Bob's thread HERE got me thinking, do we have any singers or musicians amongst us?
I can safely say that I have no musical talent whatsoever despite music becoming such a big part of my life in the past five years. I really wish that I was influenced at a younger age, I would love to be able to play an instrument and early last year I brought an acoustic guitar. I can play a few basic chords but generally I struggle and I need proper lessons if ever I hope to play it. Maybe one day, I keep trying but for now at least it makes a nice decoration hanging on the wall in my room!
Singing is an absolutely no no for me (much to my work colleagues' annoyance ;D) and is limited to summer proms concerts where I love singing along to Land of Hope & Glory, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem.
I am no singer but love to sing, driving my family to distraction no doubt. Fortunately I am told I am bearable. At least I'm not normally out of tune.
As far as instruments - like you Dazza, would love to be able to play but apart from dabbling with keyboards and guitar (still have an acoustic), until now I have never found the time. Maybe I should pick it up again and take some proper lessons. I have always found that self-teaching situations do not work with me. I would need to have a regime of lessons set out for me from a proper tutor for me to succeed. Too many distractions at home (hi-fi :-))
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. - Berthold Auerbach
I sing in our church choir. We don't meet regularly, but that is what got me involved in the annual BBC Songs of Praise Big Sing at the Royal Albert Hall. Seeing artists like Hayley Westenra and Katherine Jenkins there is what drew me into the classical crossover genre. I had piano lessons as a child so I know the theory but I don't play at all well. I am a little better at the clarinet - you only have to concentrate on one note at a time .
I can read music and play little piano very poorly. But that's it. My singing is dreadful. So bad, I can hear how bad it is myself (people usually can't hear themselves). I'd love to be able to sing because I feel that it's a very liberating talent. Just for myself - not for anyone else or to perform (being the centre of attention is my worst nightmare!)
The piece I play best on piano is Enya's Watermark... or was it Twinkle, Twinkle... ?
Hi Nicola, perhaps you and my seven year old daughter could do a duet as she has just learned 'Happy Birthday' and a 'Twinkle Twinkie' at piano lessons. I wish I had the opportunity when I was young to have learned a musical instrument. Bob
I'm a singer, a violinist and play ukulele. I also play with a bell choir at church and used to be a member of a Japanese-style Taiko drum group (It was an interesting experience).
I don't have a recording of my violin playing but I just finished a concert with my local orchestra playing Beethoven's 7th Symphony, Handel's Water Music and Walton's Crown Imperial Coronation March. Great fun!
I have a couple recordings of my singing. I was singing Hayley Westenra's version of "Yuki no Hana (Snowflower)" from her first Hayley Sings Japanese Songs album. I hope to record the Japanese version in the future- it fits the music better. www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=224026010477 (I was singing over a stuffy nose at the time. Not my best. Hope the link works!)