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Mar 11 2008

Learn to Play an Instrument!

by Chris S

Music has been one of my passions since I was a small child, making up songs about space travel, dinosaurs, and the like.  In fifth grade I learned to play the trombone and stayed with it (despite the “band nerd” label) all the way through high school.  I also started playing acoustic guitar in 8th grade, and have continued that ever since, occasionally accompanying group singing or performing, but most often playing at home for my own enjoyment.  My wife and I recently acquired a very nice piano from my mother-in-law, and we both have the goal of learning to play well and teaching our children the same.  Music can add a wonderful dimension to your life, and using the library can help you learn an instrument.

Total Keyboard – a ten lesson introduction to learning piano or electronic keyboard with chapters on MIDI (computer) recording.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing Piano – no experience required.  Starts from the very beginning and guides you through the basics of music notation and the keyboard.  Includes a CD.

Bass Guitar for Dummies – learn how to provide the foundation of the modern pop/rock/jazz/funk band with a bass

Acoustic Guitar Songs for Dummies – the best way to learn is not (only) practicing scales and learning theory, but by playing songs you actually like.  Really just learning to play 3 or 4 chords can give you a large repertoire.  Just ask Johnny Cash or the Ramones!  (Or for a better response, a living person – but you get the idea!).  🙂

Don’t be shy about it.  Learn to play something!  And use your library to help you get started.

Oh, and there’s an entertaining article in this morning’s New York Times by mystery author Alexander McCall Smith about amateur musicians.

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Alison W. March 12, 2008 at 10:47 AM

I can attest to the fact that you can play many songs when you only know a few chords! I like the many guitar tab websites that will even change a song into a different key for you, so I can avoid the chords that my fingers just can’t do, like F or B7. I like these two the best:


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