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12-26-2011, 10:31 AM
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This is what I was stuck with in music class

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As a musician, I'd ask what kind of music do you want to play, and with whom? What's your
motivation? Do you have a passion for one particular form of music?

Talent is the gift of relentless desire.

Unusual instruments are cool and all that---I've been there---but music is a long journey, and you need a strong inner drive, plus a venue for sharing it. What can you see yourself practicing happily for years on end without pissing off your girlfriend, family, or neighbours?

I don't mean to sound off-putting, just realistic. It's the greatest journey, and it's worked for me on multiple instruments. But I did migrate from something unusual through mainstream folk instruments and finally to the fiddle. You're a musician when you just can't keep your hands off an instrument. It's a kind of lust.
Hey good post. I've played guitar for 4 years and sing quite well (i enjoy singing more than playing to be honest). I enjoy covering all sorts of music but primarily songs from the indie scene. Recently started writing and have played some open mics/performances but really just want something to jam with with friends. No true aspirations to mix music into my career.

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Could go with a harp, too, though it's not as 'cool' as some other stuff.

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slightly OT, but 7 years ago I decided to learn saxophone because of careless whisper.

yeah, i'm that cool.

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I took a few accordion lessons a couple of months ago and really enjoyed that instrument. It's a lot different from playing guitar, as I quickly found out.

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A nice, Alto wooden recorder, maybe also a soprano one as a set.

They sound bloody amazing in the hands of a professional. Yes, a wooden recorder.

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Tabla. Good luck.

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slightly OT, but 7 years ago I decided to learn saxophone because of careless whisper.

yeah, i'm that cool.
24 years ago I borrowed a soprano sax from my school to learn this song:



yeah, i'm much cooler.

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12-26-2011, 01:30 PM
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get a talk box for your guitar.

Or a lapsteel

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24 years ago I borrowed a soprano sax from my school to learn this song:



yeah, i'm much cooler.
The cooler part is 24 years ago I wasn't alive.

Beat that.

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I would suggest bagpipes, but since you're not passionate about them chances are you'd be awful at it and end up making them sound like a cat in a blender.

This one's pretty good, but there's a guy in Edinburgh just now that's amazing. Probably should have videoed him myself.


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12-29-2011, 06:50 AM
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Hand cranked air raid siren... minimal musical skill required, storied history being played at Canucks games.

Have the only one in your neighborhood, might come in handy in 2012.

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Hurdy gurdy
I always thought that was something that the Swedish Chef said in the muppets until I went to a museum in Rome last summer.

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It was because of the hurdy gurdy that I stopped buying weed, long ago. Seriously.

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The triangle.



Classic in so many ways!

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I received a $300 gift certificate to Long and Mcquade for Christmas and since I just recently bought a new guitar I was thinking of putting it towards an instrument that's kind of interesting and uncommon.

Any suggestions? Right now i'm leaning towards a Mandolin or Djembe. Any other ideas?

Cheers.
I am really loving the ukelele. The tunings are substantially different but the arrangement of the strings is quite intuitive. It goes anywhere and isn't that expensive. Try it!

If you are up for a real challenge, how about the accordion. It is a great sounding old-timey instrument with real texture in a pop/folk/rock/country context.

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12-30-2011, 12:21 AM
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Get 2 turntables and a mixer.

Learn to scratch.

Win golden turntables at DMC Championships.

Rule the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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[QUOTE=ShyCheetah;41607863]The triangle.

[QUOTE]

Nice find, I must say.

I had no idea Shane Foxman had a career in comedy before sports.



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12-30-2011, 12:47 AM
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Can anyone recommend a good place to rent/buy an accordion in Vancouver? I used to go to Tempo Trend in Victoria (they specialize in the accordion), but I don't really know any music shops here.

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