What other instruments do you like to play?

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
2 weeks ago
23 posts
That's like me. Technically I play 13 instruments. But none of them really well
Keith
Keith
@keith
2 weeks ago
68 posts

I totally agree, my music making is just for my own enjoyment, & I can get a tune out of most of my instruments, but, of course, some better than others.

I also know it was said in good faith. I do agree to a certain extent, that I'm better off getting to know one instrument well, & I know that that instrument is the chromatic harmonica for me.

(At this time of year, with the colder weather, our breath condensates on the windsavers, therefore sticking the two parts together, causing notes to not sound, so we need to keep them, our chromatic harmonicas, warmed up to about body temperature)

But I like other instruments too, latest fascination being the whistle, & as I used to play recorders, it isn't too much of a learning curve for me, (just need to get more proficient with half holeing).

 

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 weeks ago
80 posts

Here's something I wrote about never being 'good enough' back in 2009.  It's on my dulcimer blog but it applies to playing any instrument I think:

https://dulcimer-noter-drone.blogspot.com/2009/09/am-i-too-old.html




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Mack
Mack
@mack
2 weeks ago
2 posts
If proficiency were the only goal that might work somewhat but you would never get “good enough”
Play for joy what you like.
LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
2 weeks ago
23 posts
Yes I was learning classical guitar but it was just too much, so now I am concentrating mainly on piano
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 weeks ago
80 posts

There's no way I could concentrate only on one type of instrument for months at a time. It's not in my genetic makeup!
More accurately, it would take some of the joy out of making music at home for me.

Wow, I didn't know one had to keep harmonicas from getting cold.  Who knew?  frog




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Keith
Keith
@keith
2 weeks ago
68 posts

On one of my other forums, I've been told I should concentrate on just one instrument - until I'm proficient - not sure that I can do that, but my harmonicas do take first priority. whistleduck

 

(I just found out the other day, that reptile heating mats are good for warming up my chromatics, so I went online to order one to try out.)

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one month ago
23 posts
@keith mine was an Aulos. Beautiful sound but hard on my fingers
Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

Much easier with keys, mine was a Yamaha, as were my others.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one month ago
23 posts
@keith I had a tenor, briefly, but it was uncomfortable to play and I sold to a friend on Facebook. I would like to get another in the future tho, possibly with keys
Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

I used to have recorders, my favourite was the tenor, always fancied trying a bass, but couldn't justify the price.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one month ago
23 posts
@keith. Thats cool. I've not played mine in ages. At the moment its all about the alto recorder for me.
Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

I've got a collection of all but soprano & sopranino - my fingers are too big for comfort on them.

My present favourite size is tenor scale on a concert sized body, & my best one is a solid acacia KoAloha Opio, backed up by my solid mahogany Ohana, I really like these two. :)

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one month ago
23 posts
@keith ukuleles are fun, I have 2, a concert size and a Baritone
Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

Other instruments?


I retired three years ago, & I was determined to learn to play a musical instrument.

First I bought a digital piano - that didn't work out. Next, I bought a (diatonic/blues) harmonica - but I couldn't get my head around sucking & blowing, let alone bending notes, so I also bought a chromatic, but still couldn't get it to work.

Next came the uke (ukulele), that actually worked for me - so started my musical journey. :)

Eighteen months, & I was just about playing tunes, & of course, UAS had got to me! Couldn't stop buying them, they're all different, you know. ;)

So then I went back to try my harmonicas again. This time, I got it, & started to be able to play tunes on them - slowly - but recognisably - & caught HAS.

Then I thought that I would try my old flute, purchased in the 80s, when I was trying to learn to play - at that time I had recorders. That lead me to the Chiff & Fipple forum, where I quickly caught the whistle bug, & WAS, but they are mainly Irish music, & I like a variety, so I went & did an online search for (tin)whistle forums & found this site.

UAS = Ukulele Aquisition Syndrome - HAS = Harmonica Aquisition Syndrome - WAS = Whistle Aquisition Syndrome

 


updated by @keith: 11/02/18 05:14:51AM
LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
6 months ago
23 posts

Cool mack. My dad had a banjo that he made too


updated by @larrys: 06/12/18 07:35:10PM
Chifmunk
Chifmunk
@chifmunk
6 months ago
10 posts

Mack, that's a super cool photo!!  clapper

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
23 posts
I have 13 different instruments including piano, guitars and ukulele. I also have a clarinet which I struggle with and I was recently given a flute! Which is a lot harder than I'd imagined.
Mack
Mack
@mack
7 months ago
2 posts

I made my first banjo from stuff lying around the ranch.  That's it and me about 1950.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
10 months ago
80 posts

I tend to like to experiment in various instruments and genres of music over time.  I won't list 'all' the instruments I've dabbled in at one time or another, but it also means I will never be an expert player in any one specific instrument.  I've come to accept this and just enjoy the journey.  :)
The ones I currently turn to, either often or maybe just occasionally... are banjo, mountain dulcimer (and it's relatives the epinette des Vosges and the Swedish hummel), the bones, rebec, jouhikko, and of course my penny whistles.




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
80 posts

Do you play other instruments aside from the whistle?

Tell us about your playing fun on other instruments!   jive




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