Do you play a musical instrument? For how long?
I play several instruments. For most of my life my primary instrument was my voice.
When I was really small, I would make instruments out of rubber bands wrapped around the knobs of my dresser or chest of drawers. Then I also had a hand me down toy guitar that had been my brothers and only had 4 strings left. I had no idea how it should be tuned or any thing, but I tuned it however I wanted it, and made up my own songs to sing.
In the fifth grade I started with Concert Flute and shortly after that, with violin. I was not good at the flute at all, I never could get a decent tone, even after 6 months or so at it, and I would blow until I was faint. On violin, however I was progressing quite well. So I dropped flute and stayed with violin. I played in the Orchestra until the 10th grade, and was first chair second violin from 8th grade on. In the 11th grade, I had to choose between concert choir and violin, because they were both the same class period, with no other time available for either. That bummed me out, but I decided to try concert choir since I intended that to be my last full year of high school. (I graduated early). I no longer own a violin, but I can still play a little. I want to get a new one very soon.
Besides that, I also did eventually get a real guitar and learned to play it. I don't play it as well as I'd like, but I can play basic chord structures and know most of the major and minor chords and a few sevenths and augments and so on. I also play piano.... again not as well as I'd like, but I know more chords and know how to work out a major, minor, seventh, minor seventh, major seventh and various augments and diminishments on piano or keyboard in any key. Mostly I just play what sounds good to me, and I write a lot of music on keyboard or piano that is in 5 sharps because it is easier for me to play that way. I also write songs on the guitar.
In recent years, the flute has come back to me. But now, instead of overblown concert style flutes, I have picked up Native American, Plains style flutes. These are front blown, instead of overblown, and the mechanics of the flute direct the air over the tone hole. These flutes are tuned to a pentatonic minor scale of five notes rather than the typical scale of eight notes common in western diatonic scales. The sounds is beautiful, and i use these flutes to play solo music, as well as playing it with accompaniment in a variety of different styles, ranging from classic rock to Irish folk music.
Here is some music that a fellow musician and I wrote (actually it is us recording what we have come up with so far so that we can work on it some more and not loose what we've done so far.)
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