December 19, 2008 5:43 pm at 5:43 pm #588920
Please feel free to discuss your emotional experiences with instruments and music in general. In my extremely humble opinion, instrumental music can evoke emotive responses infinitely stronger than any other medium. I wonder if your opinion is the same.
Thank you.December 20, 2008 9:16 pm at 9:16 pm #668307
Would highly recommend playing Gam Ki Elech by Carlebach. Very beautiful and easy to learn!
I actually play Piano a bit but nothing to write home about!
But I’m really really musical though. I LOVE IT!December 21, 2008 6:26 am at 6:26 am #668309xeroxMember
Leider..: well i also play guitar- the trick is that once your fingers get all hard and plasticky..(Ya, i know it’s disguiting)- you don’t feel them anymore so it doesn’t hurt anymore!!!! :o) :o)December 21, 2008 5:41 pm at 5:41 pm #668310
i play the casio!!! we should have a cr band!!! IMHO i sing great also!!! i would say i’m musical too!!!December 21, 2008 6:22 pm at 6:22 pm #668311AshreinuParticipant
Leider – Great thread idea! I play classical guitar. Acoustic wasn’t as much fun because of the calluses. Though, once you’ve grown nice, thick callusses, you’re a pro! I took lessons for a few years with a well known, master guitarist. Learned chords and great finger picking! Haven’t been on top of all the practicing:(
Anything R’ Shlomo is great!
In music or Judaica stores you can probably find these great Israeli guitar instruction books called “Guitara Chasidit” by Avi and Shai Barak. The songs are well known singers’ music written in notes as well as charts, which you don’t need to read notes for. There are a few volumes and we enjoyed them alot!December 21, 2008 6:24 pm at 6:24 pm #668312
not a great idea. you’re gonna get some left-wing girls trying to join. (not me, of course! but i might feel left out…)December 22, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am #668313
brooklyn19 … why was that neccessary?December 22, 2008 1:33 am at 1:33 am #668314
ouch. you sounded like my father!December 22, 2008 1:37 am at 1:37 am #668315
No, Brooklyn19, I am your father
lol … sorry, ill keep my mouth shut from now on … carry onDecember 22, 2008 1:46 am at 1:46 am #668316
TOGUY you are NOT my father (A”H)
you get why??? sorry- don’t mean to scar you!
but yeah, that’s how he said it.December 22, 2008 1:54 am at 1:54 am #668317
not at all … the i am your father line was a star wars reference … sorry, and sorry for your lossDecember 22, 2008 1:56 am at 1:56 am #668318
brooklyn19: sorry to hear that!!!December 22, 2008 2:01 am at 2:01 am #668319
lol i guess i was instigating and you put me in my place.December 22, 2008 5:36 am at 5:36 am #668320
I always loved music. I was actually classically trained since I was really little. I play many different instruments. A few years ago, I started playing Hebrew music for my own enjoyment and I find it very uplifting.
LeiderLeider… Have you tried guitar picks? They can be a little awkward to use but you get used to them after a while. If you do not wish to use guitar picks, just keep practicing with your fingers. Eventually your fingertips will callous and you will not feel a thing… Also, what kind of guitar strings does your guitar have. It is a lot more painful to use metal strings (as opposed to nylon). They also have slightly different tones…December 22, 2008 5:43 am at 5:43 am #668321oomisParticipant
I play piano and guitar, both by ear, though I was trained in piano as a young child. I gave up the lessons when my teacher realized I was not playing from the book, but rather playing back what I had heard her play. Sometimes I wish I ahd gone further, but I manage to play pretty well without the training. I taught myself guitar about 30 years ago or so. I play to relax, and enjoy singing along.December 22, 2008 6:43 pm at 6:43 pm #668322
Thank you ygirl2448.
My strumming fingers are fine. In fact, I alternative between using my fingers or picks, depending on the type of song.
My problem is with my left-hang fingertips. I’ve been playing for 2 years now and, although I have grown callous, it still hurts!
But you know what; it’s all worth it!
I play the acoustic guitar (metal strings). The nylon stringed classic guitar sounds a bit too muted and “dead”.December 22, 2008 7:00 pm at 7:00 pm #668323
Lieder I took guitar for a lil, but my fingers stopped hurting after like a month. I only have a problem when I get my nails done I don’t play so afterwards they always hurt again.
Agree with you that there’s something so special bout guitar, I had taken casio for a yr but then I became obsessed with R’ Carlbachs music so I took guitar! gawgess!December 22, 2008 8:20 pm at 8:20 pm #668324
myshadow, Rabbi Carlebach’s music sounds really nice on the piano. You should try playing around on the piano instead of the casio when you play slow, Carlebach music. You are able to express yourself a lot more on the keys of a piano keyboard than on an electric one… There are also many Carlbach pieces that sound great on the flute…December 22, 2008 8:41 pm at 8:41 pm #668325
ygirl, possibly but I like the way it sounds on acoustic guitar like the raw way he played it. More pure. but thanx lol i’m not that talented!
How many dyu play?December 22, 2008 8:56 pm at 8:56 pm #668326qawsMember
I want to buy a keyboard but I can’t spend more then $100. What’s the best one out there for that price?December 22, 2008 9:51 pm at 9:51 pm #668327
qaws: At that price, I think Casio has nicer-sounding instruments than Yamaha. Check them out.
Please don’t buy a keyboard unless you take the time to test it. Spend at least 15 minutes in the store. Particularly, test to see whether they have the proper rythms you’ll be playing to.December 22, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm #668328
myshadow, I definitely know what you mean about the guitar. It does sound more pure. The advantage of using a piano is the fact that you can harmonize and play the melody at the same time. (You can have more than one melody at the same time and it can sound really good… You cannot do that on any other instrument…) I love how each instrument can add something completely different to the music.
The first instrument I learned to play was the piano. I took a couple of lessons in other instruments to get a little more variety. i can now play piano, flute, guitar, saxaphone, and harmonica. I don’t know what I would do without my music…December 22, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm #668329qawsMember
Leiderleider- do you have any model numbers of casio’s in that price range?December 23, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am #668330
who wants to join the ywn cr band???? i’ll do casio!!!December 23, 2008 1:28 am at 1:28 am #668331
I’d actually love to join a band… too bad we probably live miles away from eachother.
I would love to start a band for teenagers and kids one day. I always wanted frum people to play with when I was in school. I used to play in mini orchestras but they were not Jewish. I think that frum people can really benefit from a band or orchestra!December 23, 2008 2:49 pm at 2:49 pm #668332DebbyMember
Does any one in the CR play drums? my questions is if i have an ear for music does it make playing drums easier? I play the Keyboard & piano, & always dreamed of playing drums too.December 23, 2008 3:04 pm at 3:04 pm #668333
Debby- a girl playing drums? OK…….
Um actually I play drums and yes of course it’s easier if you have an ear for music, makes it much easier to follow the rythm and to do the right fill-ins. You need muscles too 😉December 23, 2008 3:16 pm at 3:16 pm #668334
lol notitallmr u showing off?
ygirl, im impressed wowDecember 23, 2008 4:34 pm at 4:34 pm #668335
Debby-pay no attention to noitallmr! He is what his screenname says… just a ‘noitall!!’ I play the sax and when people find out, they think it is strange. I have gotten comments like: “It’s not appropriate for a girl to play a masculine instrument…” “Are you just trying to prove that you can do anything that boys do?…”
THe reality is, music is music. If you feel you want to express yourself using any specific instrument, you should be able to without people commenting…
Enjoy the drums!December 23, 2008 6:30 pm at 6:30 pm #668336AnonymousInactive
any real guitarists out thereDecember 23, 2008 7:09 pm at 7:09 pm #668337beaconParticipant
I would love to learn the electric guitar. I love the sound..December 23, 2008 7:58 pm at 7:58 pm #668338
I never played electric but I play acoustic, but how hard is it to learn the difference?December 23, 2008 9:17 pm at 9:17 pm #668339AnonymousInactive
its the same item just different techniqueDecember 23, 2008 9:18 pm at 9:18 pm #668340
The answer to the title of this thread is Music – Musical Instruments = A capella.
I apologize for my intrusion to all the left brain people for whom this thread was intended. But the title of this thread has been bothering me for days and I figure the only way to get rid of it is to get that out.
Thanks for the therapy.December 23, 2008 9:31 pm at 9:31 pm #668341
squeak. I’m terribly offended 🙂
What’s bothering you about the title?
A capella indeed! As I wrote, I play the guitar accompanied by singing.
Hurting…hurting…I may have to go grab my guitar and play some Shlomo’s to relax a bit. Maybe I’ll come to myself…December 23, 2008 9:32 pm at 9:32 pm #668342
Yes… technically, it should be titled Music: Musical Instruments… I was wondering about that too…
But let’s not go off on a tangent now… I like this conversation…December 23, 2008 9:39 pm at 9:39 pm #668343
lol squeak now how does that make u feel?December 24, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am #668344
i’ll be lead singer in the band!!! i could imatate singers like shweaky, dachs, stein,levein,mbd,fried…!!!!December 24, 2008 1:55 am at 1:55 am #668345
noitallmr: ha ha ha You need muscles too 😉 you crack me up!!! good to see you around!!December 24, 2008 5:07 am at 5:07 am #668346AshreinuParticipant
I have “drummergirl” friends. They DO exist, contrary to popular and clueless masculine belief! My sister also plays drums and has performed for High School Productions.
Occasionally, as I wait for a train, I’m transfixed on subway platfroms, listening to African hand drum ensembles and perfromers. There’s something soulful and powerful about hand drum beats. No?
I have a secret longing to play Bass Guitar and Djembe/hand drums in a Carlebach-inspired band:) One day…..December 24, 2008 3:34 pm at 3:34 pm #668347
I feel better, thanks myshadow. That’s what getting it out of your system does. I can now look at the title without mental disturbance.December 24, 2008 4:03 pm at 4:03 pm #668348
lol im happy for you squeakDecember 24, 2008 7:00 pm at 7:00 pm #668349
OK Professor squeak. I finally realize what’s bothering you.
A “dash” symbol can be used as either a mathematical “minus” sign or simply as a “dash”. In this tile it was duly intended as a dash – not a minus sign (there goes my dash again!).
Can we still be friends in spite of my mathematical shortcomings?December 25, 2008 1:08 am at 1:08 am #668350
LeiderLeider: I didn’t realize that you hadn’t understood my post. Sorry. Yes, I arrived at a cappella by subtracting musical instruments from music. I’m sorry, but that’s just how the left side of my brain operates. Of course I understood that the dash was supposed to be a dash (as in Le-a) but I couldn’t help but notice the equation.
Between your mathematical shortcomings and my own mathematical shortcomings, I am sure that we can be friends! I am no professor of mathematics, just someone with an underdeveloped right side of the brain (hence my tendency to view everything with the left side).August 21, 2009 1:53 pm at 1:53 pm #668351
I am interested in learning an instrument, particularly a wind instrument, and I don’t want to spend too much. Any suggestions?August 21, 2009 2:05 pm at 2:05 pm #668352
Cheap & weird instrument? Yup- a xylophone…August 21, 2009 2:08 pm at 2:08 pm #668353
wind, not weirdAugust 21, 2009 2:22 pm at 2:22 pm #668354anonymouslysecretParticipant
Try the flute. A student flute on ebay will cost you about 125 dollars. Make sure you look into the company, though… If you see one that you like you can post the comapny here and I could tell you what I know about it…
You can also try the clarinet. They are slightly more expensive than flutes but if you get a student version and you check ebay you may be able to get a good deal.
Also, you can always rent an instrument for a few months to see if you will like it before you spend the real money…
Post if you have more questions…August 21, 2009 2:32 pm at 2:32 pm #668355anonymouslysecretParticipant
By the way, long story… but I needed to switch user names… I’m really ygirl2448 from earlier on in this conversation.August 21, 2009 2:41 pm at 2:41 pm #668356
thanks. What is the range for a decent clarinet?
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