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Your best musical instrument

  1. Feb 13, 2010 #1

    drizzle

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    Mine is the flute

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZeuverPXEU&feature=PlayList&p=D80A64739A6BB0B8&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=31

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnCW91A66qs&feature=PlayList&p=D80A64739A6BB0B8&index=33&playnext=2&playnext_from=PL

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL5xjLgQp1c

    Yeah, a bit different :biggrin:
     
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  3. Feb 13, 2010 #2

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    My best is guitar, but it's tough to pick which. Blues on electric, blues on acoustic, rock on electric, fingerpicking folk styles on acoustic...

    I'm OK on harmonica (blues style) and drums, but I could make more money with guitar and vocals. I wish I could still stand to be exposed to fragrances, because I'd still be fronting bands.
     
  4. Feb 13, 2010 #3

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    I was about to make a thread about best fragrances, but you came to mind then I receded :uhh:…..:biggrin:
     
  5. Feb 13, 2010 #4

    Pythagorean

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    Guitar and piano. They're not really comparable though. You can do all kinds of creative techniques on guitar, whereas piano is best for creative theory.
     
  6. Feb 13, 2010 #5

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    My best fragrances involve food. Bread-and-butter pickles simmering, apple pie baking in the oven, venison liver and onion sizzling in the pan...
     
  7. Feb 13, 2010 #6

    Ben Niehoff

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    Why does the beatbox guy only know how to play in one key?
     
  8. Feb 13, 2010 #7
    i found out recently that i can't really play anymore, so i can't say i've got a best
     
  9. Feb 13, 2010 #8

    drizzle

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    Is he? Still, nice play
     
  10. Feb 13, 2010 #9

    drizzle

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    Why? What did you play?
     
  11. Feb 13, 2010 #10
    trumpet/french horn/baritone, but mostly trumpet. i played with some alumni at my old high school last year, and let's just say it wasn't quite like riding a bicycle. with a little practice, tho, i think it would be much better, i've just not got much motivation to pursue it atm.
     
  12. Feb 13, 2010 #11
    I do not really have a "favorite", but in the in the wind category, I'll introduce


    In the category "hors concours" (outside competition), I love

    (skip to 3:43 if it's too free before, it gets really interesting)
     
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  13. Feb 14, 2010 #12
    Alto Saxophone.
     
  14. Feb 14, 2010 #13

    Jonathan Scott

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    I'm not sure what the original poster means by "best": instrument one plays best or instrument one likes best.

    In my case, playing instrumental music (mostly "classical" in the loose sense) is a major hobby. The main instruments that I play are piano, violin and viola, and my wife plays the cello. We have both performed solo works with orchestra (concertos and similar) in public on all of these, and played many more such works with orchestra as "rehearsal soloist".

    It's difficult to say which is "best", either for standard or for what I like, because they are so different, and it also depends on the pieces I'm currently working on. Complex piano works require much more effort to learn the notes than string works of a similar standard just because of the sheer number of notes, but learning how to make complex passages on a string instrument sound fluent and clear can take weeks just for a few notes. Of my own instruments, the viola is often most immediately rewarding, for example in a viola transcription of Bach's unaccompanied cello suites (which my wife plays on the cello), but I rarely play it now.

    In between my occasional opportunities to rehearse concertos with full orchestra (great fun - my favourite has been Rachmaninov 2nd piano concerto), I get the most pleasure out of playing in small chamber works, including quartets and trios, and some of my best work has been playing piano accompaniments for my wife's performances on the cello.

    My musical friends sometimes have "musical evenings" where people bring along instruments and play or sing, and for that sort of event I usually take along my guitar and my flute. I'm not particularly good at either, but quite fluent at playing things by ear, and they are useful instruments for joining in with things.
     
  15. Feb 14, 2010 #14

    Astronuc

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    Electric Bass. Haven't picked up one in years though. :frown:

    Was learning piano and electric organ (40 years ago), but didn't stay with it. I wanted to be outside playing football - American or soccer.
     
  16. Feb 14, 2010 #15
    Violin, although I've only ever played as part of an orchestra. Have been trying to learn fiddle techniques recently, and basic guitar.
     
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