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Do you play an instrument?
25 May 2010
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BlueBoule
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I'll put it here coz I didn't know where it fits best.

Who of you plays (or played) an instrument? Do you enjoy playing Beatles music (if you do)?

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25 May 2010
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Joe
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To varying degrees of competence:

Drums (grade six when I was a teenager, but I stopped playing about 15 years ago. I still have my Ludwig Ringo-style kit in boxes in the spare room)

Guitar (self-taught, I can normally work out Beatles songs without much trouble, though I'm not a great soloist)

Ukulele (more of a hobby this one – I bought one last year and enjoyed learning all the different chords)

Piano (I had lessons when I was a kid, though I've pretty much forgotten it all now. I have an electric piano I occasionally plug into GarageBand to work out an idea)

I also studied music theory when I was younger. That was by far the best way to learn to play instruments – before then I didn't really know what I was doing. It makes it easier to listen to a song and know immediately what the chords are or where the harmonies should go.

But yeah, Beatles songs are pretty much a standby. These days, though, I tend to play Rock Band more often, particularly the drum parts.

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25 May 2010
3.46pm
MadiYasha
Granite Falls, WA
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I play piano by ear… I really know nothing about it.

I'm obsessed with my drums.  I love playing them and I started out with Beatles songs a year or so ago, so yeah.

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25 May 2010
4.13pm
Von Bontee
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Joe said:


 

Play guitar, but pretty ineptly – only the most rudimentary Beatle guitar parts, particularly those that can be played with open-position chords, are within my grasp. I'm kinda chord-challenged in general, so I mostly enjoy playing along with songs with single -note riffs, like "Day Tripper" or "Lady Madonna" or "Hey Bulldog".
 

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
25 May 2010
4.14pm
RonnieRIG
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Oh gosh, I've been playing music and different musical instruments the majority of my life.

My main instrument is guitar. I've been playing for 16 years. My father plays guitar, and seeing him playing Beatles songs when I was younger really opened the doors for me. When I started really getting into The Beatles song writing my guitar playing really changed quite a bit. I began experimenting with different chord arrangements and song structure and what not.

I'm a multi-instrumentalist as I play bass, drums, harmonica, ocarina, and piano along with guitar. I have a home studio and record music all of the time.

25 May 2010
4.17pm
Von Bontee
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8(…uh, Joe didn't REALLY say that! It was me.)

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
25 May 2010
5.20pm
Marcelo
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I play bass, guitar, melodica, harmonica, piano and charango. In this order of proficiency.

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25 May 2010
6.14pm
Joe
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A charango! I'd never heard of that – I had to look it up. Looks intriguing.

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25 May 2010
6.18pm
sgtpepperbowman
Virginia, United States
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Piano, Bass, Guitar, Drums….I feel that is the order of my proficiency

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25 May 2010
6.30pm
The CREeK
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I play guitar, not that good though.

25 May 2010
6.43pm
GniknuS
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I play the organ, piano (occasionally), banjo, acoustic guitar and ukulele. I would say I'm a pretty fair player particularly at the organ and uke, but those are the two I've played the most. I would really love to learn how to play the drums, but a kit is pretty expensive.

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25 May 2010
6.52pm
sgtpepperbowman
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GnikNus said:

I play the organ, piano (occasionally), banjo, acoustic guitar and ukulele. I would say I'm a pretty fair player particularly at the organ and uke, but those are the two I've played the most. I would really love to learn how to play the drums, but a kit is pretty expensive.


 

Yes they sure are expensive. My church has an old set that I practice on, but I'm saving up to buy my own kit. The cymbals are almost as expensive as the drums themselves if you go with a lower priced kit

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25 May 2010
7.56pm
sevenlevels
A town in Colorado
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I play the guitar, and just recently started learning some Beatles songs.

I play the drums and harmonica too, but I would LOVE to play the piano. Unfortunately, I have no access to one.a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

By the way, does anyone here own a Rickenbacker guitar? I've always wanted one, but I don't know much about the different versions and how much they cost.

I now declare this bridge open!
25 May 2010
9.07pm
Alissa
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I play the cello and harmonica… I don't usually play them togother of course, unless my family is annoying the crap out of me. a-hard-days-night-john-6

I admittedly can't play Beatle songs very well on the cello just yet as I haven't learned all positions or flat/sharp scales,
but I'm getting there! Probably by the end of the year I'll be able to turn out ol' "Eleanor Rigby". 

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25 May 2010
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sevenlevels said:

I play the guitar, and just recently started learning some Beatles songs.

I play the drums and harmonica too, but I would LOVE to play the piano. Unfortunately, I have no access to one.a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

By the way, does anyone here own a Rickenbacker guitar? I've always wanted one, but I don't know much about the different versions and how much they cost.


 

I've got a black Rickenbacker 360. I imported it from the US via eBay, which was a lot cheaper than buying it over here. I think it was about £900 including shipping.

This is what I really should have got, but they're stupidly expensive: http://www.rickenbacker.com/mo…..del=325C64

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25 May 2010
9.32pm
MrBig
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I play about 9 instruments. 

Cello, Bass, Violin, Viola, Guitar, Bass (electric, there's a huge difference), Drums, Timpani, and Xylophone.

I've been playing them all for about 8-11 years.

"The best band? The Beatles. The most overrated band? The Beatles."
25 May 2010
9.33pm
MrBig
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MrBig said:

I play about 9 instruments. 

Cello, Bass, Violin, Viola, Guitar, Bass (electric, there's a huge difference), Drums, Timpani, and Xylophone.

I've been playing them all for about 8-11 years.


I also sing. They call me the man with 1 million tones, because I can sound like Bobby Dylan,  John Lennon, Steven Tyler, Louis Armstrong you name it I can sing it.
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25 May 2010
9.38pm
sevenlevels
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Thanks Joe! That's a nice guitar, although I think I prefer the one you have. I guess I better start saving…a-hard-days-night-george-7

I now declare this bridge open!
25 May 2010
9.49pm
Alissa
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MrBig said:

MrBig said:

I play about 9 instruments. 

Cello, Bass, Violin, Viola, Guitar, Bass (electric, there's a huge difference), Drums, Timpani, and Xylophone.

I've been playing them all for about 8-11 years.


I also sing. They call me the man with 1 million tones, because I can sound like Bobby Dylan,  John Lennon, Steven Tyler, Louis Armstrong you name it I can sing it.
 

…aren't you only sixteen or something? Seems difficult to imagine a sixteen year-old with such a deep range…

Any YouTube videos or anything or the sort? Seeing as you're all compter-savvy, and all. a-hard-days-night-george-7 

Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight… see ya, George!
25 May 2010
10.10pm
MrBig
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My parents are very musical. They want to cram as much musical knowledge as they can into my brain.

 

Also, no I don't have any YouTube videos up. Although, I have been learning to play the glockenspiel through youtube.

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