything - on a good day when I'm not hitting many bum notes, I just lose myself in playing whatever I'm playing. On keyboards, I'd love to learn to play "Tocatta and Fuge in D Minor" by Bach. I attempted a version of it on the VL-tone, playing two-fingered.
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My father could play guitar, banjo, violin, and piano! All self-taught never had a musical lesson his whole life!
wow
totally awesome,i love folks like that

sadly im not one lol
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