• @kat_angstrom
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    73 months ago

    As someone who’s been learning the flute since October, I resemble this remark.

    ALSO, for those who think transactionally and can’t understand why, I tout the brain benefits of learning musical instruments, especially as The Brain ages

    • tygerprints
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      43 months ago

      I’ve been trying to learn the piano for over 50 years. And I get why someone would ask “Why.” Because you cannot ever really master it.

      I have had some transactional benefit, I’ve played for weddings at $25 an hour and such, but it’s not the reason I pursue it. It challenges my brain and fingers in ways that can be very frustration but sometimes has very sublime results.

      • @Buffaloaf
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        3 months ago

        I think most musicians eventually accept that there’s always something to work on, there’s always someone you think is better than you, and the only way to get rich is by playing the keytar.

        • tygerprints
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          23 months ago

          Hmmm the keytar, eh? I’d like to try that sometime. I remember someone saying, you never really get to make the art you set out to make; there’s always a struggle between your idea and the medium you’re working in. With painters, for example, you have an idea but the canvas and paint have their own behaviors and what you end up is never exactly what you had in mind.

          Your post just reminded me of that. With us musicians, it’s the fight between what we want to make with music, and the instrument itself; a piano is a beast with teeth you have to approach from the side, before it decides it’s going to eat you alive.