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HeadRush 02-15-2009 08:28 PM

Multi-Instrumental people
I was just wondering how many drummers don't spend all their musical time with drumming?
and what other instruments do you all play?

At the moment, I know how to play guitar keyboard and bass and am in the process of learning trumpet.

and I can pretty much play all of those well enough to play either one in a band. but of course I prefer trumpet.

so I was just wondering what people on this forum play as well and how long.

Wavelength 02-15-2009 09:23 PM

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I play the piano, the guitar and the bass to a certain extent. In other words, I know how the instruments work, and if I have enough time to rehearse the material, I can play them fairly functionally. I used to dabble with the guitar before taking up the drums, so that's the most familiar of my secondary instruments.

Oh yeah, I also own a tin whistle, but I haven't had the time to start working on it yet.

HeadRush 02-15-2009 09:38 PM

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oh that's pretty cool

bojangleman 02-15-2009 10:30 PM

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i could play guitar(rhythm or lead) in a band if i had the chance
and the same with bass...im a pretty good bassist...(not meaning to brag)

i can pick things out on the piano, but am no where near a pianist..lol

and drums of course!


Bryan77 02-16-2009 05:06 AM

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I've been playing the piano for 9 years, bass for 4 years, and of course drums for 1 and a half years. I'm only 13 but this is my life and I am already being noticed by people at colleges.

HeadRush 02-16-2009 05:27 AM

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oh that's really cool
the only thing I've really been noticed by is movie makers (my brother is going into the film industry)
I've worked on some film scores and am writing for a sitcom right now
I'm fifteen by the way

nacdrummer3 02-16-2009 07:33 AM

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Well for me its obviously the drums (my main instrument)
i also play trumpet, trombone, and a bit of french horn.
i currently want to pick up the piano and bass

Daphfz 02-16-2009 10:03 AM

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I play drums, guitar, bass guitar, double bass, violin, dabble in trumpet + piano, can play some flute and a little sax :)

Clayton_C 02-16-2009 10:05 AM

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Marimba/Vibes, Piano, pretty much any keyboard instrument.

A very basic understanding of guitar.

Yeah. That's about it. I've also tried my hand at harmonica, zither, and recorder. And I played a trumpet for a few hours once and decided that if I had the opportunity to learn another instrument, that would be it.

Naigewron 02-16-2009 11:57 AM

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Let's see:

Lifelong passion. I started as a kid, then gave it up for a few years during my teens before picking up the sticks again around the age of 21 (currently 28 years old)

15 years (still playing)

7-8 years (quit in my early teens, but I can still find my way around a keyboard)

4-5 years. Started playing the trumpet when I joined a marching band at around 9 years old, but ditched that after a few years and moved on to...

Baritone horn/Euphonium:
6 years, from my early teens until I quit my last marching band at 19

Never had any real training, and I've never been a lead singer, but I've always enjoyed singing, and I sing backup from time to time.

And of course, since I can play drums, guitar, piano and trumpet, I can make useable sounds on most percussion instruments, organs, bass guitars and most brass horns. I wouldn't really say that I can play those instruments though, I can only say I know how they work and can do basic stuff on them.

eddiehimself 02-16-2009 01:21 PM

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I play the guitar and the bass too. As for singing, I think i'm okay at that. I used to be terrible at high notes and i thought it was just my voice but since i've started doing CV workouts at the gym i've become much better at it so really i could sing the high notes all along, i just didn't have the lung power which i have now. So yeah definetly reccomend that to anyone who wants to try singing.

Royal 02-16-2009 02:18 PM

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Piano, Drums (Main instrument) & saxophone. Some singing.
Can knock out a tune or two on guitars but I don't really count that.

Piano....learnt from very early age...then added drums when I was old enough to know what I liked, added sax because I love the sound.

AndrewAmazed 02-16-2009 04:35 PM

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mm Interesting

My parents got me some piano lessons when i was in elementary...but I forgot all those.

Nowadays I play

Baritone/Euphonium - Mainly school band
Trombone/Trumpet - Picked up for Jazz Band
Marching Snare/Bass - Marching Band
Drum Set - Everything else and hobby...

Can't find much to say currently but thats what it is.

HeadRush 02-16-2009 07:57 PM

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hey thanks for all these replies
I've always wondered who else played more then just the drums
it's cool that you all have diversified your talents

Bryan77 02-17-2009 12:14 AM

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That's awesome that you're writing a sitcom headrush. Good luck with that

HeadRush 02-17-2009 02:54 AM

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I'm just writing the music for it
and it's only in the beginning of production

DrummerDavid 02-17-2009 04:26 AM

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I just do drums.

I did try and learn guitar at one time..I can some basic chords and stuff...but thats about it.

deadbirdsoup 02-19-2009 09:02 PM

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My second love is playing the guitar. Probably been playing for 3-4 years now, never had a proper lesson in my life for it, I just play along to songs or improvise. I think it really helps knowing how another instrument works, especially for jam situations. I've also had a bass lying about my room for a bit a few times, tended just to muck about on that, could play the basics, maybe some slapping!

Drums are probably coming up to 9 years now I would say (18 years old). I used to go to piano lessons (before drums), but can't remember much from that. I could probably play something if someone demonstated it first (nothing to hard).

I was also noticed by Berklee, but I turned that one down.

Rezn8 02-19-2009 09:40 PM

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It all started with the drums and percussion... which led to acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keys, singer/songwriter/composer,as well as live sound/studio engineering/producing/consulting... and a little bit of harmonica and didgeridoo from time to time.

darkstar442 02-19-2009 10:53 PM

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i play guitar and i used to play some other sones but i play guitar for about 3-5 hours and drums about 3-5 hours a day. music is my life.

drummerchick435 02-20-2009 12:53 AM

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I can play a bit of piano and bass. I took piano lessons for 2 years before I started playing drums. I sometimes sing in choirs but never solo.

Bryan77 02-20-2009 02:43 AM

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Originally Posted by darkstar442 (Post 542956)
i play guitar and i used to play some other sones but i play guitar for about 3-5 hours and drums about 3-5 hours a day. music is my life.

Me to man, me to. Except I play piano, bass and drums and I don't watch any t.v or play any games and I will eat and play at the same time. The only time I will watch t.v is at night before I got to bed. Music is my life to.

Lachrymologist 02-20-2009 03:25 AM

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Played the trumpet for about 3 and a half years, put it down for a couple years, and picked it up again a month or two ago.
I've been playing drums for about a year and a half and I enjoy dabbling in bass when jamming with friends and will probably pick one up before too long.

gusty 02-20-2009 04:14 AM

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Piano...im ok at it. I've been mucking around on the marimba a bit, not too hard since its just a combination of drums and piano.

Pavlos 02-20-2009 04:11 PM

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I've been playing keyboards (piano) quite a bit longer than drums. Piano lessons started at 10 and I didn't start drums until I was 20. Technically I probably know more Piano since I can read music for that but never learned to read drum music, but I spend much more time playing drums. Still fun to hop on the keys now and soft synths are especially fun.

For some reason, I never had the urge to be in a band playing keyboards, but for drums I definetely do.

BrutalKid 02-22-2009 03:48 PM

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I play my CDs...
...and I sing everyday for hours and hours

drumnoob 03-03-2009 04:28 PM

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I actually just came to drums last fall from dabbling in guitar for like 10 years. Never had a lesson, just picked up a lot of stuff along the way (my college roommate was a sick guitar player, and my best friend is now becoming a very capable player--hence my switch to drums). I have a really basic understanding of root notes, scales and modes--just enough so if like an E power chord is being played, I know where to start playing some VERY basic lead noodling. My left hand is pretty clunky and uncoordinated, but I can dish out some pretty chunky palm muting (metal has always been my thing). I guess I can play bass a little bit (root notes--every guitar player should be able to play at least a little bass by default).

It really helps knowing my way around guitar. I can write riffs, so then my friend can play them and build on them while I play the drums. It's easier to say, "Hey, start with that open E-string palm-muted tremolo riff" than "Hey, do that weird chunky thing you were doing earlier that's kind of fast."

I also have recorded some really basic but many-layered and spacy (read: AWESOME--to me anyway) Ray Lynch/Enigma-style stuff directly onto my wife's Yamaha keyboard. It SUCKS because it has since deleted itself. I'll never remember all the stuff I did for those :(

HeadRush 03-06-2009 01:41 AM

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I agree that guitarist should just naturally be able to play (at least a little) bass

PQleyR 03-06-2009 11:04 AM

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I play guitar and bass. I started learning them before I took up the drums.
And piano, actually, but not very much. That was my very first instrument a long time ago.
Plus I try and become familiar with anything else I can. I play a little bit of erhu and xiao, for example. Oh, and theremin!

...and I have TWO tin whistles.

And a Vietnamese nose flute.

Patonk1 03-06-2009 11:09 AM

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I've been playing bass for a year independetly and piano and singing for a year under instruction. Now that was a greatly formed sentence.

PQleyR 03-06-2009 11:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Patonk1 (Post 548765)
I've been playing bass for a year independetly and piano and singing for a year under instruction. Now that was a greatly formed sentence.

I like your style!

twenty twenty twenty two zero two zero.

OriginalSim 03-07-2009 03:07 AM

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Keyboards and drums. Of course, with keyboard synths I can pretty much play any sound so I sort of play guitar, violin, trumpet, flugelhorn, marimba, blah, blah, blah

See "Pretty Baby" for an example


Garvin 03-07-2009 03:42 AM

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I posted a thread on this before, but I think its apropos to this discussion as well...


HeadRush 03-10-2009 12:49 AM

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that was an amazing video
you're extremely talented
I hope I can one day be able to be that spot on with everything I do

HeadRush 03-10-2009 12:50 AM

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in what order did you record everything?

Garvin 03-10-2009 02:38 AM

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Originally Posted by HeadRush (Post 550033)
in what order did you record everything?

Oh, that was absolutely not me... I'm much better looking LOL!

No, seriously, this guy is from Italy. He responds to youtube messages (in English) if you wanna write him and ask.

Candyman 03-10-2009 03:58 AM

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I have played the guitar on and off for 25 years. Self-taught, mostly. In and out of bands through college and for a while after. Set it down when my kids were born. Now that they're closer to their teens, they have developed an interest in music. So I'm picking up the guitar more. And to add to my insanity, I finally indulged in my longstanding curiosity with drums. So I'd consider myself a guitarist first, and a drummer a close second.

jondrumming 03-11-2009 03:45 AM

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Drums, tenor saxophone, keyboards, guitar.

ahriman22 03-16-2009 04:40 PM

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I play bass, piano and violin.

But I prefer drumming, seems so much more fun than the above.

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