View Full Version : Will I be able to teach myself how to read music?

10-02-2004, 17:40:26
And if so, what instrument should I teach myself how to play?

Lazarus and the Gimp
10-02-2004, 17:50:26
Pink Oboe.

10-02-2004, 17:51:41
I don't blow. Anything.

10-02-2004, 18:04:30
Teach yourself to hear music, then you won't have to read other people's music, you can make your own.

10-02-2004, 18:07:09
So I should just learn to do what I already do with my computer code, ape everyone else?

10-02-2004, 18:09:37
Yeah. Ape away.

10-02-2004, 18:10:09
Steal, steal from them all. :D

10-02-2004, 18:17:30
Stealing is good. And easy.

10-02-2004, 20:37:11

it is the most complete instrument

Jon Miller

Lazarus and the Gimp
10-02-2004, 21:01:35
No it isn't. Violins, Cellos etc have a greater range of tones, to say nothing of the human voice.

10-02-2004, 21:21:11
but you can't play multiple notes at once, nor harmonies and melodies

the piano can do all that by itself, it doesn't need anything else

Jon Miller

Scabrous Birdseed
10-02-2004, 21:55:37
But they're all in one texture- the electric guitar, for instance, can be made to sound like loads of different things.

Anyway it's all irrelevant since a good set of synths can blow any instrument out of the water for range, depth, variety and versatility. They're not portable and can't be used live but who cares?

11-02-2004, 00:56:22
It's all irrelevant. The range and depth come from what you play, not what you play it on.

Go for piano. It's easily the best musical grounding in my opinion (not that I ever did it myself). Music theory (which is important, no-matter what anyone else might say) is best studied on a piano. Teaching yourself will be hard as fuck btw. I've been 'teaching myself' guitar for about 8 years now, and I'm still rubbish.

11-02-2004, 02:14:55
So by the time I'm 67 I should be able to play 1 song. Assuming my arthritis doesn't prevent it.

11-02-2004, 09:48:53
Piano is harder to play than guitar, IMO - I'm a resonably competant guitarist, but rubbish on a piano.

If you've got a good ear for music, I'd say it's better to learn by listening than reading - you can get too attached to seeing the music in front of you and then you'll end up being technically very good, but useless when you don't have the score to work from - useless if you want to improvise.

11-02-2004, 13:16:30
Hmmm, unfortunately a piano may be most difficult to come by.

11-02-2004, 13:21:30
Guitar is easiest and pretty cheap to start out.

Lazarus and the Gimp
11-02-2004, 17:16:13
Get a kazoo.

11-02-2004, 20:50:22
A little green guy from Mars who floats around my shoulder and annoys the hell out of me?

Special Ed
11-02-2004, 22:19:45
Get a guitar. They're fun.

11-02-2004, 22:53:34

12-02-2004, 00:13:18
But people who play the piano have class. I could use some of that.

12-02-2004, 00:47:43
For learning to read music the piano is likely the best, but guitar is fun...whichever you would like playing is really the "best"

12-02-2004, 09:20:04
Whichever you like listening to is the best, if you don't like listening to it you'll get bored playing it more quickly.

12-02-2004, 17:32:21
If you play the guitar, people will expect you to sing as well. Does the Geneva Convention allow that?

12-02-2004, 17:37:53
It allows me to fart. I'm sure the offensive output would be about the same.

Lazarus and the Gimp
12-02-2004, 18:00:05
Do you have a problem with people assuming you're gay? If you don't, go ahead and play piano.

12-02-2004, 18:03:04
Also a good point. And one I was thinking of just a few hours ago. Unless you're really, REALLY good at the piano you look gay.