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Need RV Size Musical Instrument
« on: March 23, 2005, 10:03:31 AM »
Retirement gives an opportunity to accomplish things that were impossible during hectic working days.  Playing a musical instrument would be one accomplishment that might be worth working toward.  The problem with misic and RV's can be storage.

A piano are not easy to fit into the average rv.

Whatis an easy instrument to learn for someone with average ability, not much musical background but a desire to play?

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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2005, 12:13:43 PM »
A friend of mine has an electronic keyboard that doesn't take up much room and can get just about any instrument sound that you could want including piano, gaitar, etc.  Don't remember the brand name but can find out.  If I remember it had a full piano keyboard.
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2005, 02:02:00 PM »
Whatis an easy instrument to learn for someone with average ability, not much musical background but a desire to play?

And what about an Irish Whistle? Sure n' their small in size, but large in melody! 'Tis said that when you whistle an Irish tune on an Irish Whistle, there'll be nobody sittin' around, ya know -- for they'll all be up a-dancin'!

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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2005, 03:49:46 PM »
Whatis an easy instrument to learn for someone with average ability, not much musical background but a desire to play?

Most of the small electronic keyboards would fit your needs.  Plan on an hour a day practice for a year before your first concert.  If you have 2 or more hours a day to kill, you will find having the keyboard a lot more fun than if it just sits idle and takes up space.  My piano teacher used to say that just looking at the piano does not count, you have to make the keys work to really enjoy it.  :)

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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2005, 12:16:40 PM »
I have a full-size Casio keyboard. It's light, stores fairly easily, and reproduces almost any instrument you can think of, and some you can't - ala PDQ Bach. Sam's, WalMart, and many other stores have a wide selection of them, but get one with a full size keyboard with full size keys; those with smaller keys are hard to play especially if you have large fingers. And get a decent stand as table tops and knees are not good substitutes. I can also recommend which instrument NOT to get - Bagpipes! (Sorry, Tom ;D)
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2005, 01:06:24 PM »
LOL Karl, it's Jim who plays the pipes.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2005, 01:33:07 PM »
I have discovered the harmonica as the ideal instrument for me.  I had always wanted to play a musical instrument so I tried a guitar, and though I enjoyed it found I did not have the coordination.  I later tried a keyboard and should have remembered my guitar experience.  The keyboard was far too complex for me to learn.

A harmonica is an instrument which is easy to carry, can be played relatively quietly and does not need a knowlege of music.  There are a number of websites that teach harmonica playing of familiar melodies.  At last I can make music...at least to my own ear.
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2005, 10:15:04 AM »
Retirement gives an opportunity to accomplish things that were impossible during hectic working days.  Playing a musical instrument would be one accomplishment that might be worth working toward.  The problem with misic and RV's can be storage.

A piano are not easy to fit into the average rv.

Whatis an easy instrument to learn for someone with average ability, not much musical background but a desire to play?

Instruments on board certainly can be a problem. I have a couple of tin whistles I am trying to learn to play. They don't take up too much room and aren't as loud as my bagpipes. ;D ;D

A Dulcimer is another fairly small instrument that can be played easily in a coach and won't offend the neighbors. I may try that next winter if I have time. My problem is I really don't read music!

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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2005, 11:32:55 AM »
Jim,

If you are interested in a dulcimer, I know of a couple at TGO that are not being used, that you may be able to borrow....
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2005, 11:40:37 AM »
Jim,

If you are interested in a dulcimer, I know of a couple at TGO that are not being used, that you may be able to borrow....

Steve,

We'll see what happens when we return next fall. :) Dave Reavis plays the dulcimer and he's getting good at it.

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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2005, 08:00:58 PM »
Jim,

[[ My problem is I really don't read music!]]

There are music books for various instruments for people who do not read music.  These books show the melody in so called   Tabs.

"Tabs" (or Tablature) defined- Tabs are a simplified way to notate instrumental solos, instrumental parts, melodies and songs, without having to formally read music"

In the case of a harmonica, for example, the tab will indicate hole 5, blow or draw  in a shorthand form which becomes second nature to read after very little practice.

This allows someone like me with virtually no ability to read music to play my favorite melodies on my harmonica.
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2005, 08:09:24 PM »
But you still have to have some musical apptitude or talent of which I have none.  It would take some might good tabing to help me play. ;D ;D
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2005, 11:29:02 PM »
Jim,

[[ My problem is I really don't read music!]]

There are music books for various instruments for people who do not read music.  These books show the melody in so called   Tabs.

"Tabs" (or Tablature) defined- Tabs are a simplified way to notate instrumental solos, instrumental parts, melodies and songs, without having to formally read music"

In the case of a harmonica, for example, the tab will indicate hole 5, blow or draw  in a shorthand form which becomes second nature to read after very little practice.

This allows someone like me with virtually no ability to read music to play my favorite melodies on my harmonica.

Steve,

I know of no such thing for the pipes but I do have that for the tin whistle. Tabs work fine if you have a music book with such notation. Doesn't help if the music has only notes. Hard to learn new tunes that way. :)

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« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2005, 08:11:39 AM »
I play and carry with us a mountain dulcimer. It is easy to play, even for someone like myself who has
NO musical talent. It takes up very little space, does not make a loud sound to offend the neighbors
and perhaps best of all there are dulcimer festivals all over the country. These are great excuses to go
somewhere and meet some great people and hear some great old time music.

The dulcimer can take you as far musically as you wish to go, or like myself you can just play for your own
personal enjoyment. There are excellent tab books and internet sites to obtain music. A few include:
dulcitunes.com, everythingdulcimer.com, and geocities.com/pickinwright. The best web sites for
festival information is gilamountaindulcimers.com and dulcimerplayer news, I think their web site is
dpn.com.

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« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2005, 11:18:25 AM »

[The dulcimer can take you as far musically as you wish to go, or like myself you can just play for your own
personal enjoyment. ]

But Dave,
 I recall with fondness the memory of your entertainment  of a large group of women at a Quartzsite Red Hat Society Tea.  You were awesome and so was your music.

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« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2005, 04:08:37 PM »
Retirement gives an opportunity to accomplish things that were impossible during hectic working days.  Playing a musical instrument would be one accomplishment that might be worth working toward.  The problem with misic and RV's can be storage.

A piano are not easy to fit into the average rv.

Whatis an easy instrument to learn for someone with average ability, not much musical background but a desire to play?

Casio, Yahama and a bunch of others make excelent electronic keyboards, Some do a very good piano,  Plus, Have you ever watched Star Trek: The Next Generation?  Well... There was an episode where a woman came on board and she had brought a roll up piano with her

You can get one, I don't recall if it's Signals or Wirelsss (The stores for Public TV and Radio) or "The music stand" (Do the www. and .com thing and you should hit them in no more than 3 tries) that sells them

However,,, RVers often are parked near campfires... And a Campfire, with a bunch of folks sitting around with copies of somethng like /Rise Up Singing/ and at least one of them with a guitar.. Now that's an american tradition
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« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2005, 07:33:22 PM »
Retirement gives an opportunity to accomplish things that were impossible during hectic working days.  Playing a musical instrument would be one accomplishment that might be worth working toward.  The problem with misic and RV's can be storage.

A piano are not easy to fit into the average rv.

Whatis an easy instrument to learn for someone with average ability, not much musical background but a desire to play?

Acoustic guitar.   Harmonica.
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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2005, 07:31:03 PM »
I will have my Dobro along with me.  I'll sell my regular acoustic to save on size and the fact I haven't quite figured it out yet.  Jolene will probably take both the mandolin and fiddle.  The mando is nice because small, and it is not that difficult tp play.  Using tab as has been mentioned will get you thru a melody.  Learn some chhhords and you are in. 

Probably most portable instrument is your voice.  If you can sing, you are welcome at any bluegrass jam.

That brings me to the genre question.  Classical, country, bluegrass, rock, or hip hop.  Many others as well, bu the genre will have a big inout on the instrument.  Cymals aren't used much in bluegrass, nor is the banjo in hip hop. 

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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2005, 07:42:22 PM »
Would you elaborate on what a dobro is?  I've heard the term and believe it is a variation of a guitar..but would like to understand more.
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« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2005, 12:37:26 AM »
Hi Bill,

A Dobro is as big as a guitar!!! We have a former neighbor who played one in a blue grass band for several years. He now Emcee's many of the CT shows. I'll bet he does the East Hartford show. His name is Glenn Huffer.

I have two tin whistles but have been thinking about trying a Dulcimer. So many instruments, so little time. :)

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« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2005, 05:02:16 PM »
I understand there are a few dulcimers and maybe even players at TGO!  Some instruments have not seen the light of day in quite a while...do they lose their music if they are not played    ???
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« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2005, 06:34:31 PM »
I understand there are a few dulcimers and maybe even players at TGO!  Some instruments have not seen the light of day in quite a while...do they lose their music if they are not played    ???

There's an ad in The Happenings for Dulcimer players and wannabe's. I may check it out when we get back.

If you are going to store the Dulcimer for a long time, just like the pipes, you need to plug all the holes so the music doesn't leak out. ;D ;D

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« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2005, 10:54:36 AM »
Luv2rv:

Whatis an easy instrument to learn for someone with average ability, not much musical background but a desire to play?

You can purchase a kids guitar for less than $50. I found one at CostCo a number of years ago and was able to answer the question, "Could I ever play one of these", prior to buying a real guitar. An acoustic would be a nice instrument not only for the RVer, but also, for those around the campfire that could also enjoy and sing along. Just as with keyboards, you can find easy to learn from books as well.

I "mess around" with the guitar but my interest is more in a "non RV" kinda instrument -- the trumpet. I began playing while in high school, so it wasn't a decision I made with RVing in mind. Actually, I stopped playing just after my Navy days 1/2 century ago and am now exploring taking it up again. It IS a tough instrument to practice on in an RV. ;D However, Yamaha for one makes a practice mute that is real clever that muffles the sound so only you can hear it by way of earphones. I have several mutes that I use plus pick the time of day to lessen the problem of annoying my neighbors while I decide if I will ever be able to play again.

Another thought for you is private instruction once you decide on an instrument. While visiting my sister in Austin earlier this spring, I just went to the local phone book, plus Google, and found very good private lessons.  While there, I took 4, $20 lessons within a 10 miles of my parking place. I am now working on what I was taught there, and will soon seek another group of lessons here in NCal. You can mess around on your own (which is great fun as well), or, if your want to move along faster, I would find a good pro to work with from time to time. Bad habits that we teach ourselves are hard to break if we have done a good job. :D this would also move you in the right direction as far as learning a bit about reading music and some basic music theory.

Good luck on your search for the right instrument. It is nice that you plan to move in a music direction. At what ever level you begin or continue, not many things will ever give more enjoyment and satisfaction. Unfortunately, my horn is not for playing around a campfire. :-[ Here's a link that explains my renewed interest in the horn, FWIW:

www.rvspacemanager.com/trumpetStuff.htm
 
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« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2005, 07:12:57 PM »
Bob,

I think more people would tolerate the trumpet rather than the bagpipes. ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2005, 08:06:11 PM »
Bob,

I think more people would tolerate the trumpet rather than the bagpipes. ;D ;D ;D


Jim, it would probably be a toss up!! But, hey, if we happen to get to a rallye campsite earlier and find other folk or critters have taken up our space, we could just play a duet or two. That would probably even run the cayotes off :o
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« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2005, 09:04:36 PM »
Bob,

I think more people would tolerate the trumpet rather than the bagpipes. ;D ;D ;D


Jim, it would probably be a toss up!! But, hey, if we happen to get to a rallye campsite earlier and find other folk or critters have taken up our space, we could just play a duet or two. That would probably even run the cayotes off :o

Let me know when you need help and I'll be there!!! ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #26 on: May 04, 2005, 07:31:59 AM »

But Dave,
 I recall with fondness the memory of your entertainment  of a large group of women at a Quartzsite Red Hat Society Tea.  You were awesome and so was your music.

Betty

Thanks for the kind words Betty. Hopefully I have improved some since then. I have been to several week long workshops and lots of practice.

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« Reply #27 on: May 04, 2005, 02:06:31 PM »
[I have been to several week long workshops and lots of practice.]

OK Dave, How can we book you for our next rally?  keep your travels public so that we might all know where to find such fine entertainment.  With the new learnings are you going to charge  more for admission to your concerts in the future? I recall we got  our money's worth  last time you played for forum Floozies.

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« Reply #28 on: May 05, 2005, 06:17:34 AM »
Jim, yup just like a guitar.  Steve a dobro or resophonic guitar is essentially a guitar body with an 11 inch sound hole, with a spun aluminum cone inside.  Looks like a speaker cone.  There is something called a spider bridge over the top, it the strings stretch across.  Over all this is a cover late, usually chrome, with a pattern cut out.  We sometimes refer to this as a hubcap.  Within this there are 2 variations, 1 is a roundneck, which is the same sort of neck a regular guitar has, and is played in the same fashion.  The other, is a squareneck, this has a very beefy neck, squared off, and this is played horizontally., you use a steel slide for 'fretting', and it is tuned to open G tuning. 

(too technical I know...  )

If you have aver seen Alison Kraus and Union Station play on TV, you may notice the guy on your left side of the stage.  That is Jerry Douglas, he plays the dobro.  Heck of a nice guy too!  Had the chance to meet him a few times. 

Dobro is typically a bluegrass or country music instrument, but the roundneck is featured in a lot of blues music. 

Then again, you may just think of it as a steel guitar, or Hawaiin guitar.  There are more subtleties, but we don't need to hit those. 
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« Reply #29 on: May 05, 2005, 07:46:47 PM »
[I have been to several week long workshops and lots of practice.]

OK Dave, How can we book you for our next rally?  keep your travels public so that we might all know where to find such fine entertainment.  With the new learnings are you going to charge  more for admission to your concerts in the future? I recall we got  our money's worth  last time you played for forum Floozies.

Betty

For you Betty the price is always free. Besides if I charged people may be more inclined to throw things.
We are going to another dulcimer festival this weekend.
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