I played flute throughout school, but was pretty workmanlike about it, even though I made All City Band.
I recently took up guitar, but switched to ukulele because it was so much easier to learn some fun songs! Want a great site to learn FREE uke lessons?.....Go to Ukulele Underground and Aldrine Guerrero will have you playing current and cool songs in no time!
I agree that schools should encourage students (with funding) to be well-rounded and incorporate sports and the arts, because it develops the brain and can only enhance academics.
Piano, voice, bass, a little guitar. I taught myself to play the ukelele while on vacation in Hawaii once. (I'm sure my neighbours in the hotel were thrilled with me...)
I would love, love, LOVE to learn to play the drums. I spent years tap dancing so I'm already familiar with some of the rhythms. I've always thought of the drums as another dance form.
And KJ, you're right. You don't have to have talent to play music well. Even those who have talent don't play well if they don't work at it.
6/20/12 10:37 A
To say I play piano would be a big stretch but I can plink out a tune if necessary. My voice instrument gets used a lot in choir. My best friend can play keyboards, violin, and guitar and is thinking of taking up the drums. I'm so jealous of talented people!
I don't any more, since I sold it to help me move back to CO, but I used to play flute . . . I'd like to again and saving up to buy another flute is on my wishlist . . .
But my main instrument was always my voice. :)
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grew up playing the violin then switched to drums as a teenager/young adult. Now I mess around with a guitar. Would love to learn the piano but have no place to keep one and see no sense in learning an instrument that I don't have access to in my home.
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I used to be a serious flute and piccolo player -- but gave it up as a adult because I have lived in apartments and condos. My neighbors would not appreciate my practicing.
I used to play for 45-60 minutes ... for many years. As an adult, I don't play at all.
Even though I haven't played for over 30 years, I still miss it.
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5/27/12 10:02 A
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Piano and guitar.
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5/27/12 10:01 A
On a related note (see what I did there?), it has been my experience that most people get musical talent and the ability to play an instrument confused. It is entirely possible to play any instrument if you were good at ACADEMICS....
Let's start with reading music (aka DECODING), it's simply a language based on basic principles; on five lines & four spaces (and the extension of that at times) are a series of notes using the common alphabet from A to G and then repeats. acsending notes (going from lower to higher) you move forward in the alphabet, likewise when notes descend (going from higher to lower) they go reverse in the alphabet. There's also a good way to learn the names of the space and lines (no talent needed, just good academic training); from the bottom to top the lines are E-G-B-D-F or Every Good Boy Does Fine and the spaces from bottom to top are F-A-C-E or face (as in facebook). This is for the treble clef (or "G" clef) a common clef for most music (for piano you'll need to learn the bass clef or "F" clef and its easy, too).
The above requires ZERO talent, only a good strong academic understanding.
TALENT, on the other hand doesn't necessarily mean that one is good at reading music but definitely accels in music regardless of being able to read music or not. If you are someone who can hear a song and pluck it out on a guitar or piano (having no idea how to read music) then you might have musical talent.
On the subject of just WHO has musical talent it goes like this; please be ready to have an open mind this information blows away most people to the point where it seems to strange to be true.......ready?
Due to a natural curve of distribution there are an equal amount of folks with mathematical talent, language talent, athletic talent, musical talent, academic talent, etc.....and some folks are talented in more than just one way, they be both academically & athletically talented or Athletically and musically talented or....you get the idea.
No way in hell you say, right? except it's true. What the problem in understanding this concept is that AMERICANS have been brainwashed into thinking only reading and math are important (and athletics) and isregard the other academics and/or talents.
Why? Because we're under the impression that $$$$$$$$$ is the only thing that matters.
Your son or daughter is extremely musically talented but they also have strong academic talent in math. They want to major in music and you are like HELL NO they'll major in business because you can make more money in that field.
If that's not true for you its certainly true for lots of others.
For me; I am musically talented, my strength in music has always been rhythmic. I can sing in key and in tune but the quality of my voice sucks and that's because I never trained to sing (too late now, that needs to be doneat or just before puberty because if NOT then it'll never properly develop). But rhythmically I have always excelled that way so percussion was a natural congruent choice for me (though I have ALWAYS liked the trombone better).
I play piano, French horn, bass guitar, and ukulele. I took piano lessons for 9 years, French horn lessons for 8 years, and self-taught myself the bass guitar in high school (played for church), and just bought a ukulele this past Christmas & can play around 15 chords on it so far.
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5/25/12 2:12 P
Best part is, my heart rate goes up to 120+ when I'm playing and I often march or mark time when playing. I get pretty sweaty and burn a few calories. Not quite enough to count as cardio, but enough to tip the lifestyle scale a little bit more to 'active' than 'sedentary'.
5/25/12 1:51 P
I took a couple years of piano lessons but wasn't very good. I can poke out a tune but I've always wanted to learn to play saxophone! I'm jealous of my friend who sings, plays keyboard, violin and guitar! Some people have all the talent!
5/25/12 1:32 P
piano, last year i started playing the piano again after many years. i have not been too diligent to play piano this year. have to start playing again. i hate that i am in the first books.
5/25/12 1:28 P
I haven't played piano since I was six and I regret giving it up.
My sons both play the elctric guitar and my younger son also plays the trumpet at school (which isn't so easy to listen to when he practices!)
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5/25/12 1:22 P
I've always regretted never learning how to to play the piano. In middle school, I played flute and clarinet for a short time, but didn't keep up with it; I wish I had, I have mostly forgotten now how to even read music.
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piano... i need to get another piano though... havent had one in a few years except virtuouso on the IPad
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5/25/12 12:57 P
I'm pretty much talentless. I taught myself a few songs on the piano, but it doesn't come natural to me (and I cannot read music).
My nephew plays guitar, viola and bass. My brother plays slide trombone and piano. The rest of us are just envious!
I play guitar and my boyfriend gave me a lap dulcimer 2 years ago but I have not really tried that... I could tell I was learning bad habits as I taught myself and don't want to do that... and no one around here to learn from. It'll happen eventually but not right now.
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I started taking piano lessons a while ago. I find it very relaxing and fun.
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