Which musical instrument have you always wished you had learned? – Music readings


Regrets, I had a few, but again, too few to mention … except when it comes to playing music. Or rather, not to play music.

When we asked “What musical instrument have you always wished you had learned?” The response was overwhelming – and often unexpected. Martin Buzacott takes stock of your (still) unrealized musical ambitions.

Wouldn’t we all be!

We’re all classical music lovers, so it’s no surprise that we’re drawn to the instruments that are the core business of the composers we love the most. The versatility and incomparable repertoire of the piano make it your instrument of choice. The warm and romantic cello and the other orchestral strings were not to be outdone.

  • “As an 82-year-old former big band drummer with osteo, I decided to hang up the Zildjians and finally learn to play the piano. When I can play Litolff Scherzo, I will close the lid and put the music back on. to that Maestro-in-the-Sky, because I will have achieved ‘Nirvana, Man!’. ” – Rock
  • “I learned the piano and the violin, but I always liked the smoother sounds of the cello. -Lyne
  • “I would have loved to play the violin because I keep amazed at the wonderful music that can be created with these four strings.” – Anne
  • “I played piano, clarinet, accordion, koto, and Japanese hichiriki, and sang as a tenor, but if I wanted to learn another new instrument, I would probably choose the viola, because I often appreciate its peculiarity of harmonic line in ensembles. “- Stuart

Lots of strings attached

Maybe we all secretly wish to play the instrument of the angels, or maybe it’s just because the music written for it here on earth is so sublime. For some reason, the harp seems to be one of the instruments that so many of us wish we had played. Why not us ? Maybe just because we didn’t have the station wagon to transport it.

  • “I would have loved to learn to play the harp. It is not such a practical or portable instrument, but it is so beautiful.” – Heating
  • “I learned to play seven instruments, which I am very grateful for, but really, I would have loved to play the harp.” – Marie

Blow yours

They say that the Devil and his violin have all the best tunes, but true music lovers know that it is really the wind instruments, and especially the oboe, that can carry a melody like no other.

  • “I have an oboe and at 53 I now have the lessons I wanted at 11.” – Olga
  • “All my life I have had a passion for the clarinet and recently also the oboe. Now retired I play both. Having said that, the instrument I really want to play these days is the oboe d ‘ baroque love, which one finds abundantly in Bach’s cantatas. It is pure happiness! ” -Kim.
  • “I fell in love with the clarinet when I heard her play the cat in Peter and the Wolf. I would always like to play it because this stick of licorice is as good in classical music as it is in jazz.” – Claire
  • “Would it be wrong to say the bagpipe?” – Kim
  • “I was a big disappointment to my father because I never learned to play the bagpipe. What I did learn, however, was to become a great listener.” – Craig

Start to worry

Many of us start out with teenage fantasies of becoming guitar heroes, but the desire doesn’t always fade over the years, even though the fretted instruments we end up with aren’t necessarily so loud or glamorous. than those initially planned.

  • “I have always loved the sound of the lute, ever since I heard Julian Bream play one in the 1970s. I just realized that they are not so obscure anymore and can be bought at surprisingly reasonable price. too late for me to get into it, do you think? ” -Trévor
  • “At 73, I decided I had to learn to play something, so I borrowed my grandson’s ukulele and took a few lessons. My ukulele repertoire grew, so my family didn’t. bought a mother’s day voucher. It gets my arthritic fingers moving and my brain active … and it’s so much fun. ” – Pearl
  • “Last year, while in lockdown, I was looking for a happy instrument. I was inspired by the Melbourne Ukulele Community’s online videos, so I’m now playing the ukulele! These online lessons are great!” – Sandra

Dream big

Do you love those powerful moments in classical music where the sound barrier engulfs you, the bass resonates, the floors vibrate and your heart pounding? You’re not alone. Many of us imagined being there right in the middle of these great fortissimo moments.

  • “I admire the grandeur and authority of the pipe organ. It’s not something you can carry around, but every time I pull out my little harmonica at a bus stop, I imagine myself seated at the console in a Gothic cathedral. ” – Michael
  • “I want to play the tuba to be the elephant of the Carnaval des Animaux de Saint-Saëns!” – Rock

Express your individuality

But come on, let’s face it, we’re all individuals, so why wouldn’t the instrument you’ve always dreamed of playing reflect your own personality?

  • “I imagine myself playing on a homemade analog music synthesizer.” -Darryl
  • “Where can I find an arpeggio? – Marc
  • “I would love to learn to play the theremin. It’s a little vague and half-unnecessary, just there for effect, but I think it would suit me.” – Jo
  • “I would love to try playing the aulos. It’s an old Greek instrument and sounds like the buzz of the bagpipe.” – Sandra
  • “I would be happy to play spoons!” “-Gary

Martin Buzacott presents Mornings on ABC Classic (Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

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