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#1
What are your guys' thoughts on learning multiple instruments?

I mean, don't get me wrong, I LOVE my guitar, but I feel like I'm limited somehow.. I mean, most instruments are universal, meaning that they follow the same type of pattern.. (C, C#, D, D#, E, F, etc), so I was thinking I'd try lots of instruments.

I'd like to try to learn bass, keyboard, then I'll be getting an electronic drumset (I won't get a real one because there are 5 people who live in this house, and it's not exactly huge, meaning people will get pissed with a real drumset blaring all the time).

By the way, I'm not saying that any of these instruments are easier then guitar, I'm just saying they follow the same pattern.

So should I try to be a jack-of-all-trades, or master one? Because it is a big investment money-wise, and I'd like to know if it's fun learning lots of instruments or not..
#3
I would recommend ir, it would mean that you're more versatile. :\
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#4
Yeah, I'd love to learn the piano. It's supposed to really help you understand guitar theory. I wouldn't mind one some electronic drums either.
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#5
Do what's fun dude. I am a guitarist through and through but i play drums for a muckaround fun band, just cause it's awesome fun, no other reason. I reakon if you want to try something different, go completely different to guitar unless you might get bored trying to learn it as it seems like all the same guitar stuff over again.
#6
Well, I'd like to give singing a try, too (if you knew me you'd never think I'd be capable of even trying to sing), because I like it, it gives voice to a song, so-to-speak..

I also wouldn't mind trying violin.. I like classical music, but I hear violin is HELL when you start (the sound).

I should probably pick up an acoustic guitar, too..
#7
^ Piano's easier IMO, for me it's weird to visualize each note on the guitar neck. I dunno. :\
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#8
Buying a keyboard or a harmonica or a flute isn't really a big investment money-wise at all. Electric guitar is, I think, the most expensive instrument one can take up.
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#9
it's all up to you, if you want to commit yourself to one instrument then you can but if you want to try a lot of instruments and see what you like the best then go for it. try wind instruments, i personally like playing saxaphone as much as playing guitar.

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#10
I say yes. Go for it.
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#11
Well the reason I ask, is that, yes it can be good fun and everything, but wouldn't it ever get frustrating, I mean, when you just want to jam you'd have to choose between all these instruments, and learning them all differently would be hard, I mean for guitar you need strong grip and somewhat flexible fingers, and for keyboard is COMPLETELY different in practice, but very similar in theory.. It'd get kind of complicated, no?
#12
Music overall is good for the mind, body and soul. Both physically and mentally.
The more you can play and understand the better you can apply it to everyday life.
And who wouldn't want a guitarist/bassist/drummer/keyboardist/and so on in their band?
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Buying a keyboard or a harmonica or a flute isn't really a big investment money-wise at all. Electric guitar is, I think, the most expensive instrument one can take up.

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#15
I personally think that if someone can play guitar, for all intensive purposes, they can play bass (minus a few techniques).
And I mean that in the best possible way.
#16
depends on what level you want to get to, most famous musicians are only great at 2 instruments max, i play guitar bass and drums and thats time consuming enough playing it to a high level
#17
I don't think I'd be able to live without being able to do multiple instruments. Guitar and Bass are my true loves (in that order), but I can also play piano/keyboards (not that well, but I can). I can sing (baritone range) and am always working on better screams and growls. I have an ocarina and a recorder, and can play both pretty well (though, I haven't in awhile). I can't do kit drumming, but I LOVE and am good with hand drums (but sadly still have yet to get one).

So yeah, do all you can. It's really fun knowing more instruments, and you seem and feel more credible as a musician.
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Music overall is good for the mind, body and soul. Both physically and mentally.
The more you can play and understand the better you can apply it to everyday life.
And who wouldn't want a guitarist/bassist/drummer/keyboardist/and so on in their band?


Well, I'm sort of 'shy' when it comes to playing, so I don't really like playing in front of people, I play music for myself.. I mean, I'll play some Christmas jingles around Christmas and stuff like that, but I don't think I could ever play in front of more then 3-5 people..
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Buying a keyboard or a harmonica or a flute isn't really a big investment money-wise at all. Electric guitar is, I think, the most expensive instrument one can take up.


expensive eh ?
naw, there's more expensive then an electic guitar.
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I personally think that if someone can play guitar, for all intensive purposes, they can play bass (minus a few techniques).

I used to think so, too.

How wrong I was.
#22
I think most people would like to know more than one instrument. But don't go saying that you can "play drums" if you're still shit.
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I think most people would like to know more than one instrument. But don't go saying that you can "play drums" if you're still shit.

Heh, only my close friends know that I even play guitar, and even then whenever someone asks 'so how good are you' I usually say 'I don't know, I suppose I'm average' when honestly I don't know how good I am, I know I'm atleast average, though.
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Heh, only my close friends know that I even play guitar, and even then whenever someone asks 'so how good are you' I usually say 'I don't know, I suppose I'm average' when honestly I don't know how good I am, I know I'm atleast average, though.


lol I get egotistical and tell them I'm good but modestly I just say ehh personal opinion varies i guess. But anyways I play guitar, and learning ukulele I know like four chords but practice is good. I want to improve my vocals and my bass playing. I would love to play drums to and piano and maybe a mandolin and harmonica. than I'd be all set I think.
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#26
I play guitar, bass, harmonica and keyboards. I would suggest starting out that you learn at least the fundamentals of the instruments you would normally encounter in a band of the style of music you play, then branch out form there.
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It's fun. I play guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, sax, piano, flute, and clarinet. I also sing various vocal styles from jazz to death metal(misc. info, I know)

It's made layering for albums really easy, because I know the notes of different instruements. If you want to be a producer or a prog rocker, learning multiple instruments will help you get used to hearing different tones overlapping another (like a clarinet over a piano over a guitar)
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#28
jack of all trades! you can then further musical knowledge... but take it one at a time- taking up 2+ instruments is hard work if ure starting from scratch...

I've been playing trumpet and guitar for quite a bit so If i wanted to I could take up an instrument If i wanted to(ofc I don't want to but, you know!)

just take It steady- taking up piano or keyboard is often good!
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#29
Oh man, I never even thought of that.. I played the Tenor Sax in my music class for 2 years..

I had to drop music class though, because there is only one music teacher, and there is only 4 grades for 4 periods, and the teacher does 2 grades per semester, and the same semester and period I had music class for my grade was the same time I could take manufacturing (which I intend to do as a career), so I had to drop music for manufacturing class, and music is one of those classes where you have to take each year to take the next, so if I took it again I'd have to take grade 10 (I'd be in grade 12..)..

It's complicated, but in short, I had to drop music, and can't take it again..
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It's fun. I play guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, sax, piano, flute, and clarinet. I also sing various vocal styles from jazz to death metal(misc. info, I know)

It's made layering for albums really easy, because I know the notes of different instruements. If you want to be a producer or a prog rocker, learning multiple instruments will help you get used to hearing different tones overlapping another (like a clarinet over a piano over a guitar)


CLARINET FTW!!!!!

I play drums, guitar, and clarinet, I could play sax if I wanted to as well, but it would take me a bit to get used to. I find it very fun to take songs I normally play on my clarinet and figure out how to play them on the guitar, and "metalize" them.
#31
I'd like to lean bass, drums, piano, and violin ( I have a violin I just need a new bow and strings)
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It's fun. I play guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, sax, piano, flute, and clarinet. I also sing various vocal styles from jazz to death metal(misc. info, I know)

It's made layering for albums really easy, because I know the notes of different instruements. If you want to be a producer or a prog rocker, learning multiple instruments will help you get used to hearing different tones overlapping another (like a clarinet over a piano over a guitar)

Heh, that's funny - Rush is my favorite band (prog), and the main reason I want to learn guitar, bass, keyboard, drum and vocals is because of them. Those are the mains ones I'd like to learn, things like violin, and harmonica and that stuff is just extra topping on the cake.
#34
Actually, I'd say drums are the most expensive instrument, not guitar.

It depends on if you want to be at a high level at a few instruments or at a moderate level with a lot of instruments. If you want to play prog or be a producer, I would go for learning more instruments. But if you want to shred, I would wait a while before trying other instruments.
#35
I like playing metal songs I learn on my guitar on the piano... the only one I play in it's entirety though is Blinded by Fear by At the Gate... in E minor, not B minor, just because I never detune to play things of the sort so I transcribed the notes in E.
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#36
New instruments change your outlook on music.

Before I picked up the guitar, I played flute. It was hard to visualize scales and everything, and picking up the guitar has helped. Trumpet gave me a different look as to transposing and whatnot. Piano showed me more theory and understanding of scales. Drums helped me with rhythms.

I definitely believe it's more beneficial to learn more than one instrument and actually recommend it.
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I would def. try new instruments. I play the keyboard along with the guitar. Im trying to take up harmonica at the moment, its really fun.
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#39
Quote by Reject_666_6
Buying a keyboard or a harmonica or a flute isn't really a big investment money-wise at all. Electric guitar is, I think, the most expensive instrument one can take up.

Not really... An intermediate level violin or cello can cost $30k or more, and a pro piano can cost more than some houses. A pro Gibson/Marshall rig will only set you back $6k at most.
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I think most people would like to know more than one instrument. But don't go saying that you can "play drums" if you're still shit.

I can agree with that. Most people at school don't know I play anything except tuba, piano and a little bass, even though I meddle in a lot more.
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Buying a keyboard or a harmonica or a flute isn't really a big investment money-wise at all. Electric guitar is, I think, the most expensive instrument one can take up.

When you can pay $5000 for both a professional level amp AND guitar together... or get a $5000 piano or violin and have it be high school level?

Yeah right.
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