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#1033628 - 07/02/04 12:19 PM What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
jdsher Offline
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I realize that most of us hear are trying to learn piano, but I understand some of us have played other instruments as well. I began playing flute with my elementary school band from third grade to sixth grade. I even went one year to band camp, a total disaster(another story). I've thought about trying to learn guitar in addition to piano, but I've been reluctant because I don't want to take away any practice time from piano.
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#1033629 - 07/02/04 03:48 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
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As a child in Hawaii, I used to enjoy playing the ukulele, but I don't even have one now - I may purchase one when I go back there next month. I also considered learning classical guitar, but like you, I'm reluctant to take time away from the piano. I tend to be interested in so many things but I've realized I need to scale back and be good at a few things, and not to be a "Jack of all trades". The uke is so easy though, so I don't see that as a threat to my time - it's just for fun anyway.

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#1033630 - 07/02/04 06:23 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
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sleepingcats: Is the ukulele similar to a dulcimer(sp?)? My brother and I were visiting a music shop in Hampton Bays and the store owner was showing me how easy it was to play this very small odd shaped guitar looking thing. I wonder if they share the same key arrangement?
Jon
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#1033631 - 07/02/04 06:24 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
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I was teaching myself to play the guitar but now as you guys say I need to spend most of my available practice time with piano. My acoustic/electric guitar was collecting dust so I sold it for some pocket cash, and later on when I have more time I will maybe just pick up a regular acoustic guitar again.

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#1033632 - 07/02/04 07:02 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
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#1033633 - 07/02/04 07:30 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
sleepingcats Offline
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jdsher,

The ukulele is strummed like a guitar and there are several sizes depending on tone. I looked in my music encyclopedia for info on the dulcimer since I'm not familiar with it - it says it is played with wooden hammers, so they are definitely different!

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#1033634 - 07/03/04 06:21 AM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
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Loc: Texas
I took up the French horn in the 5th grade and played in the school band all the way through high school graduation. After that, I didnít do much of anything musical except plunking on the piano from time to time. In my mid 30ís I discovered I can sing and have been singing unprofessionally (church, weddings, funerals) ever since. Iím hoping to become proficient enough at the piano to make my own accompaniment tracks so I donít have to depend on someone else to play or be limited to what accompaniment tracks are available commercially.

In the mean time, Iím having a blast learning!
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#1033635 - 07/05/04 01:11 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
pianojuggler Offline
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I played cello for a few years starting in 5th grade. I gave it up because I got tired of schlepping the thing around.

Like most 3rd or 4th graders, I learned to play the recorder. Unlike most kids, I never stopped playing it, and I now have over a dozen ranging in size from a sopranino to a bass. I also have some Hall Crystal Flutes, but I haven't really learned to play them yet.

I really, really, really want a harpsichord. I just missed buying a used one by a few days earlier this year. Someday, I hope to build one.

Someday, I'd also like to get back to the cello.

Someday.

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#1033636 - 07/07/04 11:49 AM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
cht Offline
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I started out with a clarinet. I took lessons for about 3 years. I also wanted to try the oboe. My clarinet teacher loaned me one of his, and said that I could try it out for a few weeks, then buy it if I decided to switch to the oboe. After a week of scaring the local wildlife, he got it back. All of my clarinet lessons were pretty much playing duets with the teacher, and that didn't work out at all.
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#1033637 - 07/08/04 11:20 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
Balparda Offline
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Loc: Colombia
Classical Guitar. But left it when I picked up piano.
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#1033638 - 07/09/04 01:43 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
WynnBear Offline
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Registered: 07/13/03
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Loc: Dallas, TX
Tuba and sousaphone in school band. Mostly because I was big enough to carry them.

6'3", 230 lbs.
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#1033639 - 07/09/04 05:45 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
HermanM Offline
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Registered: 07/08/04
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Loc: Newport, VA
For what its worth, I played trombone through high school and did so very successfully - 1st chair as a freshman! Then I decided I'd be a rock star, and took up bass guitar - so much more music theory presented itself with that, which was a lot of fun. Then life and the Marine Corps got in the way, and I only now find myself back into music (at age 40), having a go at the piano - still love the theory stuff, and feel I've got an advantage over other adult beginners who lack that background (not to mention bass clef, which apparently never left me from my trombone years). Its come in handy. But having said that, why can't I fumble my way through a simple "Anna Magdalena" Bach Minuet with someone watching w/out completely butchering it?

All part of the fun, I suppose! Cheers.

HM
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#1033640 - 07/09/04 06:15 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
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I played trumpet for years, but haven't picked it up since college. I actually have a degree in classical voice performance, as well as music ed., so I took "methods classes" in all of the families of the orchestra and had to study one from each family for a semester. My choices were french horn, flute, timpani & snare drum, and violin. I can't say I PLAY them, but I can play something ON them, if that makes sense.

Oh yeah, and piano.
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#1033641 - 07/09/04 07:37 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Rich Galassini:
I took "methods classes" in all of the families of the orchestra and had to study one from each family for a semester. My choices were french horn, flute, timpani & snare drum, and violin. I can't say I PLAY them, but I can play something ON them, if that makes sense.[/b]
Yikes, Rich, you're bringing back painful memories! ;\) My methods instruments were violin, trombone, bassoon and tuned mallet percussion (vibes was my favorite). I was absolutely horrible at bassoon, violin I was barely passable (though the instructor loved my teaching methods!), percussion was OK, but I could never get up to speed, and the trombone was my absolute best by far, even though I have relatively short arms and seventh position was definitely a s--t--r--e--t--c--h. Believe it or not, I ended up playing first chair (!) trombone in the ad hoc orchestra for secondaries, even though it wasn't my real secondary.
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#1033642 - 07/09/04 08:48 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
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Loc: Topeka, Kansas
My Dad was a pretty good clarinet player and his brother played French horn in the Nashville Symphony Orchestra for several years.

My older brother played clarinet, older sister played flute & piano, and I played clarinet as well. (Not as well as most, but at least "also")
In high school I also picked up alto sax, then baritone sax in the school "swing band". Bari sax was probably my favorite, as it often followed the trombones down in the bass end of the music. Also filled in on occasion with Eb alto and Bb base clarinet.

No training at all with double reeds, strings or brass. Not too shabby on recorders, though. Have a good rendition of William Tell available. For a show stopper ... or heart stopper ...(certainly an offering stopper) I can put the soprano recorder in my (left) nostril and play several bars of "Ode to Joy" as a duet against the regularly orificed alto instrument. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've been requested to do this.... well, actually I can. It begins with the letter "Z". \:D

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#1033643 - 07/11/04 10:46 AM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
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RKVS1:

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For a show stopper ... or heart stopper ...(certainly an offering stopper) I can put the soprano recorder in my (left) nostril and play several bars of "Ode to Joy" as a duet against the regularly orificed alto instrument. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've been requested to do this.... well, actually I can. It begins with the letter "Z".
Hmmmmmm.....That reminds me. When's the next get-together? I've got a couple of party tricks I learnt from my sister after her last trip to Thailand......... ;\)
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#1033644 - 07/11/04 02:47 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
Steve B. Offline
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Registered: 03/25/04
Posts: 7
Loc: Southern California
I tried the guitar as a child, but I just couldn't get past the soreness in my fingertips from the strings digging into the left hand. I also tried flute as an adult and lost interest. Currently, my wife plays flute and my younger son plays violin. We're putting some thought into what we can play as a trio.

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#1033645 - 07/11/04 02:51 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
Renauda Offline
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Dobro, guitar and some fiddle

Would like to try 5 string banjo and pedal steel.
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#1033646 - 07/11/04 09:27 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
Balparda Offline
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Posts: 48
Loc: Colombia
Renauda,

SOrry if this is a stupid question, but what is a Dobro? never heard of it...

-Jon
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#1033647 - 07/12/04 11:15 AM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
pianojuggler Offline
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Posts: 1515
 Quote:
Originally posted by Balparda:
Renauda,

SOrry if this is a stupid question, but what is a Dobro? never heard of it...

-Jon [/b]
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=dobro

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#1033648 - 07/12/04 11:17 AM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
pianojuggler Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by RKVS1:
I can put the soprano recorder in my (left) nostril and play several bars of "Ode to Joy" as a duet against the regularly orificed alto instrument. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've been requested to do this.... well, actually I can. It begins with the letter "Z". \:D [/b]
Heck, I can do that with an ALTO recorder in my left nostril and a TENOR in the regular orifice.

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#1033649 - 07/12/04 12:16 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
RKVS1 Offline
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Registered: 07/07/01
Posts: 3192
Loc: Topeka, Kansas
Its a simple matter of personal preference.
As a general rule, I prefer sopranos and altos to tenors. \:D

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#1033650 - 07/12/04 12:21 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
pianojuggler Offline
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Registered: 02/16/04
Posts: 1515
Size matters*. If I could stick my bass up my nose, I'd do it.



*At least that's what all the spam I get sez.

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#1033651 - 07/13/04 09:35 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
Neus A. Offline
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Registered: 03/30/04
Posts: 83
Loc: Spain
I had played the accordion. But I like the piano much more. I have my old accordions at my parent's house but I wonder if they are worth reparing. :rolleyes:

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#1033652 - 07/13/04 09:37 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
Neus A. Offline
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Registered: 03/30/04
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Loc: Spain
I had played the accordion. But I like the piano much more. I have my old accordions at my parent's house but I wonder if they are worth reparing. :rolleyes:

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#1033653 - 07/14/04 12:44 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
mshattuck Offline
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Registered: 07/12/04
Posts: 61
Loc: Poznan, Poland
I spent half of my life (at least) focusing on playing trombone and aspiring to a life in some great symphony....until I decided that wasn't the right road for my life (I'm now a missionary in Poland!). But along with the tbone, the baritone (euphonium), tuba, and sousaphone were all instruments that came pretty naturally. I also picked up the guitar about 5 years ago.

Having only played piano for 2 years in college (almost 10 yrs ago) and now back with it for only a few weeks, I know how much the other instruments (not to mention music degree) help with understanding and trying to produce "music" on the piano!

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#1033654 - 07/31/04 06:53 AM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
CHAS Offline
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Registered: 11/25/03
Posts: 521
Loc: Ski Country of Colorado
Continue to play the classical guitar a bit. It is quiet and more intimate. I pick it up after a bad day.
Still using a digital piano and looking for a piano that won't be too loud for the condo. Prefer a grand, but uprights are easier to muffle.
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#1033655 - 07/31/04 12:48 PM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
pdolce Offline
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Registered: 03/01/03
Posts: 478
Loc: CA.
Would like to play.....violin and flamenco guitar.

pdolce
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#1033656 - 08/07/04 01:39 AM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
gryphon Offline
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Um, a few...click for photo

http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/10/858/32.html#000818

Also played trombone between 7th and 12th grade.
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#1033657 - 08/07/04 06:30 AM Re: What other instrument, besides piano, have you played, or would you like to play?
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Loc: Vadstena, Sweden
I've taken some lessons on drums, baritone, trumpet, guitar, cello and clarinet, none of which I'm very fond of. The only two I'd continue to play are the guitar and cello.
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