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Old 08-09-2009, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Where does one start to learn to play an instrument?

Hello everyone.

I have never taken music classes, don't know very much about music ( other than listening ), but I am very interested in learning to play an instrument now.

Where does one start?

Is it possible to read a few books, learn how to read music, and practice/play any instrument?

I'm particularly interested in woodwind instruments.

Can't find very much info on that, mostly guitar books out there.

And there are so many out there, it's all confusing (what are "music theory" books for instance?)

Would appreciate any advice on how to start out. Thanks!!
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Old 08-09-2009, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you're interested in theory and such the piano would be your best bet.
It's easily the most beneficial instrument out there and once you can play piano understanding other instruments and music as a whole is a lot easier.
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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^ This.

Also, yes there are heaps of basic music theory books, if you are really interested in theory. But there are plenty of people who learn instruments without the theory aspect. It all depends on what instrument you want to learn. Unfortunately I don't know anything about woodwind instruments.
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ultimately it depends on the kind of person you are. have you ever taught yourself anything in the past or do you need a teacher to validate your findings as 'correct'?

for a woodwind i'd suggest getting a teacher for a few basic sessions at the very least. i've got a beat up old clarinet here and i've never managed to make sound come out of it. i've read tutorials, checked out videos, etc. etc. it's a lot more complicated than guitar or piano where the general physical requirement to make the sound is 'press your fingers here'. with woodwinds you need to condition the reeds first, you need to setup the mouthpiece properly for the size and shape of your own mouth, and that's just to hopefully get ANY sound to emit from the instrument.

i wouldn't necessarily sign up for a class or anything but a handful of beginner lessons would likely be far more beneficial than trying to learn a woodwind on your own.

theory is universal it's about how the different tones and notes relate to each other within scales and chords etc. most books probably base themselves around the piano as it's the easiest to learn theory with.
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Old 08-15-2009, 09:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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listen to mr dave that was good advice
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