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#437647 - 08/19/01 12:21 PM Other instruments.
SethW Offline
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Registered: 06/24/01
Posts: 106
Besides the piano.What instruments do you play?
I know that this is not strictly piano related,but I was wondering besides the piano
,what other instruments do you people here play,are curently learning,or would like to play.I will start with my list first:
Violin;in my opinion,along with the piano,this is one of the greatest instruments(certainly the saddest).It's lyrical quality is incredible.There is nothing quite like hearing a violin play an arpeggio in perfect legato(think Schindlers List or some of Bruch's works).Unfortunately, I do not play it.I think this is an instrument I would like to learn, however.Better late than never.
Actualy ,I like almost all of the string instruments.While I do not play any stringed instruments, I do know a lot about there capabilities.As such,I have created a number of compositions for strings.
Guitar;A truly versatile instrument,the guitar is also quite easy to learn.I,however,have never realy liked classical guitar all that much.In my opinion,the piano and other instruments are so much more suited for this.I do like to play simple rustic tunes on it.As a fan of wildlife and nature the guitar is an ideal instrument.I'm sure,in it's own way, that there is nothing quite like playing the guitar at night while camping in some ravine.
Plus,the guitar is incredibly easy to learn(well,maybe not classical).I think that I just might take a try at classical guitar again.
Harmonica;While a lot of people frown on this instrument as not realy being an instrument and such.The harmonica is not a toy and can actualy be a good instrument.The harmonica is probably best at creating simple rustic tunes.It can have a larger scope than some people think.It is surprisingly easy to compose all kinds of good sounding tunes on it.Anyone remember John Williams score to the Reivers?Last of all,the instrument is probably the cheapest,too.
The brass instruments have not, by themselves,exactly been my favourite group of instruments.In orchestras yes,and in some individual or group works,yes. individualy I don't know.If properly used,however, I suppose they can be pretty incredible,too.I hear there pretty easy to learn to.As long as you have soundproof walls or tolerant neighbors ;).
The clarinet is another instrument I like.Unforetunaltely,i cannot play it.Of course there are lots of other instruments out there, to many to mention here.

There are lots of insruments that I would like to play.Some,I already do.What instruments do you play,or like to play, besides the piano.Or what other instruments do you simply enjoy.

[ August 19, 2001: Message edited by: SethW ]

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#437648 - 08/19/01 12:30 PM Re: Other instruments.
Amy Offline
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Registered: 07/07/01
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In addition to the piano, I play bassoon and percussion. I switched instruments from the flute to the bassoon a couple years ago. I started playing percussion a couple years ago but I only play mallet percussion (xylophone, marimba ect.) and timpani. I don't play snare drum because frankly, its not worth my time since its not my main instrument. I also have sang for quite a few years.
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#437649 - 08/19/01 01:39 PM Re: Other instruments.
PianoMuse Offline
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Registered: 06/04/01
Posts: 902
Loc: Philly, PA
well, i know its not an "instrument", but besides the piano I am a vocalist. I also have played the flute for a few years, and a smattering of percussion here and there when needed.
"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." ~Rachmaninoff

#437650 - 08/19/01 02:36 PM Re: Other instruments.
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Registered: 08/03/01
Posts: 643
Loc: Durham, North Carolina
Besides playing the piano, I sing. I've tried my hand at the guitar, but where I have heaps of patience at the piano, I have none at the guitar. Still trying to figure that one out. I've always wanted to learn how to play the violin. Had a chance when I was in second grade but as I grew up in a military family, we moved away before I had the chance to start the first lesson with the school orchestra. I have a fascination for the organ as well; I'd love love love love love to learn how to play it.
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#437651 - 08/19/01 02:41 PM Re: Other instruments.
Joe Offline
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Registered: 06/27/01
Posts: 86
Loc: New Jersey
I play a lot of guitar, that's the instrument I favor when playing any kind of rock or jazz. I even prefer it in chamber music situations to piano, where as for solo repertoire I see the guitar as being limited in comparison to the piano. The classical guitar is a very warm, intimate instrument, well suited to small rooms and chamber settings, and it blends so well with many instruments. The piano in chamber music always seems to end up sounding like solo piano with assorted string/wind accompaniment. I generally don't enjoy piano concertos either, though there are exceptions. Over all I see the piano concerto as being more germane in the classical period, when both the orchestra and the piano had severe limitations, they helped each other out.

Anyway... Oh yes the electric guitar is a very versatile instrument in my opinion, I'd like to use it in some non traditional situations, such as transcribing bach for multiple guitars. I've played some chamber transcriptions in the past, but the warm, sustained violin sound you can get from a guitar in an over driven tube amp would work well for that kind of thing. I've never heard people do this, but you can hear some really nice electric guitar work in an orchestral sort of setting by listening to Queen, especially on their earlier albums, Q I, II, Sheer Heart Attack, A Night At The Opera, A Day At The Races. Speaking of which there's some really good piano playing on those albums, as well as some harp and other instruments.

I also play a little harmonica, and I can play a few things on the diatonic, mostly folk style melodies. The blues is a little trickier, I'm still dabbling with that. I have a nice chromatic, but that's really tough to play. There are some really really fine players out there, both in Jazz and Classical. Stevie Wonder is supposed to be one of the best chromatic players out there. He can play just about everything, he's a super talented guy, and one of my favorite writers/musicians.

I dabble with the mandolin and the banjo, but I'm not very far at all on those. The mandolin is another surprising instrument, there are some really good jazz mandoling players out there, as well as classical. I'll always love hearing good bluegrass mandolin though, I love that stuff.

#437652 - 08/19/01 03:22 PM Re: Other instruments.
jgoo Offline
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Registered: 07/23/01
Posts: 3974
Loc: Seattle, Washington, USA
I know two guitar chords. Thats it. Thats all there is besides piano for me. But thats okay, I love the piano.
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#437653 - 08/20/01 06:20 AM Re: Other instruments.
Samejame Offline
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Registered: 06/01/01
Posts: 808
Loc: NL, Canada
I can do an Eb maj. scale on an alto sax, I've retained a little bit of trombone and trumpet from my high school band days, and I know 4 or 5 chords on a guitar, but the tin (or penny) whistle is my favourite instrument outside of the keyboard. Where I live, Irish traditional folk music is a mainstay, and the whistle is one of the predominant lead instruments in that style (the others being button accordian and fiddle).

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#437654 - 08/20/01 06:58 AM Re: Other instruments.
magnezium Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 722
Loc: Singapore
i used to play electronic organ, that is until i discovered the piano...=] i also sing in a choir... i'd love to learn violin if i had the time and if someone would teach me...=]

#437655 - 08/20/01 10:42 AM Re: Other instruments.
DT Offline
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Registered: 06/01/01
Posts: 1478
Loc: Illinois
piano accordian, the one with a keyboard on the right hand and buttons on the left.

fingerstyle guitar from Robert Johnson to Merle Travis to Charlie Christian.
(If you want to hear someone expand the limits of the classical guitar, pick up some Guy van Duser.)

Back ground vocals buried in a choir.

[ August 20, 2001: Message edited by: DT ]
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#437656 - 08/20/01 04:53 PM Re: Other instruments.
Bernard Offline
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Registered: 07/06/01
Posts: 3857
Loc: North Groton, NH
When I was in high school, I played oboe. (So it was 27 years ago--I've still got the instrument under my bed!)

If I had time to learn another instrument now, it would be cello.
"Hunger for growth will come to you in the form of a problem." -- unknown

#437657 - 08/21/01 02:38 PM Re: Other instruments.
Allen Offline
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Registered: 06/29/01
Posts: 38
Loc: Detroit Michigan
Hi Seth;
Before taking up the Piano, I played and took lessons on the Alto Sax for 8 months. It is still in my closet and I have not got back to it yet. The piano has taken up all my time to learn how to play it well.


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