Have you Ever Played an Instrument?

@Shar19 (8236)
United States
December 2, 2008 2:04pm CST
Growing up my mother always wanted me to learn the piano. I never wanted to go and take lessons though. Now that I'm older and wiser I realize that maybe I should have. I always wanted to learn the drums too but never did. Have you ever learned to play an instrument? If you could still learn what would you want to play?
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33 responses
• United States
2 Dec 08
HI I started with a year and a half on the piano when I was around 9 or so. I wanted to keep going, but my parents were done with lessons at that point. I continued to play as I had learned what I needed to keep going alone for awhile. Then as I left home my dad got me my first guitar, I loved it instantly! One reason, I could take it places adn jam with people! I learned so much from wacthing others. I never took lessons, but now twenty years later I play in a group with a drummer, flute, 4 singers and a bass guitar, keyboard, piano . We all have a great time doing it. And....in the last 2 weeks I bought a viola. I was nervous at first becauase I have heard they are hard to learn. In a few minutes I had a simple mary had a little lamb down.The music is written in alto clef, so I am transposing as I go, I dont want to learn a new clef. Still have far to go on it. But I love learning new things. I once tried to learn the mandolin, that was hard for me. So, I hope to keep finding more and more instruments to learn and play. I love music and what it can do for people. Intersting post, I enjoyed it! Jo
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
2 Dec 08
You are a very talented person. Very lucky. Keep trying new things.
• Australia
3 Dec 08
Well, I didn't have a lot of choice in the matter. My father was a classical conductor and concert pianist, and my mother a successful mezzo soprano before she retired to have kids, so music was a huge part of my life. I learnt piano first, not very well, but then I became a first class french horn player, even asked to audition for a major symphony orchestra. But my best instrument I inherited from my mother, my voice, and I really preferred to follow that path into pop/rock, and later folk and jazz, with some success over the years. As part of that I learned guitar, and got pretty good at that, although there are millions better. At one point I was teaching music in a high school, so I taught myself trumpet as well. Along the way I learned to play mandolin and tenor banjo, neither very well, and electric bass. Lash
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• United States
4 Dec 08
I took piano lessons for two years, but I was really bad at it.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Thanks for sharing.
@marym14 (61)
• Ireland
2 Dec 08
I can play violin,piano and guitar but my family are very muscial and it just was expected of me to play
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
2 Dec 08
That's very good. I hope that you enjoyed playing those instruments even though your family expected you to learn.
• United States
2 Dec 08
I have played a few instruments during my life. When I was young I played the violin for about 4 years, then I stopped. I learned the recorder in school, and made a fife for a project and taught myself to play that but I don't think both of those really count. I played the piano for a while, but could never get the hang of reading music and my teacher refused to play things for me so I could hear them, so I never really progressed and I dropped it. Now I play the guitar (since February) and I already know quite a few songs. I am really happy with the guitar, it's a fun instrument to play.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
2 Dec 08
It seems the guitar is the instrument most people would pick.
• United States
2 Dec 08
When i was in 2nd and 3rd grade i played the cello in my grade school orchestra but i gave it up to switch to play in the school band. I played the B flat clarinet from 4th grade to 7th grade and then the bass clarinet in 8th grade. i loved it but gave it up when entering high school because i did not want to take part in marching band. however, i always wanted to learn to play guitar but never did, maybe that will be on my list of things to accomplish!
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Maybe now is the time for you to learn the guitar. Thanks for responding.
• Canada
2 Dec 08
all growing up i had to take piano. i hated piano lessons and having to practise all the time, but now that i'm older, i'm glad that i can play the piano. it's alot of fun and very relaxing. i have an electric piano, but want to get a real piano again. But they are so expensive. i also know how to play the alto saxophone, clarinet, and flute. i want to learn how to play the guitar and harp as well. the next one i'll learn is guitar. i heard it's a lot easier to learn than the harp as well as cheaper.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
2 Dec 08
You're very talented, good for you! I think the harp would be beautiful to learn.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I played drums and guitar.....but not for years. My daughter is now 38 and taking piano lessons with her daughter and enjoying it very much! She says she can't believe how fast she is learning! It's never too late to do it!
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
2 Dec 08
You're right about that. Maybe I should take a lesson with my daughter. Your daughter and I are the same age.
@Fafner (68)
• United States
2 Dec 08
In grade school I took piano and flute lessons. I was never any good at either instrument. I have considered attempting piano lessons again. I don't think I would take the time to practice, so I have not signed up.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
2 Dec 08
It does take a lot of commitment. I think piano would be a little easier to learn.
@jambi462 (4595)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I already play guitar and bass, but I wouldn't mind learning any other instruments. When you become a musician your appreciation for music rises as you get better at your own instrument. When I listen to songs now I hear every part of the song and now I want to be able to play every part. I wouldn't mind learning how to play the drums either.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Go ahead, learn how to play the drums. I'm sure you'd do well.
@Anne18 (11034)
2 Dec 08
We are not a mucical family when it comes to instruments. I did play the recorder when I was a girl and I did half heartly try to play the guitar but didn't really put much effort into it. Wish I couls play something so we could gig about and sing with the children
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
2 Dec 08
My family never played anything either.
@jesbellaine (4155)
• Philippines
2 Dec 08
Yup, when I was in grade school, my aunt enrolled me to a piano lesson so I could learn how to play an organ and piano as well. But unfortunately, I can’t keep up my studies and having a piano lesson plus the fact, I always get sick at that time so I have to withdraw my piano lesson.. and now.. I don’t even know how to play it anymore… hehehe though I wish I had continued it coz it’s nice to know how to play an instrument. ? Cheers!
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Thanks for your response.
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
2 Jan 09
violin - I love playing violin and learned how to play the violin when I was around ten years old.
Hello Shar. I learned to play the flute and mouthorgan and violin. I got to learn to play these from my elder brother by watching him. I love to play musical instruments. I think that it is because of the influence by my elder brother. But that was when I was young. Now I have not played any one of them because of my new interest in surfing on the Internet and some other reading habits. But once I take it up, I can still play them.
@balasri (26549)
• India
30 Dec 08
I always wanted to play a musical instrument.I have tried practicing guitar when I was young.I haven't mastered it.I still have the urge to learn playing some instrument.
• United States
23 Dec 08
I played the flute when I was in elementary school, but I did not like it. I quit after every other person in my class quit, and I never continued with the instrument. I always wanted to learn how to play the piano. I took a class in college that taught you to play. It was supposed to be for beginers only, but it was a required class for some, so obviously there were mixed levels of talent. I had no experience, and the girl that sat next to me could play the songs on the first day. I also did not know how to read music, so it was a learning experience. By the second class, we had to learn how to play one song. It was very difficult for me to do. By the end of the class, we were playing Bach. I must say that is was a good experience because I learned how to play, but I think it would have been more beneficial if I could have taken my time and really learned the piano.
@blablablu (222)
• Indonesia
23 Dec 08
Formally, I have never learned to play any instrument. I meant I never go to musical course or study under musical teacher. But I do some self-learning and I have been able to play piano, certainly not classical type - I can't read a musical sheet. Other than piano, I learn to play guitar by myself and then stepped up to play bass. I also take some time to play drum, a simple 8 beat practice and then stepped up to some groovy-funk style, samba, and some swinging style. And now, I am still learning to play Saxophone. I believe I could still learn that! That's why I spent my saving to buy a Saxophone. It's pretty hard to learn since the basic of piano and guitar can't be applied here.
@sharra1 (6341)
• Australia
4 Dec 08
Yes I learned the recorder when I was in primary school and I played in the school band. I thought it was pretty good at the time but it was not an instrument that was used much any more. I tried to learn the flute, the guitar and the organ but I had problems using my left hand with the guitar and the organ and I could not get my mouth right for the flute so I gave up on them. I have not played my recorder for years but I still have it somewhere.
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
3 Dec 08
i was so like you. i took piano lessons for a year when i was younger and quit after that and had always regretted it. i was fortunate because i got a second chance. a guy that we knew was an awesome piano player and had finished the highest level of schooling in it and he taught me for about 6 months for free and i figured out that i am a better listener to the piano than a player.
@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Yes, when I was younger I also took music lessons. Sad to say the only thing I learned how to play was Old McDonald. I wish that I had learned and stuck with it. I sing and that would have been a lovely combination if I had learned to play well.
• United Kingdom
3 Dec 08
Yes, I play the recorder! I say I play the recorder but I don't actually know how to read music or anything like that! I learned to play by ear! I listen to a tune that I like a few times and suddenly I am able to pick it up. I do know how to play in Irish jig, it's short and fast! I guess it's nice when you have a few others with a guitar and so forth! Andrew