Patrick asks us to name seven instruments we'd like to play.
1. Harmonica. I have been noodling along for ten years. Can't read music, can't play a decent melody. All I can do, if told the proper key, is play a puffing little acompanyment. I know how to simulate the three major chords, and can usually tell "by ear" which one to use. But when I hear real harmonica players play, I turn green with envy.
2. Keyboard/Piano. I pick out simple tunes with one finger...by ear. The wonderful thing about the keyboard is that is has various rhythms built-in. You select a rhythm and a nice jazz combo starts with your accompanyment. With one finger you tap out the melody... or even make one up. Sounds good, but it isn't really playing the instrument. I have two keyboards set up in my two room apartment, and one more in the closet. The one in the closet fits on my scooter, with a portable amplifier and I have taken it to assemblies of the old folks at the home and played a fanfare or two. Once was the music for a wedding, using the built in songs...not my playing.
3. Ukelele. Hanging on the wall is a Ukelele. It is mostly for decoration, but it is functional. I even have a chord chart. Best part about a Ukelele is that it has only four strings...and I have ten fingers. I should be able to play it if my ten fingers could master three chords on the four strings.
4. Penny Whistle. I bought a souvenier penny whistle in Jamestown. Supposedly it was a replica of ones that were available to the early settlers. I guess they stuck 'em in their pockets when they set sail. A piano did not travel well on early sailing ships, but a penny whistle could.
5. Flute. When I was teaching school, I went with my Special Education kids to beginning orchestra class. So, first I went to a pawn shop and bought a flute. It was fun. I sat in with the junior high kids and learned a bit of fluting. I was just "the big kid in the second row."
6. Clarinet. The same with the clarinet. Took it to Junior High Music class... and I was an adult. Learned to finger a few notes, but mostly I would squawk and squeal while trying to get the reed to rest just right on my lips. The reeds tickled my tongue. Eventually I gave the clarinet to an elementary school orchestra.
7. Guitar. I took Steel Guitar lessons as a kid, and conventional acoustic guitar as an adult... at a park department recreation class. I leaned a chord or two and the "Carter Family Strum". As with all these instruments, I lacked dedication and follow through. So I sit and WISH I could play them. What's stopping you? Me. No practice, no perfect.