Last year I quit my job and went freelance/work-from-home. I'm also single & early 30's, so healthy and no big commitments. One of the first things I did was bought the electric guitar (2 actually, an 8-string & 6-string acoustic), because I've always wanted to learn and it's something I can work on during downtime. Now I'm finally getting the expected downtime, and a question popped into my brain - what am I gonna do with this? Help me understand where knowing guitar can take me. [more inside]
What's the instrument that gives this Ry Cooder song its twangy quality? [more inside]
Here's an interview with Steven Universe creator Rebecca wherein she briefly plays an electronic instrument (at about 1:20) that I've never seen before. What is it?
I'm finally ready to part with a saxophone I no longer play, and I would like to have someone take a look at it beforehand to check it out and see if there is anything that needs fixing before it goes on the market. Anyone have any recommendations for who might be able to do that in Portland, OR?
I would like to learn to play a dizi, but I have no clue how to buy one or where to start. I'm in Seattle and can buy one locally or online, with a target budget of $50-$100. I'd like one that is easy to play (for someone with small hands and no wind instrument experience) and where the sound is nice by itself. Any suggestions? [more inside]
I was reading this thread and one of the comments struck me: 'these people just memorized some tabs, and can't actually play guitar.' It made me wonder what is the difference between playing an instrument and simply 'memorizing some riffs'? [more inside]
How do I tell my sister I'm selling our mother's cello? [more inside]
In the last 10 years, I've moved my french horn about twice as many times as I've played it, so I finally put it on craigslist. I have a few buyers interested, and they have asked to have it checked out by someone before purchasing. That seems entirely wise and I'm happy to comply, but I'm unsure of the logistics of how to do this. Obviously, I'm not going to just hand the instrument to some stranger who comes to my door and promises they'll bring a bunch of money back to me if they like what they see. On the other hand, the buyer probably wants to have actual contact with the person who does the checking, and not just take my word that everything is fine. What is the standard way to make this happen? I imagine it would be something like what happens when you get a prospective used car checked by your mechanic, but I don't know how that really works either. Bonus question: I assume somebody has to pay the guy to look at the horn... buyer, right? I would also like to spend as little time as possible dealing with this.
I got a concertina for my birthday. Hooray! But I need a bit of help working out what type it is. Once we've cleared that up, could you recommend good books or other resources for learning to play it? Pictures here. [more inside]
I am considering purchasing a large and heavy item on Ebay that is listed as "local pick-up only," and then finding and paying a shipping company to pick up the item and ship it to me. Good idea or bad idea? And, if feasible, what would be the best way to manage this? [more inside]
I want to learn to play an instrument. What's the best way to go about this? [more inside]
Noob electronics question: Can I replace a 3Mohm 1/2 W resistor on a guitar pedal circuit with a 3.3Mohm resistor? [more inside]
I'm looking for a biwa expert in the Cascades region. Portland is best, Seattle is fine, northern California is doable. [more inside]
I was just given a 12-chord autoharp, not in great shape. How do I figure out if it's worth salvaging, and if so, what are some good resources for learning to play? [more inside]
I would like to insure my musical instruments. [more inside]
About 20 years ago while working at a guitar store, a guy sold us his stuff, and in the case was a piece of weirdness. A small black plastic box called the "Geraci Keetaar Converter" It has six keys, with corresponding felt tipped hammers below, and is mean to be mounted to the top, and over the neck of the guitar, and allow you to use the hammers to sound the strings instead of your fingers or a pick. Tried it once, and it was sort of a neat effect. The only other info is it says "Norwood Company, Morton Grove IL. Patent Pending" I have never been able to find any info on this thing, nor the company. Has anyone even HEARD of this particular piece of wonderful weirdness?
Where can I get a detachable sheet-music holder for acoustic guitar, similar to the lyres used for instruments in marching bands? [more inside]
I'm putting a new string on my cello for the first time. How close should I be able to get with the pegs before switching to the fine tuners? In other words, how powerful are the finer tuners? (It might be cello-dependent, I don't know.)
Help me identify this banjo-like instrument from China. [more inside]
I'm in the market for a keyboard that is as piano-like as possible for around $1000. Recommendations? [more inside]
I am lending a musical instrument to a local touring band. I should have the tour manager sign some sort of contract/agreement. Right? What should such an 'agreement' say? [more inside]
I'm looking for a tiny, tiny portable keyboard with a decent onboard piano or organ sound. Ideally 25 keys, more would be fine if it uses mini keys. Use scenario is something I can pull out of my bike bag to have for random moments where I'm trying to work out a musical idea. [more inside]
Good electric (musical) keyboard for a 3-year-old girl? [more inside]
Is this Cello restorable to playable condition? [more inside]
When you do stop renting a children's musical instrument (flute) and just buy it? Where is the best source? [more inside]
I want to learn to play the clarinet. How do I choose a clarinet to buy? I have no experience with wind instruments (I'm 26). While I've got no aspirations of becoming a jazz legend, I want a clarinet with reasonably good sound quality. Are more expensive ones generally easier to play? Are used as good as new, or do I have to worry about identifying and replacing worn out parts? What other supplies will I need right off the bat? Also, I live in Mexico so I think I will have to buy online and not try it out beforehand.
I have just been gifted a beloved and much missed late relative's 8-string banjo mandolin. The relative bought the instrument (used) in the early-mid 1970s and died soon after. Despite googling the universe I cannot find out anything about the instrument or maker. On the head it says "Wayne" in a horizontal scroll and then vertically underneath, "Dixie". I'd love to know more about the instrument. Anyone heard of Wayne Dixie banjo mandolins?
How do I avoid annoying the neighbors while I practice a musical instrument? [more inside]
I need to rent a Guitar (acousitc or electric) in Washington D.C., is it possible? [more inside]
Searching for Weight Lifter Music Instrument Stand [more inside]
I recently purchased a used autoharp, and it's been languishing in a corner as I try to figure out how to get started with it. [more inside]
Help me find an antique dealer/auction house in the Southern California area that specializes in vintage musical instruments and/or country music memorabilia. [more inside]
Is it reasonable to expect to be able to try a wind instrument before buying it? I just bought a 'Gill' Wooden Sopranino recorder (Baroque fingering, of course) from a store in Boston without doing so, and got back to find that the lowest G and B notes (eq. to D and F# on C-tuned instruments) are so out of tune as to be unusable. I'll try to request a replacement since it was a $40 investment, but since I'm looking to purchase other such instruments in the future I'd like to know more about the ground rules.
How long does it take to learn the guitar? [more inside]
Bass player. Long time pizzicato, first time arco. What do I need to know about my bow, specifically regarding rosin? [more inside]
AskMe Musicians - I'm buying a drum set for the first time. What advice would you offer me? [more inside]
I haven't played trumpet since I was a senior in high school in 1994. Recently, I picked up a good used student horn on eBay and am excited to start practicing again. Trumpet players of the green, I ask you- what are your favorite websites? [more inside]
Does anyone have experience with a Boss DR-5 sound module? Are there other sound modules worth checking out that are in the same price range/usability/portability scale? [more inside]
I wanna learn the drums... [more inside]
Crazy idea for a modified guitar - has this been done? is it feasible? [more inside]
Can anyone who has experience learning, buying or listening to a Kora (musical instrument) please share it? [more inside]
Singer Linda Ronstadt appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson years ago (20 or more?). She sang a song that was accompanied by a strange looking instrument. My faulty memory bank says it looked like a ceramic pot turning on a horizontal rotisserie! Can you help me identify it...show me a picture...let me hear it?
The great musical-instrument-on-plane paradox. How do you prepare (what case[s] do you buy and what strategies do you develop) when you need to travel on many different kinds/scales of airlines, with a delicate wooden instrument that MAY or MAY NOT be allowed as carry-on baggage (depending on circumstance, how full the plane is, and how much or little the inspectors care that it looks large, solid and "middle eastern")? [more inside]
What little things separate a hack guitarist from a decent one and how does one make the transition? [more inside]
Any drummers out there? I've been wanting to learn to play the drums for a long time. I have a solid musical background - years of piano, saxophone, and guitar - and a good sense of timing. Without much spare cash for lessons, I'm wondering if it's possible to teach yourself to play. If so, any good instructional books/CDs/techniques? And what about a starter kit - features, brands, models, price range?