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Horning in : the grown-up's guide to making music for fun
Germer, Jerry, 1938-
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First edition.
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Marlborough, N.H. : Frost Hill Press, [2000]

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244 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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MT170 .G47 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
MT170 .G47 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A how-to book to inspire adults to take up a musical instrument, with advice on overcoming obstacles, choosing an instrument, finding the best learning method, and finding others to play with. The text draws on the expertise of the authors, both amateur musicians, and the experiences of many other adults who say that music improves their lives. Over 100 illustrations and cartoons make the book as entertaining as it is informative.

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Architect Jerry Germer and his wife, Lucie (an ESL teacher), "want to get you playing, either going back to an instrument you once played, or taking up something completely new." In a conversational, folksy way, they challenge adults to put aside their age, talent (or perceived lack thereof), physical limitations, time limitation, and any other excuses; making music, they stress, is a fun activity. Drawing on their experience as amateur musicians, the experiences of others, and advice from professional musicians, they provide guidelines for choosing the right instrument, deciding on a workable learning plan, and finding outlets for music-making. They also list some information on burgeoning web-related resources. Studies examining the benefits of adult participation in music organizations are fairly common, but resources like this one, devoted to encouraging adult music-making, are virtually nonexistent. For public libraries.--Janet Brewer, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Overture: Why You Should Become a Musicianp. 1
Chapter 1 What's It Like?p. 7
Scene 1 The Town Band
Scene 2 A Summer Evening
Scene 3 A Nursing Home
Chapter 2 Using Music to Counter Stressp. 15
Loss of Family Closeness
Other Job and Family Stresses
The Power of Music
Chapter 3 More Wonderful Things About Making Musicp. 25
Expanding Your Horizon
Pushing Your Limits
Giving Back
Showing Off and Having Fun
Making Beautiful Sounds
Movement 1 Me, Musician?p. 33
Chapter 4 I'm Too Oldp. 35
The Real Limits of Age
The Advantages of Age
Chapter 5 I Don't Have Any Talentp. 43
What is Talent, Anyway?
Other Aptitudes
Rating Your Talent
Chapter 6 I Have Physical Disabilitiesp. 53
Loss of Limbs
Diminished Eyesight
Hearing Loss
Stiff Joints
Lung Problems
Understand Your Status--Know Your Options
Chapter 7 I Don't Have the Timep. 65
What's Important?
Finding Time
Chapter 8 The Dog Ate my Homeworkp. 71
I'm Short on Patience
I Don't Have a Place to Practice
I Don't want to Get Stuck with Classical Music
Movement 2 Getting the Right Instrumentp. 79
Chapter 9 Can a 45-Year-Old Woman Take Up Trombone?p. 81
Should I Dust Off the Old Sax or Try Something New?
Should I Limit Myself to Only One Instrument?
Should I Go For an Instrument I Can Play Alone?
How Can I Match My Instrument to My Musical Interest?
How Will My Physique Affect My Choice?
Chapter 10 Things that Go Bump in the Night (and Day)p. 91
Percussion in Large Ensembles
Drum Sets
Tribal Drumming
The Percussion Cupboard
Pitched Percussion
Unpitched Percussion
Chapter 11 Things with Stringsp. 105
Bowed Strings
Violins and Violas
Acoustic Basses
Plucked Strings
Acoustic Bass Guitars
Solid-Body Bass Guitars
Electric Basses
Acoustic Guitars
Electric Guitars
Chapter 12 Woodwinds: Pipes With Lots of Keys and Holesp. 121
Bassoons, Oboes, and English Horns
Woodwinds, Schmoodwinds--A Confusion of Materials
Chapter 13 Horns with Valves and Slidesp. 133
Trumpets and Cornets
French Horns
Euphoniums and Baritones
Tubas and Sousaphones
If it's Brass, Why is it Silver?
Chapter 14 Keyboard Kith and Kinp. 145
Acoustic Pianos
Electronic Pianos
Accordions and Concertinas
What's a MIDI?
Movement 3 Learning Music as an Adultp. 161
Chapter 15 Finding and Working with a Compatible Teacherp. 163
Where to look, What to Seek, What to Shun
Scheduling Lessons
Getting the Most Out of Your Lessons
Chapter 16 Can I Teach Myself?p. 171
What You Can and Can't Learn on Your Own
What's Available?
Instructional Videos
Interactive Computer Instruction
What is Your Musical Learning Style?
Chapter 17 Learning in a Groupp. 183
Getting Into Jazz at the John Payne Music Center
Jamming at the Vermont Jazz Center
Classical Music in the Green Mountains
Washington, DC--a Place to Battle Butterflies
Or Take Fiddling Lessons
Picking Banjo in Chicago
Learning Latin by the Bay
Finding a Group-Learning Site Near You
Finale: Where Do I Go From Here?p. 195
Chapter 18 Finding Outletsp. 197
Getting in Through the Back Door
How to Find and Outlet
Joining an Established Group
But the Band Doesn't Use Pianos
Forming Your Own Ensemble
Other Opportunities
Chapter 19 What Next?p. 213
Why am I Doing This, Anyway?
What Do I Want to Achieve?
How Can I Keep my Music Alive?
Appendicesp. 223