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FullMetalGuitarist

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Playing on several instruments 

Addressing this question mainly to amateur musicians , but I'd like to hear pro's opinion as well.

How many people here play , in addition to a flamenco guitar, another musical instrument such as an electric guitar, violin , flute etc. ?

Do you think a person should focus only on one instrument or try himself on a variety of musical instruments ad music styles?
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rombsix

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

quote:

Do you think a person should focus only on one instrument or try himself on a variety of musical instruments ad music styles?


If you have the time, it would be great to take up more than one instrument because you would be able to achieve a good level of playing each instrument. If you have little time, then you will end up just fiddling around with several instruments rather than being good at one.

Cheers!

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Rmn

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

klarinet, violin, percussion, drums, bass, all sorts of guitar and south american stringed instruments. have a lot of high quality analog synths as well
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Ruphus

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

As a kid I would spontaneously get not too bad sounding stuff out of piano.

If in the mood ( and only then ) I can deliver up to pretty well on percussion. ( Got standing ovation. )
Also dipped toes into harmonica, - without achieving anything worth mentioning.

Guitar is my true love.
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My cousin performs on a bunch of wind instruments, including the weirdest ethno flutes. Plays the charanga and a fine guitar.

He is a much better explorer than I am.
The guitar alone is enough of a challenge to me.

Ruphus
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Doitsujin

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

To the title: You better do one thing very good than many things average. I think Confucius said something like that. ^^
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Ramon Amira

 

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

In addition to playing flamenco guitar and classical guitar, I also play a little piano. And one of these days I'm going to get myself a full-size piano.

Ramon

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chester

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to Doitsujin

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ORIGINAL: Doitsujin

To the title: You better do one thing very good than many things average. I think Confucius said something like that. ^^


That depends on what you consider 'one thing'. You can look at playing music as the 'one thing' and it doesn't matter how many instruments you play.

I think you should play everything and anything that you like playing. Don't worry about playing something because you think it's going to help you with something else, just do it out of love.

I play (or have played) in addition to the nylon string - electric guitar, trumpet, oboe, sax, and harmonica. There's nothing like the nylon string (for me anyway).
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Doitsujin

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to chester

quote:

That depends on what you consider 'one thing'. You can look at playing music as the 'one thing' and it doesn't matter how many instruments you play.


yeah, agree. ;)
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etta

 

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

Fiddle, bluegrass guitar, and play bluegrass, jazz, blues and rock on the banjo. When I returned to flamenco after many decades, I found that the facility I had developed with my right hand on the banjo was a plus for relearning flamenco guitar. I did find some interest in Spain in the five string banjo; Pedro Maldonado Jr. was especially interested and wanted to talk banjo while I was into his guitars.
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Ricardo

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

Understanding percussion is good for any musician or discipline.

At the same time I admit that too many people involved in flamenco think banging on a cajon is fun and easy....and that is really annoying to me.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 23 2012 16:24:46
 
Ruphus

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

Etta,

I have always been wondering about what the difference could be between playing fiddle or violine.
Care to explain?

Gracias,

Ruphus
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 23 2012 19:14:33
 
ArtZumer

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to Ricardo

I think its entirely plausable, especially if the instruments are of the same family (e.g. strings)

quote:

Understanding percussion is good for any musician or discipline.

At the same time I admit that too many people involved in flamenco think banging on a cajon is fun and easy....and that is really annoying to me.


So true, I bought a cajon a while ago and failed miserably. I've just started learning the Hang Drum which is in my opinion the perfect match between melody and percussion.

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Florian

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to ArtZumer

this is not advice for anyone else...each to their own...i guess if i was passionate about 2 instruments then it would be 2

but...i dont wanna spread my attention between 2 or 3 or 4 instruments ...i wanna just get the best i can at one, there is plenty there to keep me occupied ...I spend every spare moment on just one and still feel like i don't have enough time with it...i also do palmas a bit but that's not really another instrument ...the practice still counts towards flamenco guitar

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Adam

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to Ricardo

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ORIGINAL: Ricardo
At the same time I admit that too many people involved in flamenco think banging on a cajon is fun and easy....and that is really annoying to me.


Banging on a cajón is totally fun. Killjoy

Dude, more than one instrument? Christ, some of us have day jobs, ya know! I barely have enough time to practice flamenco...
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FullMetalGuitarist

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to Adam

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Dude, more than one instrument? Christ, some of us have day jobs, ya know! I barely have enough time to practice flamenco...


Yeh , with that I have to agree . . .
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Ricardo

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to Adam

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Dude, more than one instrument? Christ, some of us have day jobs, ya know! I barely have enough time to practice flamenco...


Hmm....what's this "day job" thing I keep hearing about....and people "going to work" ????....strange, I know nothing about this weird thing, sounds REALLY bad....well back to napping or practicing, eating, or having sex with my wife, which ever I feel at the moment.

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gaash

 

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

I play electric and piano as well ... once you know one, adding others is much much easier..
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britguy

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to Ricardo

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napping or practicing, eating, or having sex with my wife, which ever I feel at the moment


Eh, amigo! You missed out: 'having a glass of wine. . . ' Or does that come later?

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orsonw

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to Ricardo

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Understanding percussion is good for any musician or discipline.

At the same time I admit that too many people involved in flamenco think banging on a cajon is fun and easy....and that is really annoying to me.


Here is El Piraña one of the cajon maestros. There are some good cajon/palmas moments below, especially under the falsetas.
I think that Guadiana as well as being a great singer is a very good palmero and can of course be seen as a young man in many performances doing palmas along with Bobote.

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ArtZumer

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

A couple of months ago I saw Paco Pena when he came to town - his cajon player was probably the most astounding percussionist I've ever seen - anyone know his name?

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kikkoman

 

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RE: Playing on several instruments (in reply to Ruphus

they are the same thing

fiddle is another name for violin
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