Most Helpful Guy
Ooh violin? That's awesome! I have always wanted to play that. The instruments I play are...
1.) Clarinet / Bass clarinet -- Learned it in middle school from the music teacher. Stopped playing it for some years, retaught myself in high school so I could be in band (band teacher wouldn't let me learn percussion :( )
2.) Drums -- Before I officially got a drumset and starting teaching myself how to learn, I developed coordination and such from a game called Rockband. It had a plastic drumset. I couldn't even play easy mode at first, but played a lot and got to expert. Then I asked myself sophomore year in high school "What am I spending my life on?" and I got a real set.
3.) Bass Guitar -- I told my band teacher "I'm done playing bass clarinet for band. I want to do percussion." Somehow we compromised at bass guitar. I liked playing bass and taught myself Junior year how to play it and read the music and crap. I went through the awful phase of hurting fingers and got quite a bit better.
4.) Guitar -- I eventually wanted to write and record my own music, so I taught myself guitar beginning of senior year in high school. I started with an acoustic and worked my way up from there. It's really helpful in writing music because I can think up vocals and stuff like that as I strum chords. Plus when I got into metal music, I was able to have fun shredding lol.
5.) Piano -- a work in progress. I have a crappy keyboard at my home, but I'm going to wait for teaching until I acquire the funds to buy a good keyboard with weighted keys and a pedal and stuff.
If I didn't have instruments to play, I'd probably go crazy. Writing music is how I get out my emotions from life out since I don't exactly have many people to talk to them about. They are a lot of fun and I practice them daily. I figured out the way to learn that worked for me was developing all the techniques and such from lots of youtube videos. Once I had proper technique down (so I wouldn't injure myself) I would basically play super easy songs and work my way up. One does not simply play Dream Theater music on the first day of learning and instrument xD Setting goal songs also helped a lot. That and songsterr. com
If anyone is interested in music, I highly suggest you try an instrument out! It's lots of fun, especially when you get good enough to play with other people and write songs :D
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Most Helpful Girl
I'm a classically trained musician, with a focus on flute. I've been playing flute for about 15 years now, have a bachelor's degree in music and a master's degree in music education, and now I'm focused on becoming a full time teacher.
I've also been playing guitar and bass guitar (like in my photo) for 10 years now. I know a bit of piano but my husband is the piano player in this house, lol. We often play and perform together. He plays violin as well.