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Did anyone on here start playing a musical instrument as an adult? - 11-04-2019, 08:04 PM

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Did you, and how did you find it? Did you get good? I played the trumpet as a child, but I never really took to it, it wasn't my kind of instrument. So I'm thinking of taking up piano, but I worry that it'll all be a waste of time. I'm prepared to put in the time, as I can't play as much pool anymore (back is acting up), but I'm worried that I may be too old to learn to play well (40). Alternatively, I might try an instrument I can play while standing up, like a flute or a saxophone, as that may be better for my back. Anyhow, curious to hear from you.
  
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11-04-2019, 08:26 PM

I play at guitar, but suck at it. Played piano in 2nd thru 3rd grade and think with today's electric pianos I might enjoy relearning and getting serious with one.
Woodwindss like sax are too friggin hard to get good at. I see decent electric pianos or keyboards in used music stores and pawn shops for a few hundred dollars that a decade ago cost well over a grand or 2. Cheap and don't take up much space. Also, use headphones when you don't want to wake others up.
  
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11-04-2019, 08:33 PM

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I play at guitar, but suck at it. Played piano in 2nd thru 3rd grade and think with today's electric pianos I might enjoy relearning and getting serious with one.
Woodwindss like sax are too friggin hard to get good at. I see decent electric pianos or keyboards in used music stores and pawn shops for a few hundred dollars that a decade ago cost well over a grand or 2. Cheap and don't take up much space. Also, use headphones when you don't want to wake others up.
Thanks for your reply. Agree that piano may be the better option, but still. I did try a wooden (baroque) flute and got decent sound out of it, even if that's supposed to be more difficult than a modern flute. I like the simplicity of it, that it's easy to carry around etc, but piano of course is more versatile.

I think I'll try the piano seriously, but also purchase a cheap flute just for messing around. I was intrigued by the sound it made, even from a totally untrained person. I miss playing pool, haven't touched the cue in months because of back problems. I've only played a little snooker on the tallest table in the club, even that hurts. But if the back gets better then we'll see. I love music as well as pool, and if I can no longer play pool, I'll at least have music.
  
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11-04-2019, 08:48 PM

Ok, not a musical instrument....but I skateboarded from age 13~17 and quit. I was ok at it. I started up again @ age 24 and continued through age 32. Quitting at age 32 was the biggest mistake I ever made!

My point is, I was MUCH better in my adult years than I ever was as a kid. I was far more disciplined & settled. I could out perform all the youth at the parks, it was great! Yes, old dogs can learn new tricks!


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11-04-2019, 09:03 PM

Wooden Baroque flute sounds interesting. I stopped pool due to neck problems. After an hour or two hunkered down and craning my neck to look down the 9' table at shots, my neck is killing me the next day. Playing on bar tables is not nearly as tough aiming and standing. Might have to look at playing strictly bar tables and see how that feels.
  
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11-04-2019, 09:10 PM

It depends what your goals are. If you want to just have a hobby enjoy. The repertoire on the piano is endless.
  
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11-04-2019, 10:35 PM

I started playing piano as an adult. The guy that taught me said I'd never be a virtuoso, but he could teach me enough to amuse myself and my friends. He taught me Angie and Stairway to Heaven in about three weeks. I learned a couple of new songs every two weeks for the next several months.

He taught me an interesting way of playing. I never learned to read music. He would bring sheet music and showed me that just above the music, there were usually guitar chords. He taught me how to make a basic chord in all it's positions, then how to make a 7th, a 9th, a minor chord and a major chord. He also showed me how to cheat some notes in between chord changes to make the music fuller. If the song had a special intro or melody, I would have to pick it out and write the notes down.

I amused myself and my friends for years afterword and never really learned how to read notes at all. I dated a concert pianist later on that hated the fact that when we went to parties, I got asked to play more than she did. I think the people just liked Piano Man or Let It Be better than they liked Dvorak symphonies...


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11-05-2019, 01:17 AM

I taught myself piano until I became addicted to pool about 7 years ago. There are some very good piano tutorials online for just about every kind of music you like. I can’t read music at all but if you can learn the chords you’ll be able to pick out almost any song you like.


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11-05-2019, 02:17 AM

I recently moved to Tennessee, and bought a banjo. I have memorized and practice several songs like Cripple Creek, You are my Sunshine, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, etc. I you tuned the lessons, and cannot believe my progress! The real key is to practice every day you brush your teeth.
  
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I was 17 when I started guitar...
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I was 17 when I started guitar... - 11-05-2019, 02:37 AM

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As the title says.

Did you, and how did you find it? Did you get good? I played the trumpet as a child, but I never really took to it, it wasn't my kind of instrument. So I'm thinking of taking up piano, but I worry that it'll all be a waste of time. I'm prepared to put in the time, as I can't play as much pool anymore (back is acting up), but I'm worried that I may be too old to learn to play well (40). Alternatively, I might try an instrument I can play while standing up, like a flute or a saxophone, as that may be better for my back. Anyhow, curious to hear from you.
I was 17 when I started learning guitar...is that old enough for you to consider it...

As far as if I'm any good, you be the judge.

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11-05-2019, 03:17 AM

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I was 17 when I started learning guitar...is that old enough for you to consider it...

As far as if I'm any good, you be the judge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG3PwjNfIHg

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11-05-2019, 04:40 AM

I personally cant carry a tune in a bucket.

Jump in with both feet Straightpool. You wont know until you try.

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11-05-2019, 05:45 AM

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As the title says.

Did you, and how did you find it? Did you get good? I played the trumpet as a child, but I never really took to it, it wasn't my kind of instrument. So I'm thinking of taking up piano, but I worry that it'll all be a waste of time. I'm prepared to put in the time, as I can't play as much pool anymore (back is acting up), but I'm worried that I may be too old to learn to play well (40). Alternatively, I might try an instrument I can play while standing up, like a flute or a saxophone, as that may be better for my back. Anyhow, curious to hear from you.
I've been playing guitar and mandolin for the majority of my life. Having that experience makes learning other instruments much easier. While I'm far from proficient, I picked up a bit of piano as an adult. Didn't keep with it very long though; just long enough to use it for a project I was working on. Only play it occasionally now and just here at the house.
My nephew (already a multiple instrumentalist), took to piano in his mid 20's and became quite proficient in just a handful of years. In fact, that is the instrument he primarily plays when playing live.
As others have alluded to, Youtube is a great resource for learning new stuff. Even after all of these years, I will occasionally use it to learn a new song if time is short and I find a video from someone who learned it accurately.


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11-05-2019, 07:33 AM

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I was 17 when I started learning guitar...is that old enough for you to consider it...

As far as if I'm any good, you be the judge.

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11-05-2019, 07:43 AM

I started playing guitar at 50. 4 years later and i'm not too bad.you can sit or stand to play the guitar. You tube helps alot.
  
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