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Aug 29, 2021 - 7:16:06 PM

292 posts since 4/15/2019

Guitars appreciate in value pretty quick. I have a Martin D35 special I paid $2300 for in 1988, it is now worth $7000.

Aug 31, 2021 - 7:23:01 PM
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269 posts since 6/3/2016

I've actually thought about this topic a lot over the years. Why on earth do I play? Why do I not stop and do something else?

I've decided the main reason I play is simple entertainment. I play fiddle for the same reason I watch TV or listen to an audiobook: to be entertained. Other people play video games. I play fiddle.

I think one reason I have stuck with playing musical instruments over the years is that you can play them pretty much anywhere. I had other hobbies like ice hockey and sailing that are hard to enjoy where I am now. And you can't enjoy those kinds of things every day.

Sep 1, 2021 - 6:37:59 AM

292 posts since 4/15/2019

Well said Ernie! All I can say is ditto!

Sep 1, 2021 - 10:28:26 PM
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12 posts since 9/7/2020

I have nothing to add to this . . . you guys said it all beautifully. Glad to know that others are as crazy as I am

Sep 29, 2021 - 11:58:06 AM
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235 posts since 1/30/2018

1) The world doesn’t need more guitar players.
2) Emotional wellness. Just the music, how it gives your brain another place to be.
3) Coffee. We used to jam at a coffee place, so there was always coffee.
4) as long as I’m gonna fiddle, I may as well get good enough to participate. I just didn’t know that once I used that logic, that rabbit hole just gets deeper.

Sep 29, 2021 - 1:43:34 PM
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1904 posts since 12/11/2008

The way I see it, playing a musical instrument...or several a good way of keeping your mind sharp. To be sure, it's a non-verbal exercise and thus might not directly result in better I.Q. test scores. But it takes unmistakable intellectual effort to wrest music from an instrument. It's not like humming "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

Oct 1, 2021 - 3:58:04 PM
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563 posts since 8/6/2013

Relatively few humans are capable of playing a musical instrument of any kind, especially using a gadget like the fiddle. At the root of everything there's gotta' be the satisfaction you get when you use it to make noises you and other people recognize as music.

Oct 6, 2021 - 2:47:54 PM
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59 posts since 5/1/2010

If you had asked me forty years ago, I would have said to "get paid and get laid."
Nowadays, at the age of 70, I'd be damned happy just to find a local musician to jam with who has an inkling of how to play basic Oldtime/Country/Bluegrass or anything besides Neil Young or Bob Dylan! While there is certainly much to like about living in the Venice/Englewood/North Port area of Florida, the utter lack of "Country" music venues or enthusiasts around here has broken my heart! Plenty of Classic Rock and Chicago Blues being played around here, but when I try to get anyone to accompany me on any fiddle tune, they don't have a clue! And furthermore, they have no interest in learning!

Oct 6, 2021 - 5:09:08 PM

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839 posts since 6/22/2016

"Relatively few humans are capable of playing a musical instrument of any kind"

I think most humans are capable of playing a musical instrument of some kind, if not any kind.

Oct 6, 2021 - 5:31:40 PM

5486 posts since 9/26/2008

Capable yes, but do they do it? I think what he means is relatively few play. More are likely to sing, and the voice is definitely an instrument, so that ups whatever count there may be.

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