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    Piano (grade 8), flute (unofficial grade 7 ) , sax (grade 5) and also mess around playing the clarinet and piccolo (:

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    Woo, posting to resubscribe.
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    (Original post by zapotec)
    I don't play banjo well enough to specialise in any particular genre yet haha. The few pieces I do play are mainly bluegrass though. I can't say bluegrass is my favourite type of music, but its definitely very fun to play.
    I do the usual cheat: take off the fith g string, tune to d g b e and use guitar chord shapes.
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    Hi guys.

    I joined quite a while ago and haven't posted on here yet!

    I play the piano but mostly teach myself. I've pretty much taught myself to grade 4 level.
    I'm far from technical perfection and can barely read sheet music but I find that side of music boring.
    To me...music is playing for enjoyment and thats what I do. I improvise, I create my music from the imagination and just play to please myself.

    I've recently been having lessons as I know I'll need to improve my technique to be able to play at higher grades but mainly I just love to improvise and sit down to play without having any sheet music in front of me.
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    I play the guitar. Yes.
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    Clarinet
    Played bass clarinet for a while
    Keyboard
    Used to play brass
    Learning guitar
    Recorder (don't laugh, I learnt it when I was 5, not when in late primary!)..

    Yeah I got given a "how to play recorder" book when I was five, and using that I learnt the recorder and how to read music.

    Would love to get a Fife though
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    I have apparently just spent £200 that I don't technically have on a new instrument... :o:
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    (Original post by ns87)
    I've played the acoustic guitar for 3 years now. And the electric for about a year. My acoustic guitar was passed down to me by my dad who had it for 30 years since living in Brazil. The electric is an Ibanez S470.
    Now I'm also picking up percussion music. Starting off with African drumming on the djembe.
    is the s470 a good guitar???
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    This is also a bumpy bump.

    Musicians. How is it all going?
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    Good I've bought a BCC# melodeon and a D chromatic harmonica, both of which I will be attempting to learn over the next few months
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    Been attempting to learn flight of the bumblebee on clarinet, but my Bb is broken, so am doing it on the bass clarinet... It's interesting to say the least. Hard to play fast on a bass in my experience, anyone else think its easier to play fast on a Bb?

    If you're bored, you can check out my attempt (little extract) here

    Will upload a proper B flat calrinet attempt when I get it fixed, which should be in the next week or so... want people's advice on techniques etc. if possible please . I'm being very overambitious...:woo:
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    (Original post by foolsihboy)
    Been attempting to learn flight of the bumblebee on clarinet, but my Bb is broken, so am doing it on the bass clarinet... It's interesting to say the least. Hard to play fast on a bass in my experience, anyone else think its easier to play fast on a Bb?

    If you're bored, you can check out my attempt (little extract) here

    Will upload a proper B flat calrinet attempt when I get it fixed, which should be in the next week or so... want people's advice on techniques etc. if possible please . I'm being very overambitious...:woo:
    I tried learning that on piano and cello.

    Lets just say, it was an epic fail xD
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    (Original post by nk9230)
    I tried learning that on piano and cello.

    Lets just say, it was an epic fail xD
    Well, my clarinet attempt is also an epic fail... that's the only bit I can play well(ish), and its till bad

    Having a competition with a guy I know to see who can play it on 2 instruments first. Saxophone is killing me because its sooo similar to the clarinet fingerings, but there are no keys in the same place :woo:
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    (Original post by foolsihboy)
    Well, my clarinet attempt is also an epic fail... that's the only bit I can play well(ish), and its till bad

    Having a competition with a guy I know to see who can play it on 2 instruments first. Saxophone is killing me because its sooo similar to the clarinet fingerings, but there are no keys in the same place :woo:
    With piano, and cello, I can not get to the notes quick enough at all. More so on piano tho-
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    I started to learn ıt on pıano a few years ago. Can't say that ıt was a partıcular success.
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    (Original post by ukebert)
    I started to learn ıt on pıano a few years ago. Can't say that ıt was a partıcular success.
    I have trouble playing things fast enough...
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    Thanks for letting me join, I was thrilled when I saw the "my societies" it on a comment lol!
    I'm pricipally a singer, classical lyric colouratura soprano (long words!)
    I LOVE playing my piano too! I'm about grade 6 on that
    I also play viola and violin, but the less said about that the better (I'm awful) lol
    Great to see so many musicians together!
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    (Original post by Demitrarose)
    Thanks for letting me join, I was thrilled when I saw the "my societies" it on a comment lol!
    I'm pricipally a singer, classical lyric colouratura soprano (long words!)
    I LOVE playing my piano too! I'm about grade 6 on that
    I also play viola and violin, but the less said about that the better (I'm awful) lol
    Great to see so many musicians together!
    How is ability ranked in the UK? Im noticing people mention they are grade six at this, or grade 4 at that...
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    (Original post by nk9230)
    How is ability ranked in the UK? Im noticing people mention they are grade six at this, or grade 4 at that...
    You start at grade 1
    there are 8 grades... Grade 8 being the highest.
    Throughout the grades, more and more scales have to be memorised, with (at least for clarinet) grade 8 being all scales and arpeggios.
    After Grade 8 (which is as far as most people go) There are diplomas...
    The diploma is more of a recital, with no scales or arpeggios.

    To do any practical grade above grade 5, you need to sit a written theory exam at grade 5 level

    Results: Fail. Pass. Merit. Distinction.
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    (Original post by foolsihboy)
    You start at grade 1
    there are 8 grades... Grade 8 being the highest.
    Throughout the grades, more and more scales have to be memorised, with (at least for clarinet) grade 8 being all scales and arpeggios.
    After Grade 8 (which is as far as most people go) There are diplomas...
    The diploma is more of a recital, with no scales or arpeggios.

    To do any practical grade above grade 5, you need to sit a written theory exam at grade 5 level

    Results: Fail. Pass. Merit. Distinction.
    Due to being self taught for so long my theory is awful. I will be taking lessons it it from September, is grade 5 theory difficult?

    My singing is at grade 8 but due to having little training I did VERY badly in the aural for my grade 4 despite getting solid distinctions in the pieces.

    Are there books availible to help with theory?
 
 
 

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