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June 02, 2010 – Comments (12)

What musical instrument do you enjoy playing? I ask because I have the desire to learn a new instrument. In the past I have learned to play trumpet and piano. I did not get so far with the piano; the lessons abruptly ended when my instructor passed away.

 

 

At this time I don’t have the desire to start up again with the piano. We have a really nice upright in the house so I will eventually get around to it, just not now.  I like the idea of learning the acoustic guitar, violin or mandolin. So something with strings that is not too difficult to transport sounds ideal to me. Tell me about the instrument you enjoy playing. Which would you suggest to a friend?

 

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#1) On June 02, 2010 at 10:57 AM, kdakota630 (29.76) wrote:

Although I barely have time for it, I play guitar and would recommend that.  Everyone likes guitar and they're very portable.  Probably easier to learn than violin, too.

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#2) On June 02, 2010 at 10:59 AM, kdakota630 (29.76) wrote:

Plus, if I had the money I'd pick up a bass.  I know I'll never be good enough to be a lead guitar player, so I figure I could probably pick up the bass easily enough and play it like a rhythm guitar like Lemmy from Motörhead.

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#3) On June 02, 2010 at 11:29 AM, davejh23 (< 20) wrote:

I've played guitar for 20 years, and I would recommend it to anyone.  I believe the guitar is the most versatile instrument there is...you can really play any style of music and put much more feeling into it than piano, most other string instruments, horns, etc...  Mandolin is nice, but I think ukelele is a little more versatile (search videos of Jake Shimabukuro).

One recommendation, buy a quality acoustic guitar...maybe a Taylor 110CE, or better.  The 110 is Taylor's low end guitar, but it still plays nice.  I've seen many friends buy beginner guitars to get started and they quickly quit playing because cheap acoustics simply aren't playable.  Plus, the more expensive purchase might provide some incentive to actually practice.  A quality ukelele will cost just as much as a nice guitar.

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#4) On June 02, 2010 at 1:12 PM, lemoneater (80.65) wrote:

I'm a professional audience. :) I don't have any musical talent myself. My husband does however. He enjoyed making some mountain dulcimers from some kits. I love to hear Christmas carols on mountain dulcimer.

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#5) On June 02, 2010 at 5:11 PM, djshagggyd (74.46) wrote:

Hey Cato-

I think you can get the best bang for your buck with an acoustic guitar. Mandolin and violin are amazing and beautiful instruments, but in my experience guitar is easier to learn.

I completely agree with davejh23 that Taylors are awesome (I own one and it's my favorite!)... but at the same time, there's really no need to spend that much money (a "cheap" Taylor will be at least $700).

You can purchase a perfectly good, playable, acoustic guitar that will last for many years for around $150.

Or hey... how about I trade you my old acoustic for your upright piano? If you're not going to use it I sure will! Come on, I'll even throw in a mandolin and a glockenspiel! Haha... just kidding... (but not really!)

And lemoneater is right! Mountain dulcimers (and hammered dulcimers) are also very beautiful instruments... and in my opinion they are easier to learn than violin or piano.

And now that I've talked about all this music... it's time for me to shamelessly plug my band :)

Sorry... but it had to be done... it's my passion!!

Hope you have a great week Cato!

~djshagggyd 

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#6) On June 03, 2010 at 10:18 AM, kdakota630 (29.76) wrote:

I'd like to add that I probably wouldn't get too hung up on a brand when you're just starting out.  I have no experience with Taylor, but Takamine is good, as are Yamaha, and despite a number of people telling my dad not to buy Norman, it was one of his favourites and surprised all the people who said to not get one.

Best thing is to find one that you personally like the feel of.  As a newby that's obviously not going to be easy, but try your best.  Get other people's opinions especially at a music store and don't be afraid to ask why they feel the way they do.

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#7) On June 03, 2010 at 10:46 AM, chocolatecoins (< 20) wrote:

For New Years I took the advice from the Fool to really do my resolutions. Plan Ten years out, learn investing. etc. I added learn guitar to this and have been more successful than I expected. I spent $100 on craigslist for a used Epiphone acoustic and started learning songs from lessons on youtube. Probably the best thing I found for learning is this guy Marty Schwarts. Here is his website. http://www.guitarjamz.com. instead of mary had a little lamb and scales he will get you playing fun things quickly. You can get pretty far with his free stuff on Youtube but a subscription to his website is well worth it. Good luck with whatever you choose. 

 -Rob 

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#8) On June 03, 2010 at 3:44 PM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

Kdakota,

 

Thanks. I am leanig toward the guitar for the same reasons. I like the idea of playing bass but at this time a regular six string would be a better fit. I would look foolish slapping a bass while parading in whitie-tighties like Flea from RHCP. And if I could recommend a individual comment I would so for #2 for a Lemmy of Motorhead reference.

 

Thankfully my dad has been playing both electric and acoustic since he was 16 years old and knows waaaay more about this than I ever will. I feel bad for not asking for his input into this so far. I should. He tried to get me interested when I was around 16 but I would not hear of it. I thought I would suck at it so why bother. Now that I am more than twice that age I am finally interested in it and don’t care about sucking at it for a while. Better late than never, right?  I’m leaning toward going with a well known name since parts and maintenance may be easier to come by down the road. Yamaha, Fender, Takamine and Epiphone are my main candidates.

 

Dave,

 

I appreciate your input, especially about upgrading to a nicer guitar to add incentive to learn to play it instead of letting it collect dust. At this time there a number of used acoustic guitars being sold for the $150 range that should be going for $300. I guess that is to my advantage. Ideally I would like to spend $800 but my co-pilot (wife) would not approve.

 

Lemon,

 Mountain dulcimers? I love those. I enjoy watching and listening to them be played, would never dare to try to learn. I am glad your DH enjoys playing them. Whenever I hear one being played it reminds me of Christmas. Djshagggy, Thanks for casting another vote for the guitar. Like I said in my reply to Dave there are a number of $300 used guitar being sold for $150. So a good inexpensive beater might be had fore the $150 range. BTW:  You can’t have the piano! Good luck with the band.  Rrufh,  Thank you for the online instruction suggestion. I had enough of Mary Had A Little Lamb when I was learning the recorder at the age of nine. I’ll have to look into the link and instructor you suggested. I was thinking of buying a DVD but the online idea is probably better. Again, thank you.     Report this comment
#9) On June 03, 2010 at 3:57 PM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

The last paragraph is a squished mess. It is supposed to look like this:

 Lemon,

Mountain dulcimers? I love those. I enjoy watching and listening to them be played, would never dare to try to learn. I am glad your DH enjoys playing them. Whenever I hear one being played it reminds me of Christmas.

Djshagggy,

Thanks for casting another vote for the guitar. Like I said in my reply to Dave there are a number of $300 used guitars being sold for $150. So a good inexpensive beater might be had for the $150 range. BTW: You can't have the piano! Good luck with the band.

Rrufh,

Thank you for the online instruction suggestion. I had enough of Mary Had A Little Lamb when I was learning the recorder at the age of nine. I’ll have to look into the link and instructor you suggested. I was thinking of buying a DVD but the online idea is probably better. Again, thank you.

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#10) On June 04, 2010 at 12:58 AM, blesto (31.59) wrote:

I play an upright and electric bass. They're fun to play.

But whatever instrument you decide to pickup, you should still improve your piano skills just for fun.

Scott Houston the Piano Guy is a great place to start.

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#11) On June 04, 2010 at 11:57 PM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

UPDATE: I purchased a guitar today, a acoustic Ibanez. It is just a beginners model but sounds really good. Wish me luck!

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#12) On June 05, 2010 at 10:59 AM, kdakota630 (29.76) wrote:

Best of luck, Cato.

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