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Just curious is anyone plays any musical instruments! If so what are your favorite pieces and what got you into it? If not what would you like to play? :)

In order that I learned I play:
String Bass/Electric Bass -- not really a favorite peice..... music teacher taught me when I first joined the school orchestra because I was the only person who chose to play the bass
Classical Guitar -- Classical Gas: my mother played and I grew up with it, finally picked it up when I rediscovered her old guitar, taught myself and only seldom asked her for help
Cello -- Bach's suites (nuff said :wink:), Pirates of the carribean music (what I can find), there's another one but I cant remember the name! :( Always loved it and taught myself how to play with the schools cellos during breaks or free time. Desperately sought my own but lacked funds until someone heard about my plight and donated a cello to me for me to finally own my own instrument

Dabbled a bit in:
Piano
Violin

Just curious and wanting to see what all you guys are into! :)
 

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I used to be pretty good with an alto saxophone.

But haven't held one in years, I played about ten years straight. Yes I'm old lol.

My triumph was playing my great grandfathers alto. It was a trophy sax, custom made engraved silver. he was a polka player of epic proportion. It was sooo cool to play his sax. It was 100yrs old then.....
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Holy cow! That sax sounds amazing! That's awesome! I always kinda wanted to learn sax (or any wind instrument) but it's just never been feasible! And hey don't worry about being 'old', as my grandmother says: "Old is a state of mind, I'm only old when i want someone to think I'm 10x smarter than what I actually am." :D
 

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It's an amazing sax, just looking at it is stunning. And the sound is for angels. But alas, I chose rough housing and such over the arts.
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I played violin probably close to 15 years ago now lol.
Picked up a French horn soon after and never looked back. Haven't played consistently for a few years unfortunately :(
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Not sure how your grading works... we have 1-8. I played Bb clarinet to grade 5, but haven't played in 6 years. Also played the bass clarinet in our 'concert' band at school and did lots of well.. concerts!

Dabbled with piano to grade 2, but I didn't enjoy it all that much.

And of course.. everyone's favourite.. the recorder!
 

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I play guitar, both electric and acoustic. I play oboe. I play Native American flute. I sing and write songs. I play a little bit of sax as well as a little bit of keyboards, but I am not that great at those.

I love to play blues and jazz guitar. I enjoy a little folk music as well.
 

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I play electric and acoustic guitar- i love guitar! I played around with electric bass but i dont think my fingers are big enough, lol. :p

I play around on the drums a little for fun but not a professional with them-- i have mastered twirling the sticks if anyone takes interest in that. :lol: :p

My friends brother had all the band equipment and id always go play with it when he wasnt paying attention.. then he just taught me to play.. persistence! ;-) :lol:

Id like to know how to play violin- its so classy.
 

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I've played the flute since 5th grade, so been playing for something like 17 years or so. About the same time my parents finally gave in and got me a horse lol. I've played the piccolo, the bass flute, and the oboe. I'd love to play the piano, but having the two hands playing completely different things is just beyond my brain power. Most everyone in my family has played an instrument.

I played in marching band in high school before quitting my senior year because our director sucked. I do still get my flute out and play occasionally, used to play every Christmas with my gramma on the piano, but she passed away two years ago, and it's been a little hard to play again, as all my music is stuff we got to play together.

I feel bad about not playing, after my mom and dad splurged my junior year of high school, and got me a REALLY nice flute with custom butterfly mouth piece, so I still try and play a song or two every once in a while. When I have kids, I'll probably play a little bit more, and hopefully they'll be as into horses and band as I was. Here's hoping lol.
 
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I play snare drum in marching band, but I play piano at home, I normally am just into pop music to play and I play by ear with piano. The other day I had a band member tell me are director talks about me a lot and at a concert I earned a special award that only one person gets a year, and he said I had perfect pitch. Hopefully I can get a scholarship from doing band :D the director played in the million dollar band for Alabama and I live only 45 minutes from Tuscaloosa, and he gave out two scholarships last year for UA. So hopefully I'll luck up to!
 

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I've been playing clarinet for 11 years and have competed as both part of a concert band and soloist. My proudest moment was when our high school band went to a state competition and I managed to get a huge solo. I've also been teaching myself piano for the past two years and I've recently "stolen" my Mum's old guitar and will teach myself to play that as soon as I restring it.
 

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Yes! We have Preliminary, then 8 grades, then Associate and Licentiate here. I gave up on exams long ago as I get horrible nerves (as in, I burst out crying) but I continued to practice as if I had end-of-year exams. In the order I learned:

Piano - up to 8th grade, although somewhat limited in repertoire because I have very small hands (no Liszt or Rachmaninoff *sobs*). Mostly classical piano, I love my Beethoven and Chopin especially, but I also do a lot of improvisation.

Singing - soprano, have sung songs and done exercises consistently up to associate level (2nd highest). Used to sing a lot of opera (esp Verdi, Bizet, Puccini), but have moved into folk and renaissance songs more recently, as I haven't been able to train my voice as regularly (i.e. a few hours daily) and manage to keep my range intact, since I have been working crazy hours over the last few years. I love singing in different languages and exploring folk music from around the world - Greek, Armenian, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English, Yiddish, Arabic, Turkish, Spanish, Italian, French, German, ... I try to learn as much of the languages as possible, so I actually can understand and interpret what I'm singing, as well as use correct pronunciation and inflection! I have a decent grasp of French and some skills in Spanish, Greek, German, Italian and the Gaelic languages. It helps me explore my dual passions of linguistics and musicology.

Flute - started off learning the fife before moving onto the flute, which is actually a lot easier on the mouth and fingers! Can play up to 6th grade in level. Once again play a fair bit of folk music but also plenty of Faure, Gluck, Mozart, Tarrega, Mercadante etc. It puts a bit more "light" into my music repertoire, given that I generally lurk around the gloomy end with my vocal and piano choices. Occasionally I fiddle round with bamboo flutes to experience a different tone.

Recorder - a recent addition, although I learned the basics as a kid. Had a bit of a recorder-buying spree and ended up with two soprano recorders (one wood, one plastic), a sopranino and an alto. Had they had the tenor in stock then I would have walked out with that too! Most of the music I play on recorder is either renaissance pipe music and baroque music.

I'd love to learn a bowed string instrument (probably the cello) but my fingers really aren't made for playing any string instrument, bowed or plucked. Which sadly also puts the lute out of the realms of possibility. Given my failings there I would love instead to learn the oboe. I had some good experiences experimenting with a bassoon so I'm fairly optimistic. My clarinet experiences were less promising (I ended up sounding like an angry duck!) so it may be that double reeds are more my thing. I've played the bugle a bit but I hate the taste of brass so unless someone lends me a solid gold trumpet I doubt I'll explore further :p
 

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I put my music aside for years and then I started back up. I play guitar almost every day. I still sound pretty good on the oboe too; just not for long. My lips aren't in shape since I don't play enough. Who'd have thought that you need lip muscles?
 

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I can play the alto, tenor, soprano, and baritone sax. I can also play oboe, piano, a little flute, and a little trumpet.
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I put my music aside for years and then I started back up. I play guitar almost every day. I still sound pretty good on the oboe too; just not for long. My lips aren't in shape since I don't play enough. Who'd have thought that you need lip muscles?
I know eh? But the worst is singing - I had to exercise my tongue muscles. Tongue cramps are horrible :-( Incidentally, I'm double-jointed on all fingers from playing the fife, which is nastier on the fingers because it has holes rather than buttons so you need to press harder to get an even tone. It is also an octave higher than the flute so even nastier on the poor lips. Playing music can be quite a physical activity! :lol:
 

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Also played the bass clarinet in our 'concert' band at school and did lots of well.. concerts!

Oh my gosh! I played bass clarinet too throughout grade and high school! LOL

I started with organ lessons when I was probably about 6. Dad was a big classical music fan so both he and my older brother all learned.

Then in 4th grade, when they try to get everyone involved in band, the director asked if I would play bass clarinet because I was tall and was the only one able to reach the keys. I had wanted to play flute. LOL

So...in high school I was all musical and played the following:

* Bass clarinet in Concert band and occasionally in a smaller wind ensemble and also in the pit orchestra for our plays.

* Tenor saxaphone in marching band

* Tenor saxaphone and flute (if there was a flute part) in jazz band.

* And I dabbled with the oboe one year in concert band because I liked it and we didn't have anyone else.

I did make the all state band once, but didn't perform as we had a wicked snowstorm and couldn't drive to rehearsal. :(

I also sang tenor in chorus and in concert choir. LOL

After HS I played 1 year in college but then found other pursuits.
 

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I am a high school band director/professional trombone (jazz) player. Getting close to retiring (again). did 24 years in the marine music program, half of that as a director, been a high school band director for 15 years now.
 

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Violin and flute! For 13 and 12 years, respectively. I'm a much better flutist than violinist. If I had the money, I'd replace both of my instruments. My violin is very low quality and I've just outgrown my flute's capabilities. I haven't had as much time in college to play them though and I miss it dearly.


I can also play trumpet once I remember the fingerings. Not great because I randomly taught myself after my brother stopped playing and we still had it lying around, but decent for not having formal instruction. I desperately want to learn cello though. Oh how I love cellos.
 
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