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Do you play a musical instrument? Tell why you like it.
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From:meadowflower
Date:June 7th, 2005 10:53 am (UTC)
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I don't now, but I played the clarinet in middle school.
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From:rubyg
Date:June 7th, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)
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(posted into your journal as well meadowflower, lol!)

I play the electric guitar. I like it because it makes me feel sexy lol! Honestly, it really does. No idea why, but it just does. Since I sing, and the music I love is mainly punk and heavy metal, playing the electric guitar just makes sense. I love the sound of it, it sounds powerful and strong, even without an amp.
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From:beerwulf
Date:June 7th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
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I play electric bass. Mmmm, growly low vibes. That's where the power's at.
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From:dl_steph
Date:June 8th, 2005 06:39 am (UTC)
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When I was little I had a Magnus Grand organ. The musical system for it was simple so I played easily without being taught. Years later, when I was an adult, I found the lyrics to "Listen to the Mockingbird" - which had been my favorite. Played according to my music it was an up-tempo little song. Reading the lyrics made me wonder why!!! Was I, as a child, misreading the music? Or was the composer a totally glitched!?

I very vaguely remember my mother having a piano when we lived in the house on Fifth Street, in Shelbyville, IL. I could be wrong? But even though I wasn't allowed to touch it (if it existed *twitch*) I loved the sound.

Around the same time as the organ my Grandmother found me an old zither during one of her numerous rummage sale sprees. The thing was in sad shape, out of tune and wires were missing. But it fascinated me. I'd love to get my hands on one in better condition!

Enter hell. I mean, school. As part of early education we were given extensive lessons in musical notes and rhythm and various simplistic instruments. I'm forever grateful for that, because it made my later musical education much smoother - when others were struggling to learn basic musical theory I was already "musically literate".

Musical Mistake: Band. It was expected of me, I suppose. I loved music and wasn't too shabby. So I signed up for band. Marching band - there was no orchestra in our small town school. I wanted to play the flute. My Mom told me to take the Alto Sax. I did as I was told. Ye fornicating gods, I hated that thing! Mind you, I love the sound. But this was back before we understood anything about my cerebral palsy, or even knew that this is what I have. The thing was heavy and awkward, and I had to march with it. Just walking a parade route was difficult and painful. By the time a parade was over I'd be in tears!

I finally convinced my mother to let me out of band. Shortly afterward we moved to a town the school of which had a choir. I joined that and did well. I love to sing and have a broad range. Plus the only thing I had to carry was my music!

I missed instruments, though, so I got back into band of my own accord. Another mistake! The band director knew by then that I was disabled. And the *bleep* had me march with the xylophone!

A change of venue, a new and much more sympathetic band and choir director. She was from England, and I adored her! I didn't take band, but there was a more general music class that the "problem" kids were put in. I took that. She'd work with me first, and taught me to play the piano. When I was done she'd permit me to spend the rest of the class period in the library so the other kids wouldn't be able to pick on me - which they certainly did! Bless her, where ever she is!

In college I discovered Celtic music and fell instantly in love. Shortly after we were married, my husband bought me my first tin whistle and an instructional tape. I collect tinwhistles and pennywhistles now, and can play all but the quickest songs. It's been awhile since I've picked it up, though.

A few years ago we bought something we've both been dreaming of - a Celtic harp. I named her Bain Druin, which means "Lady Wren". I can't play it very well. I know the notes and strings and theories but my left hand won't obey. My husband plays from time to time.
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From:meadowflower
Date:June 8th, 2005 10:13 am (UTC)
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Wow - that's a lot more musical experience than the average person gets...good for you! And a harp - wow...how very lovely.
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From:dl_steph
Date:June 8th, 2005 11:31 am (UTC)
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LOL! I'm a musical Jack-of-All-Trades, Mistress of none whatsoever. I'll try to play anything I can get my hands on, and can usually make a recognizable tune.

Here's my Lady.

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From:meadowflower
Date:June 8th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
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It's very beautiful!
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From:crystal_tree
Date:June 9th, 2005 08:26 am (UTC)
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I play the piano and the guitar, and can manage a little on the clarinet thanks to a whole one year in band. I didn't enjoy that and bailed. I took piano lessons for years. We had a grand piano and prior to moving to a new house after my freshman year in high school, my mom donated it to a high school she went to for their auditorium. At the time, I thought I didn't care about it, but I missed it later. She gave us the choice to continue with piano before she gave it away and I emphatically said 'no'. Not one of my better decisions. ;) I taught myself to play the guitar in 6th grade, and I played at church on Sundays and at school. I still have a guitar and play occasionally, but I really miss the piano. I toy with the idea of getting a small one every now and then. Music relaxes me.
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