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For years I've toyed with the idea of picking up an instrument again. Went into the music store, asked to sit with a sax, the task of sucking on a reed (taste, feel, habit) stirring up all manner of emotions in me. Rented it, but it sat unused in the case for a few months. (The clerk hung around and listened, and was surprised when I told him I hadn't touched one in 20 years. I'll admit, so was I.)

Recently I downloaded a finger piano for the iPhone and plunking out the simplest of things almost brought me to tears.

I tinker with the djembe that's sat in the dining room for some time. I need a class, and a drum group.

It needs to happen. But, I need to find a way to work it into my life, my habits, my goals. Practice, especially as one gets back into the swing, is best a solitary task. But then, I'll need musical companionship, for both joy and growth. Luckily there are a number of local bands. The time commitment will be the biggest issue, but really, I will simply trade some of my current downtime doing things which are less enjoyable, less rewarding.

As I'm trying to limit outflow of $$$ that isn't necessary right now, I can't just run out and buy a keyboard. Getting creative, I made a Craigslist post offering trade of creative services in exchange for a used keyboard.

Keeping my fingers crossed.


Oct. 24th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
I wish I had some good advice for you. I've been trying to pick up the piano again for about a year (unsuccessfully). I mostly blame the computer (time suck), but I realize that I also need the structure of lessons to get some traction. I also miss having a *piano*, which always sort of draws me to it. Compared to a keyboard, that's sitting right next to me, but not very enticing.

There are some music composition apps on the iphone, and sight reading/tone training apps. Those seem like a nice way to get started again. I gave up my iphone, so I can't use them anymore.

I've heard that there are many good used keyboards out there. You might try CL for used keyboards. Or pawn shops.