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  • #588920
    LeiderLeider…
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    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.

    #668307
    noitallmr
    Participant

    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!

    #668309
    xerox
    Member

    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)

    #668310
    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    i play the casio!!! we should have a cr band!!! IMHO i sing great also!!! i would say i’m musical too!!!

    #668311
    Ashreinu
    Participant

    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!

    #668312
    brooklyn19
    Participant

    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…)

    #668313

    brooklyn19 … why was that neccessary?

    #668314
    brooklyn19
    Participant

    ouch. you sounded like my father!

    #668315

    No, Brooklyn19, I am your father

    lol … sorry, ill keep my mouth shut from now on … carry on

    #668316
    brooklyn19
    Participant

    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.

    #668317

    not at all … the i am your father line was a star wars reference … sorry, and sorry for your loss

    #668318
    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    brooklyn19: sorry to hear that!!!

    #668319
    brooklyn19
    Participant

    it’s ok.

    lol i guess i was instigating and you put me in my place.

    #668320
    ygirl2448
    Member

    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…

    #668321
    oomis
    Participant

    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.

    #668322
    LeiderLeider…
    Participant

    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”.

    #668323
    myshadow
    Member

    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!

    #668324
    ygirl2448
    Member

    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…

    #668325
    myshadow
    Member

    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?

    #668326
    qaws
    Member

    I want to buy a keyboard but I can’t spend more then $100. What’s the best one out there for that price?

    #668327
    LeiderLeider…
    Participant

    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.

    #668328
    ygirl2448
    Member

    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…

    #668329
    qaws
    Member

    Leiderleider- do you have any model numbers of casio’s in that price range?

    #668330
    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    who wants to join the ywn cr band???? i’ll do casio!!!

    #668331
    ygirl2448
    Member

    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!

    #668332
    Debby
    Member

    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.

    #668333
    noitallmr
    Participant

    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 😉

    #668334
    myshadow
    Member

    lol notitallmr u showing off?

    ygirl, im impressed wow

    #668335
    ygirl2448
    Member

    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!

    #668336
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    any real guitarists out there

    #668337
    beacon
    Participant

    I would love to learn the electric guitar. I love the sound..

    #668338
    myshadow
    Member

    I never played electric but I play acoustic, but how hard is it to learn the difference?

    #668339
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    its the same item just different technique

    #668340
    squeak
    Participant

    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.

    #668341
    LeiderLeider…
    Participant

    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…

    #668342
    ygirl2448
    Member

    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…

    #668343
    myshadow
    Member

    lol squeak now how does that make u feel?

    #668344
    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    i’ll be lead singer in the band!!! i could imatate singers like shweaky, dachs, stein,levein,mbd,fried…!!!!

    #668345
    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    noitallmr: ha ha ha You need muscles too 😉 you crack me up!!! good to see you around!!

    #668346
    Ashreinu
    Participant

    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…..

    #668347
    squeak
    Participant

    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.

    #668348
    myshadow
    Member

    lol im happy for you squeak

    #668349
    LeiderLeider…
    Participant

    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?

    #668350
    squeak
    Participant

    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).

    #668351
    xx
    Member

    I am interested in learning an instrument, particularly a wind instrument, and I don’t want to spend too much. Any suggestions?

    #668352
    noitallmr
    Participant

    Cheap & weird instrument? Yup- a xylophone…

    #668353
    xx
    Member

    wind, not weird

    #668354
    anonymouslysecret
    Participant

    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…

    #668355
    anonymouslysecret
    Participant

    By the way, long story… but I needed to switch user names… I’m really ygirl2448 from earlier on in this conversation.

    #668356
    xx
    Member

    thanks. What is the range for a decent clarinet?

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