Second Instrument?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by bassboy_jordan, Sep 18, 2001.

  1. Piano

    8 vote(s)
  2. Violin

    4 vote(s)
  3. Cello

    1 vote(s)
  4. Upright Bass

    10 vote(s)
  5. Guitar

    8 vote(s)
  6. Saxophone

    1 vote(s)
  7. Drums

    2 vote(s)
  8. Other

    5 vote(s)
  1. Hey guys, this is the first time I've posted a thread so I hope it works.
    Next year I am thinking of doing a music course at university, in the course you focus on a primary instrument but you must also choose a secondary.
    I have often toyed with the idea of learning Piano, Violin or Cello, all of which I could learn on this course.
    I know I will have to make up my own mind eventually, but I was wondering if anyone played any of these instruments or had any input or experience, because they all hold quite an interest for me.
  2. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Oboe was actually my first instrument.
  3. TonyS


    Dec 13, 1999
    Had to pick "other". I play guitar on occasion .... when no one is around.
  4. :D
    I actually started learning guitar before bass:p
    I gave it up because I had about 5 friends also learning it, I was only playing for a while and was only about 14 so I sold it and after a while got a bass.
    Thank god.:D
  5. I've played violin/viola while in grade school. I really sucked at it then. And now I'm looking for a cheap violin to see if age helps.

    But I think piano would probably help you out the most for bass playing. I've seen a lot of good musicians that played piano as a second instrument, and most instruction is shown related to piano keys..
  6. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
  7. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I'd recommend piano, only because I never learned and want to go back in time and kick my five year old ass for not starting then. Violin's annoying, but portable, and you're never lacking for repertoire or respect. Cellists put up with much the same transportation shiznits DB players do, so I'd recommend against it unless you want to make it your "primary".
  8. A good female friend of mine ( not girlfriend ) plays cello in a local orchestra. I often try it out whenever i visit my friend.
  9. Oysterman

    Oysterman Guest

    Mar 30, 2000
    I would definitely pick piano! The piano (and other keyboards too) is priceless as a compositional tool, great thing to toy with musical ideas on. There's so much you can do with it.
    IME piano's also easier to learn than violins, because you don't have to worry about intonation issues. :)
  10. stratfreak

    stratfreak Guest

    Aug 25, 2001
    southeast Missouri
    I have played guitar much longer than bass, but before that I played trombone.
  11. Oysterman

    Oysterman Guest

    Mar 30, 2000
    Uh hey guys, the question isn't which second instrument YOU play, but rather what the topic starter should choose as a second instrument.
  12. Ari Schor

    Ari Schor

    Mar 3, 2000
    As a bass player, piano will probably help you the most...cello would too...

    I picked mandolin, just because it rules...:D
  13. foolfighter24

    foolfighter24 Guest

    Apr 22, 2000
    Well, drums are good because bass is a part of the rythm section which would prove beneficial to your bass playing, as would piano(what I'm learning now) and mayber guitar. I happen to know/am learning all three. So far, they all have helped and inspired me with my bass playing and song writing.
  14. stratfreak

    stratfreak Guest

    Aug 25, 2001
    southeast Missouri
    The point was that playing Trombone helped me in reading music, the bass clef, etc.
  15. melvin

    melvin Guest

    Apr 28, 2001
    Like others have said, piano would be the best. I think Oysterman gave most of the reasons itd be best. And plus a lot of cool songs are for piano.
  16. I have experience with guitar, (other percussion) drums, piano, synths and DJ equipment along with just playing around with other stuff.
  17. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Mmm... you can only vote for one.

    I play the organ, piano, saxaphone, occasional guitar and drums.
  18. As long as you don't wear tights and play " robin hood " on your mandolin..... :D
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  20. Gia

    Gia Guest

    Feb 28, 2001
    Violin, piano and a toy keyboard i found in a thrift store. It makes 80s sounds :)