What instrument do you play? What instrument would you like to play?

Violin - The violin is the most expressive instrument for me.
Romania
January 25, 2010 1:33pm CST
I'm very curious what instruments do myLot members play? And why did you choose that certain one?Would you like to learn to play another instrument?I'm a guitar player. I also play with my voice. I learned to play guitar by myself. I studied music theory and I applied it by myself. It was hard and sometimes I wanted to give up, but now I can play about anything I want. My favorite instrument is the violin. I like it how it sounds very much. I think it's the most expressive instrument. If I would start learning a new instrument this would be the one. I won't start too soon because of lack of time. So now it's your turn to tell us your preferences.
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18 responses
• United States
27 Jan 10
I play drums and guitar. I've played bass guitar on some of my personal recordings and in a couple of "jam sessions" but I'm definitely not a talented bass player. Would love to play piano, although I should probably work harder at guitar & drums before moving on to another instrument. I do have pains in my fingers which makes it hard to play guitar at times, and also caused problems with playing drums live when I was in a band.
• Romania
28 Jan 10
If your fingers still hurt then you have to practice more. It's good to know drums and guitar because you can develop a better rhythm on your guitar, and you can feel and play more interesting patterns on the drums. I think every player in a band should try all the instruments just to know what do their band mates add to the song.
• Romania
28 Jan 10
And about playing live... You must practice a lot home so you are self confident and sure you play with no mistake. This way you won't be nervous when playing live because you know you won't make mistakes. Try to play live as often as possible so you get used to crowds. After playing a few times live you won't be nervous anymore.
• United States
29 Jan 10
I don't play guitar as often as I used to, but it's not exactly my fingers that are giving me the problems (not sure why I typed fingers in my post), it's my right hand. I've still got my calluses, but I have an issue gripping with my right hand when it's strained which causes me problems gripping my drumsticks. It was really bad at live shows because we were a hard rock band, so in practice I could hold back and just lay the beat down but live, we'd go all out for the purpose of putting on a show. I would almost have to keep my hand gnarled and curled up just to keep the stick in my hand, and sometimes would have to keep my right hand in my lap and finish the song 1-handed if it got bad enough. As far as nerves and playing live, that was of course an issue I had to work on in the beginning. My band was together for almost 4 years and we worked our way up to some pretty big shows opening for national acts like Nonpoint, Skindred, Earshot, and Element Eighty to name a few and also played a handful of shows sponsored by the big rock station in the Dallas, TX area. Playing live gives you a feeling you cannot compare to as a musician, it's one of the things I miss the most about playing. That and writing! I'm in an apartment now so the drums are gone, but I have an acoustic guitar that I still use to write stuff on.
@Alderica (100)
• Germany
25 Jan 10
I play the clarinet, saxophone, flute and piano. In fact, I studied music at university and played professionally for several years. I would love to learn the cello because it has such a beautiful mellow sound, and the music written for it is amazing. I have a zither which my husband bought me and I'm trying to teach myself to play it, but it's incredibly difficult!
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
25 Jan 10
I agree with you that the music written for a cello is amazing. A close friend of mine plays the cello professionally and I could listen to her play for hours.
• India
25 Jan 10
Flute and piano are the two things i love to play upon as such i love them because i am very much fond of music i had learnt much when i was in school, at university in my college life also. I used to participate in number of pro grammes as through these i won many things of so. Now i am learning salsa also for me this music is very important and lies a good future ahead also.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
26 Jan 10
I don't play any instruments. I would love to learn how to play the piano one day. I've always loved piano music in particular. I would also love to learn how to play the guitar. I started learning years ago but just didn't hang with it long enough. Great topic!
• Romania
26 Jan 10
It's nice to play an instrument and it feels good. It can be relaxing when you are nervous. I always calm down when I play my guitar. Don't give up and keep practicing. It's very important to practice. Try to practice at least 5 minutes a day. It's better to play your instrument only a few minutes every day than play it just time to time for hours. So take your guitar and play it a few minutes every day and you'll notice the difference ofter a month. You'll be amazed.
@gerald_lian (2193)
• Australia
26 Jan 10
For me, I can play the piano/keyboard and guitar; however, I only formally learnt how to play the piano while I picked up the guitar from my friends. I started to play the piano since I was very young (about 4 or 5 years old I think) and I progressed since there. However, I started to lose interest with formal piano lessons because I feel really bored being restricted to exam pieces, scales and sight reading for most of my lesson. As a result, I stopped after my exam at Grade 7 (the last grade in piano is Grade 8). People have told me that it was a waste that I didn't take the last grade since I was so close to finishing, but since my interest was gone, I thought it wasn't a good idea to continue because it cost my parents a lot of money. So I continued playing the piano on my own, and I actually have mastered the art of playing by ear! On the other hand, I learnt to play the guitar from friends when I was in secondary school. My passion and motivation to learn a new instrument after piano was so strong, that even though I struggled with the guitar at first I persevered. Now I can strum quite well and I can play bar and power chords, but I am still learning to play the plucking style as it is much harder. I am actually quite interested to learn the violin and drums, but unfortunately I didn't have much time on my hands. But anyway, I guess there's always a next time. Learning to play musical instruments is a wonderful experience and I certainly want to learn as many as I possibly can!
• Romania
26 Jan 10
You are truly a music lover! I also think you should finish and take the last grade, if not for you at least for you parents. Anyway I know how it feels when you aren't motivated and I understand your decision on the other hand. After you get the basics you can start learning by yourself. I think playing by year is very important. If you don't have the notes for one piece, if you have your year trained you can instantly feel the music and play it instinctively. I think it's cool to be able to do that. I often run into these kind of situations when some of my friends ask me to play a song they know and I don't. They sing it with their voices and I can figure out the chords on the guitar in no time. It's useful and practical. I also would like to learn some new instruments, but yes, time is a big problem because you have to dedicate a lot of time to studying the intrument.
@illfavors (592)
• United States
26 Jan 10
If I could play an instrument it would be the drums. I have always wanted to be a drummer. I like the way drums bring beats to the sounds in the music. I had tried to learn before, but gave up too quickly.
• Romania
28 Jan 10
Yes, drums are very important in songs. Music is about the melody and the rhythm. So drums are very important as well as any other instrument that makes the melody. I can't play complicated things on drums, but I can play some basic stuff. As a guitar player I'm responsible for the melody in a song. The rhythm as well, but basically with the melody, so it's interesting to try the drums to see the other perspective of music - the rhythm.
26 Jan 10
I can play a few instruments. My main instrument is piano and keyboard (well, they are the same aren't they). Other than that, I can play flute, piccolo, some percussion instrument (mainly traditional instrument). Actually, it is not hard for me to pick up any instrument as I do know how to read the scores and have reached certain level in music theory as well. But if I have the chance, I want to learn violin.
• Romania
28 Jan 10
Another violin lover. Nice to meet you. Wow you know how to play some instruments. It's true that if you know the music theory it's easy to play any instrument. You only need to practice the specific technique of each instrument and develop your speed and independence on the fretboard/keyboard/etc...
@Ninaaah (93)
• Serbia And Montenegro
25 Jan 10
Two years ago I decided to learn to play guitar because I wanted to form a band with my friends. That's how I started to play acoustic guitar. It was going pretty well, I realized that I'm talented for music, rhythm exactly. After one year playing acoustic guitar I deserved electric guitar so I bought it (standard stratocaster copy:). Now I have a band but not with the same frends I wanted to form a band with. All at all I learned to play guitar by myself too, and I really enjoy in playing it which is very important for musicians:).
• Romania
28 Jan 10
I'm happy for you. Unfortunately me and my band split up because we were always needing another instrument player. When a new guy came into our band we always had problems about what kind of music to play and we always argued a lot when choosing what songs to play. In the end we decided to split and start other project each one of us. I don't have time right now to form another band, but when I'll do I'll sure look for some music lovers.
@anthony89 (154)
• United States
25 Jan 10
I play the Piano/Keyboard every now and then. I would like to try playing the drums someday since the percussion is a vital and important part of music. I play the piano/keyboard every now and then. I learned a little bit when I was in high school. I had a music teacher and all the student's had keyboards to each desk. I thought it was kind of cool but I couldn't say I learned or advanced much from being in that class, although it did help and that is what's important.
• Romania
25 Jan 10
When I was playing in a band I asked my drum player to show me some basic stuff and I can hold some basic rhythms and make some simple breaks. Drums are interesting and it feels interesting when playing them.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
25 Jan 10
Hi, beckslash. Welcome to myLot. I commend you for teaching yourself to play the guitar. It is not an easy thing to do. I play the piano but I wish I were much, much better at it. I also play the flute. I confess to being quite good at that. I love the sound of a well played, resonant sounding flute. I have a desire to learn to play the guitar. My 5 1/2 yr old son wants to take guitar lessons and I believe I will buy myself a guitar and learn with him. Music has been a means of bonding for the two of us since before he was born and I hope it will be throughout life. I agree with you on the violin, it is a beautiful instrument. And as you refer to the voice as an instrument, I play that one rather often.... though out of consideration for those around me I try to keep it to singing in the car and the shower. Nice discussion.
• Romania
25 Jan 10
I think piano it's hard to play as well. You have to practice a lot for gaining the independence of the left hand from the right hand. The second instrument it's easier to learn because you already have your musical year trained and you know some things about music theory and how notes and intervals work. I also play on my school's fanfare. I play the trumpet. I also know the notes and play small pieces on my block-flute.
• India
26 Feb 10
I play a guitar and sing too. I would love to be a multi instrumentalist somedeay.I want to be able to play the piano and drums too as then i would be able to record musis all by myself.
• United States
29 Jan 10
I do not know how to play any instruments, but I would love to learn the guitar or the piano.
• Poland
26 Jan 10
When I was 3rd year high school, I bought a bamboo flute for only ten pesos, arournd 20 cents in US$. I wanted to learn a lot, so I never stop playing it. On the second day, I was surprised that I was able to play any song I would like from then on. Recently my sister bought me a guitar which I do not know how to play. Just like you, I don't have enough time to learn it. May be in the future. By the way, for me violin and piano are my frustrations. I want to learn how to play them and to have them. But for now, I prefer to play confidently my flute.
• Philippines
26 Jan 10
I play the piano. I had lessons on guitar and drums when I was a kid but I am admittedly not good at any of them. I just know the basics because when i was a kid, I easily get bored so I try out new things immediately. Now that I'm a bit older, I would like to know how to play the violin. I like how classic it sounds.
@coolcat123 (4392)
• India
26 Jan 10
i play flute sometimes when i feel bored becoz i have only a flute at home and no other instruments to play, but i would love to try them too.
@amijor (234)
• Philippines
26 Jan 10
I play the flute and a little bit of guitar. I chose to play them because they're what our family already has plus flute is an easy instrument to play (for those without respiratory problems). I'd like to learn to play violin and piano someday.
@singuri (571)
• India
26 Jan 10
I only know how to play Guitar and that too Classical guitar.I just read the tabs and practice playing everyday for at least one hour.It really amuses me to play the guitar when I feel alone or when I get stressed up.I love music a lot and listen to the songs which have the rhythm of the guitar.I also love to play Congo but I lonly know the basics in it.
• Canada
26 Jan 10
I play a bit of everything. I play the drums, the bass guitar, and acoustic guitar, and have tried to play electric guitar as well but prefer acoustic to it. As far as skill levels, I am pretty good at the drums, I am ok at bass guitar but mostly all I can do is slap pop kind of things on it, and Im pretty bad at acoustic/electric guitar because I have never taken lessons and havent really had any patience to teach myself anything. I like playing them all, they are all different but fun in their own ways. And if I could choose an instrument to learn, I would like to have guitar lessons.
@MrKennedy (1994)
25 Jan 10
I used to DJ back in the day. I played at small-time venues and friend's parties, ut nothing serious. It was really good fun and I'm looking to get back into it actually.