Rules: Read Me!
Admin: sue943
Legal / Conditions of Use

Page 2 of 2 < 1 2
Topic Options
#383244 - Fri Sep 07 2007 08:40 PM Re: Instruments [Re: Taesma]
The_lioness33 Offline
Multiloquent

Registered: Sat Feb 25 2006
Posts: 2869
Loc: Adelaide South†Australia††††
I meant it's not hard to learn basics like where the notes are, basic theory, timing, and stuff like that.

Getting past grade 3 or so it gets a lot harder. I'm trying to learn the Minute Waltz by Chopin and Fantasie in D minor by Mozart, and the waltz is ok, but the Fantasie is hard. It has really really fast scales and chromatics.

Top
#383245 - Fri Sep 07 2007 09:35 PM Re: Instruments [Re: Taesma]
Au_Naturel Offline
Prolific

Registered: Fri Oct 20 2006
Posts: 1079
Loc: West Virginia
I think I'd have to agree with Taesma about the piano and coordination. I'm fine with my right hand and since the accordion only calls for two left-hand fingers in operation at the same time--no problem there. The organ, although it involved more left-hand fingers, wasn't bad either because they didn't have much moving around to do except at chord changes. But with the piano you've got ALL five left-hand fingers dancing across the keys simultaneously with the right hand, and that just intimidates the heck out of me (but believe it or not, I can pat my head and rub my belly at the same time)!

Quote:

I've been a singer all my life, can sight read, and know some theory--but I've never been able to get beyond the basics of piano. I just don't have the coordination.
Rather depressing, really, as I come from a family of musicians.

Au_Naturel, if you can play accordion, I'm sure you could play piano.
What styles of music do you play? My Uncle played accordion (his main instrument was cornet, however), and he played many styles well, but he was particularly skilled at classical. You don't hear classical accordion very often, but it's very nice.




About 90% of my sheet music is remnants from my organ days, so there's a fairly good variety--gospel, classical, lots of waltzes, a few marches, and a polka or two sprinkled here and there.

I believe I can relate to your 'depression.' In my mind, the accordion was meant for playing polkas and I come (partially) from a Polish background, so it's rather disappointing to me that I can't play like Lawrence Welk or Frankie Yankovic or even my aunt, for that matter! Worse yet, I can count on one hand the number of polkas I even know! (I am working--ever so slowly--on rectifying that, though).


Edited by Au_Naturel (Fri Sep 07 2007 09:36 PM)
_________________________
Never does Nature say one thing and Wisdom another. ~Juvenal

Top
#383246 - Mon Sep 10 2007 03:13 PM Re: Instruments [Re: Au_Naturel]
cinnam0n Offline
Moderator

Registered: Tue Nov 02 2004
Posts: 6715
Loc: Pennsylvania USA
I've played the piano since I was 6 (which is a LONG time...). I took lessons on and off for 6 or 7 years, hating it most of the time, but today I am very thankful that my parents kept me at it. My ability is way below what it used to be because of lack of practice, but I still play for church, the occasional wedding, and just for fun!

Top
#383247 - Mon Sep 10 2007 03:41 PM Re: Instruments [Re: cinnam0n]
ladymacb29 Offline
Moderator

Registered: Wed Mar 15 2000
Posts: 15526
Loc: The Delta Quadrant
I play oboe and bassoon. I taught myself clarinet so I could play in my college's pep band and I taught myself some piano - but only as long as the left hand parts aren't overly complicated.
_________________________
"Without the darkness, how would we see the light?" ~ Tuvok

Editor for Television Category

Top
#383248 - Tue Sep 11 2007 10:53 AM Re: Instruments [Re: ladymacb29]
King01 Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Dec 28 2006
Posts: 477
Loc: West Virginia USA
I've always found the oboe very intriguing.

Top
#383249 - Wed Sep 12 2007 03:24 AM Re: Instruments [Re: King01]
The_lioness33 Offline
Multiloquent

Registered: Sat Feb 25 2006
Posts: 2869
Loc: Adelaide South†Australia††††
Yes, there is a local band where I live called Akoustic Oddessey (spelling? I know the first word is spelt right, but the second...).

They have 2 guitars (classical) a violin, an oboe, and percussion.

They sound excellent! and the oboe is a very nice touch to the general sound.

Top
#383250 - Mon Aug 10 2009 07:43 PM Re: Instruments [Re: The_lioness33]
AlexxSchneider Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Jun 26 2009
Posts: 234
Loc: Perth Scotland†UK†††††††††††††
I have a harmonica and a keyboard, but I'm not very good at playing either of those. I can play Turkish March by Mozart on keyboard, but only the right hand notes.

I've always wanted to play the drums, and I plan to learn one day. My brother is buying me a violin for Christmas, so I'll spend my time becoming very good at that before I begin with drums. My brother has a lot of lyrics that he plans on using, and I plan to play my violin in the band that we will eventually start up. I want to be the drummer one day too, but I'll see how that turns out.

I also used to play the trumpet at school, which was quite fun. I was in a brass band as well, but I can't lose myself emotionally in brass music; it's not personal enough to move me. Strings are a different story though.
_________________________
Alexxandra

Top
#383251 - Mon Aug 17 2009 11:55 AM Re: Instruments [Re: The_lioness33]
ladymacb29 Offline
Moderator

Registered: Wed Mar 15 2000
Posts: 15526
Loc: The Delta Quadrant
Quote:

Yes, there is a local band where I live called Akoustic Oddessey (spelling? I know the first word is spelt right, but the second...).




Acoustic Odyssey is the correct spelling of the words.
_________________________
"Without the darkness, how would we see the light?" ~ Tuvok

Editor for Television Category

Top
#383252 - Thu Aug 27 2009 06:58 AM Re: Instruments [Re: ladymacb29]
The_lioness33 Offline
Multiloquent

Registered: Sat Feb 25 2006
Posts: 2869
Loc: Adelaide South†Australia††††
Quote:

Quote:

Yes, there is a local band where I live called Akoustic Oddessey (spelling? I know the first word is spelt right, but the second...).




Acoustic Odyssey is the correct spelling of the words.




I know, but they spell it with a K.
But thanks for the second one...I'm usually good with spelling but my brain must have died.


Edited by The_lioness33 (Thu Aug 27 2009 06:59 AM)

Top
#383253 - Wed Sep 02 2009 11:31 AM Re: Instruments [Re: The_lioness33]
all Offline
Explorer

Registered: Sun Apr 08 2007
Posts: 57
Loc: Kentucky USA
My major instrument is Cornet (Trumpet).
I love to play music from the baroque and romantic period though I like all classical music. Favorite composers to play... Hayden, Corelli, Vivaldi and Mozart.

I also play to some degree the following:
  • Keyboard (all types)Organ both Electronic and Pipe. Piano, electronic home entertainment keyboards.
  • Trombone (this is my favorite as far as listening. I love the mellow tones of a good trombonist in the high range).
  • Flute
  • Clarinet (Bb, alto, Bass, Contra Bass)
  • Saxophone (all..soprano, alto, tenor and baritone)
  • French Horn
  • All the bowed string instruments even though not very proficient (Violin, Viola, Cello,
    Bass)
  • Guitar (acoustic strum - rhythm chords only...maybe a little arpegiated counter picking)
  • Percussion instruments not limited to just drums i/e Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone etc.
  • Tuba and Sousaphone (oom pa pa)

  • Top
    #383254 - Sun Sep 06 2009 08:30 AM Re: Instruments [Re: all]
    The_lioness33 Offline
    Multiloquent

    Registered: Sat Feb 25 2006
    Posts: 2869
    Loc: Adelaide South†Australia††††
    Nice to meet you. It looks like you could almost form your own orchestra, so long as you could clone you lots of times :P

    Top
    #383255 - Sun Sep 06 2009 09:13 PM Re: Instruments [Re: The_lioness33]
    all Offline
    Explorer

    Registered: Sun Apr 08 2007
    Posts: 57
    Loc: Kentucky USA
    Quote:

    Nice to meet you. It looks like you could almost form your own orchestra, so long as you could clone you lots of times :P



    LOL
    Well, what I didn't mention in my previous post was that I'm a former music educator. Learning how to play nearly everything was part of my education.

    Top
    #383256 - Mon Sep 07 2009 01:31 AM Re: Instruments [Re: all]
    The_lioness33 Offline
    Multiloquent

    Registered: Sat Feb 25 2006
    Posts: 2869
    Loc: Adelaide South†Australia††††
    Fair enough...our music teacher seems to know how to play everything too. She plays all three of my instruments - piano, voice, and flute.

    Top
    #383257 - Thu Dec 31 2009 11:59 AM Re: Instruments [Re: The_lioness33]
    kel_of_il Offline
    Learning the ropes...

    Registered: Wed Dec 30 2009
    Posts: 4
    I play piano and violin and i can play viola, cello, bass (upright), mandolin, and a bit of guitar.
    The instruments I really want to learn how to play are the clarinet and the oboe. I love them. I also would like to play cello. That is, more than I do now, anyway.
    _________________________
    "Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without." --Confucius

    Top
    #383258 - Wed Jan 06 2010 06:07 PM Re: Instruments [Re: kel_of_il]
    quogequox Offline
    Prolific

    Registered: Sat Sep 15 2001
    Posts: 1049
    Loc: Adelaide SA†Australia††††††
    I play the CD player, but fortunately I have a niece I can live vicariously through who plays clarinet and has been accepted into the local junior symphony orchestra. She also plays a mean piano which strikes me as being the standard instrument for musically inclined folk. Is that right, i'm assuming it's because of the connection between the keys and musical theory.
    _________________________
    Never moon a werewolf.

    Top
    #690135 - Tue Feb 14 2012 07:01 AM Re: Instruments [Re: quogequox]
    CosmicBeam Offline
    Participant

    Registered: Tue Feb 14 2012
    Posts: 6
    Loc: South Africa
    I play guitar, an ESP F100, a Hamer SFX series, and an acoustic Pearl River. And I can do every type of whistle known to man if that could be counted as an instrument LOL

    Top
    #824318 - Mon Sep 17 2012 11:22 AM Re: Instruments [Re: King01]
    Jazmee27 Offline
    Mainstay

    Registered: Tue Mar 09 2010
    Posts: 634
    Loc: Pennsylvania†USA
    I play piano, and write my own songs. I have a digital one, so can change the instrument to harpsichord or street organ if aI wantóor even pipe organ. Some of my pieces sound better on organ than piano, though I wouldnít want to actually learn to play one as I think it would be too hard (and hence ruin the enjoyment of playing my own music).

    My three favorite instruments fall into the same category as the organ: wouldnít want to learn to play, but love to listen to). Oops, just realized there are four instruments: they are the bagpipe, fiddle, harp and violin (certain cello and recorder numbers are in there, too).

    I sang in chorus in middle school and high school.

    And I took piano lessons for about eleven years (I learned via the Suzuki Method, which means I learned by ear. I always found the other students were so much more dedicated than me, which is why I stopped taking lessons after I was forced to quit, after graduation. I donít miss it, though, as Iíve now found the way to keep playing music in which I donít feel forced).

    I tried teaching myself to play by learning Braille music, but that language just never came through for me (I can read Braille fine, but Braille musicís impossible).
    I have improvised with the radio (meaning that some songs I really like, Iíve taught myself to play. I did this back when I went to the Adventist church as well).

    As of this writing, I have just played five of the hymns I used to (two are from church, the other three are ones I learned out of a book at piano lessons). I hadnít played those in three years or more.

    Some of the pieces I write have lyrics, though most donít. (In the one case, I flipped it: one of my originals became the melody to a poem Iíd written years before).

    I agree voice is an instrument, but often mine just doesnít cooperate.
    _________________________
    (1) Young I may be, but even young people are entitled to their opinions.
    (2)Attempting to silence me doesn't hurt me, but the silencer.
    (3) I must remain true to myself.

    Top
    #824344 - Mon Sep 17 2012 01:00 PM Re: Instruments [Re: Jazmee27]
    Jabberwok Offline
    Enthusiast

    Registered: Tue Jun 24 2008
    Posts: 416
    Loc: Sussex England†UK†††††††††††††
    I don't play anything really, I can knock out a tune on a recorder and a flute, but like Rowena I'm out of practise. I have an unused clarsach sitting in a corner of the bedroom that I might well resurrect when I retire.
    However, my husband is an Early Music specialist, and plays several sorts of lutes, four course guitar, cittern and treble recorder. He also makes lutes and sings in a renaissance choir. So I'm a bit reluctant to start squeaking away with 3 blind mice.
    He was mumbling about a set if virginals and a theorbo at one point, but we'd need more room.
    _________________________
    'The United Kingdom. Slightly smaller than Oregon'
    CIA World Factbook

    Top
    #824354 - Mon Sep 17 2012 01:31 PM Re: Instruments [Re: Jabberwok]
    kaddarsgirl Offline
    Prolific

    Registered: Wed Jun 27 2012
    Posts: 1740
    Loc: Ohio USA
    I played piano for 7 years from kindergarten through 6th grade. In 6th grade I picked up the oboe, and have been playing that since (for 11 years).

    Edit for spelling...spelled kindergarten wrong...I always seem to do that! frown


    Edited by kaddarsgirl (Mon Sep 17 2012 01:45 PM)
    _________________________
    This is not a signature...

    Top
    Page 2 of 2 < 1 2

    Moderator:  SilverMoonsong, Sypher