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28 December 2012
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Gerell said
I play the piano, I learn classical music by sheet music and the rest by ear and sometimes Youtube videos.  I really enjoy playing You Never Give Me Your Money on the piano as well as the medleys in Abbey Road

I am starting to play the acoustic guitar but I am having trouble doing the rhythm as John plays it. He has a 3/4th scaled guitar which makes it easier to play the barred chords, I don't have long fingers =.

Just as an aside, Paul Simon is recognized as quite an accomplished acoustic guitar player (I'd say easily better than George, Paul or John), and yet if you ever look closely at photos, you'll see he plays a big guitar and he has short fat pudgy fingers.  It's amazing how he can finesse those strings so well.

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I was talking about the 6's with the guitar, John stretches his pinky to play the 6th of the chord. You need a long finger to do it.

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When I was about 6 or 7 I wanted to learn to play piano, but my mom said I first had to learn how to play the recorder, because that was a very basic instrument and was good to learn music and all. I really hated it and never practised. I also can't read music anymore.

I still want to learn the piano, but I don't have access to one (never really had the money or the space to buy one). I always enjoyed playing it for music class though (in music class we always had to play songs on piano for a mark.) and I was pretty good at it. I picked up songs very easily. I have VERY small hands though (as in: I know 6 year olds with bigger hands) , so I can't even play an octave with one hand. I still want to buy a keyboard.

I suck at guitar. We have 2 guitars at home, because my mom used to play it. Also once during music class we also had to play some song on guitar (can't remember which song, it's soooo long ago) and I just sucked. I couldn't switch chords fast enough and it hurt my poor little fingers lol. The only thing I can play is the riff from ''Smoke on the water''. Yeah, the guitar is not for me.

I've never touched a drumkit, but I'd like to. I don't know why, but I think I'll like it. 

Once during my recorder lessons we got the oppertunity to play some instrument you had to blow in, but I can't remember whether it was a sax or a tuba or whatever. Anyway, when I tried it I blew so hard yet there wasn't a sound coming out so I knew that wasn't for me either.

 

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Apologies if anybody's annoyed by me reviving an old thread.

I'll have been playing guitar for eleven years next month.  Because I'm twenty-one years old, that's more than half my life.  I took lessons for the first seven of those years.

I can also play piano, mostly self-taught with a very small amount of professional teaching.

I can somewhat play bass, since it is very similar to guitar.  I do own a bass guitar.

I know a little harmonica.

I can play drums very badly.

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Necko said
Apologies if anybody's annoyed by me reviving an old thread.

I'll have been playing guitar for eleven years next month.  Because I'm twenty-one years old, that's more than half my life.  I took lessons for the first seven of those years.

I can also play piano, mostly self-taught with a very small amount of professional teaching.

I can somewhat play bass, since it is very similar to guitar.  I do own a bass guitar.

I know a little harmonica.

I can play drums very badly.

Feel free to revive many of the threads that exist, new comments are always welcomed and encouraged. I would say all threads but there are a few that really should remain buried 9 foot under, preferably with thick concrete poured on top.

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From the instruments I can remember now:
Piano, is my favorite and the one I can play better, having played it for around 16 years; I can play pretty well though I have difficulties whenever I want to improvise or create a song.
Guitar, I only know a few chords but now that I am studying music I might learn to play it around this or the next semester.
Drums, I love them but I have serious problems keeping the tempo.
Flute, I still play it pretty well.
Harmonica, I am actually starting to play it.

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I have been trying to teach myself guitar for about a year now…  I own two acoustics and an electric.  I am OK, better than I was a year ago.  I really should practice more...

I had planned on buying a bass before spring, but one of my cats has a medical issue right now that we've been trying to figure out, so our money is going to thatheart…  the car is making a bad sound too, another thing that will just have to wait.  ahdn_paul_01

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20 January 2014
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I played the triangle in my primary school band until they threw me out because of my poor time-keeping.

Being Welsh I was of course in a choir until we moved to Oz - I have no idea if I could actually sing but we pretty much all had to do it.

I wish I could play something / sing Beatles in tune - never mind; my 3 kids seem to have inherited musical ability from their grandparents.

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LongHairedLady said
I have been trying to teach myself guitar for about a year now…  I own two acoustics and an electric.  I am OK, better than I was a year ago.  I really should practice more...

I had planned on buying a bass before spring, but one of my cats has a medical issue right now that we've been trying to figure out, so our money is going to thatheart…  the car is making a bad sound too, another thing that will just have to wait.  ahdn_paul_01

Oh - this reminded me that I also tried to learn guitar.  I got about as far as 3 chords of Smoke on the Water.  Then I had to sell my amp after I got stranded in England and needed a fare back down under.  Then I saw Jimi play a burning guitar better than I could play mine after a year of trying so I sold my guitar as well.

 

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meanmistermustard said

Necko said
Apologies if anybody's annoyed by me reviving an old thread.

I'll have been playing guitar for eleven years next month.  Because I'm twenty-one years old, that's more than half my life.  I took lessons for the first seven of those years.

I can also play piano, mostly self-taught with a very small amount of professional teaching.

I can somewhat play bass, since it is very similar to guitar.  I do own a bass guitar.

I know a little harmonica.

I can play drums very badly.

Feel free to revive many of the threads that exist, new comments are always welcomed and encouraged. I would say all threads but there are a few that really should remain buried 9 foot under, preferably with thick concrete poured on top.

Haha... it sounds like there are some interesting stories there.

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20 January 2014
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Here's to reviving old threads! heart 

 

I've been a passionate guitar player for five and a half years now. It feels like such a long time, though, as I still remember the first month of struggling to perfect my first song. My dad is a guitar player, in a band too, so the guitars have always been laying around. Whenever I'd ask him to teach me, though, he'd say "But you are too young." I'm sure he was just lazy and lacked the patience. I, however, didn't, and patiently strummed through G, D, Em and C every day, nearly whole day long for a whole month. After my first week, though, I realized that the chords didn't neccessairly have to be put in that sequence, and that various combinations of them formed many songs. Thrilled by my discovery, I kept on playing through my bleeding fingers, all the more encouraged. I'm so happy I was as dedicated and stuck through with it, because the beginning is the most difficult part. It was my undying love for music that kept me going, I believe. 
Having taught myself to do it completely on my own makes me all the more prouder.

For my fifteenth birthday, my father bought me a guitar. I was thrilled! I couldn't believe I had my own guitar to play. I wouldn't leave it alone, and when the summer arrived, I took it with me to play in a village near by, with other guitarists. That's when my father took the guitar back, saying, "It's not yours anymore. Not if you can't take good care of it." He's the most precious with his guitars.
I was heart broken at the time, but I was allowed to take his guitar just anywhere (weirdly enough. And now I've come to realize that it's a much better guitar anyway) and it soon became mine. 

The singing came with the guitar, too. Before I picked it up, I could barely sing in tune. And, Look At Me now, singing and playing on the streets and all.

When my uncle was a kid, he owned a small keyboard, which fell in my possesion after a year since I started playing the guitar. Knowing how the chords should sound, it took me a day or two to find them on the piano, by ear, and to learn how the piano is supposed to work. I can play it by ear, but haven't had the chance to learn more. The small keys are way too annoying. Hopefully, one day I will be able to improve; it is one of my greatest wishes.

I've also picked up my friend's bass a few times, and playing it comes naturally after knowing to play the guitar. 

What I've never played is drums, and I look forward to doing so whenever the opportunity arises!

 

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I should really practice my guitar more. It's just so frustrating when you can't get it right! paul-mccartney

trcanberra said
I played the triangle in my primary school band until they threw me out because of my poor time-keeping.

Being Welsh I was of course in a choir until we moved to Oz - I have no idea if I could actually sing but we pretty much all had to do it.

I wish I could play something / sing Beatles in tune - never mind; my 3 kids seem to have inherited musical ability from their grandparents.

Is the triangle an instrument? I mean, I know it is, but I never really think of it as such. I tried to play it at Primary school, too, but I couldn't get on with it. It seemed so complicated at the time! :)

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Necko said

meanmistermustard said

Necko said
Apologies if anybody's annoyed by me reviving an old thread.

I'll have been playing guitar for eleven years next month.  Because I'm twenty-one years old, that's more than half my life.  I took lessons for the first seven of those years.

I can also play piano, mostly self-taught with a very small amount of professional teaching.

I can somewhat play bass, since it is very similar to guitar.  I do own a bass guitar.

I know a little harmonica.

I can play drums very badly.

Feel free to revive many of the threads that exist, new comments are always welcomed and encouraged. I would say all threads but there are a few that really should remain buried 9 foot under, preferably with thick concrete poured on top.

Haha... it sounds like there are some interesting stories there.

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Nope, I took three years of choir in middle school. I haven't practiced in 10 years, apart from singing in my car.a-hard-days-night-george-10

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I did a little guitar, Flute and recorder. I also did a lot of guitar hero if that counts

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I was just thinking about this yesterday.  I want to buy an acoustic guitar and learn to play. I don't know how to play any instrument 🙁  All 4 of my kids know how to play guitar and 2 of them know how to play piano/keyboards too. 

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HeyTrud said
I was just thinking about this yesterday.  I want to buy an acoustic guitar and learn to play. I don't know how to play any instrument 🙁  All 4 of my kids know how to play guitar and 2 of them know how to play piano/keyboards too. 

I think you should definitely give it a go if you're interested. At the end of the day, if you don't like you, you can stop. I find it can be quite rewarding to learn a skill like this.

 

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Thanks, Emily!  ^^^  That's what I figure too.  It can't hurt to try.  I've no idea if I am musical or not, but I will find out.

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I've been playing acoustic guitar for decades.  Before that, I took piano lessons and for a while wanted to be a keyboard player.  I fancied myself to become a rock organist, with an interest in Latin rock.  My mom bought me a Lowry organ which is about the closest thing to a Hammond B-3 one get get to while still having a cheap organ.  I replicated the "Leslies" sound of the Hammond (a kind of vibrato of the notes which can vary from fast to very slow) by turning the organ off and on over and over.

One of the first reasons I started to play acoustic guitar was so I could play along with records.  My first song was "Polk Street Carnival" by Mandrill -- I simply did a riff I invented that was only on one string.  I could do that all day and have fun.  Not long after that, I bought a songbook for McCartney's Red Rose Speedway and was excited to finally be able to play the chords I had learned along with some real songs.  I still remember 40 years ago the excitement of first trying my hand at playing the chords along with "Little Lamb Dragonfly".

I also like to play Latin percussion.  I owned a pair of conga drums long ago -- used ones, with black spray paint with some logo on them that said "Hot Chocolate".  I also owned bongos for a while.  I still have a cowbell, a guiro, African maraca, and a triangle. 

trcanberra mentioned playing the triangle, and emily asked about it.  I wanted to play a triangle because it mimics a ride cymbal and one can do some cool things accompanying a song with it.  However, I thought you had to suspend a triangle by a string, and so whenever I hit the triangle with my little metal stick, the triangle would spin around and I couldn't hit it again until it stopped spinning.  I was in a dreadful quandary.  One day, about 10 years ago while getting a haircut from a female barber, she mentioned that she was in a girl folk band, and she played the triangle.  I told her about my problem, and she gave me a tip that solved my problem!  Get rid of the string, and just hold the triangle hanging from the crook of your index finger.  I always assumed holding it with your finger would deaden the ring -- but it doesn't at all.  This prevents it from spinning around.

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I've mentioned before that I play recorder and clarinet. In primary school I loved the cowbell, as well as the triangle. My music teacher said I had naturally good time keeping. Also I had a  glockenspiel I used to play movie themes on, which was what started me playing by ear. I have a viola but got too busy with tennis lessons to learn how to play it. On guitar I can only play some chords, scalesscales, and one song; Ode to Joy. Basically I chose athletics over instruments when it came to managing my time. If only school didn't last so long.

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