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23-05-2017, 08:47 AM
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I play the ocarina on occasion. I started in my late teens. It's a really easy instrument to pick up and has a beautiful sound Smile

I have two 6 hole ocarinas, one clay one wood, that I love, plus a beautiful dragon tooth ocarina:

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My brother plays the violin. He's had to practice for years but has really enjoyed doing so. It's such a versatile instrument.

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23-05-2017, 11:55 AM
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(23-05-2017 01:54 AM)GirlyMan Wrote:  


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23-05-2017, 11:56 AM
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(23-05-2017 04:46 AM)julep Wrote:  Don't wait! Learning violin will help you learn everything better. There's pretty much nothing better that you can do for your brain than work at music.

I play piano, clarinet, flute, and sax, and I also sing. I have a violin but haven't tried to do much with it. Flute and vocal are relatively new to me in terms of serious study, meaning that I came to them as an adult.

I also teach adults and kids to play piano and clarinet. My students range from 4 years old to people in their 60s-70s. Two major differences between adults and kids that I've found are that 1) adults have to learn patience with their skill-development speed, and 2) adults have to develop their own practice ethic, as they don't have parents requiring them to practice. Adults tend to progress faster, actually, in the beginning of music study than most kids, but they feel more frustrated with the learning process. Adults tend to assume that if they understand what they're supposed to do, they should be able to do it quickly, and they underestimate the time things will take to sink into their muscles. You can slow down muscle memory by not practicing, but you can't speed it up to instantaneous.

Once you get past the beginning, there are some differences between adults' and kids' brains and fingers, it's true. Adults may have to use other strategies or approach things differently than they did when they were kids. For example, when I started studying singing formally and then began singing in an acapella group, I found that I had to do a lot more performing from memory. When I was a kid, I could memorize most music the first or second time through, but that ability had diminished over time. I had to work much harder, especially at first, to memorize the scores--but I kept at it and now I'm pretty fast at getting a new piece off book.

TL/DR: With patience and effort, you can learn to play an instrument at any age.

Good luck!

I would be learning the violin from scratch. I'm enchanted by the music but I german and chess studies... Do you think I could manage all three? Huh
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23-05-2017, 11:58 AM
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(23-05-2017 05:52 AM)Gwaithmir Wrote:  During the late 1970's I decided to take up the cello. I bought a beginner's instrument at a local music store and, through the proprietor, got in contact with a highly qualified music teacher who had once been a lead cellist in the Hartford Symphony orchestra.

After about a year's lessons and practice, my instructor told me that I needed a better instrument. He helped me pick out a used, medium-grade cello costing about $1,500. Another year passed and I was ready for an orchestra-grade instrument. I settled for a very handsome model and hard carrying case costing about $4,700. I had also, by this time, made a considerable investment in weekly lessons, which were by no means cheap.

During this entire period I was hoping for musical evenings or afternoons with my mother and sister. My sister gave music lessons and played both piano and violin. My mother was an adept piano player. Neither knew of my musical activities because I wanted to surprise them.

I practiced diligently and frequently with my newest cello, learning a respectable repertoire of classical music and folk tunes. On Xmas Eve, 1984, when I was confident that I was ready, I brought my cello to the family's annual holiday dinner and performed an informal recital for everyone.

Imagine my shock when my mother's and sister's reaction was, "So, what?" Neither expressed any interest in my proposed musical evenings, saying, "We don't have time for that sort of thing." Gasp

The point of this story is that you should be sure you will have someone to share your musical interests with before you decide to make a major investment. Consider

Oh, I hope you still play. D:

Some people just don't have an appreciation of classical instruments. With all of that time dedicated (and money dedicated) I'm sure you loved doing it. I really hope you haven't stopped. I would've loved to hear your music.
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23-05-2017, 11:59 AM
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(23-05-2017 04:46 AM)Sturm Wrote:  Great decision, music is my passion and I can barely spend more than 2 days in a row without playing !

I play guitar, piano and a bit of harmonica, even though my harmonica playing isn't very good since I don't have enough time to practice it.

Violin is also an instrument I also wanted to learn when I was younger, I even had a violin at home when I was living with my ex wife, so I tried it a bit. But I changed my mind about learning it, because I prefer to focus on the instruments I already play, learning another instruments would give me less time to practice the others.

You will be starting with a difficulty because violin is far from the easiest instrument to learn first, but if you made up your mind of violin, it's definitely worth it because that's a very beautiful instrument. Also, there are a lot of instruments you can learn by yourself, but violin will definitely requires some lessons, at least for the start.

About the learning part, on my side, I learned guitar when I was 14. I noticed that I could reproduce songs that I heard on my dad's guitar, so I decided to learn. My dad showed me the basic chords, and then I learned everything by myself. When I was 23, I bought a keyboard to learn piano/keyboard. The thing is, once you play an instrument, learning another one is much easier, so I could easily play some chords on the keyboard, but for years I didn't invest much time into actually learning it. The difficult part with the piano compared to the guitar is that you have to learn to make your hands independent from each other. So until a couple of years ago, I satisfied myself with playing a few chords on the piano with sync hands, only then I decided to actually learn it.

There's is no age to learn playing an instrument, you can learn at any age. The key is : regular practice. When you start learning, you have to play almost daily if you want to progress.

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23-05-2017, 11:59 AM
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(23-05-2017 04:46 AM)Sturm Wrote:  Great decision, music is my passion and I can barely spend more than 2 days in a row without playing !

I play guitar, piano and a bit of harmonica, even though my harmonica playing isn't very good since I don't have enough time to practice it.

Violin is also an instrument I also wanted to learn when I was younger, I even had a violin at home when I was living with my ex wife, so I tried it a bit. But I changed my mind about learning it, because I prefer to focus on the instruments I already play, learning another instruments would give me less time to practice the others.

You will be starting with a difficulty because violin is far from the easiest instrument to learn first, but if you made up your mind of violin, it's definitely worth it because that's a very beautiful instrument. Also, there are a lot of instruments you can learn by yourself, but violin will definitely requires some lessons, at least for the start.

About the learning part, on my side, I learned guitar when I was 14. I noticed that I could reproduce songs that I heard on my dad's guitar, so I decided to learn. My dad showed me the basic chords, and then I learned everything by myself. When I was 23, I bought a keyboard to learn piano/keyboard. The thing is, once you play an instrument, learning another one is much easier, so I could easily play some chords on the keyboard, but for years I didn't invest much time into actually learning it. The difficult part with the piano compared to the guitar is that you have to learn to make your hands independent from each other. So until a couple of years ago, I satisfied myself with playing a few chords on the piano with sync hands, only then I decided to actually learn it.

There's is no age to learn playing an instrument, you can learn at any age. The key is : regular practice. When you start learning, you have to play almost daily if you want to progress.

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23-05-2017, 12:15 PM
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I used to play a little guitar.

But I'll admit, I was never very good. I've always wanted to really learn an instrument. My man played the sax. He can still sorta play it.


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23-05-2017, 02:51 PM
Taking Up an Instrument
Played the flute as it was obligatory in school. It soured me on instruments and I can't say that I was proficient with flute itself.

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23-05-2017, 02:57 PM
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Played the trumpet in school and trying to learn how to play the guitar.

(23-05-2017 12:15 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  My man played the sax.

Read that totally differently.

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23-05-2017, 03:40 PM (This post was last modified: 23-05-2017 03:44 PM by Gwaithmir.)
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(23-05-2017 11:58 AM)Larai19 Wrote:  
(23-05-2017 05:52 AM)Gwaithmir Wrote:  During the late 1970's I decided to take up the cello. I bought a beginner's instrument at a local music store and, through the proprietor, got in contact with a highly qualified music teacher who had once been a lead cellist in the Hartford Symphony orchestra.

After about a year's lessons and practice, my instructor told me that I needed a better instrument. He helped me pick out a used, medium-grade cello costing about $1,500. Another year passed and I was ready for an orchestra-grade instrument. I settled for a very handsome model and hard carrying case costing about $4,700. I had also, by this time, made a considerable investment in weekly lessons, which were by no means cheap.

During this entire period I was hoping for musical evenings or afternoons with my mother and sister. My sister gave music lessons and played both piano and violin. My mother was an adept piano player. Neither knew of my musical activities because I wanted to surprise them.

I practiced diligently and frequently with my newest cello, learning a respectable repertoire of classical music and folk tunes. On Xmas Eve, 1984, when I was confident that I was ready, I brought my cello to the family's annual holiday dinner and performed an informal recital for everyone.

Imagine my shock when my mother's and sister's reaction was, "So, what?" Neither expressed any interest in my proposed musical evenings, saying, "We don't have time for that sort of thing." Gasp

The point of this story is that you should be sure you will have someone to share your musical interests with before you decide to make a major investment. Consider

Oh, I hope you still play. D:

Some people just don't have an appreciation of classical instruments. With all of that time dedicated (and money dedicated) I'm sure you loved doing it. I really hope you haven't stopped. I would've loved to hear your music.

> After my mom and sister dismissed the idea of musical get-togethers, I placed ads in some of the local papers asking for chamber music participants. Unfortunately, I got pranked more often than receiving genuine responses. The few people who seriously responded offered a wide variety of musical instruments and levels of talent. I was able to play duets with people playing pianos, violins, recorders, guitars and flutes. Unfortunately, their schedules never coincided and we never had any opportunities to play together as a group.

> By the mid-1980's I was becoming increasingly involved with American Atheists. I was elected Vice-Director of the Connecticut Chapter in 1985 and from then on I had less and less time for music. Most of my musical friends got involved with other things too. A few got married and had no more time for trivial pursuits. Some moved away and one died.

> By the late 1990's my cello was merely gathering dust. I finally donated it to the Westfield State College. Smartass
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