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Old 4th June 2016, 04:00 PM
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Default Does anyone play an instrument?

I've always wanted to play a musical instrument, but I have a negative musical aptitude.

I have tried guitar lessons but it didn't pan out

Was thinking of maybe trying violin, haha I've heard it's way hard, but I like the sound they can make.

Your thoughts and experiences?
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Old 4th June 2016, 05:28 PM
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Is Mayonnaise an Instrument?
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Old 4th June 2016, 08:37 PM
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Is Mayonnaise an Instrument?
Not traditionally

Has anyone ever wanted to learn an instrument but was lacking in confidence to make the attempt?
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Old 4th June 2016, 08:46 PM
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I've been a massive fan of rock 'n roll for years & years & that became my inspiration to buy myself a dual-neck electric axe a couple of years ago. I'm trying to teach myself to play it but I'd rather just jam with it every now & then... Lol
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Old 4th June 2016, 09:34 PM
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I make noise with a guitar. Sinnertwin is supposedly an expert on an axe, but maybe he just has very convincing dreams

I'd suggest piano. It gives you the basics and is a platform to move to any instrument, but can also be built upon to any degree if you decide you like it.

And don't worry about lacking natural talent. I'm terrible. I have to work what seems like ten times as hard as most for the slightest increase in skill. But I still enjoy it. I strongly suggest lessons though. If it's not working, try a different instructor. As a teacher, you would know that people have different styles. It's a matter of finding someone with a style that suits you.
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Old 4th June 2016, 09:40 PM
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My mum tried to force me to learn piano when I was a kid, and I hated it. Sadly, I have zero musical ability now. The weird thing was, she used to tutor other kids in piano and they would go on to become extremely successful students, even performing in concerts and stuff, but my mum just failed in teaching me and my brother piano.

There is at least one good thing that came out of this. In 1984 my mum dragged me and my brother along to watch her performing at a piano performance. You can imagine how utterly bored the two of us were sitting in the audience with no adult supervision (yeah) watching various people playing orchestral instruments. So on the way to the performance, we stopped by a hobby store and saw these new toys called Transformers. They were like Machine Men, only way cooler looking! I chose Brawn and my brother chose Huffer. We opened them and played with them instead of paying any attention to the performance.

And I haven't stopped collecting Transformers ever since.
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Old 4th June 2016, 10:33 PM
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Ive just always wanted to be able to play something.
Piano is a very beautiful sound, but dont have the space for one and electric keyboards, err I don't think so.

Violin is portable, and doesn't need a powerpoint

Just want something that sounds good (once you learn how) and maybe have some fun trying

Its an experiment
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Old 4th June 2016, 11:35 PM
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I'm not trying to boast.

I've been playing drums since I was about 10. Not professionally. just as a hobby I guess. I had 6 years of lessons and in year 11. 12 and the first couple years of Uni I taught as well. It's something that has stayed with me the whole time. to the point that I bought an electronic kit before I bought my engagement ring.

For years if I have a headacke, I can play drums for half an hour and make it go away. not all the time but it's often helped.

There were times when I didn't enjoy it, the book my teacher taught from is pretty old, it has a section called Disco music. it's basically different patterns where the hihat is opened as you play it creating a sizzle sound. the start of this video has an example. I was really sturggling to get it, for weeks, in the end I told him I didn't wannt to do it. he had a chat with my folks and they all talked me into trying it some more. I now use this technique everywhere. the label, of disco, might be where this was something that was a predominant technique but I challenge you to find a type of music that doesn't incorporate it.


Learning a musical instrument is not easy, if it was everyone would be doing it. The long term life rewards are pretty sweet though. I've played in school bands, university orchestra, two revues at uni, and i spent some tome in a 12 piece funk band in my second year at uni. I miss it a bit, I haven't played with other people in over a decade.

My recommendation, if there is a particular instrument you like the sound of, or the music it features in, try learning that. Definitely have lessons, they are expensive but can't be substituted for.

If you are generally interested and have no particular instrument in mind, like others have mentioned I'd suggest piano or guitar. in either case, acoustic is probably a better place to start. Piano's are big, so that might not be an option for you.

Whatever instrument you choose, I can't stress enough that you are much better off buying something second hand. The quality of a 5 or 10 or even 15 year old insturment that might cost around 500 to 1K is going to be so much better than a brand new $500 -1K at a music store. the stuff that costs that much at a music store usually won't last that long and because it's cheper and lower quality it's actually harder to play. there are idiosyncracies with different instruments that you need to look out for so I recommend having someone you know who's musical with you when inspecting a second hand piece. a bit of googling will educate you on the different brands and lines of hardware that is out there for the instrument you are interested in.


I've rambled a bit, Mrs UltraMarginal is away, so I've been watching the 3rd hobit and drinking copiuos amounts of beer.

Hopefully I've been some help, feel free to PM me if you are looking for some further advice. Drums are also big, take up a lot of space and take lots of time to pack down and set up.
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Old 5th June 2016, 01:08 AM
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Not traditionally

Has anyone ever wanted to learn an instrument but was lacking in confidence to make the attempt?
Hard to be confident without making an attempt, pretty sure most of us sounded arse on our first go!

As cliche as it sounds, I'd recommend starting off with a guitar or digital keyboard. They're probably the easiest (they don't feel like it at first) to learn and can be accompanied with things like backing tracks that cover bass, drums etc. to keep you interested in playing along to. That and the free tutorials/lessons for guitar and piano on sites like youtube are just so more comprehensive compared to other instruments like violin and saxophone which aren't as easy to just pick up and play.

I'd say it's the same for violins, but I really recommend buying a good branded used instrument, e.g. a used (but not abused) Takamine, Martin or Taylor acoustic as they're often 40-50% below RRP value despite sometimes being only rarely played and just offer so much more bang for buck than entry level instruments. Oh and avoid any beginner instrument package deals like the plague.

The quality branded used gear keep their value so if you lose interest a few months down the track they won't turn into a paperweight that you can't sell. The melband forum instruments sale section in addition to ebay are two good sources to find some quality used gear.
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Old 5th June 2016, 01:30 AM
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Tried guitar, so not for me, but I did try.

Is there anywhere you can try a few instruments out, see which one suits you
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