Playing An Instrument For Fun

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  1. Hal Pollner

    Hal Pollner Well-Known Member
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    Hello, Seniors!

    Do any of you play an Instrument, either for your own enjoyment or with a group?

    I played Rhythm Guitar (chords only, not melody) with a group back in the 60's when the Tijuana Brass was popular. We did a lot of their charts.

    When in the Army, I learned to play the Acoustic Bass (stand-up, not electric). During off-duty hours a bunch of us would get together in the Enlisted Mens Club to drink beer and jam.

    Many years later I joined a Senior Citizens Dance Band, where I played Rhythm Guitar and Fender (electric) Bass, and sometimes filled in on Piano. None of my experiences required the reading of Music...we all played from memory in simple keys. The Dance Band wasn't that good, but we had an extensive book.

    I fooled around with other instruments, (the Saxophone was easy), but settled on the Bass as my favorite with groups.

    The Piano is the instrument I play best.

    What instruments do you play?

    Hal
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  2. Bill Boggs

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    I wanted to play a musical instrument growing up. All the guys i ran around with played, all of them except me.Being too dumb to learn to play I finally disbanded from my musical friends and joined a leper coloney.
     
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    You weren't "too dumb", Bill...your talents just ran in a different direction!

    Hal
     
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    I have no skills.
     
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    Years upon years ago, I played some Rock drums (set of Ludwig). Two of my favorite drummers were Mick Fleetwood and Phil Collins.

    I could possibly (make that a BIG "possibly") still play Wipe Out by the Safaris. I'm a major fan of Styx, Boston, BTO, Steppenwolf, Queen, AC/DC, Chicago (one of my favorites by Chicago: I'm A Man), Santana, Bad Company, Bob Seger, ZZ Top, Journey, Heart, Bon Jovi among others. Yes, that good old Classic Rock! Then, add in Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin (wife loves her), Paul Revere & The Raiders, Sly & Family Stone...…...definitely "Party Time!"

    Also love the keyboards, but have never played. Put a keyboard in a band and "Let the good times roll"!

    Wife and I also love Pat Benatar and Joan Jett.

    After, get that old Motown sound going (wife introduced me into that music and I love it) as well as Earth, Wind and Fire and Kool and the Gang. And, absolutely can't forget, Michael Jackson!

    Country favorites: Chris Le Doux, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, old Shania Twain, Diamond Rio, Garth Brooks, Kentucky Head Hunters, Reba, Terri Clark, Alabama and on and on.

    Yes, I love a good drummer, but also love the keyboards.
     
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    Hal you're a very talented man...any videos' of your band available on youtube for us to have a peek at?

    I don't play any music, not since high school..then I played Cello..but that was a long time ago.

    I had my daughter classically trained in Acoustic guitar from the age of 8, then several woodwind instruments , and then in her teens she took up Bass guitar when she enrolled in Music college . She was a member of a band who mostly played Rock covers, but she wrote a lot of her own music . They were very popular around the campuses and eventually onto bigger things and large rock venues in London were booking them regularly. However once her corporate career took off, she gave the band up.. (she was the only female and on only Bass player).. and has never shown any interest in it since...a real pity because she really was very talented.
     
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    I had to take music in one of my elementary school grades. I hated it, and it was obvious that I wasn't putting much into it because I referred to the instrument I played as "some tooty thing" and, to this day, I have no idea what it was.
     
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    I happen to know that @Bill Boggs plays a mean harmonica. ;):D
     
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    Good on You, Cody!

    I never liked any Rock except where it came from the in 50's, called Rhythm & Blues.

    The only Rock I like today are the early Beach Boys and early Beatles.

    I also liked Folk Rock, as well as classic Folk Music.

    My biggest collection of CD's are Classical and Jazz.

    HAL
     
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    Hey Holly,

    I never made a movie or a video of anything in my 81 years. (82 next month on the 11th)

    I tried a Cello last year, kept it a week and returned it. I liked it because the low open string is a C!

    I also bought a Violin after that. It seems so unnatural compared to the Guitar, which I've played for 62 years.

    I'll give it to my Daughter who is a Violinist, a Mandolinist, and a Bass Guitarist when she comes to visit next year from Chicago.
    H.P.
     
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    @Bill Boggs
    So did I.
     
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    @Ken Anderson
    "Instrumental"? Maybe not; writing skills, expressively, pretty damned good!
    Frank
     
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    As a high school sophomore, face nearly healed from my brush with severe burns two years earlier, I think I began to look at least "presentable". To the chicks, not so, it turned out. Rock & Roll was getting a real start then, Jerry Lee Lewis pounding out nonsensical music, Elvis in full swing, I decided if I could play, it might earn consideration by the girls. I was by then bursting with hormones! Started trumpet lessons. First set-back: sore, cracked lips. Kept trying for about 6 months, attended one or two sessions at the local "hop", gave it up. I felt I was backward socially, a virtual outcast outside of my few good friends. So, I took to making sure my old '55 Mercury would beat any challenger. Easy, as I had installed a 430 cu. in. Lincoln engine and 3-speed overdrive. 4.56 gears. Smoked tires in any gear. Respected as hell by my peers, those who knew of it. Piled into a Pontiac in a residential intersection, broad-sided it, stopped in the middle, Poncho up on someone's lawn. I was just turned 21. My Dad had neglected to pay the ins. premium, and 6 months later the State of Illinois came along under the guise of a sheriff's deputy to confiscate MY drivers license, and all license plates issued to the owner (my Dad). There began an incredible long-term chain of events under which I lost my DL, all plates were confiscated, new registrations and plates issued in my Mom's name (she had never driven in her life), a 1 year DL suspension for me, an entirely new experience, a chick interested enough in me to err....well, we wound up going on our honeymoon with me, sans DL, she unlicensed, as State lost the accident file! We (I) drove from Chicago to L.A. and back without a DL! Visited my uncle in Sylmar CA , and became acquainted with Las Vegas, which was to become my new home after 30 years in Chicagoland!

    A multi-faceted and unmatched existence as a young adult.
    Frank
     
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    In the movie, Blended, with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, the band that played on the last night of their African vacation, had a girl playing a pink bass guitar. Had never seen a pink bass guitar before.
     
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    Well, Hal, I'm one week from turning 69 and most of the members of the bands that I listed are that old or older now. All we had at our high school dances, once a year, was rock music from the mid thru later 60's. Most of my years I've been a "Rocker", but back in the 80's, I got into Country-Western, but only the current music, not the "cry in your beer" type. When I met my wife, she fully introduced me to Motown and I grabbed on.
     
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    You must have ONE skill, Ken, or you wouldn't be the Forum's leader!

    Hal
     
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    Hal, you ask about music instrument skills, not "skills" in general. I think, in one way or another, all of us have some type of skill.
     
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    I've seen them but my daughter didn't have one and wouldn't have wanted one .....she had 3 Bass Guitars and 2 Classical... but no pink...
     
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    Uh-huh.

    Hal
     
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    In my dream world I can play the piano and the guitar....in the real world I only wish I could. :)
     
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    I do not play anything any longer except for a couple of stations I like on the computer.
    That said, I was playing classical piano at 8 years old and then went to the woodwinds during jr high. I was also in the Cavalier drum and bugle corps and played the e-flat one valve and rotor soprano bugle which much later, after I came back from Nam, landed me a job with the honor guard playing taps in honor of our returning hero’s.

    If it really counts for anything, I was in a Dixieland band in New Orleans. We cut a couple of records mainly for the tourists who came to listen and bear down on some hurricanes but I bought a restaurant which ended my small career as a musician.
     
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    Perhaps, when you have the urge not to eat your veggies, you might enjoy making a “tooty” thing!
     
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    Hell yes we do!

    H.P,
     
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    I know I have skills. I just haven't found out what they are yet, and I'm running out of time. What's that about the ten talents?
     
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    I've always wanted to play the piano but never had the funds time to take lessons. I play around on my keyboard though. I can listen to a tune/melody and pretty much play it back. It's all in my head.

    I do have a problem trying to get my left hand to play along.:oops:
     
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