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Offline tekla

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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #20 on: December 10, 2009, 02:49:40 pm »
If my momory serves me correctly, Paul McCartney and George Harrison played uke as well.

While I don't know about your Mom, my memory serves me that Paul McCartney, who could have had about half of the women in the world, got married to Heather Mills.  'Nuff said.  But if you need more, one word: Wings.  OK, still not enough?  He let Linda sing in Wings.  Sure she was turned way down (well below the range of human hearing) in the mix, still...

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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #21 on: December 10, 2009, 06:15:26 pm »
Tekla you're dissing one of my heroes >:-)

Paul and his band Wings stayed near my home in Tennessee early on while recording in Nashville. He really is a great guy to talk to and be around. And he does play the ukulele as well as several other instruments. Most musicians would not want their spouse to go on the road with them-I admire him for that.

I like the guitar in your pic. I play my gibsons more than the others and have a strat body Epi that sounds and plays as well as my Les Paul. I use it for my backup and for bright tones it is my #1-even better than my strat-thru both my 50 watt Marshall (4x12s)and my 45 watt Boogie (4x10s).


Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2009, 09:20:47 pm »
I play everything  ^-^

Not really...i don't have that many instruments, but i can pick up most instruments and do something with them...

Mostly, I play piano and guitar. i have taken lessons before, for piano at least, but I always found them to slow or boring so I have mostly taught myself. I've found that once you figure out the scales you can play just about anything, at least within that specific scale. i'm not amazing at transitioning between scales though...

I like piano alot and do random classical style stuff, but i havn't had alot of time to practice. I usually end up playing guitar instead because i am just better at it and more practiced. Every now and then i'll do something heavy metal but I'm better doing the blues or steve ray vaughn type stuff. i rarly play someone elses stuff, i just improvise, its to tiresome to learn something by tabs. Maybe when I have more time i'll learn some stuff by ear though. I do like to just play along with a song though, adding my own stuff.

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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2009, 12:00:30 am »
I'm self-taught on piano, and can play reasonably euphoniously. I prefer 19th century romanticism because it tends to be fairly forgiving of mistakes and can take rubato. It's my main instrument.

I'm almost entirely self-taught on guitar as well, though I took a few lessons after I had already gotten the basic hang of it. I play some classical (Fernando Sor studies and the like), but mostly just jam away at pop/folk/blues/etc. that you can sing along to.

I sing a lot. I've been in at least two choirs for most of the last decade. I sing tenor mostly, and it kind of kills me. Definitely a dysphoric experience, but singing is such a euphoric experience that it works out. At least I don't have to wear bloody tuxedos any more. But it's weird being the one woman singing tenor. It's not just that the parts are gendered, but a lot of music (about half of the vocal music Brahms ever wrote, for instance) is highly gendered in subject and form. Choir directors have an understandable but annoying tendency to say things like, "Men! I want to hear you from your entrance at measure 59!" Like I said, dysphoric. I'm working on the upper part of my range so that one day I might be able to sing alto without it being a stretch.

When I was little I took lessons in violin -- eight years in total -- and I stopped because it was just too damned hard. I regret it somewhat, and definitely want to have another go at it. I think it's the most beautiful instrument there is. But it is so unforgiving. Everything from tone to phrasing to intonation is difficult, and it sounds awful when you mess any of them up.


When I'm not totally down in the dumps, any instrument will do as a wonderful way to relax and open up and let go of whatever is bothering me. When I'm really down, though, it's awfully hard to play. There was a movie, "Elephant," that was more or less about the Columbine shooting, and there was a scene where one of the shooters plays most of Für Elise, and then stops abruptly, banging out a some dissonant notes. I'm not sure how other people saw that, but to me it was immediately obvious the way he was looking to music for some succor, but couldn't maintain the concentration to play an instrument.
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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2009, 05:34:06 pm »
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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #25 on: December 11, 2009, 06:20:12 pm »
Mostly guitar. Have also played bass and drums. Messed about with piano and flute
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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2019, 02:28:47 pm »
...and does it make you feel better?

Do you play anything? Is it rewarding for you on an emotional level or just something you do for fun?

digging into the classic TS posts today and found this....

Yes it does make me feel better. It's very rewarding emotionally and spiritually. I love to channel creative energy, and yes it's fun....

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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2019, 01:00:57 pm »
Piano, yeah it's stress management... or used to be when I played more

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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #28 on: May 18, 2019, 01:42:57 pm »
Does the male organ count?  >:-) :laugh:
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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2019, 03:25:32 pm »
Does the male organ count?  >:-)
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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #30 on: May 20, 2019, 03:07:32 pm »
I play tenor sax in a concert band.

I used to play hammered dulcimer, but I would need a lot of practice to take it up again.  I made a CD of dulcimer music back in the day, but I'd have to relabel and repackage the discs I have left, since they are all in my dead name.

And a long, long time ago, I played clarinet in high school and in the base band when I was in the Air Force.

My mother tried to teach me the piano when I was little, but she wasn't a good teacher and I wasn't a good student.  I never did learn to read more than one note at a time.  I am not bad reading single parts, like for wind instruments.

On the hammered dulcimer, you can play two notes at once, since you have a hammer in each hand, but you can't read music and play the instrument at the same time.  All my learning on that instrument was done by ear and muscle memory.
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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #31 on: June 10, 2019, 07:02:45 am »
I play the guitar, bass, drums, violin, the traverse flute, the piano and i sing, focusing mainly on singing, guitar, piano and flute in that order. Does it make me happy ? Probably not. I have this compulsion that i have to do something important with my life, be creative and always improve myself. I tried being in a relationship a few months ago and just be happy, but i soon started feeling a void in my life. For me a good day is when i get up at 6am on weekends and play music from 9 am to 8 pm. Am i happy? Certainly not, but i've made my peace with that.
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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #32 on: February 08, 2020, 05:48:39 pm »
Classical, flamenco and folk guitar. Highland and Asturian Bagpipes. Tin whistle

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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2020, 06:09:58 am »
Drums, keyboard, clarinet, tenor saxophone, a bit of cornet, and vocals.

These I believe are all classed as mindful activities and, as such, there are proven mental health benefits from playing them.

In addition, those instruments that require breath support (including the voice) provide physical health benefits!
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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2020, 08:22:42 am »
Taking piano lessons still.   I'm not terrible, but far from good.  I can play most things you stick in front of me with a little playing around with it.   I won't be doing any Chopin anytime soon though. 

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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2020, 08:34:40 am »
Washboard, tambourine , Cajon and attempting to play electric drums (foot hand coordination issue!!) did have the chance to have lessons when I was 16 but never took up the offer, one of the thing I regret.   
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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #36 on: February 09, 2020, 06:46:29 pm »
I've been learning piano for the past three years, and I'm definitely getting to ok player! I'm probably around the lower intermediate level at this point. I've moved away from going through books and really focus on learning songs that I like. I'm starting to learn more accompanying pieces so that when I can sing again someday (see below..), I can sing with the piano. At some point I want to get into composing as well.

I really need a piano instructor at this point, but I want to be close to the end of transition before I start that kind of a relationship. Also, my tastes tend towards pop/rock/jazz and eventually I want to learn improvisation techniques, and it's really hard to find instructors who do pop/jazz technique outside of conservatories.

I really wish I could learn how to play guitar, but I have the darndest time trying to get my hands to work on the frets. Part of the problem is that I have really small hands for an AMAB (it runs in the family), which isn't a bad thing for transition. But is a bad thing for guitar, although I know this isn't an excuse because there are tons of women guitarists. I've had instructors try to work with me, but it's very frustrating and progress is very slow. Piano comes much more naturally for me.

I hope my voice recovers post-VFS that I can sing again at some point. I have sung in organized settings for much of my life and used to be a very good singer and had a great natural ear and voice. I still have the ear, but I'm never going to have the booming voice I once had. Hopefully I get enough volume back to at least sing some soft solo work - I continue to show progress in getting more strength, so there is still hope.

Fortunately, it is now a lot easier for me to sing the female-sung songs. I'm a pretty conventional alto at this point (although I'd like a couple more semi-tones on the upper end of the range...I think I can get there with training and more healing).

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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #37 on: February 09, 2020, 10:59:26 pm »
I play mandolin in many styles... Fiddle tunes, Celtic, bluegrass, roots, and even classical. I play weekly with a jam group and not much else. Once I got to where I could play and improvise by ear that has become my favorite. Now when I play a solo but forgot the melody (this happens more and more ) I just make something up on the fly that matches the chords everyone else is playing. It's fun!

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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #38 on: June 07, 2020, 06:52:17 pm »
I play guitars (both acoustic and electric), harmonica, bass, piano and percussion drums.
I may introduce myself from my "old life" as I have been recording my own songs in my own studio.
I have composed many songs, composing my own songs and singing and playing are the things I go to when fighting depression. I just love to create music.
One of the things I am working on now is how to transition from my male vocal voice to a more female sounding singing voice.
Here is a link to my SoundCloud channel and one of my songs. I have played every instrument on this song and I am singing lead, a girl is singing one verse and backup. Hope to get my sound more feminine.
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Re: Do you play an instrument...
« Reply #39 on: June 17, 2020, 10:46:50 am »
I make electronic music with synthesizers.  I think there was thread somewhere on SP about people here that play synth?

When I actually play, yes it does make me feel better usually.  I don't use computers and that is important to me.  I need to be off the computer and have something tactile to work with, in my case knobs, buttons, and wires.  I learned guitar recently and though I didn't very good at it, I did get that joy of creating something with your hands when not on a keyboard.  Also learning Native American Style Flute.

Here are some links to my weird music: