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11 minutes ago, Stub Mandrel said:

Violin, I can't bear the sound I make.

I agree 100%, last year we were in Russia and had the chance to see a virtuoso violin player of international reputation. I thought what the hell, you only live once and all that. It was two hours of my life I will never get back. The lady was a superb musician without doubt but it still sounded like the death throws of some poor tortured creature. Never again.

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It might depend on the music played. If it's an atonal squawk you can admire the tone and virtuosity but still reach for the earplugs.

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1 hour ago, Trueno said:

It might depend on the music played. If it's an atonal squawk you can admire the tone and virtuosity but still reach for the earplugs.

Oh with me it's just attempting basic folk rock stuff like matty groves or john barleycorn (just the melodies, not solos!) Still sounds like pure pain...

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On 25/01/2017 at 08:24, xgsjx said:

I can relate to harmonica. There's always been at least one in the household when I was growing up & try as I might, it sounded like a cat's chorus put through a harmoniser that couldn't pick up the notes.

Every other instrument I've picked up, I can soon grasp.

I agree. I bought one thinking how hard can this be? Theres no notes to finger. How wrong was I?

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I love sitar music so bought one a few years ago.  There is lots on Youtube with lessons but it's just so different, as is the Indian musical notation - it's like trying to learn another language.  I pick it up now and then but I know I'll never get to grips with it in any meaningful way.

I can add to this that I struggle with mandolin and harmonica.  I'd really like to play keyboards and drums but I know I'd be a disaster, so best stick to what I know 🙂

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On 22/04/2020 at 15:08, ubit said:

I agree. I bought one thinking how hard can this be? Theres no notes to finger. How wrong was I?

True dat. I thought the harmonica would be a piece of fosters to play.

I loved the early Feelgoods and thought I would give it a crack.

Its still in its box. 🙄

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I remember in the 80's I was in a house with no one else and there was an old drumkit so I set it up and bashed about it with great abandon and no one to critque or give me grief. I sounded like the Magicband but oh what fun and a good workout. (Beefheart told the drummer on "Icecream for Crow" , "I want it to sound like bb's in a piepan."

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12 hours ago, Hobbayne said:

True dat. I thought the harmonica would be a piece of fosters to play.

I loved the early Feelgoods and thought I would give it a crack.

Its still in its box. 🙄

I hear the harmonica break in this and I am like how the f**k is he getting it to sound like that? How do you learn this?

 

 

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On 05/04/2020 at 16:03, NickA said:

Double bass =it's too big and makes my hand hurt playing in tune

Me too, I had an opportunity to purchase a brand new NS Wav bass @cost about 10 years ago.  I tried it and it sounded gorgeous but goodness me I stumbled around on it and fought it feriously.  Just not my cup of tea but, as I said, it sounded fantastic. 

Also: Piano.  My son is learning and I'm left handed so my dominance is on the lower notes.  Now I know Jools Holland is a leftie and his left hand is always busy as  a result.  And Phil Collins doesn't seem encumbered when he plays 'A Groovy Kind of Love' but I struggle with controlling dynamics with my right hand.  

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On 23/04/2020 at 15:31, Hobbayne said:

True dat. I thought the harmonica would be a piece of fosters to play.

I loved the early Feelgoods and thought I would give it a crack.

Its still in its box. 🙄

I love the sound they get on this on the record. And surprisingly I didn't even think about it being a harmonica on the record until I saw the video!

 

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