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Xiaolinn
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posted: 8/27/2005 at 10:53:13 PM ET
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I wanna learm more about music, I wanna learn to play an instrument and express my self. Can any body help me out, whats the best way to start. I like the idea of the guitar or piano, but the notes look like a foreign language to me, and I heard that reading music the easier if your good at maths, Im not!

suzyq
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posted: 8/27/2005 at 11:45:40 PM ET
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Welcome to the music lovers site.

What would you really like to learn, guitar, piano or another instrument. All those little lines and circles that can look like some sort of mystery actually make music once you learn to sight-read. This takes time and practice - this is coming from someone who never thought it would be possible to make sense of those mysterious lines and circles. I have quite a way to go, but I'm getting there. And so will you once you start music lessons with a good teacher.

Are you in school, if so does your school have a band - that's a good place to start.

There will be others who teach music and have a greater knowledge than I do giving suggestions.

Just wanted to let you know that if I can do it so can you.

Hope this helps a little.

Pete
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posted: 8/28/2005 at 12:48:11 AM ET
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""All those little lines and circles that can look like some sort of mystery actually make music once you learn to sight-read. This takes time and practice "" Hey, breathing takes time, and a little practise.
suzyq! it ain't so! I can have a seven year old kid who has never touched a musical instrument before reading and playing a line of notes in 20 minutes. The secret is they are all crotchets, and all on the treble clef.
So what? Then you tackle the note values, then the ledger lines, then the bass clef, and so it goes. Little by little, it gets done, bit by bit, it gets easier.
The most important thing is to choose music you like, and play it on an instrument you love, with a teacher you worship.
OK, I overstated the worship bit..but the rest will work for you.


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suzyq
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posted: 8/28/2005 at 10:38:49 AM ET
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Thanks Pete,

Glad you replied - you teach music and can help us all. I was just trying to encourage our new friend. When I first started to learn to play the piano, my teacher insisted that I learn to sigh-read, and it's something I found difficult at first and that's the way those lines and circles seemed to me even though I knew better. Sight-reading is finnaly happening - still have a way to go. Have trouble with notes that are above and below the staff, but that will come with practice.

I agree with you about 7 year olds. I use to pick out simple melodies by ear and I probably drove my father nuts. If we could be "childlike" when learning as an adult, maybe progress would be a little faster. Don't know if this is so, you are the voice of knowledge and experience. Thanks.

Pete
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posted: 8/28/2005 at 6:01:46 PM ET
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...on the down side, suzyq, I had a ADHD 7 year old throw an eraser in my eye last week.
(I changed the above, and used the word "'eraser"" at the agitated prompting of my wife, who checks what I write occasionly, because I had forgotten that what you call an eraser, we call a rubber. Our 7 year olds arn't quite that advanced)


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suzyq
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posted: 8/28/2005 at 6:18:13 PM ET
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Pete,

Hope you have recovered from your eye injury, that couldn't have been much fun.

Have to say when I first started music lessons, I never thought I'd ever make any sense of reading music and thanks to my teacher - I'm finally reading and playing those little lines and circles. As I said in a previous post, still have a way to go, but I'm making progress. Hope the newest member of our happy group checks back with us.



Xiaolinn
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posted: 9/1/2005 at 7:00:03 PM ET
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Hello Suzyq, Pete,
Thanks for the advice, I enjoyed the banter too. I feel slightly better about my predicament. To answer you question suzyq about my preferred instrument, I like the flexibility of the guitar but also the range you can get on a piano, though its not as easy to carry around. Pete I understand totally what you mean about kids, but they're like sponges, i think your right about a good teacher though, my school days are over so I'll need to find someone else, pherhaps an ex-teacher!.
I did play an instrument at school, the recorder, but its such a dull instrument I lost heart. thanks anyway guys, if you have anymore pearls of wisdom toss them my way, by the way we call them rubbers too!!!

suzyq
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posted: 9/1/2005 at 7:56:23 PM ET
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Hi,

Hope you find a good teacher and that you continue to study music.

My only pearls of wisdom if that's what it is, is too keep learning and play the guitar - the thought of carrying a piano around - that would make a good comedy act. I can't even push mine it's so heavy.

Keep us up-to-date.


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