Stringed Instruments In Music

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● Stringed instruments – For more casual and modern genres of music the guitar, ukulele and banjo are good choices for the retiree. These instruments can give strong supporting accompaniment to rock, blues, folk and country jam sessions, sing-alongs and family gatherings. With a bit of instruction on some stringed instruments you can learn basic chords and rhythms in fairly short order and probably pick-up and entertain a gathering sooner than you think. For classical and some other elements of modern music the orchestral string family, including violin, viola, cello and double bass is the popular choice of instrument. Be mindful though that more intense instruction is needed to master the posture, motor skills and technical aspects of…show more content…
The starter woodwind instruments for many are the recorder and fife; instruments which require similar breath control to singing, combined with simple finger placements over the instrument’s holes to produce different notes. These simple instruments are sometimes considered children’s or starter instruments, but their full range of nuance and skill is often demonstrated by entertaining musicians giving truly stunning performances as part of community folk and string bands. Cruise ship passengers to Caribbean destinations are often met by lively folk or string bands made up of musicians who are often primarily seniors. They demonstrate remarkable skill on these starter instruments, kicking up a musical storm for arriving visitors. The style of music you want to play also makes a tremendous difference. The saxophone is ideal for jazz while the flute, clarinet and oboe would more likely be your choice if you are interested in classical music. ● The more popular keyboard instruments for seniors to learn are the piano, and to a lesser extent the accordion, which also relies on the pressing of keys to produce its different…show more content…
On the upside, it is a versatile instrument suitable for most music styles and good for improvisation and, of course, more portable than the piano or keyboard. On the downside, it requires good coordination in using the hands to play the actual notes, as well as expanding and contracting the bellows to produce the sound. But think of how many times you have experienced an accordion player filling the street with music or playing for donations near where you were boarding a subway car (albeit not always tunefully). Most of these persons are self-taught. With some instruction you could turn a melodious tune on this instrument and earn your stripes as the preferred entertainer for family gatherings. There is a different level of skill involved in playing a high-tempo classical sonata than in playing most rock, country, or worship songs. But the average senior who takes on the challenge of learning to play an instrument does this for fun and, with some instruction, can master the instrument at a level to make this

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