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Has anyone on the spectrum self taught themselves to play instruments?

Discussion in 'Movies, Music & Television' started by MsGyver, Mar 5, 2020.

  1. MsGyver

    MsGyver New Member

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    If so where did you start? I tried teaching myself to play guitar but I quickly got very lost and discouraged, mostly because I've never had a problem teaching myself how to do something. Music is one of my passions and I don't want to give up learning about it! <3 Any suggestions would be helpful :)
     
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  2. Bolletje

    Bolletje Overly complicated potato V.I.P Member

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    I taught myself to play piano.
     
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  3. Anjy

    Anjy Mi estas weirdo, granda weirdo...

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    I taught myself the guitar. I started with accompanying songs I knew, just the chords, and later I tried to pick melodies. But I was 17 at that time and had tons of time since i had no friends. I later tried the recorder, clarinet and accordion and got as far that I liked to listen to myself playing. But only songs I know and like, not from sheet music.
     
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  4. Schism

    Schism Well-Known Member

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    Guitar, drums, piano (latter in progress). Guitar was when it was just old fashioned tab books or by ear, replaying a record over & over again (wrecked loads of vintage vinyl doing that). It doesn't come in a day..or a year unless you're gifted. I am not. But I ended playing in many bands & earned a wage for a while.

    A LOT easier now with online videos & tabs etc. Pause button in particular. But piano, I still find sheet music & plodding the old fashioned way the best.

    End of the day, hard work, daily hour at least practise and in a few years. .some progress ;)...keep it up!
     
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    Tom Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I sometimes led parades thru the house with my kids (and now with Chihuahuas) tapping on the bottom of an empty coffee tin. Never took a single lesson.

    * Tip: The plastic ones are just as good. In fact I prefer their more subtle but richer sound.
     
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    Thinx Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I tried to learn guitar for many years, had lessons and worked hard at it. But with limited success, though I enjoyed it. Really I realised that unfortunately hard work wasn't gonna be enough. I'm not musical. Might try some more though...
     
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    Rasputin ASD / Aspie V.I.P Member

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    Have a cousin who taught himself to play the piano. He just somehow knew how to play, without ever taking music lessons.
     
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    Fino Alex V.I.P Member

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    Youtube! And piano has method books which help teach you.
     
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    Judge Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Many years ago I was given a fancy harmonica as a gift and simply figured out how to play it.

    No lessons at all...just spent time at it.
     
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  10. Mona Pereth

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    When I was about 4 years old, at around the same time I was finally getting around to learning how to walk and how to talk, I figured out on my own how to play the piano by ear -- just one-finger melodies at first, and then chords.

    I never reached professional musician skill level, however.
     
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  11. SolarPoweredNightOwl

    SolarPoweredNightOwl Walking contradiction

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    Self-taught drummer. I suggest you use YouTube and other resources, so you don't accidentally teach yourself bad habits like I did.
     
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  12. BrokenBoy

    BrokenBoy 戯言使い(Nonsense User)

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    I know the difference between say, a G key and an A key from a Youtube video. I've had no formal training.
     
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  13. ZebraAspie

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    My brother can pick up any instrument and just play it. My friend taught herself to sing.
     
  14. clg114

    clg114 Still crazy, after all these years. Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    I can play a pretty mean stereo, but that is it. Anything more takes something that I do not have, talent.
     
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  15. Roy Nel

    Roy Nel Super-passionate about notating my own songs!

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    Hi MsGyver! Yes, I taught myself how to play the piano, and then advanced to the keyboard/digital piano and organ. They all require the same musical theory to read notated sheet music. My mother, however, was already a pianist and gave me a foot up with reading notation. I later discovered my gift for sight-reading sheet music and song writing. I've reached the point where I want to work at music professionally when I've immigrated to Thousand Palms, CA from South Africa. I should be out of South Africa in under 2 weeks, after getting my passport.
     
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    I play guitar, had lessons, also taught myself drums and keyboard. I sing too, but never had a lesson.
     
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