PLAY! Musical instruments!

Jan Vermeer painting 1672

Jan Vermeer painting 1672

With the ringing in of the New Year,  comes an opportune time  to learn a musical instrument.    We keep hearing about the benefits of music for the mind and spirit   –  so why not dive in finally.  If playing bagpipes, bassoon or banjo seems daunting,  perhaps   recorder, keyboard, or  kazoo could suffice.  If playing with others and love of history is your thing, – consider learning fife –  or drum  –   and join a local fife and drum corps.   Or join a drumming circle.











The Library has books aplenty to get you started – plus sheet music for various levels and for a variety of instruments.

Here’s a super quick sampling of our music collection…

Absolutely on music : conversations by Haruki Murakami with Seiji Ozawa

Banjo camp!  Learning,  picking & jamming with bluegrass & old-time greats  by Zhenya Gene Senyak

The complete how to kazoo by Barbara Stewart

The complete idiot’s guide to playing the fiddle by Ellery Klein                                                                                                                                                                                                                Guitar rhythm & technique for dummies by Desi Serna


How to play the harmonica and other life lessons by Sam Barry

The “how to manual” for learning to play the Great Highland Bagpipe                                      by Major Archie Cairns

Ian Campbell’s easy ukulele [Book one] a guide for absolute beginners 

Keyboard for dummies by Jerry Kovarsky

The recorder guide : an instruction method for soprano and alto recorder, including folk  melodies from around the world by Arthur Nitka & Johanna E. Kulbach

Rubank elementary method for bassoon : a fundamental course for individual or like-instrument class instruction by J.E. Skornicka

Unbored : the essential field guide to serious fun [compiled by] Joshua Glenn

So don’t be bored.  Stop by the PLAY! display on the first floor (near the Reference Desk) and pluck a few choice titles – if you dare.

Or move on up to the 3rd floor and tune in to the 780s section.



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