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    Question One of those questions you don't have to respond.

    Out of all the instruments to learn to play well, which would you regard as THE most important to a musical career?
    Don't be biased.
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    Re: One of those questions you don't have to respond.

    Hands down - Piano

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    Re: One of those questions you don't have to respond.

    kazoo!

    Wait...wrong answer - PIANO!

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    Maracas, of course!

    Nah! First has to be keyboards (not neccesarily acoustic piano) and after that some "single line" instrument (flute, clarinet, horn, sax, etc.)

    ;-)

    Jim Jarnagin - no not THAT Jim Jarnagin, the other one.

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    Re: One of those questions you don't have to respond.

    For composition, it's pianos hands down and up, as well as fingers.

    For performance, it's probably the human voice.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: One of those questions you don't have to respond.

    GPO.

    The most popular instruments today are guitar, voice, drums, piano/keyboards and bass probably in that order. Note that none of them is a sustain instrument except voice (unless you count messing with the volume knob or mod wheel - cymbal rolls don't count).

    Of these, piano is the most important to gain a broad musical understanding. Voice is the most important for understanding expression. Electric guitar is the most important for understanding organic tone and subtle technique. Drums are the most important for learning about rhythm and tempo. Bass is important for learning humility.

    And GPO rocks for learning orchestration.

    -JF

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    Re: One of those questions you don't have to respond.

    Start with piano, go through mp to forte, and when you reach ff, take out the styxx and hammer on that timpani...
    rené

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    Re: One of those questions you don't have to respond.

    I think Jon Fairhurst nailed it!

    Although for me I would kill to know how to play piano and sightread.
    dpDan

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    In the usual way, I should agree with piano.

    But really a good musician can learn composition without piano. And piano players are slowly substituted by digital equipment in a lot of traditional places (from dance school to theatre to piano-bar and night clubs and so on).

    But your voice, a warm expressive human voice, is something that actually nothing can substitute.

    I say first of all learn to sing. Then... study piano!

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    Re: One of those questions you don't have to respond.

    I think a musical career could thrive on any instrument, as long as you make sure you can play it better than anyone else in the world.

    The great thing about the piano is that you can use your whole hands, play a bunch of notes at once, and still be able to add expression with softness and loudness. Not to mention the literature for piano is simply overwhelming.

    However, believe it or not, when I'm listening to music, I'd much rather listen to strings than pianos.

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