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Do you play a second instrument? #1361852
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Technically, piano is my second instrument because I've been playing guitar a good bit longer. But in terms of time investment piano comes out in first, so I'll say for argument's sake that I play guitar as a second instrument.

I have a couple classical guitars and some electrics. I'd like to add pedal steel guitar as a third instrument, but good steels are spendy, so I'm on the fence.

One of my dream instruments:

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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: Horowitzian] #1361854
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Besides the Mason & Hamlin, I sometimes play the Steinway.


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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: BDB] #1361861
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Very cute. smile


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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: BDB] #1361862
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Besides piano, I played trumpet in highschool and for one semester in my university's concert band--though I was rather terrible at it. I occasionally play organ for church, and I am also learning viola as of this past August. I'll be playing a movement of a string quartet with a few other people in February as a 'premier' so to speak for performing on it.

Having a second instrument is good, especially for pianists I think, because you can't always have a piano with you whereas you can easily transport say a viola or trumpet (and cello or contrabass with less ease but still easier than a piano).


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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: AdlerAugen] #1361864
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Hmm... Bass guitar, regular guitar, drums, violin, saxophone, and I like to sing.

But none of this is remotely good compared to my piano playing. I don't practice the others much at all.

Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: Orange Soda King] #1361888
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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
Hmm... Bass guitar, regular guitar, drums, violin, saxophone, and I like to sing.

But none of this is remotely good compared to my piano playing. I don't practice the others much at all.


I wouldn't mind getting a bass; it's a good instrument to know because there aren't many good bass players out there. Besides, one of the amps I use for my guitars is actually a bass amp.


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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: Horowitzian] #1361890
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Originally Posted by Horowitzian
One of my dream instruments:
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Horowitzian, I'm not a guitar person, but that's very pretty!


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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: currawong] #1361891
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Oh, and to answer the question, I've dabbled in flute, clarinet, cello and recorder but my real second instrument is violin/viola. Love the viola!


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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: currawong] #1361895
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i own an old church organ.. i love it.

i can teach my children trumpet and guitar


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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: currawong] #1361897
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Originally Posted by currawong
Originally Posted by Horowitzian
One of my dream instruments:
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Horowitzian, I'm not a guitar person, but that's very pretty!


And alas, it's not mine. frown But I picked that pic because I would love to have a steel with that mica. Steel guitars are made of solid wood with that mica veneer. cool

[edit] In case anyone wonders, steels (like most guitars played with a slide) are tuned to open chords. Most commonly a double neck will have one neck tuned to an E9 chord and the other to a C6.

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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: Canonie] #1361916
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Have been a professional trumpet player and a profession acoustic bass player (jazz). But when I landed a Board of Ed gig, I went back to my first love and first instrument the piano. Now whatever gigs I get, I play piano. It's the repertoire man!

Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: Horowitzian] #1361936
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Well...I've played several (note past tense), trumpet, violin, guitar, and bass guitar. I still occasionally strap on a guitar in my band but I'm pretty lazy so normally I just use a guitar sound on my synthesizer.

Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: Damon] #1361942
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I'm an organist, as well. It was, actually, the instrument that I first started with (I began organ and piano the same year when I was 5) and the very first job I ever had, at 13, was as a church organist (a position I kept through college, though at various churches).



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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: stores] #1361955
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Piano is my second instrument. I think of singing (tenor), as my first instrument. I also studied violin early on.

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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: tomasino] #1362036
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I have played the recorder before playing the piano, but I wouldn't count that as a second instrument. I have been practicing some Classical Guitar last summer. I had become remarkably far in a short time (without a teacher), but it somehow stopped being fun... maybe I'll take that up again sometime but right now my piano takes up all of my instrumentplayingtime =D.
I had also burrowed a violin some time ago, but I wasn't very serious about learning that instrument. It was great fun because it's so different from Guitar or Piano but without lessons (other than a few youtube videos) I wouldn't have gotten vary far. But I did in the end manage to play some Max Payne Maintheme which was great =).
I think if I were ever to really take up a second instrument with lessons and all it would have to be violin viola or cello. Probably cello, I found holding the violin quite bothersome =D.

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Piano is my second instrument as well. Like a couple of others - my first instrument was organ - played for years before taking up piano seriously. Stores - my very first job was playing the organ as well - I worked in a music store at age 11 playing to attract customers into the shop. Earning money at that age playing music seemed too good to be true!

I also play recorder and have played flute and clarinet - though I can't profess to play either of those well wink


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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: LimeFriday] #1362056
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The first instrument I ever took (apart from guitar I was strumming casually as a kid) was the violin. I still play it, but I never managed enough time to maintain regular lessons. Due to my tight schedule I was able to play almost exclusively in the late evenings, and we all know how loud and unpleasent a violin can be if played by a not-so-skilful player. Nowadays piano is my main instrument, but I still love violin and really hope I will have enough time one day to start lessons again.


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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: Mati] #1362124
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I was last chair 2nd violin in middle school. A seat assignment which I definitely earned!

In high school, I also did mallet and auxiliary percussion in marching band.


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Clarinet, bassoon, double bass, guitar and I sing.

Clarinet to a high standard. Bassoon to a medium standard. Double bass and guitar to a poor standard.

Singing, well, I've never been assessed so I couldn't tell you. But I've always had compliments.

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I play the ukulele. I can't do anything fancy...mostly just strum chords and sing. I consider it my summer instrument because it's so portable. I love to play on the front porch or at the lake sitting in a lawn chair. It's such a quiet instrument that I can play almost anywhere without disturbing people. We drive cross-country every year or two and there's always room in the car for my ukulele. It helps to cure the piano withdrawal.

I also hope one day to learn to play the pipe organ at church (I have unlimited access) and also to continue with the violin. (I'm in book 2 of Suzuki if that gives you any idea how little I have learned so far.)

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Probably as most of you know if you read my early postings, I started out as a piano performance major and then turned to the harp, which I played for almost 40 years. Now the piano is my major focus and soon to become even more so with my first recital coming up in 7 weeks! It's going to be so fantastic to perform again in front of an audience (although I am scared to death........) But it's going to happen!! Jim

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I used to play the classical guitar. In my 20's, through hard work, I became quite reasonable and used to play the likes of the Villa Lobos Preludes, Bach, Tarrega Recuerdos, etc, etc.

Then the pressures of work, etc meant that I put the guitar in the back burner, sometimes not touching it for long periods and then trying to catch up again - so I gradually deteriorated. Also my right hand acquired 'problems', probably due to bad habits and stress. Then I developed Dupuytren's Contracture on my right little finger, extending to my right ring finger. In the end I had a hand operation to deal with it. The outcome of which was pretty good. Eventually I was so frustrated and upset that the things I used to be able to play with ease had become so difficult that I stopped taking the instrument out of its case.

So - two months ago I returned to the piano!

So far, so good smile

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degree in music performance - percussion. earned my living for many years as a professional drummer, percussionist, and played with some folks who went on to fame & fortune. eventually followed a different calling, then a career in software development, and lo and behold drawn to the piano @ 10 years ago.

as my homies would say, what a long, strange trip it's been.

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I play the instruments listed in my profile. Two instruments I would like to add to the list but most probably not in the near future are the harp and the electric violin, but for the moment I would prefer to concentrate on what I already have... smile



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Re: Do you play a second instrument? [Re: ChopinAddict] #1362480
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I taught myself to play the recorder (alto and soprano) when I was without a piano for 3 years. One day I hope to learn the flute and violin.

My husband plays the radio.


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My husband plays the radio.


My foster father plays jokes. This is his only instrument.



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I played violin, although never very well. Now I only touch it every few months. One day I hope to get back into it but there's just not enough time in my day. Maybe if I quit piano for a few years.

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In the past, in dance bands, guitar, bass, concertina; also in the past, cello and oboe. However, I am finding piano much more friendly and logical than any of those except maybe the bass.

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