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You DONT play an instrument, which one would you like to play.

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Initial post: Mar 15, 2012 5:12:00 AM PDT
RCB says:
If time allowed, Id take up the upright base

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 3:15:35 PM PDT
If I played JAZZ:
because it can be used both as a part of the rhytm section and as a solo instrument... so I would be a jack of all trades...

because my all time favorite works of music is Bach solo stuff for violin.
The piano of course is also very attractive, because the repertoire is so large.

I actually play PUNK ROCK on an
electric guitar
from time to time. I'm lousy at it, but I'm having fun...

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 4:04:53 PM PDT
I'd like to play the serpent because, as far as I am aware, I would be the only one in jazz. Or the bassoon. Or the tuba. There aren't many guys around who play either of those two instruments either so there should be a fair amount of work around for those as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2012 5:28:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 16, 2012 5:28:27 PM PDT
Michel Godard, the French tuba player, also plays the serpent. And quite a lot, from what I gather. And my pick for all-time best jazz bassoonist (you're absolutely right, they are few and far between) goes to the late Ken McIntyre. Primarily known as an altoist, but his 70s SteepleChase recordings do feature a nice amount of the former instrument...

That said, I, too, wish that I could play the double bass.

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 4:29:48 AM PDT
inner exile says:

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 6:04:47 AM PDT
RCB says:
Vibraphone would have been my second choice. I saw the MJQ quite a few times but after seeing Ray Brown with the Oscar Peterson Trio and with Gene Harris group, I was sold on the bass.

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 9:34:36 AM PDT
inner exile says:
If interested, you can track down a rare double bass - vibraphone duo, featuring the late great Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and his fellow compatriot Louis Hjulmand on "Play with Us" (1987, Olufsen).

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 10:09:40 AM PDT
Upright bass would be my second choice, behind Electric Bass Guitar (ala Jaco). I find the electric version translates better to music outside of acoustic jazz.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 1:08:48 PM PDT

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 2:27:05 PM PDT
EarlRandy says:

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2012 11:09:32 PM PDT
Robert Cox says:
You surprise me Jeffery
I thought you'd go for a horn.
My choice would be piano. I wish I had been more interested when I had lessons as a child. Mind you I had teacher who would put anyone off. What 9 year old wants to learn scales! Funnily enough I now know how important they were!
I do enjoy playing my guitar though where no one can hear me.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 3:38:31 AM PDT
Piano, a la Bud.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2012 2:35:38 AM PDT
Nope Robert , guitar. It's always been guitar in my air-dreams. EVERYone hears mine. In my dreams. [Big Smile!}

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 6:49:13 AM PDT
Guitar it is. (I tried, took lessons, but was beyond hopeless..)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012 5:44:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 15, 2012 5:46:49 PM PDT
"serpent, bassoon Or the tuba... There aren't many guys around who play either of those two instruments either so there should be a fair amount of work around"

Yeah, that's the reason I recently started playing the salmon. Its a difficult instrument to play, but when tuned properly it has great tonal qualities. Preparation is the key. Never boil the salmon as it tends to be bland. A lemon-butter rub seems to work the best.

There aren't many written works or arrangements that include the salmon, but that really doesn't bother me since I enjoy improvising on the spot. Its rumored that Charles Mingus wrote a piece for the salty cuisine, but just before the debut performance, a member of the stage crew accidentally ate the instrument. An uncooked chicken breast was substituted and the unaware audience was unable to tell the difference. The number was later renamed "Eat that Chicken." I actually encourage the crew to eat my instrument during rehearsal as its a convenient excuse to get out of practicing.

When performing for live audiences I always keep spare salmon iced down in the trunk of my car to counter this mishap. Its tough going, beating off the alley cats and getting back to the stage, but its only happened once.

So far, so good.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 8:22:03 AM PDT
You can't tuna salmon.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 10:00:30 AM PDT
RCB says:
Thankx Studebacher official chuckle for the day

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2012 3:55:50 PM PDT
Think outside the bun.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 4:48:44 PM PDT
Phil Perrin says:
Back in the day,I was a terrible cellist,then a terrible guitarist. I took cello lessons in grade school,then guitar lessons in jr. high. But what I really wanted to play was the bass!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2012 2:16:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2012 2:24:23 PM PDT
Jerlaw says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2012 3:55:35 PM PDT

Good to see you back. Your wit and wisdom is always a source of profound wonderment.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2012 7:06:41 PM PDT
Jerlaw says:
I am not back, & I don't quite understand why you think I am. However, I DO appreciate your understanding.


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 11:33:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 14, 2012 11:39:28 AM PDT
Jerlaw says:
hey susan;
Sorry if I was a little short with you yesterday. You are a woermaster, & can say in n10 words what takes me a lot more. Yes, I AM leaving; but not because I harbor any grudges against anyone. Now that I've had to retire because of osteoarthritis in my fingers, I am playing alto which I did years ago. But I will never achieve what
I did on guitar. But that's OK...soon I will be jamming with the local jazz musicians.

But I digress.I'm 70, my wife of less than 2 yrs. & almost 15 yrs. my junior, is wonderful, & I don't want to do what I did with my first wife. I was away all the time & neglected my duties as a father, & now grandfather of two, who I can spoil to my hearts'

So because of that, my posts on Amazon will be, at best, few & far between.

I'm sure you understand, & until we meet again, I wish you all the best.I'll keep this thread open so as not to lose touch.

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