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wanderista | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted July 7, 2012 at 1:28 AM via web

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If you could master any instrument of your choice, what would it be?

I'd either choose the cor anglais or the pedal harp. What about you?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 7, 2012 at 3:52 AM (Answer #2)

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For me, it would be guitar (acoustic) and ukulele.  I say that because those are the most commonly played instruments where I'm from.  I'd like it if I could really play rather than just following music so that I could participate in impromptu "jam" sessions with friends and such.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 7, 2012 at 4:35 AM (Answer #3)

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I would love to master the piano. I wish I continued from when I was a child. This is one of my great regrets. The reason why I favor the piano is that it is the foundation of so many instruments and hence good training for other instruments. Moreover, I love the sound of jazz piano. I guess it is never too late to start. 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM (Answer #4)

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The "cool" part of my inner self would chose the guitar.  The "cultured" part of me would chose the violin.  Both are great instruments, and I would love to be able to play either of them.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM (Answer #5)

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The guitar is a great instrument for a number of reasons. One of the greatest things about guitar is that you can sing while you play, which allows you to make music by yourself. You get to be two instruments, a voice and a guitar. This is also true of the piano but it's not true of any wind instruments or violin... I've never seen someone play cello and sing either, though I suppose that's possible.

Another nice thing about guitar is that so many popular songs have been written on and for guitar. You can play a lot of songs you grew up with on guitar (and sing them too). This seems less possible with more "classically oriented" instruments.  

This being said, I have a rather poetic image of the saxophone which has been with me since I was a boy. I might want to blow a horn and explore that instrument.

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marbar57 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted July 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM (Answer #6)

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I play three instruments:  the piano, the cello, and the accordion.  I'm not really good at any of them, but if I could be a master of one of them I'd choose the accordion. 

The accordion is not as popular an instrument as it used to be; not many people play it anymore.  But, it's such a fun thing to play!  I like it because its keyboard is easier to play than a piano.  The keys are shorter and closer together so I don't have to push as hard to make the sounds.  My fingers can play more complicated note combinations (like triplets), and zip up and down the board in dramatic glissandos.  I don't have to worry about stretching my left hand to reach for the chords; a simple push of a button gets me beautiful major, minor, 7th, and diminished chords.   

The accordion is made for dancing . . . waltzes, marches, and polkas. It's so fun to sit there playing and watch what the music does to people!  Pretty quick their foot is tapping the floor or they're clapping, stomping, or cheering.  Occasionally they jump up and down or start dancing; that's the funnest thing of all!  Accordion music makes people smile; it makes them happy!  And when my music makes others happy it makes me happy, too. 

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted July 7, 2012 at 7:07 PM (Answer #7)

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I would probably pick the cello.  My mother was a music teacher and she banned all of from playing any stringed instrument that required a bow.  I think she just didn't want to listen to the horrible sounds we would make while we were learning.  I did learn the piano, the flute, and a few other instruments.  I'm glad she pushed me toward band instead of orchestra, but I've always enjoyed the sound of the strings section.  I love the deep tones of the cello.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 7, 2012 at 7:16 PM (Answer #8)

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It would be the acoustic guitar for me. I think it is the most versatile of instruments, and when played correctly, is beautiful. I like instrumental acoustic artists like John Fahey and others, and wish I could play like that. I wish I had a lifetime to devote to it.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 7, 2012 at 7:48 PM (Answer #9)

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Bravo for the choice of accordion!  This ethnic instrument recalls to many of us our Polish, Italian, Cajun, French and other experiences. I am glad that is it not dying out as an instrument in this country.

Having taken piano, I, too, rue that I did not have the patience to practice as I should have, but now I wish that I could have become accomplished as was my mother, who also played the violin. 

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM (Answer #10)

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I've always wanted to play the drums.  Growing up with guys like Neil Peart as idols, there's just something about percussion that has always attracted me, and while I have the rhythm, I have nowhere near the time it would take to master them.  My wife's patience would probably run out too.

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awishikha | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:00 AM (Answer #11)

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I would love to play acoustic quitar

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insomniaticdreamer | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 6, 2012 at 2:40 AM (Answer #12)

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Right now I'm learning to play acoustic guitar, and I'm really enjoying it. So I'd have to go with that. 

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smarty97 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted August 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM (Answer #13)

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For me it would be guitar.It's so because, it is the most commonly played instrument and according to me, expressing our feeling with a guitar is quiet easier than any other instrument.

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caseym427 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted August 27, 2012 at 3:54 AM (Answer #14)

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Piano and guitar both offer the most practical accompimant to me as a singer and are both gorgeous solo instruments in the right hands.  But over the past 4 and a half years I've fallen in love with the challenges and rewards of playing oboe.  Where as it would be awesome to wake up one morning and be a piano prodigy, I don't mind the countless hours of work I know I'm going to put into oboe before I'm done with it.  It's my goal, not my pipe dream to become a phenominal oboe player.    

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healthy2121 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 31, 2012 at 3:04 AM (Answer #15)

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I played the piano and stopped after high school..Big mistake!

I love Jazz, and there is nothing like the combination of soft piano notes and a sax..It always amazes me waht a saxophone can do. It is on my bucket list, so yes...that is what I would love to play. (:-

J

 

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healthy2121 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 31, 2012 at 3:06 AM (Answer #16)

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I play three instruments:  the piano, the cello, and the accordion.  I'm not really good at any of them, but if I could be a master of one of them I'd choose the accordion. 

The accordion is not as popular an instrument as it used to be; not many people play it anymore.  But, it's such a fun thing to play!  I like it because its keyboard is easier to play than a piano.  The keys are shorter and closer together so I don't have to push as hard to make the sounds.  My fingers can play more complicated note combinations (like triplets), and zip up and down the board in dramatic glissandos.  I don't have to worry about stretching my left hand to reach for the chords; a simple push of a button gets me beautiful major, minor, 7th, and diminished chords.   

The accordion is made for dancing . . . waltzes, marches, and polkas. It's so fun to sit there playing and watch what the music does to people!  Pretty quick their foot is tapping the floor or they're clapping, stomping, or cheering.  Occasionally they jump up and down or start dancing; that's the funnest thing of all!  Accordion music makes people smile; it makes them happy!  And when my music makes others happy it makes me happy, too. 

Very neat indeed! The very first instrument I played was actually the accordion...everyday with my little case, and then the piano, and of course hoping to

add the saxophone! Good for you!

J

 

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swasomezebecka34 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted September 1, 2012 at 7:44 PM (Answer #17)

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I would like to the master the guitar.  It is a very versatile instrument and can be used for almost any song.  Also, if I knew and understood all the chords on a guitar that would also help my understanding of the piano and music theory.

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rilakkuma67 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 4, 2012 at 10:55 PM (Answer #18)

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I would like to paly the guitar or the ukulele I see so many people in my school that play them and I would love to learn how to play them and those are the two instrument I love a lot and I can play all the songs I love.

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luiji | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted October 17, 2012 at 4:17 AM (Answer #19)

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I would want to master the Euphonium. I've been playing it for about three and a half years now, and I love it!

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arrellbelle | Student, College Sophomore | Valedictorian

Posted July 26, 2014 at 8:53 PM (Answer #20)

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The first instrument i've ever learned how to play was the Ukulele and it is considered my first love, in terms of instruments. However, despite learning for a year, I still consider myself a novice because I have no experience with music to begin with, all i've learned were simple strumming patterns, beginner and intermediate chords, and I would love to master the advance strumming, picking, and chords to put my ukulele to justice.

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