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Offline buttermuffin4

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Who plays what
« on: Dec 08, 2005, 05:16:54 PM »
I've been playing my violin for three years. Banjo, a year in week. (w00t!  ;D) And mandolin for a few months.

What about you eh?

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #1 on: Dec 08, 2005, 05:33:18 PM »
Ah, Buttermuffn, yah gotta have a guitar too! Just tune it like yor banjer, open G.
I don't play my banjer too much any more my finger rolls don't last any longer than 3 or 4 bars.  ::)

Sometimes yer just not ina fiddle mood. It's the fact that yer making racket, that's the important part.

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #2 on: Dec 08, 2005, 06:34:24 PM »
guitar 33 yrs
banjo 23 yrs
mandolin 20 yrs
fiddle 2 yrs
Oh, my, I'm getting old.

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #3 on: Dec 08, 2005, 06:46:26 PM »
Guitar 30 years
Banjo 5 years
Mandola 2 years
Saxophone 10 years
Ukulele 25 years
Violin 9 years then a 30 year break and now back with a vengeance!

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #4 on: Dec 08, 2005, 11:22:46 PM »
Guitar 35
Flute 10
Whistle 7
Mandolin 5
Tenor banjo 4
Fiddle 3

I mostly stick to mandolin & fiddle now

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #5 on: Dec 08, 2005, 11:26:48 PM »
Piano- 43 years.
Organ- 40 years
Harpsichord- 34 years
Synths- 33 years
Violin- 7 months (today!)

..Joe
"Some people are like a Slinky... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs"

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #6 on: Dec 09, 2005, 12:51:07 PM »
Happy Anniversary, Joe :)

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #7 on: Dec 09, 2005, 04:40:34 PM »
Wow, y'all are making my playing sound really young. lol
I'm not saying you're old or anything, I just can't imagine playing for that along a time. I can't imagine how good you've got at it.
I do have a guitar, it's in my closet, it needs some fixing to say the least. . .

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #8 on: Dec 09, 2005, 04:57:26 PM »
guitar: since age 12 (that'd be 30 total years of pickin'.  and by ear only)

mando:  about 10 years

fiddle:  about 8 or 9 years.

many more to go, though, Lord willin'.

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #9 on: Dec 09, 2005, 05:22:52 PM »
violin since 1966
viola since 1974
fiddle since 1972
mandolin since 1980
guitar since 1986
bouzouki/octave mandolin since 1995
erhu since 2002

styles include classical, new england contra dance, bluegrass, celtic (Donegal, Cork, Shetland, Nova Scotia, Canadian), Klezmer, jazz (western swing, hot club, straight forward)

taught fiddle and violin between 1980 up to last year.  this year Emily and I are way too busy.  taught mandolin 1995-last year.

would love to take piano lessons some day.
« Last Edit: Dec 10, 2005, 03:00:50 PM by fidla »

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #10 on: Dec 09, 2005, 06:34:52 PM »
violin/fiddle 24 years (but took the last 19 years off)
bass guitar 4 years

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #11 on: Dec 10, 2005, 05:10:15 AM »
messing with
guitar 26 years
mandolin 7 years
violin 20 years
and i still can't play them
« Last Edit: Dec 12, 2005, 03:58:50 AM by jessboo »

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #12 on: Dec 13, 2005, 03:40:02 AM »
with various long breaks along the way (and influences)......

violin 1964 (mother told me I would do this..)
electric violin 1969 (moody blues)
acoustic guitar 1969 (beatles)
mandolin 1971 (maggie may)
Electric Mandocaster 1974 (John Abocrombie)
uke 1974 (don Ho)
tenor guitar 1976 (chet adkins)
electric tenor guitar 1977(john mclaughlin)
synth 1978 (moog model 55, arp 2600) (Brian Eno)
electric guitar 2000 (David Gilmore - post mid life  crisis)
bass guitar 2002 (Jack Bruce)
banjo 2004 (Jerry Garcia)
baritone uke 2005 (George Harrison)

next - shopping for a lap steel guitar (David Lindley)....

Chili



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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #13 on: Dec 15, 2005, 04:57:54 PM »
Oooh, cool. Many instruments I see. . .
Why can't we just stick to one? ???

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #14 on: Dec 15, 2005, 05:23:04 PM »
Once you've entered the music world you can't stick to one instrument There are way too many interesting instruments for that.

I play :
Mandolin since 9 years
Fiddle since 1 year
Some tin whistle (still learning but I first tried one on 1999)
And I'm learning the concertina since about a month

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #15 on: Dec 15, 2005, 05:44:28 PM »
Violin 11 years
Fiddle 9 years
Viola 7 years
Piano 3 years

Fooling around on mandolin occasionally for one year.

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #16 on: Dec 15, 2005, 06:21:04 PM »
Piano/Keyboard - On and off since childhood.  Not a virtuoso, but can locate notes and chords, figure out pop songs, etc.

Guitar - Put in about 5 years, but rarely play it these days.

Chapman Stick - Tried it for a few months, then sold it.

Shakuhachi - Bought it and flew out to Colorado for the annual camp, but rarely play it.

Doumbek - Took one workshop on it (intro to hand drumming for bellydance), with the intention of using it in the band I was in at the time.  The band broke up shortly after, so I switched my focus back to viola.

Viola - 2 years

Kemancheh (Persian spike fiddle) - 2 months.  I spend so much time practicing this and viola I have no time for other instruments.  My Persian classical teacher wants me to join his orchestra soon as a violist, and he also wants me to be in a new kemancheh section that he is forming.

Violin - Got a 6-string Wood Viper electric, but hardly play it as there has been more demand for my acoustic playing.  Have Two-Tree 5-String on order and will play it a lot in the acoustic pop band that I'm joining.

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Why can't we just stick to one?

Because some of us have a natural curiosity for various ways of making music.  There is so much wonderful music out there and I wish I could play it all.  Having a teacher and belonging to a couple of music projects (church orchestra, various bands, etc.) helps me focus on just the bowed strings.

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #17 on: Dec 15, 2005, 06:28:32 PM »
violin: 2+ years.


singing in shower: great voice.


whistling popular tunes as long as not too high:  something my nieces wish they can do.

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #18 on: Dec 16, 2005, 02:50:42 AM »
Lets see...

Fiddle, started 11 years ago, (when i was 6)

Violin (orchestra) 7 years

Tenor Sax, started 6 years ago, but dropped it when i want into highschool 3 years ago to take orchestra more seriously.

Native American Flute, No idea how long, been fooling around with it ever since i first saw one at a Pow Wow a long time ago, since then, i have made one more and bought a few more, recently took one on a backpacking trip through the grand canyon.

Djembe, 2 years or so

Electric Guitar, 1 and a half years.

Electric Bass, 3 years, but not regularly.  Was sort of a "Gateway Instrument" to transition into guitar.

Mandolin, since last summer, but picking it up fast because of fiddle.

And if you cound being able to play In-a-godda-da-vida on the keyboard, I also play keyboard.

Wow, now that I actually think about it, i guess i play a lot of instruments.

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #19 on: Dec 16, 2005, 02:02:15 PM »
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Chapman Stick - Tried it for a few months, then sold it.

Girevik, you ain't the first for this to happen to.  I've heard many a folk say that.

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #20 on: Dec 16, 2005, 04:44:35 PM »
Girevik, you ain't the first for this to happen to.  I've heard many a folk say that.

I started to get interested in microtonal music - that is, music that uses notes outside the standard 12-tone equal temperament used on pianos, guitars, Chapman Sticks, etc.  So I gravitated towards violin/cello/viola.  This proved to be a great choice for me, because I can play all the quartertones of the Persian music I'm studying.  The Chapman Stick has the same restriction as most guitars (those not specially fretted or fretless), in that it doesn't allow access to those quartertones.

If it weren't for that, I'd probably have kept the Stick.  It's nice for working out song arrangements and such for solo performance - greater harmonic and contrapuntal possibilities than guitar. 

At least with my keyboard, I can hook it up to a microtunable synth to play those microtones if I wanted to.

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #21 on: Dec 16, 2005, 05:57:26 PM »
Accordian from about 7 to junior high school where I entered the band for the next six years on the saxaphone.  Then a 18 year break when I discovered the 5-string bluegrass banjo for a while then a switch to a Vega old-time music that lasted for about six years when we moved back to Texas.  25 or so years elasped when I found the fiddle of 2 + years now, the mandolin for a couple of months.  My wife is very tolerant of the instruments around the house.  She just wants me to play all of them.  I play the fiddle mostly and the mando some...chuck

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #22 on: Dec 19, 2005, 07:46:58 PM »
Great to see so many multi-instrumentalists!  I'm a great believer that learning a new instrument makes you stronger, and enhances your command of those you already play!

I've never thought this out before, but I guess my deal would be:

Guitar - 40 years (Yikes, that hurts!)
Mandolin - 20 years
Banjo - 18 years
Whistle - 15 years
Fiddle - 14 years

Haven't gotten to the erhu yet, though.....

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #23 on: Dec 21, 2005, 12:46:06 AM »
Violin/viola--50 yrs.
Guitar--------40 yrs.
Mandolin-----20 yrs
Yikes, all double digits!

Just split an evening as a bass duo, half on 5-string electric mando acting as jazz guitar, half on electric viola. Next week, my jazz quartet w/ me on viola.
(Mando from Steve Ryder, viola from Ithaca Strings).

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Re: Who plays what
« Reply #24 on: Dec 23, 2005, 03:50:06 PM »
Trumpet - 45 years (With a 40-year break since high school)

Guitar (six-string strumming) - 40 years

Piano - Six years

Mandolin - 2.5 years

Fiddle - 1.5 years

Guitar (flat-picking) - three months

Banjo - soon

 




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