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Anyone play instruments? Drums/percussion, wind, guitar, paper and comb...?

I tried playing the guitar and realised I had no aptitude, even after six months of paying for a tutor. My acoustic guitar is hanging on wall brackets, collecting dust.

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Time to try again. Learning to play a musical instrument is thought to be an excellent way of helping to slow down dementia ...

http://www.jneurosci.org/content/37/24/5948

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Surprised not to see more replies, as there is at least one pro musician on here, and probably more. Plus a few who used to be.

I'm a happy amatuer. A little brass, and that's not a euphamism (or a euphonium) and keyboards. We have a stupid collection of guitars and similar and we are fairly hopeless. We went through a phase of buying stuff because it can be stupidly cheap. We also went through a phase where if I bought a bit of hifi, Anne could buy a musical instrument. That had to stop because the place was starting to look like a cross between Regent Sounds and the LSO rehearsal rooms.

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@rabski Agreed: I was banking on there being a number of pros and tinkerers who'd partake...

One of the reasons, according to Mrs. P, why I like hi-fi so much is because I'm a frustrated musician. It's hard to disagree. 

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Over the years I have become quite proficient on the Air Guitar and quite good on the Air Drums.   Tried a couple of times in my life at the Real Piano.  8 to 11 years old ( forced) and again round about 50 y.o. ( voluntary)  Not only was I not very good it, wasn't much fun. 

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I used to dabble years ago. I think I liked the idea of being able to do it but found the practice boring, especially after a lesson. Relatively recently I was asked to store some stuff for a mate who has been going through some shit with his ex Mrs. Among the usual junk and stuff was one or three guitars. I thought why not and with the help of Andy Guitar and others on YouTube I've been having a bit of fun. I've made more progress in a short space of time than I ever did thanks to the internet. Having the guitar on a stand in the living room and the use of one better than I had previously helps quite a bit. Only on Monday morning I awoke in a state of alcohol fuelled confusion and decided to have a strum. A couple of new songs later I was ready for a bite to eat and a walk outdoors. These two songs struck me as being similar in some way or the other so I decided to look into it and they were, with the help of a capo. Usually I just learn the gist of a song and then content with that move on. However if I'm going to play with others for a bit of a jam then more effort is required. I can take it or leave it. I've no real musical ambitions which is just as well as I have no real musical talent but its my latest flavour of the month.

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Can’t  play a note on anything, but spent 20 or so years building these things for people who can 😂

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12 minutes ago, TigerTiger said:

Can’t  play a note on anything, but spent 20 or so years building these things for people who can 😂

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That's beautiful.

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1 hour ago, Pete the Feet said:

Is the bottom one left handed?

No..it’s merely smaller, the first one is around a meter + more strings. But proportions are better.

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Did when I was young, started trumpet at about 12.

Soon picked it up and had time to practice so played in a few chamber groups, town orchestra, school orchestra and a military band.

Got to Grade 8 and started LRAM; then got a job which took too much time.

If i'd been able to get to my first audition offer life could have been different.

Played occasionally since and did a series of alto sax jazz based improv classes but i'm terrible at playing by ear; more a mental block which I sometimes feel is at the end of my fingertips.

Dictation was strange, sometimes just wrote it straight down, other days couldn't tell a 3rd from a 5th.

Ultimately not that talented and not quite driven enough; I appreciate Mrs P's insight.

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Interesting that you mentioned your inability to improvise or play by ear. Another highly trained and accomplished player I know has the same issue. He is a sometime teacher, plays trumpet in premier brass bands, West end shows, the London philharmonic etc and can only play the notes put in front of him.

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Just purchased some new strings for the guitar. Once on I'll give it a good go, but because I haven't played for so long it'll take a while for the fingers to work to a decent level.

I come from a musical family: My dad played the piano, brother the drums... even our sewing machine is a singer. :whistle:

More seriously, let's see how the guitar sounds once the strings are fitted. 

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