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Hey, I was curious (an often occurrence) whether anybody else on this forum played a musical instrument. I figured this could start some nice discussion in what we like to play, our experiences, etc.

I myself have been playing Trumpet roughly half my life. Unfortunately I'm grossly out of practice. Two years ago the ol' girl crapped out on me. The valves got too worn to move very well and my sound sucked as a result. It was used when I got it so it's not surprising. I'm saving for a brand spanking new one.

I normally play concert and jazz but I was forced against my will to do marching band for a brief time. I hated most of it, but it did have the one nice benefit of letting me play in a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade.

Anyone else play something?

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I've been fooling around on the geetar for a few years (since that was when I finally got my hands on one), wish I could say I had an instrument I really know well

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I played Baratone from the age of 8 or something. I was in a lot of musical stage stuff from a very young age and was damn good at it. I can play anything with 3 valves by ear (including trumpet). Euphonium, and occarina (only 4 hole though).

Im still learning flute and i suxxor.

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around 2004 i went to piano classes for 7 months. My teacher told me i was great on it but for some reason i lost my interest on learning instruments...music is not my thing but didn't know it until i went to those classes XD;

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I used to play the clarinet, and was pretty good at it. Started in third grade and stopped in seventh or eight grade. Partly because my favourite teachers had retired and their replacement kinda sucked, partly because it along with another hobby stole most of my free time. Haven't touch the clarinet since, though I would like to in the future. Need to replace the mouthpiece though, it has seen better days ^_^

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I've been playing flute for around 3 and a half years now, it was the only school instrument I could actually pick up and play at the time ((tried clarinet...trombone...you wouldn't believe the horror)). Last year my parents bought the flute for me... I usually play concert band music, but I'm trying to get some game/movie sheet music right now.

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I've been Playing the Piano for about 4-to-5 years, although without a Teacher. I can't really play any song's (Unless you include Tertis Music A.), but i can Imrpovise well on it. Im currently working on my First "Piano-Only " Composition.

My diggest Musical Point is Digitaly Made music. I understand it's not an instrument, but hey, 'tis something i've been doingfor about 7 years, 8 years around about March. I tend to use Music 2000 for my Compositions, a PS1 Game, and Record it using an MP3. (Thats how i did the Music now up on the site, under my Musician name"J-Vibe")

Recently, however, i came into posession of 3 Ejay Composers- "Techno 3- Summer Sessions", "Dance 06" and "Clubworld". Im still working my way around them at this point.

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Piano and Recorder.

Both skills are rather rusty X_X.

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Piano and Recorder.

Both skills are rather rusty X_X.


Ditto on those here but more organ and keyboard than piano. I'm more of an amateur vocalist though, I've done a few solo's on stage at the Mac Bob over the years with the 'Scout and Guide Gang Show'. : )

Singing is fun, the voice is after all a very versatile instrument : )

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Piano for twelve years and violin for eight years.

I'm also dying to learn saxophone and cello but can't find a teacher around my area... ditto that one with voice lessons.
I sing a heck of a lot in my spare time, and hope I sound decently well, but without professional instruction I'll never be able to fine-tune what talent I may have. Oh well. I try!


Like my buddy Xay up there, I've also been composing music for years... literally since I started learning piano. Seriously. That's the reason my mother got me into the instrument-- even in my early childhood, I was constantly playing that thing at random, and I didn't sound half-bad either.

So I've got quite a few years of composition experience under my belt... and as a result am currently "working for" two fellow NiD members as a musician. XD Oh but I love it.

Anyone else compose, besides/or opposed to knowing how to play an instrument?

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I used to play flute for about 2-3 years.
Once my flute was payed off I pretty much quit to pursue other interests.
But I try every once in a while to make something through the computer.

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I play the Piano, Trumpet/Cornet, and Accordian. I'm trying to learn this other instrument, but unfortunately it's name escapes me ><.

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It's just been confirmed that my band teacher found his piccolo and he's going to let me try it out.

:D :D :D :D

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It's just been confirmed that my band teacher found his piccolo and he's going to let me try it out.

:D :D :D :D

Ooh, I probably have no need to tell you this, but what I would try would be the trill at the end of the main theme's variant played at the very end of the game (called "NiGHTS will return", I think), the one that sounds like the merge.. or the merge, whichever..

Now I want a piccolo >,,<

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Ooh, I probably have no need to tell you this, but what I would try would be the trill at the end of the main theme's variant played at the very end of the game (called "NiGHTS will return", I think), the one that sounds like the merge.. or the merge, whichever..

Now I want a piccolo >,,<


Hell yes I'm going to try that. ;)

If I like the piccolo enough (and am good enough at it) I might even get to play it in our concerts.

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I've got three years of experience under my belt with a Recorder, and I just started learning to play the guitar. Tabs still look greek to me. >_>

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...I just started learning to play the guitar. Tabs still look greek to me. >_>


You can say that again. XD

Well, here's hoping we both catch on to the instrument fast, eh? <3

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Im acctualy going to be Taking Piano Lessons at school after Christmas, to add to ym Ever-Growing list of Musical Pephorials... And at some point im going to be Leeching around me Mate Anthony, whom is Supposedly going to be getting a Synthisizer... More then sweet! =P

At the main moment though, like i mentioned before, im Mainly focusing on my Music 2000 Compositions. Mainly because im creating a Game at this point in time, and M2K is perfect for making Game Music... I think at some point YOU'RE copy will (hopefully) arrive, eh Spinny? XP

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In regards to composition, I'm trying to learn to make techno with Propellerhead's Reason program. Damn though, that stuff is complicated. I'm nowhere near proficient enough to use it well. There's a lot of stuff to learn. Trying to compose something without any prior knowledge about how real lifel mixing is done is basically like having somebody teach you to swim by shoving you in a pool and telling you not to drown.

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Erm... I've played the violin for 3.5 (school) years... I'm in our orchestra and stuff, though I don't think I'm that good. I'm usually in the upper-half of the Violin II section though.

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Im acctualy going to be Taking Piano Lessons at school after Christmas, to add to ym Ever-Growing list of Musical Pephorials... And at some point im going to be Leeching around me Mate Anthony, whom is Supposedly going to be getting a Synthisizer... More then sweet! =P

At the main moment though, like i mentioned before, im Mainly focusing on my Music 2000 Compositions. Mainly because im creating a Game at this point in time, and M2K is perfect for making Game Music... I think at some point YOU'RE copy will (hopefully) arrive, eh Spinny? XP



Yes yes yes it shall. XD Be patient my dear!

Good luck with the piano lessons-- and with the synthesizer! <3 I've wanted one of those since I was a kid... nowhere to lie!
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Yes yes yes it shall. XD Be patient my dear!

Good luck with the piano lessons-- and with the synthesizer! <3 I've wanted one of those since I was a kid... nowhere to lie!
May I ask how in heaven he got his hands on one?


He WAS Supposed to be getting one for Christmas... Turn's out he isn't now. I don't blame him, they are EXPENSIVE AS.

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Guitar for 7 years..... *yawn* I'm very tired. I may expand on this post tomorrow, lol.

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Flute here. I can play simple sheet music (complex stuff intimidates me), but mostly I make it up as I go :P
I wanna learn guitar, but I don't really have the patience XD

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Right, proper post now that I'm not falling asleep.


Started playing guitar on my 16th birthday (2000). Ended up working in the shop where I had lessons. Lessons stopped as we didn't have time when I was working, but it did mean I got to teach myself from all the books, and play any instrument/amp I wanted to.

Went to uni (2003) and had a band that played student's union, local venues, surrounding towns/cities.

Still playing now (band ended when uni did) and still loving it. I play a range of stuff from soft acoustic stuff to blues, classic rock and even into In Flames and Children of Bodom levels of speed metal.

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I play through either my Fender Yale Reverb or my Line 6 Spider II.

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...Does singing count?

Small bit of piano, at least enough to know what keys are what notes. And self-taught with a little skill on the harp. (And half the time it's the Song of Time from Ocarina of Time.)

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I started playing Guitar about 3 years ago. Took lessons for the best part of a year, then gave them up, along with the guitar playing, for about another year. Then, when I moved into 6th year at school, and decided to crash Higher Music, with Guitar as one of my instruments, I decided I better get playing again. And the progress I've made since is quite substantial for me. I'm absolutely loving playing again.Me and my friend (SCRiBBLER) fanny about playing during school. I'm sure when he sees this topic he'll post something up, as he's a hell of alot more musically inclinced than I, and a far better guitarist.

I started on a very standard crappy cheap Acoustic, from no particular make. Got a Stagg Les Paul-style electric the christmas before I gave up the lessons.

This week my parents just bought me the best christmas present ever.

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This week my parents just bought me the best christmas present ever.

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A perfect condition original 60's Hofner Congress. Waiting on it being delivered, but I so can't wait to play it.


Hope you use it well, Jof. It certainly look's like it was worth the Purchase! =P

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I played violin for a year. Then decided that I hated it and quit.

Now I've been playing flute for 6 years. Now I'm pondering the idea of quitting because.....playing in band just doesn't appeal to me anymore. I rarely practice. :/ (not that I really practiced anyway, tee hee) I don't like our new music (grade 6/college stuff = DO NOT WANT), and the other students kind of suck. :/

I'm trying to learn piano but am PHAILING in the process. D': I can only play "Midna's Desperate Hour" on it. XD

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I actually played the french horn for years, from 6th grade right up through college. I also majored in music at one point, and learned some music composition and such. I have doodled with playing guitar and keyboard, but never really learned either of them. Musical composition is a pain in the backside, too. Way too many rules.

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I play electric guitar but have only been doing it for.. *Thinks.* 5 months?

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Well let's see...

- When I was 10 I took 2 years of guitar lessons, got decent at it, but obviously lost it over the years. I just started reading tabs again (I picked it up about April of last year) and I'm getting better every day.
- Had a small stint with the piano; I'm sure with some quick practice I could get back to where I was with it.
- I was in my school's concert band with a terrible-sounding trumpet for about 5 years; the thing is long since beaten up, dented, and using a starter mouthpiece so it sounds terrible.
- If you count plugging a rock band drum controller into a PC and running a virtual synthesizer, I'm learning drums

Other than that my expertise here comes from using mixing tools such as Sony ACID and other sound editors. I've been mixing in my free time since my sophomore year in high school (~4 years ago). I haven't quite done a NiGHTS remix yet but it's on my agenda.

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I've been playing flute since I was in fifth grade, so that's about....seven/eight years. Mostly band stuff, but I've recently been playing sheets I've found on the internet like FFX music and I've been practicing Disney music -some of those songs are harder than they seem- usually Pochahantas. I'm dying to learn how to play some NiGHTS songs like Dreams Dreams and that song that plays in Bellbridge.

It's kinda annoying in my area, because at any music store I go to it's always guitar, piano, or trumpet, no flute books. So I usually just get the piano ones.

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I play the diatonic accordion. I'm not very good at the moment but I practice every day and am sure to improve! It is pretty much the best instrument ever.
I also have/play the electric kazoo and the Jew's Harp. I love both greatly but do not know if they really count as instruments...

As a kid I played the trumpet, recorder, drums, and guitar. The only one of those that was not school-related was drums and I was never too good at any of them.

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*sigh* i used to play the violin when i was 10.... i played for a little over a year... it was such fun playing that... i wanna to learn how to play it again, i really do...

i also want to learn how to play other instruments as well... like uh.... the oboe... and some others... *thinks*




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