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Thread #106236   Message #2192628
Posted By: Marje
13-Nov-07 - 08:37 AM
Thread Name: Easy instrument to learn
Subject: RE: Easy instrument to learn
And there are other squeezeboxes besides the English concertina - you could also consider accordion, melodeon or Anglo concertina. They all come with ready-tuned notes so you don't have to worry about the intonation, or about breathing as the instrument does that for you. It is, it has to be said, difficult to play any of these in an unobtrusive way at a session, but if you try noodling a bit, it is possible to make a useful noise even if not all the right notes are there (provided you're noodling in the right key).

The best way to find out more would be to talk to others who play them and perhaps borrow an instrument or two to experiment with in the privacy of your own home.

Not being much good at recorder doesn't necessarily mean you'll have problems a different instrument. I've been playing recorder on and off for over 40 years and I'm still rubbish at it, but I can play melodeon to a reasonable standard. Our two daughters also struggled with the first instruments they learned, but really came into their own with the second ones they chose.

Good luck!