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Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:49 pm UTC
by cjmcjmcjmcjm
Exactly what the title says: list instruments you wish you could play/own.

I'll start: ondes Martenot

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:05 pm UTC
by BurningLed
I kind of wish I could sing, but I'm happy without -- Choral lessons are too expensive.

Also, steel drums. Those sound *awesome*.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:49 pm UTC
by Promicin
I always wanted to play clarinet. I had a toy recorder, but my fingers couldn't figure out the holes.

:lol: "my fingers couldn't figure out the holes" sounds so dirty.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:30 pm UTC
by PhatPhungus
I used to play trumpet and accordion, wish I still did

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:32 pm UTC
by broken_escalator
I wish owned and could play the hurdy gurdy just for the sheer wtf-factor.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:04 am UTC
by Dirk
Cello

I don't because I don't have the money or room as a student, also I plan on being a student for another 8 years. Some day though.. some day.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:33 am UTC
by Retne
I wish I owned and could play a melodica. I will have you soon enough mr melodica, very soon...

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:46 pm UTC
by Magnificent Minimalist
Just like Dirk, I wish that I played the cello. I mean, just check out these dueling cellists!

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:47 pm UTC
by Dirk
Magnificent Minimalist wrote:Just like Dirk, I wish that I played the cello. I mean, just check out these dueling cellists!

I like cello because of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIsHUjoRED0

The dueling cellists.. not so much. It sounds like they are raping their cello's. There's a difference in taste, I guess :wink:

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:54 pm UTC
by Microscopic cog
I have so many. I recently made the big step from none to one so we're getting there. He's a short list.

Listed in order of wish:
1- Violin ( It can be so pretty but also very hard )
2- Bass ( The funk. )
3- Drums
4- Trumpet / Saxophone

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:58 pm UTC
by Cathode Ray Sunshine
Anything. Seriously. I'm taking guitar lessons but I suck ass, so I wish I were proficient at playing anything.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:28 am UTC
by Giant Speck
I actually really wish I could play piano.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:44 am UTC
by Dirk
Think of this thread as your wake-up call, it's never too late!

Also, important note: when you start learning an instrument, it becomes gradually more fun over time to play and practice on it. Although for some this is obvious I still get piano students now and then (I teach) that expect it to be fun and games from the start, and when they fail at it give up because "they were not ment for it". Learning an instrument is 95% practice, 5% talent.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:18 am UTC
by Dvandemon
I wish I could play a lot of instruments but my top two are violin and piano

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:40 am UTC
by mandachan
Something more interesting than percussion. I like the variety, but hitting things with sticks gets a little boring sometimes.

Ideally, an obscure variation of a common instrument. I have a thing for lower instruments, so maybe a flute d'amour or a bass recorder, or something of the like.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:29 pm UTC
by SirMustapha
I really wish I could learn to play the trumpet. No money = no trumpet.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:45 pm UTC
by Ptolom
The guitar. I know the notes and a few chords, but every time I pick up a guitar no good comes of it.
I wish I could play the piano better cause I want to be a pianist and I haven't really practiced enough in several years.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:44 pm UTC
by Sandry
I have tried and failed at cello... I wish I sucked less at it. Also wish I sucked less at piano. I did four semesters of lessons and I really never get much less sucky. It would be awfully nice to play an instrument as versatile as piano/keyboards, and particularly one that I can sing while playing.

What I really wish I played without ever having tried is bassoon. Also english horn, actually. I love the heck out of bassoon, but it's kind of prohibitively expensive to get into. Also at this stage of my life, I don't think I have the time or resiliency of wrists, sadly. Also harp. Another "can sing while playing" instrument that would lend itself to interesting music (like celtic-inspired stuff, and orchestral stuff, and some folk stuff...).

So uh. Yeah:
cello
piano
bassoon
english horn
harp

Ambitious enough? :P

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:56 pm UTC
by cjmcjmcjmcjm
mandachan wrote:Something more interesting than percussion. I like the variety, but hitting things with sticks gets a little boring sometimes.

Ideally, an obscure variation of a common instrument. I have a thing for lower instruments, so maybe a flute d'amour or a bass recorder, or something of the like.

Try the vibraphone. It's more than hitting things with sticks and it can be considered an obscure variation of the xylophone.
Sandry wrote:What I really wish I played without ever having tried is bassoon. Also english horn, actually. I love the heck out of bassoon, but it's kind of prohibitively expensive to get into. Also at this stage of my life, I don't think I have the time or resiliency of wrists, sadly. Also harp. Another "can sing while playing" instrument that would lend itself to interesting music (like celtic-inspired stuff, and orchestral stuff, and some folk stuff...).

My sister is a bassoonist. She has a thing for the low double reeds.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:11 pm UTC
by uma
SirMustapha wrote:I really wish I could learn to play the trumpet. No money = no trumpet.


I was looking at trumpets as a gift for a friend a while ago, I couldn't believe how expensive they are. With most instruments you can go poor but decent enough quality second hand or something, but trumpets are just damn expensive. Seems like it would make it tough to start out. I haven't looked at any other brass instruments though, they could all be like that.

How could would an ondes martenot be though, cjmcjmcjmcjm. Very.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:42 am UTC
by SomeFloridaKid
The mandolin.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:19 am UTC
by Kizyr
The tabla, hands-down.

About a year or so ago, I wished I could play the ocarina. Turns out it's not so hard to learn, so I got that one down with a few months of practice.

I already play piano and alto sax, but I never got all that great at piano. But still, the basic skills from that re: music theory carry over pretty much everywhere. KF

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:33 am UTC
by poxic
Voice. :| I can hold a tune, and I do fine as one of a group of backuppers, but I just don't have nice pipes. My singing voice is a bit flat-sounding and often strident (think Ethel Merman, but with less range and clarity).

Oh well. I kick ass at keyboard in some small ways. I should be content with that.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:44 pm UTC
by cjmcjmcjmcjm
Kizyr wrote:The tabla, hands-down

Hell yeah!

Edit: Why didn't I add electric bass to my original list. I know I could go guitar if I wanted ego, but bass seems to be more my thing.
Did I mention the cristal Baschet?

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:04 pm UTC
by PatrickRsGhost
In no particular order:

Piano
Saxophone
Celesta
Guitar (preferably acoustic)
Pan flute

The hurdy-gurdy would be fun to play.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:07 am UTC
by CHR1110
The Didgeridoo. Hands down.

Also, Violin.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:23 pm UTC
by Silastic
Dvandemon wrote:I wish I could play a lot of instruments but my top two are violin and piano

Me too. Also I would love to be able to play the cello. And the flute, I've always had this sort of secret love of the flute.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:53 am UTC
by Coffee
Dirk wrote:Think of this thread as your wake-up call, it's never too late!


This.
I started learning violin less than 3 months ago; I just turned 34. My teacher is impressed with my progress

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:14 am UTC
by Boingloing
I wish I could play the cello or string bass, like many here. Right now, I'm learning the Violin(have been for about 6 years). It's really fun and I recommend it, although some people say it looks tiny compared to me...(I'm 6' around 240 lbs DX) and I just started learning guitar and mallet percussion(vibraphone, marimba, xylophone) and I love it. It makes me want to play the piano.

also, steel drums! I'd love to learn those.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:55 am UTC
by Ithinkabouttrees
the violin / fiddle. I'm not that precise or dedicated. I can play guitar because it's easy to improvise and pick back up after a period of not playing. Violin, not so much.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:15 pm UTC
by M1k3_Nix
can play piano, but only own a mini marx (spel??). wish i owned a grand piano, but the living room isn't big enough.
can also play the drums,but unfortunately, dont have the funds to afford a kit atm.

would love to be able to play the guitar


-Mike

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sun May 01, 2011 6:56 pm UTC
by MissAusten
I wish I could play violin and guitar...ahhh...

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sun May 01, 2011 9:57 pm UTC
by Hooch
- My top one is piano/keyboard. I'm adept in the theory surrounding it and can play better than a drunken two-year-old, but I had a chance to truly master it early on and passed it up. Now that I'm a Music Education major, I heavily regret it.
- Bass guitar. I've always been a fan of the lower frequencies in general -- vocal, hip-hop, funk, house music, trance music, (obligatory) dubstep. As such, the bass guitar seems like something I'd pick up.
- Trap set drums. You can touch so many horizons with trap sets and percussion in general.
- Saxophone. It's an instrument that can fit into just about any genre.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 8:17 am UTC
by markden111
MissAusten wrote:I wish I could play violin and guitar...ahhh...

Me also wish for these instruments!

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 6:56 pm UTC
by axilog14
Drums and electric guitar. Also violin just because of that awesome stance you get playing it.

I also wish I was better at playing the harmonica, currently I think I am still playing it at the beginner level (I still can't bend notes worth a damn, and chromatic harmonicas are expensive :? ), but at least I can build up a basic song repertoire now. Though actually playing them well is another story...

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 2:42 pm UTC
by Роберт
I really like instruments. So most instruments are on my list.

The theremin is pretty cool.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 2:04 am UTC
by fimzo
I'd really like to play guitar, but since I'm going into high school, I don't think I'd have the time to learn a second instrument with all the extra work I'll be doing. And I don't want to stop playing violin and switch, since I'm fairly good at it and it's a beautiful instrument.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 2:30 pm UTC
by Роберт
fimzo wrote:I'd really like to play guitar, but since I'm going into high school, I don't think I'd have the time to learn a second instrument with all the extra work I'll be doing. And I don't want to stop playing violin and switch, since I'm fairly good at it and it's a beautiful instrument.

Definitely keep going with the violin for now. You can pick up guitar when you're in college or something.

Violin is high on my list of instruments I want to play - I actually own one, and practice it occasionally.

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 1:25 pm UTC
by tastelikecoke
I wish I could play a piano, but my electrically powered piano (for kids) broke down, and my skill is just the level of nursery rhymes.

Oh yeah, and guitar. (By now you can probably smell the air of suckiness emanating from me. :) :( )

Re: Instruments you wish you played

Posted: Sun May 15, 2011 6:13 am UTC
by Robot_Raptor
Electric violin, hands down.