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    I've just been transferring everything off of my phone ready for a new handset and came across this which I did on holiday recently.

    Watching it got me thinking...I'm not playing an instrument in the usual sense of the word, but I WAS having fun and trying (not always succeeding lol) to make the right notes like I have to with ANY instrument I play, so I suppose technically vocal chords COULD be considered an instrument, couldn''t they?

    I'd be interested to hear opinions on whether attempting to sing should be considered 'playing an instrument' or should that term only be applied in the traditionally accepted way?

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    I'm of the opinion that yes the voice is an instrument. The voice, the body, the larynx, lungs, and diaphragm. However one would like to classify the set of organs and tissues that allows one to sing. Yes an instrument. But heck, what do I know???

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    I too consider the voice an instrument, as does the leader of my uke group, Cali Rose, who is the teacher for the members since it started and continues to be classes for beginners and intermediates.


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    You bet it is Dave. And yours is a fine instrument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    You bet it is Dave. And yours is a fine instrument.
    Haha! Thanks Patrick.
    And mjh42 & kohanmike: Thanks for your inputs. All appreciated.
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    You betcha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    You betcha!
    Haha! A great response! Short and to the point!!

    It seems most responders thus far consider the voice (not necessarily mine, but in general) IS an instrument, and I suppose to sing needs practice and control to sound reasonable just like any musical instrument does.

    The bottom line is that ALL musical instruments - biological OR man made - compliment each other and add to the joy of making music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S11LKO View Post
    I suppose to sing needs practice and control to sound reasonable just like any musical instrument does.
    I can vouch for that. I never thought I sang well at all and avoided singing around people, even though I played guitar for almost 50 years. Then five years ago I started playing uke and joined The CC Strummers senior strum and sing group. It took a few months, but the continuous use of my voice improved it so that now I'm not self conscious at all.


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    Good on you Mike.

    I have NEVER rated my own voice, but for some reason it's never bothered me singing in front of people.

    I enjoy playing and singing, and just accept the fact that some will like the noise I produce, and some won't.

    We can't please everyone, and I've had my fair share of 'haters' over the years, but I've been lucky of late to have received some nice comments in regards to the few bits I've posted on this site, YouTube, Soundcloud and a couple of open mics I've done; and I'm extremely grateful.

    Well done on literally 'finding your voice' nowadays. There's nothing like a good sing to make all our troubles seem smaller!
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    Wow ubulele - you've obviously though about this long and hard; thanks for your informative and interesting response.

    As you quite rightly say, near enough anything can be used to make sound, and sound makes music.
    Luv n stuff, Dave

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