So ... who else is going to learn a new instrument this year?

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This week I chanced upon a couple of bands I hadn't heard before, and my head has really been turned by the Mandolin. I thought what the hell just buy one and give it a go!

I haven't bought one yet, but I'm actively looking.

Anyone else up for a new instrument challenge?


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  • BenSirAmosBenSirAmos Frets: 283
    I've bought a Jsax - that's a beginner plastic sax.  It will help me develop my embouchure before I lay out loads of money on the real thing.

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  • mrkbmrkb Frets: 2153
    I’m trying to learn to play in Open G, so it might as well be a new instrument - all the notes are in the wrong place!
    Karma......
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 10304
    learning piano, though technically I bought it a couple of weeks before xmas, but still. 

    I'm not locked in here with you, you are locked in here with me.

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  • NeillNeill Frets: 723
    axisus said:
    This week I chanced upon a couple of bands I hadn't heard before, and my head has really been turned by the Mandolin. I thought what the hell just buy one and give it a go!

    I haven't bought one yet, but I'm actively looking.

    Anyone else up for a new instrument challenge?


    I resolve to do this every year, then wise up and decide I should perhaps learn to play the guitar properly.

    Mandolin is a good choice though, I actually learned the Mandolin before I got a guitar and it's good fun but even harder on the finger ends... 
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  • phil_bphil_b Frets: 1769
    im still trying to learn guitar
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 4096
    phil_b said:
    im still trying to learn guitar

    Me too.  The E minor chord is proving to be a bit of a challenge......
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

    Nil Satis Nisi Optimum

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  • Piano too. Well, it’s not new as I had lessons up to garde 2 at 11 years old. So it’s relearning. With the keyboard my children got for xmas. Knowledge of notes and chords learnt via the guitar is helping. Also with the Udemy lessons, I’m learning to read music notation. To think I could sight read and play Mozart at 11, and I let all that go, big regret, but I had no patience for the practice at the time. Perhaps if it wasn’t all classical music that was taught, I may have had more enthusiasm.
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  • bencowling81bencowling81 Frets: 259
    edited January 12
    mrkb said:
    I’m trying to learn to play in Open G, so it might as well be a new instrument - all the notes are in the wrong place!
    Next try Open Gsus, worth the effort just for The Rain Song I reckon. For some reason I always seem to get best feedback from non-guitarists when I play in alternate tunings. Dunno why.
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  • Piano too. Well, I actually started last June. Passed grade 2 in November, so this year's goal is grade 3.
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  • DavidRDavidR Frets: 114
    mrkb said:
    I’m trying to learn to play in Open G, so it might as well be a new instrument - all the notes are in the wrong place!
    Try and find 'Special Rider' by Skip James. Really lovely bit of Blues by Skip James in open G and not hugely difficult. It's on musicnoteslib.com.
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 29504
    edited January 13
    Not, but I'm cracking on with my M.Mus. in composition, so I am learning to compose for a whole load of new instruments, even though I'm not really playing them.

    I'm thankful for the Spitfire orchestral libraries- they are absolutely fantastic.
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  • slackerslacker Frets: 1435
    Ive set up my piano in the music room. Again. Maybe i'll progress a bit more than last time.
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  • SolgateSolgate Frets: 3
    Guitar is my new instrument! Having been a professional musician (percussionist) for 20 years I’m loving the challenge of a new instrument! Started with an acoustic last year and got myself a Tele for Christmas which I love!! 
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  • DiscoStuDiscoStu Frets: 4126
    I've started piano again. I tried years ago and failed and it's an ideal way to spend my furlough time.
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 348
    I've just picked up an e drum kit and starting to learn drums.  Partly to help improve my sense of timing in general, which I hope will transfer to the guitar as well.  Enjoying it so far.  
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  • Working on my drum chops, and have gone back to singing too.
    Hurt, embarrassed, and angry, Digitalscream responds by hitting Bridgehouse in the face with a frying pan and then throwing him out of their home.
    TACOMA NARROWS BRIDGE DISASTER
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  • droflufdrofluf Frets: 1120
    Gone the other way; sold my mandolins last year and trying to focus on guitar. 
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  • NyquistNyquist Frets: 1
    I spent the second half of last year learning the Hammond organ. I never learned the piano when I was younger but I have had synths and midi keyboards around the house for the past 20 years (and played synths live a couple of times) so I though it was time to learn properly. So I will keep doing that in 2021.
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  • TeetonetalTeetonetal Frets: 6816
    Not really a new instrument, but I am going to put serious effort into getting better on the drums. I think I am done with the guitar for now - with no band, no gigs so there is no fun to be had :) so I'd like to come out of the Covid years with some serious drumming chops. 

    I suspect I will fail entirely with this objective, but I will at least try!!
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  • Yet another one having a second go at learning piano. I bought it last year expecting to be furloughed but wound up busier than ever. I got to a certain place and then stopped for some reason.

    I've started again, with a new year's resolution to play something every day. Managed it so far, and I've already got further than I did last time.

    I also quite fancy having another pop at the clarinet. I took lessons in that 40 years ago, and again started to get quite far, but work got way too busy and it slowly slipped away. I did enjoy playing it, though, and I'd love to get good at it.
    If you must have sex with a frog, wear a condom. If you want the frog to have fun, rib it.
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  • MuxMux Frets: 1
    Well I started the clarinet last Autumn so hopefully make some progress on that - its really difficult compared to Sax and flute and also try to put some effort into the keyboard # Piano 
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  • midlifecrisismidlifecrisis Frets: 2178
    i bought a cello in november and im slowly teaching myself, 
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  • TeleMasterTeleMaster Frets: 3799
    Been working on synth since the beginning of the year. Really enjoying it. I’ve got a Grandmother, a Cobalt 8 and a Novation Summit now. Also have a Maschine +. 

    I’ve got all I’ll ever need. 
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  • proggyproggy Frets: 3759
    Being as I've just been told I have Osteoarthritis in my left hand, I might be putting a bit more effort into learning the harmonica. I can play it a bit, but not very well.
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