If You Were to Choose Another Instrument to Dedicate Yourself to What Would it be?

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Post by brianvds » Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:35 am

Now see what this thread did to me? Scarcely did I mention the piano in an earlier post, or I find myself drawn back to it...

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Post by kirolak » Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:28 pm

The cello. . . . but the prospect of that high action has deterred me!

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Post by Smith » Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:10 am

Piano flute trumpet harmonica and drums (you betcha)

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Post by amezcua » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:40 pm

Harmonica would be a good choice because you are not always confined to Equal Temperament . And if you played one when you were very young there is something more natural about it. I was never taught to play one. I just learned the tunes myself. But if I pick up a harmonica now with a 30 year gap I can still get a tune that I have never played before . I seem to be able to put it together without written music . The idea of music for harmonica seemed strange . So that`s not sight reading or memorising . It`s not really improvising either. More like whistling I suppose . I used to enjoy Max Geldray`s playing. We should hear more of him these days .I just listened to some and it seems much noisier than I remember. Tastes change .

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Post by Bobbio84 » Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:09 am

Orff xylophones... In fact I already am dedicating myself to them as an elementary school teacher. Such beautiful accessible instruments.
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Post by dory » Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:30 am

I would play piano because once you play a polyphonic instrument it is hard to play one that isn't. Also I love Chopin, and his music tends to sound not completely its best on the guitar in my opinion, Roland Dyens (who could make ANYTHING sound good) notwithstanding. I prefer the guitar though. The piano's sound quality is too consistent and standardized. The only difference is in volume. You can't do anything else. As a distant third I would play alto recorder. I used to play it in my youth and medieval music is fun. The alto recorder is much less shrill than the soprano.
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Post by tubeman » Sun Nov 20, 2016 6:52 pm

I, too, would choose the piano, and have done so! (Haven't play guitar in nearly 18 months.) I think it has vastly more interesting music written for it, and the polyphony, as dory pointed out, is very appealing. I disagree with him that the "sound quality is too consistent and standardized." A very skilled pianist, such as Horowitz, Richter, Sokolov, Pogorelich, Brendel, Uchida, etc. can coax many sounds and colors out of the piano--it's just not as easy or noticeable as on the guitar.
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Post by KeMe » Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:10 am

I would dedicate myself to that beautiful Celtic harp sitting in the corner. There are only so many hours in a day and it just doesn't have the priority on my time that my guitar and my guitar classes do. But....it does look pretty.
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Post by Lovemyguitar » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:15 am

tubeman wrote:... I disagree ... that the "sound quality [of a piano] is too consistent and standardized." A very skilled pianist, such as Horowitz, Richter, Sokolov, Pogorelich, Brendel, Uchida, etc. can coax many sounds and colors out of the piano--it's just not as easy or noticeable as on the guitar.
Indeed, I think that you are absolutely right about that! I would add Walter Gieseking to that list, too. When I listen to such great pianists, I almost don't notice the piano itself, because all I hear is "music" -- similarly with great guitarists (such as Bream), etc., it is as if the instrument disappears and just the music remains (if anybody understands what I mean by that!).

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Post by nindeguerre » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:38 pm

I'm already playing two instruments (the piano and the classical guitar), and I used to play the violin. But if I had the chance it would definitely be the cello. I deeply regret not learning it when I was younger.
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Post by tormodg » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:03 am

I have always wanted to play cello but it's too bulky. I also fancy the oboe but I have asthma so it's not the best choice for me. My uncle, and his uncle, both play oboe in orchestras and it's a wonderful instrument that takes a long time to master.

I took piano lessons for years and can noodle but gave it up enough to realize that I'm stuck with CG forever.
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Post by zupfgeiger » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:21 pm

tormodg wrote:I have always wanted to play cello but it's too bulky. I also fancy the oboe but I have asthma so it's not the best choice for me. My uncle, and his uncle, both play oboe in orchestras and it's a wonderful instrument that takes a long time to master.

I took piano lessons for years and can noodle but gave it up enough to realize that I'm stuck with CG forever.
Ah, the oboe, what a marvelous instrument, but at least as difficult as the guitar. But such a joy to listen to. Preferably Mozart oboe concerto in C. TMHO one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed.
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Post by Andrew Fryer » Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:50 pm

zupfgeiger wrote: Mozart oboe concerto in C. TMHO one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed.
Err, yes, it's nice. I used to have vinyl of Heinz Holliger playing it coupled with the Richard Strauss oboe concerto. That was a good combination. But there are quite a lot of flautists who think it was originally written for flute. I don't know their reasons.
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Post by zupfgeiger » Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:53 pm

Andrew, some experts might regard it as "nice", not more. But as I said, TMHO... :D
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Post by Feynman » Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:09 pm

Lute(s) for me.
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