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The Hills are alive....
Posted by: Skiffle (
Date: May 20, 2003 09:53PM

Ok, 'fess up. what musical instruments do you/have you played ? What kind of bizarre orchestra could the fforum produce ?

I played the recorder at middle school, but then who didn't ?

I had piano lessons between the ages of 10-12. My first tutor was an old dear who charged 2s 6d for a lesson, nearly 10 years after decimalization.

Later, I was part of the village handbell ringing group. My bells were in the bass clef. We played in the church, at fetes, and on Boxing Day, we toured around various homes, getting fed with mince pies and sherry. After three sherries, we could play 'Good King Wenceslas' at the sort of speed a heavy metal guitarist might have envied.

I also learnt guitar a few years ago, but haven't played much recently. Highlight of career was playing in UNI ceiliedh band a couple of times.

Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: Carla (
Date: May 20, 2003 10:01PM

I play nothing, never learnt and I think i'm the least musical person ever...

Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: Anonymous User (
Date: May 20, 2003 10:02PM

I played xylophone/marimba/bells and various other percussion instruments. I also played right hand only for keyboard for pep band when we couldn't travel with the xylophone. I marched with bells (mini-xylophone made out of metal).

And I played trumpet in 6th grade band. But it was making my front teeth bend inward, so I had to quit.

And I did a lot of choir. anywhere from 2nd Soprano down to 2nd Alto depended on where the hole was.

Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: jon (
Date: May 20, 2003 10:47PM

Um. I can sing. A bit.

That's all.

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Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: Guy (
Date: May 20, 2003 11:57PM

I can do comb and paper.

And the spoons.

(I'd like to be able to say I'm a virtuoso on the kazoo and the Swanee whistle, but the the shade of Willie Rushton would never forgive me . . . )

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Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: Magda (
Date: May 21, 2003 02:32AM

I played the flute in school, and later could do a few tunes on a six-hole bamboo flute, but I've since lost my embrochure. I can sort of play recorder and ocarina, but haven't practiced enough to be good at either. And I have a plucked psaltry lying about somewhere that I can play about 3 tunes on.

I do sing. In fact, I'm in a small group that does medieval and reniassance polyphonic stuff.

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Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: Simon (
Date: May 21, 2003 08:59AM

Only the kazoo, and I'm not very good at that... (OK, I used to play the triangle back when I was in primary school, too, but does that really count?)


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Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: Lycanthra Pod (
Date: May 21, 2003 09:05AM

Of course triangles count! It's the only instrument I can manage, I gave up with the obligitory recorder and I can't get any sound other than 'cat with it's tail stood on' out of Jenny's saxaphone.

Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: Rob (
Date: May 21, 2003 09:32AM

I had piano lessons for about 6 months when I was a kid. I've just bought myself a piano with the aim of improving but Eddie's better than me at the moment...

Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: dante (
Date: May 21, 2003 10:02AM

I have vaguely learnt the recorder, the piano and the guitar, all to a "Well, I can play a scale" level. Hmmm.


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Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: Auntysassy (193.132.206.---)
Date: May 21, 2003 02:08PM

Eh - recorder, clarinet, piano, voice and timpani - though not all at the same time! Gave up most of them after leaving school but did a little time singing in a band.

Did hope for a clarinet for my 40th but no joy - so I'm going to buy one for my 41st in September - my mother has dug out my old 'learn to play the clarinet' books so the incentive is there!

Mum always wanted a banjo so my brother bought her one for Christmas!

Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: Sarah (
Date: May 21, 2003 07:32PM

The only thing I can play is the fool.

Seriously... I can sing. Alto, even tenor at a stretch.


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Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: poetscientistdrinker (
Date: May 21, 2003 07:36PM

I can play guitar pretty well, nothing flash but pretty solid nonetheless. I started off playing bass, and we got offered free studio time so can't have been that bad.



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Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: Sarah B (
Date: May 23, 2003 10:42AM

I sing Soprano, and it's not my fault it's raining, honest.

I also play clarinet, piano, recorders of about three different sizes, ocarina, drum kit, saxophone and most of the orchestral percussion section. (Yes, that includes the triangle *and* the timpani. Gotta love the timps. My favourite instrument by far - you can make all that noise with them!)


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Re: The Hills are alive....
Posted by: crrbllsweetie (
Date: May 24, 2003 03:09AM

Bass guitar, normal guitar, and all the piano I can vaguely remember...I love zee musik.

I sing, but mostly really really quietly and off in a corner.

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