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Any musicians out there?

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Amanda L Member Since: Jan 23, 2018
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Although I decided not to pursue a career in music, I began studying music when I was 6 and play a number of instruments. My dad was a professional musician so it sort of runs in the family (technically he's my stepdad). I started out with woodwinds, decided in my 30s I wanted to be cool so learned some guitar, banjo, mandolin, and violin. I now seriously study violin. My teacher said I'm decent. Considering what I know of music and musicians decent is a compliment.

My favorite thing about the violin is experimenting with the sound and how much finding the note on the string feels like a discovery. I found an adult "beginner" string ensemble with an instructor to play with weekly and it's very relaxing and fun.

Anyone else play an instrument?
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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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Amanda L wrote:
Although I decided not to pursue a career in music, I began studying music when I was 6 and play a number of instruments. My dad was a professional musician so it sort of runs in the family (technically he's my stepdad). I started out with woodwinds, decided in my 30s I wanted to be cool so learned some guitar, banjo, mandolin, and violin. I now seriously study violin. My teacher said I'm decent. Considering what I know of music and musicians decent is a compliment.

My favorite thing about the violin is experimenting with the sound and how much finding the note on the string feels like a discovery. I found an adult "beginner" string ensemble with an instructor to play with weekly and it's very relaxing and fun.

Anyone else play an instrument?

My friend from back home learned guitar on his own using apps. He played a song for me and he was pretty good! I mean, he slow but he played it well.

 

I had two goals that I still can't decide for this year: improve Spanish OR learn guitar. I kinda wanted to learn piano too but that is a huge investment and I ain't got room for a large arse piano in my house.

 

I played Clarinet (groan tomboy) in middle school but I don't remember ANYTHING about how to read music.

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John B Member Since: Aug 20, 2015
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You are obviously a brilliant, disciplined person. I vote for learning how to play guitar.  Then find a local nightspot that has "open mike" and displaying the reason most people wish they were both brilliant and disciplined.  All the tools are there Jennifer.

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Mark F Member Since: Jul 10, 2018
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Jennifer M wrote:

Amanda L wrote:
Although I decided not to pursue a career in music, I began studying music when I was 6 and play a number of instruments. My dad was a professional musician so it sort of runs in the family (technically he's my stepdad). I started out with woodwinds, decided in my 30s I wanted to be cool so learned some guitar, banjo, mandolin, and violin. I now seriously study violin. My teacher said I'm decent. Considering what I know of music and musicians decent is a compliment.

My favorite thing about the violin is experimenting with the sound and how much finding the note on the string feels like a discovery. I found an adult "beginner" string ensemble with an instructor to play with weekly and it's very relaxing and fun.

Anyone else play an instrument?

My friend from back home learned guitar on his own using apps. He played a song for me and he was pretty good! I mean, he slow but he played it well.

 

I had two goals that I still can't decide for this year: improve Spanish OR learn guitar. I kinda wanted to learn piano too but that is a huge investment and I ain't got room for a large arse piano in my house.

 

I played Clarinet (groan tomboy) in middle school but I don't remember ANYTHING about how to read music.


I am late to this party as I have been to all the parties lately but if you decide on piano you can just get a keyboard that has a full set of keys, you don't need an actual piano.  My son is learning and he is going through a lesson program called simply music and it seems like it is working way better than the other lessons he tried.

It is something he wanted to do on his own.  Still doesn't want to practice though.

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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Mark F wrote:

Jennifer M wrote:

Amanda L wrote:
Although I decided not to pursue a career in music, I began studying music when I was 6 and play a number of instruments. My dad was a professional musician so it sort of runs in the family (technically he's my stepdad). I started out with woodwinds, decided in my 30s I wanted to be cool so learned some guitar, banjo, mandolin, and violin. I now seriously study violin. My teacher said I'm decent. Considering what I know of music and musicians decent is a compliment.

My favorite thing about the violin is experimenting with the sound and how much finding the note on the string feels like a discovery. I found an adult "beginner" string ensemble with an instructor to play with weekly and it's very relaxing and fun.

Anyone else play an instrument?

My friend from back home learned guitar on his own using apps. He played a song for me and he was pretty good! I mean, he slow but he played it well.

 

I had two goals that I still can't decide for this year: improve Spanish OR learn guitar. I kinda wanted to learn piano too but that is a huge investment and I ain't got room for a large arse piano in my house.

 

I played Clarinet (groan tomboy) in middle school but I don't remember ANYTHING about how to read music.


I am late to this party as I have been to all the parties lately but if you decide on piano you can just get a keyboard that has a full set of keys, you don't need an actual piano.  My son is learning and he is going through a lesson program called simply music and it seems like it is working way better than the other lessons he tried.

It is something he wanted to do on his own.  Still doesn't want to practice though.


oooh that's true. I don't know why I didn't think about that. I'm gonna need another room in my house for all this stuff I want to learn. Smiley Very Happy

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Jennifer M wrote:

Mark F wrote:


I am late to this party as I have been to all the parties lately but if you decide on piano you can just get a keyboard that has a full set of keys, you don't need an actual piano.  My son is learning and he is going through a lesson program called simply music and it seems like it is working way better than the other lessons he tried.

It is something he wanted to do on his own.  Still doesn't want to practice though.


oooh that's true. I don't know why I didn't think about that. I'm gonna need another room in my house for all this stuff I want to learn. Smiley Very Happy


me too Smiley Very Happy

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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I studied music after leaving school. I used to play violin (in another era) and I loved it, particularly when I was good enough to play in my local orchestra. Then my life took a different direction, although I still play piano a bit. 

 

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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I was a specially admitted student to a college-level music school when I was a young teenager but haven't touched a piano in many, many years.  I felt very pressured, especially after losing my father, and I had to make a decision very young in life if I wanted to pursue it professionally.

 

I did a lot of choir stuff in high school and did some church singing as an adult.  I really loved to sing.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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I used to play the piano. Hated it. I had to earn my riding lessons by taking piano lessons...

 

When I messed up the solo at the annual school concert my mother stormed out telling the headmaster she could have bought a Porsche with the money wasted on my piano lessons.


The headmaster told her that would have been a better investment lol.

 

I also used to sing choir. There is a proper record out there (vinyl) with me singing Carmina Burana.

 

The forced piano lessons for 10 years put me off playing any instruments. I would have loved to play the saxophone but at that point mother actually did buy a Porsche and I had my horses, so no time anyway, and that was that.

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John B Member Since: Aug 20, 2015
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My family forced me to take piano lessons for six months.  I remember Claire de Lune (sp?).  I refused to play at the first recital.  Told my parents to stuff it (in parable, the words of a seven-year-old, somewhat terrified by control-oriented by misguidedly-loving parents.

I remember the words my father said to me, that guaranteed I would one day perform and play in stellar venues that I chose. Not them. I chose.  "Son, if you stop taking piano lessons now, you will never again".

It was the first time the back straightening, I opposed my parents and decided to, by parable, shove that prognostication down their proverbial speaking throats.  First, it was simple songs from Chicago. Then Billy Joel, then Blood Sweat and Tears.  Then Pure Prarie League, then more, and more.  Each, self-taught.

 

As it turns out, and probably not by conscious decision, my father said the one thing to me, that guaranteed I would play on stage.  The songs I love.  In the venues that bring pleasure to me.  To the people I want to pleasure to their core.  A wise father.

In an odd way.  It became a habit with me.  Even though I was obviously a gifted writer in grade school and high school, my parents forbid me to study liberal arts in college.  Instead, it was business school or engineering school.  But I bided my time, had my career in the IT industry.  Then, when I had done what I was apparently supposed to do.  I put down the hat of what others asked me to wear.

Self-taught in writing.  Six hours of college English.  It is my special pleasure, my Upwork writing career indicates it might have just been fine to let the young man go the University of Texas and study English, not Texas A&M and study engineering. I have one more nail to drive into that coffin of parental control that apparently, did not exactly work out.  Piano, done, surmounted, I play for me, but I play for the pleasure of others.

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They had their shot, they tried hard to control me, they sought to control my destiny and all they accomplished was steel my will to be the human I was meant to be.

They came to one of my piano spots while on vacation to Key West. I bought them drinks.   Then it was over. Now I just have to get them to buy one of my Novels.

 

lol. Parents. So loving, so misguided.  How many of the great potential musicians of us did they block?

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