Post # 1
Who else on here plays any instuments? Singing also counts!
I’m currently trying to decide if my piano is side-eyeing me or not because I keep choosing to play my ukulele instead. To be fair, I can’t sing along with what I play on the piano, whereas the ukulele is fun and easy for singing backup.
In fact, if anyone wants to listen…? >.>;
I also own an autoharp, but it’s up on a shelf and kind of heavy. I also used to play flute and violin way back in middle school. My family is VERY musical. We probably own a minimum of 15 different kinds of instruments, not including multiples. Not everything is playable at the moment, but that’s not the point. =P
Post # 3
@Orion: I don’t play an instrument (I did in elementary school and the early portion of junior high school), but I do sing, and so does DH and all of my stepchildren (and for the two who are married, so do their spouses.) Music is an enormous part of our lives.
Post # 4
@Brielle: That’s a lot more singers than in my family! It’s mostly just me now, although my mum and dad both sing, they don’t do it as much as I do anymore.
Post # 5
@Orion: I’m a flute player, have been playing since middle school (I’m 23 now, so about 13 years). I can also play guitar and bass, and a bit of clarinet and saxophone (fingerings for sax are nearly identical to the flute). My FH is an amazing pianist who has been playing since age 4 (!!!), and he can play the organ as well although it’s not his preferred instrument. Both of us have Bachelor of Music degrees and we are in the process of becoming teachers.
In university, I took a class on orchestration and arranging, and now I arrange a lot of music for various local groups in the area, mostly classical music that is domain free and a lot of my arrangements are done for schools. I’ve also played flute at countless weddings and other events over the last 5 or 6 years, mostly through word of mouth. Some clients are hard to deal with, but most are good.
FH and I play together a lot at home. Lots of solo flute music requires piano accompaniment, and he is my built in piano player :). At home we have a piano, two flutes (one soprano and one alto), 4 guitars, 2 basses, lots of percussion toys, some recorders, and a xylophone. Both of us teach privately to children and adults at the moment (FH teaches piano and I teach flute).
I wish my family was musical. My parents don’t play instruments and neither does my brother although he has perfect pitch (he is autistic and this is common among autistic people). They don’t understand or appreciate music as much as I do…
Post # 6
I sing, but I’m limited because I cannot play instruments and sing at the same time, so I always need accompaniment. Here’s a nice, old sample:
@Orion: That was lovely! I think uke covers just have such a charming sound to them, and yours was really cute!
Post # 7
@musical-lady: Wow, both of you? Nice! My brother is autistic and he LOVES music… but can’t carry a tune in a bucket.
@arabbel: I don’t know that song, so I wouldn’t have known it was a cover! Very nice!
Post # 8
@Orion: I am a classically trained singer which most people don’t know. I have taken voice lessons since I was about 12 years old. I have been in choirs, chorales and traveling groups all my life until a few years ago. Singing is my life. I wish I had majored in music but my family didn’t really support that as a profession.
I played the flute and piano in elementary and middle school but haven’t played since highschool.
Post # 9
I am a professional singer. I make my living performing classical, choral, chamber and oratorio works. I’ve studied voice all my life and my degrees are in Voice Performance. Singing has always been my greatest joy, and the closest thing in my world to being spiritual. My fiance is a jazz pianist and composer and though I’m a classical singer and he’s a jazz musician (vastly different worlds, different personalities in the two groups, different subcultures) it is so wonderful to be able to come home at night and look at a score together or talk about a rehearsal or performance and have the other person understand everything you are saying about your art.
Post # 10
@Orion: Heh, yeah. This is a very musical house and I’d like to keep it that way! Any future children will be encouraged to learn an instrument, since music plays a vital role in child development! I will let them gravitate to it – I think if they see mom and dad playing instruments they will want to try them out too.
There are parents who push their kids into music. And by “push” I mean like Tiger Mom/Dad kind of pushing. I have a couple of students right now who are maybe 10 years old, and they’re not at all interested in the flute. Not one bit. But they do it to please their parents. It’s a waste of everyone’s time and effort.
Post # 11
Music Major here 🙂
My main instrument is flute, but I also play piano, guitar, and bari sax pretty well. I play the rest of the instruments a bit as well 🙂
Post # 12
@Treejewel19: I tried to play the flute in elementary school, so I know how, but I’m not very good at it, because it was so heavy that I would play and end up tilting after about a minute!
@Jazzylove: Whoaaa, professional? Cool! I’ve been told that I could go professional, but I know my skill tops out at town-level musical theatre. Funny match up for you and your SO, I play mor classical, but sing just about anything except classical.
@musical-lady: Yeah, that’s a good way to do it. We have a beautiful piano at our house, and when I was six, i plunked myself down and started playing it, and so my parents signed me up for lessons, and I’ve been playing every since… but I don’t really practice on my own, or even play much any more, because I’m not being pushed, and I don’t currently get the same joy out of playing that I used to.
@missaliam: The one thing I’ve never even touched is reeds, and I can’t play guitar to save my life! Took lessons for guitar, never managed to even do one chord properly, but picked up ukulele and tught myself. Weird! My dad finds it funny because I’ll take his guitar and only use 4 strings and play ukulele chords instead.
Post # 13
I play the piano and guitar.
I cannot sight read however. Everything i play is by ear. I can read music though just not sight read if you know what i mean!
My piano is currently at my parents house as we didnt have room for it hear. I have now created a space.
I am hoping my daughter ends up being musical like me and my father and my father in law. Shes already loves banging on the keys when at my mums so there is hope!
Post # 14
I play the piano, cello and violin, but I’m not great at any of them (best at the cello between the three). I’m not actually musically inclined, just chinese with really pushy parents.
Post # 15
@Orion: I played the trumpet from 4th grade to 12th. I haven’t really touched it since then, but I believe I could pick it back and up and still have at least some skill. I remember the scales and everything
Post # 16
@Orion: I’ve played piano since I was 7. I sing, though I’m not in any choirs now. I play a little guitar too. Of course, currently my piano is at my father’s house & my guitar is in need of new strings.