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Topic: Choosing Instrument for a 57 yr old women
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AuthorTopic:   Choosing Instrument for a 57 yr old women
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New England

posted: 9/18/2005 at 11:11:18 PM ET
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I have never had any musical training but find it is something I would love to be able to do spend some time with music I make. I am very interested in Celtic music. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks


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posted: 9/18/2005 at 11:35:03 PM ET
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You mention that you are interested in Irish music, have you given any thought to the Irish Harp, it's a beautiful instrument and I love to hear it played.

But when it comes to deciding what to learn, only you can make that decision. We can make suggestions, but in the end it will be something you've always wanted to learn. That way you'll enjoy all it takes to learn to play the instrument of your choice. Keep in touch and let us know what you decide.

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North Coast NSW, Australia

posted: 9/18/2005 at 11:52:43 PM ET
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Hi, Sanda, and welcome. When I read the post, I thought Harp, and Lo!, suzyq has beaten me to the suggestion. Bodrun (sp?) the Celtic Drum is popular down here, with a major proportion of early Australian settlers (and convicts) of Celtic origin.
Tin-whistle, flute, and descant recorder are also very popular, and there is a whole anglo-celtic late 18th, and 19th century music genre called "'Bushmusic"", and ""Bushdancing"" which features the music of Celtic pioneers and bushrangers (outlaws, ie: Ned Kelly).
Any of these instruments are easy to learn, and fun to play.

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Ashley PA

posted: 9/20/2005 at 8:48:51 PM ET
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Hi Sandra, and welcome to the late bloomers club. Those of us learning music or an instrument later in life. The Guitar is also played in celtic music, but I like suzyq's suggestion of the harp. Good luck with whatever you choose.

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posted: 9/21/2005 at 5:44:50 PM ET
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well at first I would recomend bagpipes then I realize that u were 50?. So Thoses won't be any good for you. I would play the penny whistle because personally I like it and I play it. so that is my advice.

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posted: 9/25/2005 at 8:10:34 AM ET
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I'm 52 and have just started the recorder... you can teach yourself easily enough. When it's played well the recorder is a gorgeous instrument. The descant is small so you can carry it with you and you can quickly learn to play almost recognisable tunes (well when given small hints people recognise what I'm trying to play and I've only been playing 2 weeks, half an hour each day)... It depends on how much time you have to practise and how much you want to spend on lessons and the instrument. Recorders (at least ones you can learn on) are cheap. I practise the fingering when I'm watching TV and carry the music with me to practise reading that on the train for example. It's fun.

The only disadvantage of blowy instruments like the recorder is that you can't sing at the same time - as you can with the harp. In my case, not being able to sing at the same time is a blessing as I have a terrible voice!

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