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Old 02-06-2012, 10:07 PM
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I've been really itching to pick up and learn to play the mandolin.. But i feel guilty. I feel as if I would be cheating on my drums by picking up another instrument! Has anyone else ever felt this way?!?!
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:55 PM
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I taught myself how to play guitar, and I associate guitar with drums. It's pretty simple, and I basically worked out jazz chords by accident which is awesome and I make really obscure prog riffs that way.

Drums will always be my number one though! Get loads of rhythmic ideas on guitar from drums.
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:09 AM
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Playing a more rhythm based instrument will never hinder your drum playing!

..unless you never drummed again!

Most guitarist that I know who have playing some drums in the past are often better(I find) than those that don't..teaches them to move the percussive aspects while formulating a melody.

Anything to do with music, albeit mandolin, recorder, stomping your feet..its all your 'training' so to speak.


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Old 02-07-2012, 01:19 AM
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Feel guilty? I don't think Prince feels guilty.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:43 AM
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...the drums are an inanimate object with no emotions, they won't mind if you play another instrument
i play vocals bass piano drums and am currently learning the cello and saxophone (badly)
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:08 AM
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Play guitar currently, will add a bass guitar sometime down the road.
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:51 PM
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Default Re: Picking up a new instrument?

I recently investigated mandolin,as my oldest son is a guitar instructor and performer in Seattle. Evidently,mandolin is less of a "strumming" instrument and more for "picking" melodies and progressions of single notes,probably increasing the difficulty somewhat. That said,if you like mandolin,might look at these guys...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IT-x...eature=related
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I've been really itching to pick up and learn to play the mandolin.. But i feel guilty. I feel as if I would be cheating on my drums by picking up another instrument! Has anyone else ever felt this way?!?!
Loads of people. I personally think variety is the spice of life and that anyone who plays in a band should have at least a basic knowledge of another instrument apart from their main one. I say go for it, your drums will forgive you, I'm sure ;)

I personally play the bass, guitar, drums, vocals and a very small amount of keyboards (I can play the Donnie Darko version of MadWorld and Numb by Linkin Park and that's about it lol). I like to think I divide my time equally with all of them but I would say my best instrument is probably the bass (that doesn't mean I'm good though! :p )
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:15 PM
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I picked up alto and tenor saxophone after 20 years of playing.
It adds to your knowledge of music.

Drums are my first instrument.

I feel it helps me relate to the non skin bashers
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:05 AM
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I personally think variety is the spice of life and that anyone who plays in a band should have at least a basic knowledge of another instrument apart from their main one.
I totally agree with that. I'm gonna go for it, it will open my eyes to different aspects of music!
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