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RookieActivist
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posted 15 April 2004 03:02 PM      Profile for RookieActivist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just this past January I bought my first instrument. I didn't even play the recorder in school. I bought an acoustic guitar, and its just melted into my hands, like I was always meant to play. I recently bought a faux Les Paul electric.

I've been completely teaching myself with only the aid of the occasional website and the odd jam with friends.

Out of curiosity, what instruments do babblers play, how long have you played them, and to what degree of proficiency?

[ 15 April 2004: Message edited by: RookieActivist ]


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globetrotter
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posted 15 April 2004 04:35 PM      Profile for globetrotter     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've played the clarinet for 6 years and am pretty good for my experience level. I was in the Nova Scotia Junior Wind Ensemble for 2 years. I'm too old now

I can play some trumpet, bagpipes, recorder, and piano as well. I have a guitar, but only know 5 or 6 chords.


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Kevin
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posted 15 April 2004 04:41 PM      Profile for Kevin   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can play the flute. I wish i could play the bagpipes - my grandmother wanted me to be in the White Spot Bagpipe Band.
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skdadl
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posted 15 April 2004 04:45 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Kevin, I want you to be in the White Spot Bagpipe Band. G'wan -- there's time.

Gee, two pipers already on this thread. Wonderful.


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Briguy
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posted 15 April 2004 04:45 PM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can play some piano, but I haven't owned one since my divorce, so I'm reeeallly out of practice. I can also play the accordian, badly. Well, not so much badly, as inexpertly. I have figured out songs on it (like TMBG's instrumental 'Spacesuit', and of course the Hockey Night in Canada theme) by ear, but I have no formal training. I'm sure my left hand is doing everything wrong.

Unfortunately, some of the boat whistle keys on my accordian are stuck right now. I really should take it to the Folklore Centre and get it fixed.


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Mr. Magoo
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posted 15 April 2004 04:53 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I took piano lessons for about a year, a few years back. I traded some graphic arts work for them. I pretty much knew going into it that I was a bit too late to be a child prodigy, but I surprised myself by sucking less than I thought I would. More than wanting to become the next Dave Brubeck, I just wanted to study something that I knew would be a unique and difficult challenge... and it was.
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Jesse Hoffman
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posted 15 April 2004 05:05 PM      Profile for Jesse Hoffman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can play the trumpet and play in a few bands, school related and otherwise. I've been playing for oh, about 4-5 years.

Mostly jazz music.


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No Yards
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posted 15 April 2004 05:11 PM      Profile for No Yards   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Born and bred Cape Bretoner . . . anything with strings (guitars, banjo, mandolin piano, fiddle, tub & broomhandle, dental floss,) but way out of practice.these days.

WOuld love to be able to play the pipes (Irish and Scotish) but unfortunatly never got the chance.


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Tommy Shanks
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posted 15 April 2004 05:24 PM      Profile for Tommy Shanks     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I could be a wisenheimer and say skin flu.... but I won't.

Guitar, intermittenly and badly.

As Bart says "Poly-woly-doodle".


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mighty brutus
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posted 15 April 2004 05:42 PM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Guitar, very badly.

Took about 3 years of accordion when I was a kid. Hated it at the time, but I'd give my left testicle to have that accordion now. (my cousin was importer of this particular brand of accordions, so my surname was in chrome letters down one side.. a beautiful top-of-the-line instrument (snif)


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posted 15 April 2004 06:30 PM      Profile for Hans_Blix   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm a very accomplished guitarist, bassist, drummer and vocalist. I play a weekly gig at a bar in downtown Ottawa and would eventually like to get into a recording studio since my bands got some original material. Think of our stuff as a mix of the Beatles, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Neil Young, the Pixies and Weezer.

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Timebandit
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posted 15 April 2004 06:31 PM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I studied classical guitar for 4 years when I was a teenager. I can still play some, but my niece borrowed my guitar to take lessons a few years ago, and is still using it. I used to be pretty good, but am somewhat out of practice.

I refuse to play in front of my in-laws, who are intensely competitive when it comes to music -- my SIL is a professional, as is her husband. The rest of the in-laws just tend to pounce on you and demand a concert if you admit to playing, then they want a sing-along. I'm keeping the guitar playing to myself. I don't do sing-alongs.


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Michelle
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posted 15 April 2004 07:50 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Piano, guitar, trombone, euphonium, and vocal chords. And sadly out of practice on pretty much all of them.

I'd give anything to take piano lessons again. Well, anything except $40 an hour, one hour per week. And my piano is at my Dad's place for safe keeping anyhow. I miss it.


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neeuqdrazil
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posted 15 April 2004 10:32 PM      Profile for neeuqdrazil   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Piano for 20 years. (Well, lessons for 12 or so, and just on my own since then.)

Viola for about 6 years - I still have my instrument, but I haven't played it in years.

Did anyone here go to the Interprovincial Music Camp up at Manitou-Wabing between, um... '91 or '92 and '96?


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clersal
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posted 16 April 2004 12:20 AM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Mandolin. But don't play anymore.
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radiorahim
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posted 16 April 2004 12:56 AM      Profile for radiorahim     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Guitar...badly...have an old Ovation accoustic I bought with my first ever tax refund.

Played sax in high school but haven't touched one since.


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pogge
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posted 16 April 2004 12:59 AM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Guitar - Martin acoustic - waaaaay out of shape.
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Jingles
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posted 16 April 2004 02:18 AM      Profile for Jingles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Guitar: Norman 6 string acoustic, made in La Patrie, Quebec, and a Song electric, handmade in Calgary.

I like to buy Canadien.


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beibhnn
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posted 16 April 2004 02:29 AM      Profile for beibhnn     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In my less than illustrious musical career, I have failed miserably to master the piano, the violin, the cello, the recorder (two different kinds) and the flute. My more ambitious sister has tortured various instruments including the piano, the oboe, the bassoon, the recorder, the trumpet, the guitar and the banjo. We had a cacaphonious childhood. I have long since accepted that my musical skill is the appreciation of others' talents.

In between our music lessons, my mother had us in highland dancing classes (also badly executed by her daughters) so we could learn to appreciate the bagpipes. Her dream was always to learn to play the bagpipes, accompanied in some capacity by her kilted offspring. So we were stunned when she announced several years ago that she no longer wished to learn to play the bagpipes. The end of an era? Not quite. She had just decided she wanted to learn the Northumberland pipes first. Sigh... (Or as they say in bagpipish, wheeze wheeze hoot wheeze)


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candle
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posted 16 April 2004 02:29 AM      Profile for candle     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bass (how low can you go ... oh nevermind)

I haven't played that much recently but I do play. I bought a used bass and a practice amp about three years ago - I just play for my pleasure.

In High School music I played clarinet for one year and I also took two years of bagpipe lessons (only got as far as the chanter though- I quit when we got to using the actual bag)


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inukjuak
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posted 16 April 2004 12:58 PM      Profile for inukjuak   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Banjo. I play well enough to perform, and occasionally have done so; but really prefer to sit on the porch and play for an audience of just myself and the birds.
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Albireo
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posted 16 April 2004 01:00 PM      Profile for Albireo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have played, but not well: piano, trombone and bassoon.

P.S. Anybody wanna buy a bassoon?


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skdadl
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posted 16 April 2004 01:10 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Michelle, I thought you played the accordion too, no?

And what about your bagpipes?


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Hinterland
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posted 16 April 2004 01:11 PM      Profile for Hinterland        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Michelle? Euphonium? Put 'er there (5 years in high school, and city junior symphony, don't ya know).
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Michelle
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posted 16 April 2004 01:52 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Skdadl, I only WISH I played the accordion. My Opa used to play it wonderfully, by ear, before his illness degenerated too far for him to do so any longer. He can still occasionally pick out a tune on the piano though.

I think I tried to play it when I was a kid, but it was too heavy. I should try to learn now that I'm an adult and can manage such a heavy, clunky instrument.

As for bagpipes - bite your tongue!

Hinterland, honey, do we have the euphonium in common too? I'm actually not that great at that one - the trombone was my real love in high school, and I picked up the euphonium for fun occasionally. Learned the fingering, and I even got half-decent at it for a little while, but while I can still remember the fingerings, I think I would be starting almost from scratch were I to pick one up now. The trombone, I'd get up to speed on much more quickly, I think.


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Hinterland
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I am (was) the reverse. I picked up the trombone casually, but I wasn't all that great. My brother, who was an excellent trombone player, sneered at my embouchure. The two instruments have a lot in common, don't they, although you wouldn't think so from looking at them.
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Michelle
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posted 16 April 2004 02:21 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, they do.

In fact, the embouchure is pretty much the same for both since they use the same-sized mouthpiece, so I'm surprised that your brother would sneer at your trombone embouchure if you played the euphonium decently.

Very similar sounds, although I find that the euphonium is a little more mellow. The trombone can get a lot more brash, although there's something really good to be said for a very mellow trombone with a few understated glissandos between phrases...ahhh.


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Hinterland
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My brother's haughty judgement stemmed from his perfect embouchure where he occluded notes solely with his lips, and gave his trombone a ringing, mellow quality, whereas I used my tongue, which works better on the Euphonium, but makes the trombone sound harsh. But I was prettier than him, so it all worked out..
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paxamillion
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posted 16 April 2004 02:38 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Hinterland:
My brother's haughty judgement stemmed from his perfect embouchure where he occluded notes solely with his lips, and gave his trombone a ringing, mellow quality....

Yeah, but could he hold notes like Tommy Dorsey, who had this cool breathing thing happening?


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Michelle
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posted 16 April 2004 02:41 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh, I see what you mean. I actually liked both ways of switching to another note in the same position or fingering, and either can be appropriate depending on the musical context - tonguing or lip slurs. You can do legatto tonguing, where you make a soft "d" while moving between notes.

And actually, on the trombone while playing legatto phrases, legatto tonguing is necessary, because if you try to, say, go from a D to a C, unless you get that tongue in there, you'll be getting a glissando, which is fine if that's what you want.

Seems to me that lip slurs are more common on the euphonium than the trombone, actually, since you can get non-glissando note changes through fingering alone, without tonguing, whereas on the trombone, you will get a glissando if you move between positions that are right next to each other.

quote:
Yeah, but could he hold notes like Tommy Dorsey, who had this cool breathing thing happening?

Tommy Dorsey is a god.

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BleedingHeart
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posted 16 April 2004 03:20 PM      Profile for BleedingHeart   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Saxophone

Some middle aged men get sports cars, some get new wifes, I got a sax.


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paxamillion
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posted 16 April 2004 04:39 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by BleedingHeart:
Some middle aged men get sports cars, some get new wifes, I got a sax.

Played it when I was younger. Thinking about it again.


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posted 16 April 2004 05:06 PM      Profile for windymustang     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've played piano ever since I could get up on the bench. Have played professionally since I was a teenager, in bars in Montana, North and South Dakota (guess I looked old for my age). My piano lessons as a child were mostly chording and pop.

When I was 32 I decided to go to university and study music. I took a couple of lessons from a professor and tried out. I didn't do too well performing but they admitted me because I have perfect musical recall.

It was kindof a shock being in school with all these kids who had professional training since they were tots. I lasted 4 years before becoming too ill to continue and never finished my degree. I still play professionally occassionally...local opera, ensemble, quartets, choir and solo piano.

I also play flute, soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorder, harp and all the percussion instruments as well as sing. I switched to percussion in my 3rd year of u after finally finding a teacher who would teach me percussion. Sexism kept me out of that field until I was 35.


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