I'm just wondering how many hubbers can play musical instruments?
What instruments do you have?
How many instruments can you play?
Have you have formal lessons, or are you self taught?
OK, I'll start of by saying that I've been playing guitar for about 30 years.
I've had one years experience 30 times
And I started playing banjo a couple of years ago.
I have a Takamine guitar, and a Fender Banjo.
What about you?
I only play mouth harp anymore. Got rid of the piano and gave my guitar to a friend. self taught except for the piano, had four years from excellent teacher many years ago.
I used to play the trumpet. Possible that I'd pick up the techinque again pretty quickly, I did play for many years.
I can't play anthing else, though if left alone with an instrument I can find the correct notes - if given some sheet music anway.
It's a pitch thing I guess. Though with singing I'm worse than useless
Well done Eric by the way. My 'thing' for a while now has been about learning the spanish guitar. I really should make a start.
I began piano lessons at age 11 but it lasted for the summer.I tried again at 14. In my 20s I tried again; and lessons lasted for 17 months.Basically,I had to learn mostly on my own. My sisters and I bought the melodica and I did well.We tried the xylophone,maracas and cowbells.They learned the recorder but I stuck with the piano.Presently I own a Yamaha keyboard.A few days ago I began music lessons again and that resulted in the hub Fifty Years:To Have And To Hold. The music teacher was having an anniversary so I interviewed them and used the information to write a hub. She is helping me to break old habits so that I can be a better organist. Thus far,I am enthusiastic and simply need to practice more.
mouth organ and guitar 35x 1 I have a set of Honhers and a 1977 D28 Martin 6 string acoustic guitar.
My Takamine F 370S is similar vintage, and is a copy of the D28.
It has a laminated spruce top and rosewood back and sides.
I widened the neck to the same width as a classical, because my big fingers couldn't fret just one string. Probably made it worthless by doing that, but what the heck - at least I can play it now
I have owned a D28 copy Takamine I bought at Lewis's Music store in Russel St Melbourne in 1976. I liked it so much I bought the D28 in 1977 in Detroit. I also had a twelve string Echo, my daughter has a Maton "Overlander" and my youngest a new Maton dreadnought with decent inbuilt pickups, I can't remember the model, but was a bargain new last year at about AU$1800
We have the drum kit in the lounge room.
Self-taught guitar (acoustic mainly) and keyboard/piano. I'm rubbish at sight reading notes, but I can read them. I play by ear mainly and off tabs. Used to write/record my own songs but haven't done that in a couple of years now.
You guitar guys rock. Any guitar ability is better than none, in my book.
Go earnest, go eric
I began as a trumpet player at the age of 9, and that's still my favorite instrument to play. I had roughly 10 years of lessons. I enjoyed a moderately successful (albeit short lived) career. I taught myself the rest of the brass instrumants over the course of a few years, then some keyboard and guitar. Of all the instruments I learned on my own, the drum kit was probably the hardest. Getting hands and feet to do 4 things at once took some time to learn!
I can p;lay guitar and keyboard some. I am self taught for the most part on those. My passion is playing a bass guitar. I must say I have tasught myself very well over 30 years of playing bass.
I play a Fender Jazz Bass. I love the fender sound and the single coil pickups. We will be making our first CD soon so be looking for it. I am sure I will write a hub about it when it is time.
I'm starting to learn guitar now. Though I play bamboo flute b4.
Is someone teaching you or are teaching yoruself?
Actually nobody teaches me. But I learned by listening and watching others. I also have my notes. I think talent just comes out naturally. And guitar is painful at fingers and having back aches at times in the beginning. But flute is so relaxing you make music while just sitting.
Tha aching fingers will be with you for a while but eventually you will get used to it. Do you sit while playing? I can't figure out why your back hurts when playing unless you have to actually hold the guitar up while playing.
yes i sit while I play. I got back ache when guitar is too big so I had the size that allows me to play it without body strain.
I was taught piano but unfortunately I cannot afford one now. I taught myself how to play a guitar a little - but then I gave the guitar back to my dad... so now I guess I don't play - but I do teach piano... go figure...
It's been a long time, but piano (lessons at first, later self)
I did try taking piano lessons BUT I got bored with it so sadly I play no instrument. Wanted to play the flute but I have sensitive hearing and it hurts my ears...
I can play a mean, blade of thick grass, placed between my to thumbs and just whistling away. Does this count....lol But on a serious note I enjoy all instruments and I started taking self taught piano lessons, but don't got no piano no more.
Sorry you don't have a piano bu they when will you have a concert for the blade of grass? lmao I would so pay to go see a concert like that!
I have played Piano since I was 5 years old and I have played it consistently, playing it is relaxing and I sit down at the Ivory keys and play it everyday.
I've played the piano since I was 4 years old and the guitar since I was 10 years old. I did have some piano lessons, but I'm self-taught on the guitar. I'm better at the guitar, but I like playing the piano more, so those around me just have to suffer through the mistakes.
Pretty much piano and guitar. But my Mom bought us a glockenspiel when we were little kids and I'm pretty darn nimble on that thing too!
I played the piano as a child - I did have a few lessons but mainly played just for fun, until I left home at eighteen and no longer had access to a piano.
Other than that - do castanets count? Or zills? Actually I reckon my feet should count as an instrument, I can beat out a rhythm as well as a lot of drummers...
Clarinet from 5th grade through 9th--dropped it to play basketball. Guitar since age 18, self taught, have owned various acoustics, nothing fancy: Wabash, Hohner (yeah, they actually had a guitar at one time), Yamaha, Takamine, one weird hybrid Gibson, now an Ibanez (currently in Guitar Prison, othewise known as the pawn shop).
Had a Gibson banjo for a while--heavy sucker but great sound.
Couple of harmonicas, but not exactly skilled on 'em.
I got into college on a marching band scholarship, playing the tuba. Not one of those nice lightweight fiberglass sousaphones, either. We had to hoist around the brass convertible uprights.
I've played piano since I was 4, sang as long as I can remember, took up brass and percussion in high school, and along the way I've tried pretty much every other thing that makes noise, barring anything with a reed that requires an actual embouchure. (I'd say I haven't tried any reed instrument, but as I can strangle a tune out of the Uilleann pipes, that wouldn't be true). I actually became proficient in the guitar, bass guitar, Celtic harp and tinwhistle.
I've had formal training in piano, percussion, tuba, vocal performance, and harp.
So, yes, I play a few musical instruments.
Anyone who has read all my hubs knows that I can play one song on a guitar. I have "Sparkling Stella" memorized. When I was in college a buddy and I used to sing and entertain. He played the guitar. When I thought I was too stoned or drinking too much I would borrow his guitar and attempt to play the song. If I got through the song I knew I wasn't too stoned or too drunk and could continue to party. If i didn't get through the song then I knew I had to stop smoking and drinking or risk being the guy dancing and stripping on the couch.
I used to be able to play "Beth" by Kiss on the piano, too. I can't remember how to do that one. That one goes back to high school. I am a fan of Peter Criss.
I can do some interesting stuff on the bongos, too, if that counts. I can sing, too, if that counts. I was actually handed cash to sing in my younger days.
I've played piano since I was 3, but my main instrument is flute, which I've been playing since I was 9. I also play sax and clarinet. I took private lessons for years and was in all different types of ensembles. I still play with t band in NYC. Last year, I released an album of jazz flute music, which I composed. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort!
Self taught "player" of the guitar - as in: I'm good for a nice faked version of most of your classic rock songs and campfire jams, but I'm no Satriani! Been doing it since age 16, when I picked up a Stratocaster, an old tube amp, and some cords for a hundred bucks at a pawn shop.
Currently, for an electric, I have some monstrous Jackson heavy metal thing that is too thick-necked for me (I preferred the Strat). I do. though, have a beautiful 12 string Washburn acoustic that sounds quite lovely.
lrohner, a glockenspiel?! That is truly awesome!!
I'm not sure what links I'm allowed to post, but if you do a google search on "Naomi Rabinowitz" and "Flute Path," you'll easily find my work.
You play very well! http://www.myspace.com/naomirabinowitz
And according to my interpretation of the rules, it's fine to post links to sites that are relevant to the discussion in a thread - even if they are to your own hubs, sites, etc.
What's NOT OK is to start a thread promoting your sites.
(And if Misha the link sherrif tries to bully you, let me know )
Cheers, Eric G.
I wrote a hub recently called "a Musical Instrument is for Life", with pictures of my flute, alto sax, classic & flamenco guitars and renaissance lute. There's also a link to me playing my 40-year-old classic guitar here:
From reading this thread, it's clear we have enough talent on the site to start a Hubbers Band.
Ha, ha.... you know "flute in ---" is actually mentioned in the google keyword search tool for flutes.
Guitar, Keyboard, Piano, Drums
I also write my own songs and sing very nicely:)
Wow, Naomi! You are so talented! Excellent stuff, girl. Will be bookmarking your MySpace so I can keep up w/ your musical endeavors. Give her a listen, ya'all.
Ooo, I forgot, I also play a homemade kazoo! It's called a comb and also the spoons. hehe
Keyboard - a little.
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