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    Piano and saxophone! Love them both, but prefer piano.

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    Instrument: Cello
    Years Playing: 3.5
    Level: Grade 4

    Also teach myself keyboard/piano, but I'm not very good.

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    Piano: since 19 years. I was 2 years old when I started, blame my parents, both professional pianists.. my level is like a conservatory student I think. Debussy l'isle joyeuse, rach prelude op. 23 no. 5, Gershwin preludes... i don't know a thing about grades, sorry. I 've been taught at home.

    Guitar: 5 years. I taught myself. My skills are kind of mediocre... I can play things like tears in heaven, yesterday, misty... I play mostly to accompany my singing. I write songs. Leads me to...:

    Singing: since forever. Seriously since 1 year or so. Grade, no clue. I get lessons occasionally from my aunt who is a good singer and teacher. My voice has to develop a lot, but I can say I sing in tune and my breath management is okay. I sing things like Faure - Mai etc.. No queen of the night aria yet. (HA... HA.. HA)

    Viola: theoretically since one year, but some weeks had passed without touching the viola. My uncle needed an extra violist in his student orchestra :') he is a violinist himself. I can kind of play in tune. I started playing in the third position and I played a Haydn quartet on a student concert this summer. Says pretty much it, I still sound scratchy.

    Harmonica: self taught, since 10 years. Level is again, pretty mediocre.

    I have on and off relationships with my instruments. Sometimes I play one or two instruments a lot, then I leave them in a dusty corner for some time and focus on another instrument. I'm dying to play drums. I have bongos, I want an Irish bodhran.
    The only stable relationship I have is with the piano. But then, I'm kind of lazy. I like reading music, hence my pretty good sight reading, but I practise only a few times a week at the very most. Won't help me to master Chopin etudes. I need to practise more often.
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    I grew up in a musical family, I first started playing violin, taught by my mum, then drums and piano. I stopped having lessons on my violin, a started playing trombone taught by my dad.
    I switched to bass trombone when I was 16/17.
    Studied bass trombone at music college. After music college I started teaching brass. I have recently started playing mandolin, bass guitar and singing in a folk band!

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    Quote Originally Posted by playpiano View Post
    I want to know how many instruments you play, how long you've been playing and to what standard you play them
    I've been playing saxophone since the fifth grade. To what standard? I don't know. Back in the day, I used to play in dance bands, rock bands, orchestras, pit bands, whoever would pay me. I've been on a few studio recordings (nothing that went major). I gave that all up when it was so consuming that it was all I could think of. Now I play in my church band, alternating alto, tenor, and soprano, and I absolutely love that.

    If you play sax, you also play clarinet (hate it) and flute. And if you study music in college, you play piano. I also took organ lessons. The manual dexterity prepared me for my career as a court reporter. The bad thing is, since I pound my fingers all day, I don't want to keep pounding them on a keyboard at night. So my wife is the keyboard/pianist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mujician View Post
    I switched to bass trombone when I was 16/17.
    I had a good friend in college who played bass trombone. He was so adept at projecting, a couple people wrote pieces for him in our jazz band. One featured him where he would play a note, and he would get the sound to bounce off the back wall. I learned to really respect low brass from him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by appoggiatura View Post

    Singing: since forever. Seriously since 1 year or so. Grade, no clue. I get lessons occasionally from my aunt who is a good singer and teacher. My voice has to develop a lot, but I can say I sing in tune and my breath management is okay. I sing things like Faure - Mai etc.. No queen of the night aria yet. (HA... HA.. HA)
    I admire people who can sing. The idea of putting something out there without some instrument doing it terrifies me. If there is a mistake, I have nothing to blame it on.

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    I just realized I'm responding to messages from 2013. Oops. It's like I'm making a phone call to the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I've been playing saxophone since the fifth grade. To what standard? I don't know. Back in the day, I used to play in dance bands, rock bands, orchestras, pit bands, whoever would pay me. I've been on a few studio recordings (nothing that went major). I gave that all up when it was so consuming that it was all I could think of. Now I play in my church band, alternating alto, tenor, and soprano, and I absolutely love that.

    If you play sax, you also play clarinet (hate it) and flute. And if you study music in college, you play piano. I also took organ lessons. The manual dexterity prepared me for my career as a court reporter. The bad thing is, since I pound my fingers all day, I don't want to keep pounding them on a keyboard at night. So my wife is the keyboard/pianist.
    You have To work harder on the clarinet,when you like to play both better start with the clarinet and than the saxophone.

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    I play guitar (for about 12 years now), bass (upright and bass guitar, but haven't touched an upright in years) and started learning piano at the beginning of the year. Sing a bit too, but I'm not classically trained.

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    I allegedly play acoustic, electric and bass guitar. Only started playing guitar properly 5 years ago but im still what id term a beginner. As long as you can play Wonderwall, though, you'd be amazed at how many people think you're a good guitarist. Lol. I play for my enjoyment (not others'). If it stopped becoming fun or if others hated it, though, I'd stop.
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    Double Bass semi pro for years and started Flute but stopped at grade 6, now I just listen.

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