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What makes someone a player of an instrument?

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]
posted by winna on Aug 10, 2014 - 29 answers

Selling a cello, hoping to not lose a sister, too.

How do I tell my sister I'm selling our mother's cello? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Sep 24, 2013 - 59 answers

Logistics of having an instrument checked out before sale

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.
posted by juliapangolin on Sep 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me make a concerted effort

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]
posted by daisyk on May 1, 2013 - 6 answers

shipping a large, heavy package

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]
posted by koeselitz on Nov 15, 2012 - 15 answers

In a week or two, if you make the charts, the girls'll tear you apart

I want to learn to play an instrument. What's the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jul 7, 2012 - 14 answers

Resistors in a circuit--does it matter much?

Noob electronics question: Can I replace a 3Mohm 1/2 W resistor on a guitar pedal circuit with a 3.3Mohm resistor? [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete on Jan 29, 2012 - 18 answers

Looking for a biwa expert.

I'm looking for a biwa expert in the Cascades region. Portland is best, Seattle is fine, northern California is doable. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Dec 26, 2011 - 7 answers

Is an old 12-chord autoharp worth restoring?

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]
posted by valleys on Oct 4, 2011 - 12 answers

I would like to insure my musical instruments.

I would like to insure my musical instruments. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Sep 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Guitar History Detective?

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?
posted by timsteil on Jul 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Pants On Fire (Hopefully Soon)

Where can I get a detachable sheet-music holder for acoustic guitar, similar to the lyres used for instruments in marching bands? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on May 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Cello-tuning-filter

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.)
posted by hoyland on May 4, 2011 - 8 answers

For my new band Chinese Mystery Banjo

Help me identify this banjo-like instrument from China. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on May 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Bring music back into my life!

I'm in the market for a keyboard that is as piano-like as possible for around $1000. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by slide on Feb 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Bad vibes to ask for some protection?

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]
posted by palacewalls on Sep 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Recommendation for a tiny portable electric piano sought.

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]
posted by quarterframer on Sep 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Music for little fingers

Good electric (musical) keyboard for a 3-year-old girl? [more inside]
posted by svenx on Aug 23, 2010 - 5 answers

Is this Cello restorable to playable condition?

Is this Cello restorable to playable condition? [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on May 29, 2010 - 13 answers

When do we return the rental flute and buy?

When you do stop renting a children's musical instrument (flute) and just buy it? Where is the best source? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Mar 7, 2010 - 20 answers

How do I choose a clarinet to buy?

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.
posted by lockestockbarrel on Sep 13, 2009 - 11 answers

While my banjo mandolin gently weeps

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?
posted by Kerasia on Jul 13, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I avoid annoying the neighbors while I practice a musical instrument?

How do I avoid annoying the neighbors while I practice a musical instrument? [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym on Feb 15, 2009 - 25 answers

Rent a Guitar in D.C., is it possible?

I need to rent a Guitar (acousitc or electric) in Washington D.C., is it possible? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Jan 31, 2009 - 9 answers

Weight Lifter Musical Instrument Stand

Searching for Weight Lifter Music Instrument Stand [more inside]
posted by KRS on Aug 15, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me become an autoharpy

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]
posted by quatsch on Aug 5, 2008 - 10 answers

Help find antique dealer in SoCal for vintage guitar

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]
posted by InfidelZombie on Jun 12, 2008 - 1 answer

Wind Instrument Try-Before-Buy?

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.
posted by The Confessor on Apr 3, 2008 - 17 answers

How long does it take to learn the guitar?

How long does it take to learn the guitar? [more inside]
posted by CarlRossi on Mar 24, 2008 - 27 answers

David Bowie

Bass player. Long time pizzicato, first time arco. What do I need to know about my bow, specifically regarding rosin? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Mar 17, 2008 - 14 answers

I'm buying a drum set for the first time. What advice would you offer me?

AskMe Musicians - I'm buying a drum set for the first time. What advice would you offer me? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Feb 15, 2008 - 14 answers

Trumpet-playing in the century of the Interwebs

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]
posted by bobot on Dec 19, 2007 - 13 answers

Experience with a Boss DR-5 sound module?

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]
posted by sleepy pete on Dec 7, 2007 - 3 answers

da dum dum tsssshhh

I wanna learn the drums... [more inside]
posted by Neonshock on Nov 24, 2007 - 23 answers

Would this proposed guitar modification work?

Crazy idea for a modified guitar - has this been done? is it feasible? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Oct 9, 2007 - 24 answers

Kora (musical instrument) advice please.

Can anyone who has experience learning, buying or listening to a Kora (musical instrument) please share it? [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine on Aug 3, 2007 - 4 answers

Help me identify and hear a musical instrument I saw on TV about 20 years ago.

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?
posted by rdauphin on May 24, 2007 - 13 answers

Help my baby not get broke! Delicate musical instrument as airline baggage.

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]
posted by allterrainbrain on Dec 26, 2006 - 14 answers

Hack guitarist wants to become less of a hack.

What little things separate a hack guitarist from a decent one and how does one make the transition? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jan 10, 2006 - 24 answers

Can you teach yourself to play the drums?

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?
posted by gottabefunky on Jan 7, 2004 - 9 answers

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