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Title: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Hannah on December 08, 2009, 06:12:53 pm
...and does it make you feel better?

I used to be a rather accomplished pianist and knew my way around a violin...and composed music that lots of people liked. I played in a band for a while, but I couldn't really write commercial grade music so I played keyboards and wrote lyrics, while my friend composed the music and sang. The thing is, he kept dating female band members and we could never form a steady group  :eusa_snooty:

Anyway playing the piano used to really help me to feel better. I tried the other day and wow am I out of practice, and I'm thinking about using that available energy to learn the guitar instead. I quit playing the piano years ago because it dissolves my walls and barriers just as effectively as therapy and Celexa has, and at the time I needed those walls to survive.

Do you play anything? Is it rewarding for you on an emotional level or just something you do for fun?
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Randi on December 08, 2009, 06:47:28 pm
Hi Becca,

I play guitars and sing. However, I find it very very difficult to play with any depth if I am unhappy. This bird can't sing if she isn't happy!

Having had a professional position for several years I also have times when it just feels like more work. That's when I put it down for a while and do something else-like stained glass, or go ride my motorcycle.

I have been building a small studio room in my attic for a couple of years and have just begun to put tracks into my computer. Hopefully I will have something to post online soon-if I can just get the computer in tune! To answer your question-yes it does make me happy.

Randi 8)
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Janet_Girl on December 08, 2009, 08:21:54 pm
Does a CD player or radio count?  That is about the only thing I play.  ;D



Sorry Becca,
Hugs and Love
Janet
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: JodieBlonde on December 08, 2009, 08:23:48 pm
I've been playing bass for a while and although my professional CW days are long gone - I can still play some mean jazz and rock boxes.

It doesn't require quite the same precision as my 6-strings, and after my peripheral neuropathy, it's a blessing to play anything again.

Currently working on Santana's , Jobim's and Bugs Henderson's music - I prefer Road House Blues to most other forms. SRV gets me excited too.
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Kay on December 08, 2009, 09:17:13 pm
What do I play?  Mostly French Horn.  But I can also play keyboards, percussion, and any brass or woodwind instrument out there.  (I used to be a music teacher.)  I know the basics of strings, guitar & banjo, but never was very good at them.
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Aside from the horn though, I haven't played most of them in years.
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: justmeinoz on December 09, 2009, 04:53:16 am
Lap Steel  and slide guitar, bass and trying to learn trumpet.  I came back to playing after a break of quite a few years.
I have a Monterey single-cone resonator acoustic and a home made electric steel. Mostly I play blues based stuff on guitar, but am trying to get into jazz bass.
 I picked up a trumpet at a price that was too good to miss and am still trying to get the basics sorted.
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Deanna_Renee on December 09, 2009, 08:48:35 am
A bit obscure, but I (attempt) to badly play the Japanese Shakuhachi. It's an end-blown bamboo flute that attributes a great part of its history to being associated with Zen Buddhism (specifically Sui-Zen). It is touted as being one of the simplest (construction) non-percussive instrument in the world - i.e. a bamboo tube with five holes and an angled blowing edge. It is also reputed to be the most difficult/complex woodwind instruments in the world to play. And I play it rather poorly after some 20 years of lackadaisical attempts at practicing.

Actually, when I started, I played/practiced every day and had gotten almost pretty fairly kinda almost half decent - of course I had a teacher then. For the past fifteen years, I have been without a teacher and have lost almost all of the self-discipline needed to sit down and practice, so I have gotten quite pathetically ignorant of the ability to play anything but the first piece I learned. Also the music is all in Japanese notation (not that matters, I couldn't read western music notation any better).

It is a beautiful instrument and I have six of them in various sizes and styles (root-end ji-ari, root-end ji-nashi, non-root end ji-nashi, non-root end black bamboo ji-nashi, 1.8 shaku to 3.0 shaku).

Someday, I'll revisit them and start playing (my therapist has been telling me I should).
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: NDelible Gurl on December 09, 2009, 09:02:23 am
Wow. It's been awhile but I used to play either the trumpet, treble baritone, and the saxophone in grade school. I really want to pick up piano soon. One thing I noticed in grade school about band was how many GLBT students were enrolled. If I remember correctly I think it had to do with the choice of either P.E., Band, or JROTC.

:D
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: rejennyrated on December 09, 2009, 09:26:16 am
I wish! I sing. I am a reasonable contralto but sadly I've no one to accompany me.  :(
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Ryuu on December 09, 2009, 09:30:47 am
I play guitar, and was in a  band until last week. I sing, but not as much as I did before I tried recording my voice and realized how f*ing HIGH it is - I'm a first soprano. >.<
Emotional reasons? I suppose, it helps calm me down, or gear me up, depending what kind of music I'm playing. Listening to music does that too, but not to such an extent.
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Laura91 on December 09, 2009, 09:32:05 am
I play guitar (not very well) and I do experimental noise stuff with a mic and a bunch of effects pedals.
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: CodyJess on December 09, 2009, 09:43:12 am
I played the flute for nine years, starting in grade school. Also took up the violin for two, and was rather adept at that. I played the glockenspiel for several years with my grandfather, who helped me build one (that was awesome times, man), and am really hoping to get my hands on a small lap-harp this holiday season - something I've wanted to play since I was a little kid.

I wish I could sing. It's one of my biggest dysphorias, actually. That no matter how hard I tried, and no matter what I did, the best I could sound was like a low female tenor with a head-cold. I gave up on it years ago (shortly after being kicked out of women's choir in high school, the teacher apparently didn't feel like dealing with a lone tenor in a group of 59 sopranos).
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Between Names on December 09, 2009, 04:24:42 pm
I play the ukulele.  :)  My dad bought me a uke for my birthday and now it's one of my favorite things to do.

Unfortunately, I'm too shy to sing...  I blame my high voice.
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Shana A on December 09, 2009, 06:07:19 pm
I play acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, dulcimer... I play professionally and teach, however even if I did something else for a living, I'd still play for myself. Music keeps me sane (OK, maybe not exactly sane) ;D

Z
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Alexie on December 09, 2009, 07:10:09 pm
I sing :) And yes, the voice is an instrument.
I also play the piano... sort of

Alexie
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Natasha on December 10, 2009, 10:03:11 am
i've been playing piano since i was 7.  i also play the violin.
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: tekla on December 10, 2009, 11:41:36 am
I play the ukulele.

Wow, and you're willing to admit that in public.  Good for you.  Since it took so much for you to come out like that, here is a friend of mine who also plays the Uke.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC1og49c0c8&feature=related# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC1og49c0c8&feature=related#)

And this guy is just awesome, playing While My Guitar Gently Weeps, at Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon memorial in Central Park, NYC - let it inspire you, this guy rocks it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puSkP3uym5k&feature=related# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puSkP3uym5k&feature=related#)
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Between Names on December 10, 2009, 12:49:34 pm
Haha!  The uke is so underrated Tekla.  ;)

And Jake!  I love Jake!  He is totally epic; one of my uke heroes.
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Shana A on December 10, 2009, 01:26:18 pm
I play the ukulele.

Wow, and you're willing to admit that in public.  Good for you.  Since it took so much for you to come out like that, here is a friend of mine who also plays the Uke.

Kat, I like your friend's song!

I forgot to list it in my list, I play a little uke too...

Jake is great!

Z
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Randi on December 10, 2009, 02:19:30 pm
If my memory serves me correctly, Paul McCartney and George Harrison played uke as well.


Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: tekla 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...

And Uni is great.  She just loves doing it so much you can't but help going to that happy place yourself.  She does lots, and lots, and lots (because she is easy and requires no equipment) of events/parties/things/salons in SF.  And she travels the world going into some of the most dive bars in some of the worst places and does what she does and everybody loves her.  I know there is vid tape of her playing the Fillmore, so I asked her why that wasn't on Utube instead of that really bad Helsinki deal I posted above, her reply was: "Everyone has Filmore tapes, I played Helsinki."  So there you have it.
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Randi 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).
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Robin. 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.

Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Alyssa M. 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.
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: LordKAT on December 11, 2009, 05:34:06 pm
The green-eyed monster is whispering, If only I had been allowed to learn.....
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: V M on December 11, 2009, 06:20:12 pm
Mostly guitar. Have also played bass and drums. Messed about with piano and flute
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: CynthiaAnn 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....

Bass guitar primary instrument, secondary would be guitar and keyboards...

C -
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Paul Muad-Dib on May 18, 2019, 01:00:57 pm
Piano, yeah it's stress management... or used to be when I played more
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Devlyn on May 18, 2019, 01:42:57 pm
Does the male organ count?  >:-) :laugh:
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Kirsteneklund7 on May 18, 2019, 03:25:32 pm
Does the male organ count?  >:-)
Question; What is worse than a lobster on your piano ?

 Answer ; A crab on your organ!

 Now that was a bad joke, but my timing was impeccable.

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Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: KathyLauren 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.
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Lisa143 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.
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: loreetay on February 08, 2020, 05:48:39 pm
Classical, flamenco and folk guitar. Highland and Asturian Bagpipes. Tin whistle
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Ellie_Arroway 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!
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Julielynn 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. 
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: davina61 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.   
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: sarahc on February 09, 2020, 06:46:29 pm
I've been learning piano for the past three years, and I'm definitely getting to be...an 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).

Sarah
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: RandyL 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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Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Jennifer1975 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.
Hope you like it:

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Post by: madeleine 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:

https://soundcloud.com/k_dada/sets/recent-tracks

https://soundcloud.com/k_dada/sets/music-to-play-basbol-by

Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: madeleine on June 17, 2020, 11:09:38 am
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.
Hope you like it:

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Wow, your song is good!
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Post by: Jennifer1975 on June 17, 2020, 11:50:43 am
Wow, your song is good!

Thank you very much :)
I just love to play music, sing and compose. Those are my favourite things in life.
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Jennifer1975 on June 17, 2020, 11:54:16 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:

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I like your music too, a bit different from mine but it is great with different kinds of music. We could collaborate :)
You do things I don't, I could do different things. Who knows we could have success in a collaboration. Maybe some kind of "transmetal"  ;D
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: madeleine on June 18, 2020, 03:43:12 pm
I like your music too, a bit different from mine but it is great with different kinds of music. We could collaborate :)
You do things I don't, I could do different things. Who knows we could have success in a collaboration. Maybe some kind of "transmetal"  ;D

Yes, transmetal!  A collaboration could be a lot of fun, however you might discover I don't have any formal training or knowledge in music!  Good luck on achieving a more feminine voice.  That really interests me because I want to try and learn to sing soon and I would also like to sing with a feminine voice.  Please keep us updated on that!
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Post by: Maddie on June 19, 2020, 10:35:37 pm
Jennifer, your link is gone and I would love to hear it.
Can you send it in a message?

Hi Madeleine, looking pretty girl!
I enjoy hearing jams like yours during late night drives. 
You know, like when we all used to go places..
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: madeleine on June 20, 2020, 07:54:04 pm
Jennifer, your link is gone and I would love to hear it.
Can you send it in a message?

Hi Madeleine, looking pretty girl!
I enjoy hearing jams like yours during late night drives. 
You know, like when we all used to go places..

Thank you and thank you Maddie!  I laughed in appreciation of "late night drives" comment, and I know what you mean. But some of us, like us you and I and others on Susan's, are still going places...just not in cars!
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: ShotGal on June 23, 2020, 06:50:55 pm
I played keyboards professionally starting at a very early age and did recording, songwriting, played big arenas (as many as 30,000 people), did music in film and worked in the music business for decades.  It ended when we left the L.A. area and I haven't played much since but turned my creativity into another creative art and have been successful at that too.  I enjoy playing, writing and recording but just don't have the time for it any more.  I have the gear - just lack the time.  In some ways it (music) makes me sad because it reminds me of all the things I lost along the earlier path of my life, but it's so long ago the feeling is just passing.
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Post by: MxRileyQuinn on July 03, 2020, 01:10:18 pm
So...  I was taught piano and flute from about 5th grade until I graduated High School, however neither of those was where my interests really were and I stopped playing as soon as my parents no longer had a say in it.  I never was very good at either because I wanted to learn other instruments and so I only did the bare minimum to keep my parents off my back.

Once I enlisted and left home I began to do things I wanted, which included learning to play the Bodhran (Irish frame drum), the Irish Whistle, and the Great Highland Bagpipes (Scottish bagpipes).  For a while, I played in a local Irish band as their drummer (about four years), however regular military deployments interrupted that enough that the band chose someone else to replace me (no hard feelings there, we talked it out and I agreed that it was what was best for them).  I still dabble with my Bodhran, and recently began practicing in earnest again.  I have also been on-again/off-again practicing with my bagpipes and also recently began getting more serious about that (it's amazing what all this empty time from stay-at-home-because-COVID is allowing me to do).  Who knows...perhaps by the time the pandemic is over (if it ever is) I'll be one heck of a good piper!
Title: Re: Do you play an instrument...
Post by: Asche on July 04, 2020, 12:36:46 pm
I play piano, guitar, and flute.

Which I focus on depends on what my life is like at the time.

When I'm around people who like to do sing-alongs, I bring my guitar and accompany the songs.  They're typically the sort of songs that you find in Rise Up Singing and the magazine Sing Out!.

And when I'm in folk-dancing spaces (mostly American Contra and English dancing), I play flute because the pick-up dance bands always have room for melody instruments, and flute (esp. piccolo) can be quite audible.  So these are mostly English, Irish, and Canadian reels and jigs and the like.

When I'm alone most of the time, like I am now with the COVID-19 restrictions (I'm in New York State, so it's been since March), I end up playing piano, because (for reasons I won't bore you with) I only really feel comfortable playing piano when I'm alone and I can imagine that nobody hears me.  I've been playing the kind of music I learned back when I was taking piano lessons when I was a kid: Beethoven Sonatas, Chopin Etudes, Polonaises, etc., some Bach and the like, and some stuff like Scott Joplin and David Brubeck.  I don't play very well, but since I'm just playing for myself, I just try to enjoy the moments when it works out and more or less sounds like the way it is in my head.

I also sing.  Back when getting together in person was a possibility, I was in a chorus of around 100 people for a while, and I was in a choir until COVID-19 hit.

For me, the performance aspect is very much secondary.  For me, it's about getting in touch with my soul.  Music gets around all the barriers I had to put up to survive and goes straight to the soul.  It also gets me outside of myself and my life and my inner misery and into an alternate universe where there is nothing but the music and the harmony.  Just swimming in an ocean of music like a dolphin in the sea.
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Post by: kutral on August 16, 2020, 07:22:14 pm
instruments are an amazing therapy honestly!
i learned many different instruments when i was younger but i never felt confident enough to sing even tho i rly wanted to (bcos of voice dysphoria) this went on until i turned 20

now i sing, play ukulele, guitar, and i have some electronic instruments around! like volca sample + pocket operator.
ive also wrote a few songs and im trying to work on making an EP
we should join forces  >:-)

most recent song >>
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdTIiQ7dnrA
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Post by: EZ Linus on August 21, 2020, 01:44:05 pm
I'm a drummer and have been playing all my life, played professionally for about 15 years, then became disabled and haven't played much since.
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Post by: Froodah on December 03, 2020, 01:09:51 am
I want to play the flute or clarinet.