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Offline Florestan

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What Instrument(s) Are You Playing?
« on: September 18, 2018, 08:20:56 AM »
Our love for, and addiction to, music played by other people is well-documented, but how about the music-making of our own? What matters is not the level of proficiency but the frequency of, and the commitment to, playing.

So, what instrument(s) are you playing?

My answer: for the time being, none (and this is a source of constant and great frustration).

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Re: What Instrument(s) Are You Playing?
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2018, 08:58:44 AM »
Just put new strings on

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Re: What Instrument(s) Are You Playing?
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2018, 09:30:00 AM »
Just put new strings on



Is this a banjo?
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Re: What Instrument(s) Are You Playing?
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2018, 09:36:05 AM »
I also notice that it is fretless.
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Re: What Instrument(s) Are You Playing?
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2018, 11:09:28 AM »
Yes its a fretless, gut-string gourd banjo, like was made in the early 1800s.  There is a guy making these and selling them on eBay

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Re: What Instrument(s) Are You Playing?
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2018, 11:33:23 AM »
Yes its a fretless, gut-string gourd banjo, like was made in the early 1800s.  There is a guy making these and selling them on eBay

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/9c2IsbIi9Hg" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/9c2IsbIi9Hg</a>  <a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/5ss9tOxZ1bw" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/5ss9tOxZ1bw</a>

How is your intonation? I have never played a fretless stringed instrument.
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Re: What Instrument(s) Are You Playing?
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2018, 11:46:45 AM »
How is your intonation? I have never played a fretless stringed instrument.

Well, if you listen to the video, you can hear it it is somewhat passable

the music tends to be simple pentatonic / diatonic stuff, so its not like playing Bach on a violin

I am also cheating by using classical guitar technique rather than clawhammer
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Re: What Instrument(s) Are You Playing?
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2018, 12:18:40 PM »
So, what instrument(s) are you playing?

My answer: for the time being, none (and this is a source of constant and great frustration).

Sadly, me too. I used to post here about my piano playing, as an adult learner. I was not very good but I was dedicated. Unfortunately, work and other things have gotten in the way, and I have hardly any time to tickle the ivories anymore - haven't learned a new piece since about 2014.
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Re: What Instrument(s) Are You Playing?
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2018, 07:13:11 AM »
Well, if you listen to the video, you can hear it it is somewhat passable

the music tends to be simple pentatonic / diatonic stuff, so its not like playing Bach on a violin

I am also cheating by using classical guitar technique rather than clawhammer

Forgive me for I did not realise that it was you playing and I did not view the videos. Well done you. Norwegian Wood was one of the first tunes that I learned to play on the guitar. In your video it sounds quite like a gourd. I see that you are picking quite close to the neck. This would help to account for that particular sound.
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Re: What Instrument(s) Are You Playing?
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2018, 07:14:57 AM »
Sadly, me too. I used to post here about my piano playing, as an adult learner. I was not very good but I was dedicated. Unfortunately, work and other things have gotten in the way, and I have hardly any time to tickle the ivories anymore - haven't learned a new piece since about 2014.

That is a shame. Playing an instrument, irrespective of the standard, is a wonderful thing to carry through life.
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Re: What Instrument(s) Are You Playing?
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2018, 09:34:13 AM »
Ain't it the truth. However, it was of inestimable value in giving me a better knowledge and appreciation of how music is put together.

I figure I'll get back to it soon. On my plate is to re-learn my 3 "star" pieces (i.e. the ones I memorized and played for people): Beethoven Bagatelle in G Minor Op. 119/1, Bach Sinfonia in F Minor, and Mozart Adagio in B Minor K. 540 (yeah, I like minor).
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Re: What Instrument(s) Are You Playing?
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2018, 11:41:39 AM »
Ain't it the truth. However, it was of inestimable value in giving me a better knowledge and appreciation of how music is put together.

I figure I'll get back to it soon. On my plate is to re-learn my 3 "star" pieces (i.e. the ones I memorized and played for people): Beethoven Bagatelle in G Minor Op. 119/1, Bach Sinfonia in F Minor, and Mozart Adagio in B Minor K. 540 (yeah, I like minor).

Good for you and best of luck with it.
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