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Topic: Choice of Instruments
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posted: 2/21/2005 at 6:37:43 AM ET
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I'm 16 and new to music. I played the recorder and the xylophone, but that's kid stuff and ancient history besides. I want to choose an instrument that's very popular, a good introduction to music, fairly easy to learn and master after, say, 6 months, and not too expensive. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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posted: 2/21/2005 at 12:35:12 PM ET
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Do you realize that good musicians, uhh, in fact weak musicians, work for YEARS to get where they are? and you want to do it 6 months? A inexpensive good instrument will cost around $900 new. That's for a student model. Better instruments are higher. There are many accomplished musicians who play the percussion keyboard (xylophone).
Frankly I'm offended that you think you can pick up just any old thing and MASTER it in 6 months.
Go to the local band director in your school and consult with him/her. If not that find an instrumentalist in the area you know and talk to them.

Jezz MASTER in 6 months. Sorry, but get real.

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posted: 2/22/2005 at 9:28:14 AM ET
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Have to agree with maintube on this one. You're crazy to think that you can master any instrument, even your voice, in six months.

Come to think of it, I can't think of anything, in any area of study, that can be mastered in six months. People go to school and study for years and years to know what they know (in any subject) an I'll bet if you asked them, they would admit that there's so much more they need to know that they would not even consider themselves a master.

It's nice - delusional, perhaps, but nice - to have dreams, but at some point you'll need to get a grasp on the reality that unless you're somekind of serious prodigy, you're not gonna master anything without putting years or decades of effort into it.

Sorry to burst your bubble.

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posted: 2/23/2005 at 12:16:06 PM ET
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I think choosing an instrument to play is a very personal one. You should choose one that interests you. That way you'll be more apt to practice and enjoy yourself when you practice. Keep those expectations realistic though. Good luck.

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