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#1 Liz.Wis


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Posted 25 September 2008 - 08:01 AM

So excited there's finally a place to discuss music!

Thought I'd get the ball rolling, and ask what people play, or what they'd like to learn?

When I was about 7 I started keyboard lessons, I continued these until I was about 14. I kept playing for fun through highschool, then got a little busy. I've still got my original old Casio keyboard, which I'll occasionally have a play with. I did the first few levels of keyboard and theory exams, although this was pushed on me by my teacher, and I didn't really enjoy it - I just wanted to play for fun. I stopped lessons when she was pushing me to get into more classical styles, and I wanted to play pop and rock music. In hindsight, I wish I had of just changed instructor, rather than giving formal lessons away all together.

In Year 10, the school band wanted to recruit someone with a piano/keyboard background to play the glockenspiel, so I took that on for a couple of years. I really enjoyed all the inter-school music festivals. There was a rule that if you were in the band, you had to be in the choir too (there were very few people in the school choir that actually wanted to be there). I'm a pretty shocking singer, but somewhat enjoyed singing lessons, even though I was a bit crap.

I was instructed by the percussion teacher, and got a basic knowledge of some of the other percussion instruments. I was actually probably more talented in this area than elsewhere, and in a few performances filled in if any of the drummers were away. I absolutely loved playing the drum kit, and really wish I had of had the opportunity to take this further. I found out years later that my music teacher actually sought out and suggested to my parents that I continue in this direction, but they didn't want a drummer living at home dry.gif .

After leaving school, I didn't pick up an instrument for years. A little while back I acquired an electric guitar, and I'd love to learn to play better, but I'm finding it really difficult to get disciplined to self-learn. I can play a couple of riffs I've found in tab form, but haven't really put in the effort to learn properly. I'll get there one day.

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 08:23 AM

For the last few years I have been saying that I want to start learning the violin. I have a fairly busy schedule right now with Danish and Swedish lessons on Tues and Thurs night, and another class on Mondays.

Hopefully I will be able to start in the new year when things settle down a little. smile.gif
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 12:14 PM

Learning the violin would be cool.

I play the piano (self taught) but would love professional lessons

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 01:01 PM

I used to get piano lessons as a child.

When I started high school, I joined the concert band, started getting trumpet lessons (that's all that was left) and played Trumpet in year seven. At the end of year 7, my cousin let me borrow her Clarinet, self taught myself over the summer break and started getting lessons as soon as school started back. I played clarinet in my school band and also started playing in another school's band as that school's conductor ran our band.

Year 9 my school bought a bass clarinet and since I was playing the bass clarinet part, I got to play it and take it home. I continued in both school's bands. At the end of year 9, I had saved up a lot of pocket money, and with the help of my parents, I bought an Alto Saxophone. Year 10, I started getting lessons for that. Playing Alto in my school band in year 10, and still bass clarinet in the other school band. Also this year, me and a small handful of my band buddies started a Jazz quartet at my school, we played fetes and all sorts of events. I did work experience at a music store and at the end of it, bought my own semi-pro clarinet.

Year 11 I switched to the other school on a permanent basis as my school was merging and closing with another school I didn't like. I joined the school junior jazz band and played Alto, and still played clarinet in the concert band. We did a tour of Sydney with the school concert band and entered a Jazz festival in Mt Gambier. I did music as part of my VCE.

Year 12 I moved up to the senior Jazz band playing my Sax, and still played my clarinet in the concert band. Our school was always winning music awards, so we were one of the schools SOCOG (Olympic committee) sent out audition forms to for the Sydney 2000 Olympic opening ceremony band. I got accepted!!! Unfortunately it was going to cost $2k to do, so it came down to the choice of going to tafe/uni or doing the Olympics. I decided in the end that as much as I loved my music, I didn't want to miss out on uni/tafe, so withdrew.

I haven't really touched my Alto or my clarinet since high school unfortunately sad.gif

ETA forgot to add that i'd love to try my hand at Soprano Sax, but can't justify the cost of buying it considering I know i'll never go far with it.

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 01:16 PM

When I was 6 I started playing piano and by the time I was 12 I wasn't happy as it wasn't "original" enough for me rolleyes.gif I must have been a difficult child tongue.gif

When I was 13 I decided I wanted to play the cello. I played for school concerts as I was the only one at my school who could play a cello and everyone was fascinated by it.
When I was 14 I auditioned for a performing art school and was excepted for the next year.
I never knew but my mum was given a cello for her 21st birthday and her BIL for some reason pulled it apart.
My mum and dad paid to get it put back together and gave it to me for school.
Unfortunately I havn't played it in about 2 years, but I know I will pick it up again one day as I love it so much smile.gif
I still muck around on mums piano though I don't know how great I am now biggrin.gif

I would love to learn to play the drums and guitar. Just something a little different to me, something I can't do, but it seems everyone else can blush.gif

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 04:37 PM

I can't really play anything. When I was younger I was never encouraged to play an instrument, and I so wish I had been!

I would really love to learn to play the piano.

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 04:48 PM

I can play the piano but not very well. I also play the clarinet and saxophone, clarinet far better than saxophone!

I always wanted to learn the harp!

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 06:15 PM

If by "play" you mean "self-taught and can produce a couple tunes" - the guitar, bodhran, ukelale, button accordian, tin whistle, and recorder.

If you mean "play properly" - piano and viola/violin. I learned the piano for over ten years and got up to Gd 8 before I quit. I learned the viola for a long time and then switched to the violin, although I learned "fiddle" rather than classical violin, ie scotch & irish jigs and reels etc which I was taught to play by ear rather than from music. I loved it! But my teacher moved to Scotland so that was the end of that.

I would love to be able to play the drums! It looks so satisfying.
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 06:27 PM

i did my grades in piano - but that was like..... more than 10 years ago tongue.gif we've just bought a nice keyboard so i'm hoping to teach myself (and DH) again. we want to have family music nights!

in the category of used to/could do if i tried - flute, guitar, drums, bass

i can play Jasper's pianosaurus LOL
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 07:17 PM

I had piano lessons for about 10 years and although I haven't played for AGES... I would hope that I could pick it up again quickly! Must go and have a bit of a play next time I'm over at my parents.
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 07:56 PM

I majored in saxophone in my Bachelor of Music. I also play piano. I did pick up guitar but have gotten quite rusty at this now.

Would love to learn the cello one day.
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 08:06 PM

A primary school trained music teacher here. I learnt keyboards - piano and organ since I was 4 years old. I dabbled in guitar lessons in my high school years and have taught both to students.

I was involved with numerous choirs, some that were multi-award winning. I also played in a rock band for a while but it never got off the ground properly.

I have always wanted to play the cello. I think I have watched Electric Dreams one too many times but I just love that instrument. smile.gif
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 08:38 PM

What a great thread.....

In primary school I played/learned the flute for 3 years, piano for 2 years.

I also started to learn the Oboe in primary school, and only stopped 6 years ago. I was in every kind of band/orchestra/quintet/quartet at highschool playing oboe. I continued playing in a community orchestra after high school and then got into playing in Pit Orchestra's for 3 different Musical Societies in Brisbane. I also started to play the Cor-Anglais (ok can't spell) for a few shows as well.

All through high school I also sang soprano in all the choirs as well, we toured Europe and produced a few CD's.

I can get a note out of every instrument woodwind & brass EXCEPT the french horn that one beat me.

One day I WILL conquer a string instrument .... yep the Cello, like a few others here.

I regret giving up piano and one day I'll pick up the oboe again.

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 09:11 PM

I am a primary music teacher and no, I don't play piano or guitar but I have played French Horn for years. I still play with a community Philharmonic Orchestra which is great fun.

If you still want to get back into playing, there are many adult "starter" bands that can get you going again after an extended break from playing or help you start from scratch! Music is one of the most fulfilling things you can undertake in your life.

I encourage that if you have a desire to play, then do!


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Posted 26 September 2008 - 12:40 AM

I taught myself Cello while at highschool - got to Gr 4 before getting frustrated by my inability to go further by myself, so I picked up Tenor / Baritone Sax. I also dabbled with a bit of electric bass and guitar.

I stopped completely when I was at uni, and during my first year of teaching, but when I started teaching at a secondary school, I played alto in the school concert band. This year I've started teaching myself flute!

I love it, and have always missed playing when I wasn't I'd love to get back to playing properly in a band - just don't know where to start looking!

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