a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Monday, April 11, 2016

instruments

A/Z  Theme - Sights and Sites of Arizona

I - Instruments

As featured at MIM - Musical Instrument Museum located in Phoenix, Arizona.

It is a very well done museum; two stories.  The first level has displays about various performers, the Beatles, Beach Boys, etc., some info about them as well as a clip of one of their songs performed by them.



The second level has music and instruments from a lot of countries and info about them by the display.




Suspended in air, cool to see I thought.






I have a grand nephew that plays the drums. Think his parents would get him a drum set such as this?



Every one needs an accordion or two I thing.



and because I'm 100% Polish, had to cover that display.



Do you play a musical instrument? 

I don't; I'm tone deaf.  But I am married to a musician who is a professional guitarist; having played now well over 50 years.

47 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

Hubby played saxophone as a kid. I had a guitar and pump organ I toyed with. Never really learned since no lessons. LOVED this museum you went to. That is an elaborate set of drums to be sure.

jack69 said...

I have played the trumpet. I tried the guitar, not good.
I love the suspension of the displays, that is neat. I love the home-made instruments. I played in a small band as a teen, one of the mountain boys played a home-made banjo.
So the home made instruments would interest me for sure.
Good one.

{S.T.U.F.F.} said...

Suspending the instruments IS really a cool way too display them.
Nice post :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I always had a curiosity about the accordion. Second level would be my jam. I love history. The suspension of the instruments was awesome to see. I always wanted to play the piano. Still plan to one day.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

There are some weird and wonderful instruments there. That drum set is amazing!

I don't play an instrument though I did start guitar lessons in high school. The lessons were clashing with my other subjects and I found it tough going, so I gave it up. I regret it a little and comfortable with the decision.

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Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

That is one hell of a drum kit :) I don't play an instrument, I sing - never could get each hand to do different things when I learned the piano :)
Tasha
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Jeff Bushman said...

I played the saxophone for a good many years until it waa stolen.
Great pictures!

lyndagrace said...


I found the Instruments of Cateura display to be interesting and inspiring.
I never played an instrument. I was in the chorus in high school, but then anyone could join.
My kids wanted to play some type of instrument in school, which I encouraged them to do. I talked my daughter into joining the marching band as a freshman. She hated it.

Bijoux said...

I would enjoy the display of instruments from around the world. I took piano lessons for 8 years, but I'm rusty now.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It was interesting seeing all the instruments. I play the mountain lap dulcimer and my very first one was an inexpensive one was made of a cardboard box. I noticed a lot of box instruments there in your pictures. I now have a beautiful wooden one but it did cost more. Amazing thing is the both sound good. I bet your hubby really enjoyed this museum!

Stephen Tremp said...

I have a shofar. The big one. A friend gave it to me. It was used in Jerusalem on the Feats of Trumpets.

joeh said...

Fun trip.

I'm trying guitar, my wife calls my new guitar my "Mahogany Mistress."

Maria Zannini said...

You're husband is a musician but you're tone deaf. That is unfair. :)

I don't play an instrument, but I do have a quirky knack for remembering tonal variations.

Pat Hatt said...

Sure a lot to see there. Never tried at my lair to play one, think I'm rather tone deaf too though lol

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Both my husband and I would really enjoy visiting this place, especially my husband since he's the musician. I'm not tone deaf but I've never learned to play an instrument. My goal, though, is to learn to play keyboard (at least at a minimal level) after we move to a new home. We shall see!

Veronica Lee said...

My dad used to play the accordion. Me? I play the guitar but my strumming is all wrong and my timing sucks!

-Serafini said...

I could absolutely get lost in this place! I'm salivating over that drumset.

Tom

Joanne said...

that looks very fun. I attempted guitar as a kid but I don't have a musical knack. Better that I'm the audience

Sarah Allan said...

Neat museum! I'd happily spend hours there. I played the flute for eight years and enjoyed it a lot. I'd love to learn to play the piano, though.

Helen Hollick said...

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Paula Kaye said...

This would be a must see for all music lovers! I am not musical at all. But I love to listen!!

shortybear said...

very interesting

Debby@Just Breathe said...

This museum looks very interesting. The displays are lovely. Being 100% Bohemian we are familiar with accordions too. Mark's sister use to play.

T. A. Miles said...

I've never seen some of those varieties of accordion. Very cool. I listen to a broad range of music, so I might have heard them before and never known. I love all kinds when it comes to instruments. :)

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Mevely317 said...

Isn't the MIM something?!
We visited a few years back, but to be honest, I became pretty bored. Glad we made it a point to visit, but should have begun on the first floor, whose exhibits (as you know) are more applicable to our generation.

Mevely317 said...

Me, again! (I forgot to answer your question, Betty!)
As a kid, I was made to take 6-7 years of piano and violin lessons because my mother and father, respectively, used to pay those instruments. I HATED it with a purple passion; and you know what's weird? I sat down at my DH's keyboards one day and was dismayed to realize I couldn't recognize a single note of music on his score.

Joy said...

Wow that first guitar! Wonder how long someone's arms have to be to play it. Wow.

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Keiths Ramblings said...

For some unbeknown reason, I can play guitar, piano, harmonica,saxophone and the fool by ear. I never got round to having lessons but I've played in public a lot without too many complaints!

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Jennifer Fales said...

Great pics—love this post! I don't play any instruments, but my other half plays the guitar and I like to sing along when he does.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I don't play an instrument and have lots of respect for those who do. That looks like a fun place to visit.

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Jerralea said...

I do't play an instrument, but I do sing on a worship team.

We are praying for a drummer to come, but I don't think we want to get a set like the one in your pic!

I love museums, it would be interesting to see this one.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

So this would be our first stop on an Arizona trip. Since we're both music lovers (and my husband is an amazing bass player), we are all about the music museums. I had forgotten that your husband plays professionally. Very cool!

Wendy said...

What a fun and sometimes quirky museum it seems. I'm not at all surprised you've been there since your husband is a musician.

DMS said...

I love musical instruments. So interesting to see ones from different places and times. Looks like a great place to visit! :)
~Jess

yaya said...

Interesting place to visit! I have 2 kids who are musically inclined and can also sing. Me..tone deaf too! But I have the talent of appreciating good music!

Lisa notes... said...

What a cool museum! I play the piano but have always wanted to play the guitar. I taught myself a few chords a couple years ago, but decided that to really learn, I need a teacher. :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Now those are some interesting variations on the guitar!

Liz A. said...

A guitar on a oil can???

I started piano lessons as a kid. Took band starting in 7th grade. Played first flute, then oboe, and then had to take up piccolo for marching band. (I was an awful piccolo player.) Played oboe all through college.

Elizabeth said...

I think people have some really interesting ideas for homemade instruments. I know a few songs on the piano, but I'm terrible at reading music, so I learn by ear and by watching others play.

beyondtheflow said...

How fascinating. I come from a musical family but we've stuck to traditional instruments. I've been playing the violin for 4 years and while I'm not tone deaf, I have mobility issues, which complicate things...as does being immersed in my writing. The A-Z Challenge is all-consuming.
Greay post. Thanks very much.
xx Rowena

Liuba said...

When I was a teenager, I played a mandolin and really had fun playing in a big orchestra :) Lovely photos. Liuba x

Intense Guy said...

I tried to learn how to play the violin, the trumpet, the guitar, and the piano. A work accident that badly cut a couple fingers in a power saw ended any pretense of being able to play at all - even badly.

I love how the museum displays the instruments - so light and airy!

Linda said...

I'm guessing you, more your husband, could have spent all day there. Wonderful museum! The canned string instruments reminded me of elementary project- garden hose with a funnel homemade instrument.

Sunni said...

Very interesting instruments there. I think if your grand-nephew got the drum set he would probably drive his parents from the house.

My ex played guitar very well. In fact, he was musically inclined and could play any instrument he picked up. I tried to learn guitar in my teens but soon gave it up for art.

Sunni

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

My BIL would LOVE visiting that place! That three...armed?...guitar is quite interesting. And that drum set? I imagine if the parents are smart, they will NOT get the boy that. ☺ I have a feeling that 3 or 4 boys (or girls) could play on that set of drums all at the same times.

Archana said...

This is an amazing museum! My husband is a big fan and he thoroughly enjoyed this visit. They have a section on Indian musical instruments too! I was happy about that as we have a very rich musical heritage!

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Raesquiggles said...

Fantastic instruments. I have a mandolin. Can't play it!