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What musical instruments do ya'll play?

I never really learned to play an instrument, though I attempted piano starting at age 18 and took voice lessons for several years. I tried cello one summer and made it through the first Suzuki book but then stopped.  I consider myself a music drop out.

But i am living  vicariously through my family.  DH plays piano (clarinet, too, but it's been years).  DD plays piano, violin and saxophone, and DS plays saxophone and guitar.

Our instrument collection includes 4 saxophones, piano, dulcimer, recorders, guitars, violin, and the ancient clarinet, all the way down to the Kazoo which I now favor.

Just curious what you all play, how long you kept at it, what instruments you have floating around your houses. 

I play tenor saxophone, and unfortunately the alto clarinet (hate hate hate). I've played the sax since 6th grade, the clarinet since 10th, but I don't really play a whole lot anymore. I stopped regularly practicing after freshman year in college, and now it's just kind of depressing when I practice :/
Kind of like going to the gym... I avoid and avoid, and then when I do it, I think "why don't I do this more often?" and then it never happens...

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I play flute, I am a music teacher. I guess I can play the other band instruments not as good of course.

My passion is the piano though. I really really  want to play.

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Viola. I started when I was eight. Original viola player, not a violin convert. Played all through high school, was principal in my youth orchestra. Did a music minor through a conservatory attached to my uni (see the "college major/career aspirations" thread in the kitchen sink for the full story). Nowadays I'm a very active community orchestra member who jams in chamber groups when there's a chance (although I'm starting to get some major shoulder pains from the involvement).

I met DH in an orchestra, so we are a musical pair. Instruments in my house include:

Viola
Electric Piano
Guitar
Xylophone
Electric Drumset
Acoustic Drumsets (2, at last count)
Five million percussion things (castanets, triangles, etc)
A Chinese wooden alto flute
Chinese gongs and woodblocks

Besides the viola, the guitar is mine and I can pick at the piano. (The alto flute is mine too but it is more a souvenir). Oh, and I've sung second alto in choirs.

I have come to accept my lack of practicing, but every once in awhile I think I should do more. It's like... what's the point, when I'm good enough to maintain my current level of playing?

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Vocal chords  :)>>>

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Things I "play:"  (the colon looks weird in there but i was always taught that punctuation goes inside quotes...sooo. yes.)

ukulele
recorder
kid size accordion
flute
bassoon
bass guitar

Things I play well:
flute
bassoon

I like having a lot of instruments, but I wish I spent more time just sitting down and messing with them and making stuff. It's been a long time since I've recorded anything :\ I'd looooooove to learn to play the cello, but I don't have money for lessons or anything. sighs.

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the skin flute....haha no.

I taught myself piano by ear, by no means am I amazing. I did play the flute for 2 years in elementary school and i could not excell. I got kicked out of my band concert in 5th grade for not practicing and not being able to play. I used to "lip flute" lmao. I really would like to learn guitar though. I think it would be an interesting way to see if i could combine my writing and expression through music.

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PiP, you make me laugh so much! Tee hee!!

I can play:
french horn
tuba
trombone
piano (very badly)

but I don't really play any more.  French horn is my first instrument and the only instrument I own now.
But I started tuba when I was 14 and that turned into my main love - but I could never afford to buy one, and then I just never thought of it anymore.

Hmmm,  maybe I should look into this (once we have moved)

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Shelloid, there are all kinds of adult band opportunities--community bands, etc... 

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Native American flute

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I can play Beethoven's 9th Symphony "Ode to Joy" on the recorder.  Not the whole song though. 

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Wow, there are some super musical vegwebbers on here! I'm very impressed. Ponycakes, that's awesome that you have an accordion. I wish I could play one.
I took piano lessons from the age of 9 to the age of 16 I think. I quit because I hated practicing. Sometimes I go to my parents' house and take out Mozart's Fantasy in D minor and try to play it, but I'm not very good anymore.
When I stopped playing the piano I decided to take up guitar so that I could play more of the music I liked (The Beatles), but I never got too far. I own an acoustic and an electric guitar but I can't  play them very well.

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I play me.  I've been singing since I was 5. jave had some professional training.  Would love to be in a group again!!

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Shelloid, there are all kinds of adult band opportunities--community bands, etc... 

yeah I know....I've had bad experiences in a few (see the career thread), so I lost confidence / inspiration.

Maybe I'll play tuba again someday.

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I play guitar and bass.  I played the recorder when I was in elementary school.  I have a keyboard and will be taking piano lessons soon.  I can keep a beat on the drums, but I want a set so I can actually get really good.  I can also sing, but I scream better than I sing.

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I am also a music teacher.  I began piano at 7, trumpet at 12, and had sung pretty much since birth.  Trumpet was my primary instrument in college.  Since I was on the path to become a band director I had to take 1 semester of each band instrument.  I got a "B" in percussion class, but I was pretty good at the clarinet, bassoon, and the other brass instruments.  Now that I teach elementary school, I mostly sing all day. I play a pretty mean recorder though. 

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The only instrument I have "mastered" is the the violin.  I played through high school as the concertmistress and a violinist in the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra.  That was so great!  In college I just dabbled, played random gigs, and enjoyed it.  I like not having to practice it all the time anymore.  Luckily I haven't lost too much skill!

I'm becoming "fluent" in ukulele and I can carry a simple tune on piano.  I looooooove to sing, but that's just for myself.

Vegweb band!

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I'm not great at it, but I can play the ocarina. :D My beloved Songbird OoT replica seems to be missing atm, though. :'(

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Vegweb band!

Dude...BACKED!

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I've been playing piano for years, I always wanted to when I was little (probably because my parents didn't force me to!) In high school I played flute and a bit of trumpet. I've also been teaching myself guitar. My voice could be better, but I think it gets me by. :)

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I've been playing the sax (mostly alto) since 7th grade. Since being in college, I don't play nearly as much as I'd like to, but I still dust her off every once in a while to soothe myself with a little Gershwin. I find it therapeutic. :)

I also play clarinet, piano, and flute, but not nearly as well. My most recent musical obsession has been a Tibetan singing bowl I  bought during a yoga retreat. It's a profoundly beautiful instrument, and the sound that emanates from that bowl is unlike anything I've ever heard before in my life. Nothing I could do justice to with words.

I think my musical background makes me especially sensitive to sounds. Sometimes I completely lose myself listening to the sound of wind blowing through trees or crickets chirping at night. Learning to play musical instruments definitely had a significant impact on how I hear the world.

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