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In my previous post I already told you about an Australian friend, whom I got to know some weeks ago. Another reason why I tell you about this encounter is concerning music. In our first Unterhaltung (conversation) he told me that he plays the guitar, which is my Hobby (hobby) as well. This is why I decided to write a post about music in order to give some vocabulary on that topic.
In my Jugend (youth) I attended a Musikschule (music school) where I learned how to play the Gitarre (guitar) and the Saxophon (saxophone). Ich muss zugeben (I have to admit) that it is much easier to play the guitar than the saxophone. It took me some weeks to play my first song on the saxophone because the saxophone is a Holzblasinstrument (woodwind instrument) and it is very difficult to make a schön klingenden (nice-sounding) sound. In comparison, it would take just some hours to be able to play an easy song on the guitar, which is a Saiteninstrument (string instrument).
But before you can start to play the guitar you often have to tune the instrument. You can use a Stimmgerät (tuner) for that. People who have a gutes Gehör (good ear) or even an absolutes Gehör (absolute pitch) do not need a tuner to tune an instrument. They can tune an instrument nach Gehör (by ear).
After we had found out that we both play the guitar, we decided to make some music together. Since I am a schlechter Sänger (poor singer) he was singing and was backing him with the guitar. The first song we played together was „Man on the moon“ by R.E.M., a song which is very easy to play. It has only four Akkorde (chords) and the Schlagmuster (strumming pattern) is quite simple.
I really like to make music and although I can Noten lesen (read music) I have neither mastered the guitar nor the saxophone in a way that I can vom Blatt spielen (to play at sight).
Spielt ihr ein Instrument? (Do you play an instrument?)
(die) Unterhaltung – conversation
(das) Hobby – hobby
(die) Jugend- youth
(die) Musikschule – music school
(die) Gitarre – guitar
(das) Saxophon – saxophone
Ich muss zugeben, dass … – I have to admit that …
(das) Holzblasinstrument – woodwind instrument
schön klingend – nice-sounding
(das) Saiteninstrument – string instrument
(das) Stimmgerät – tuner
ein gutes Gehör – a good ear
absolutes Gehör – absolute pitch
schlechter Sänger – poor singer
(der) Akkord – chord
(das) Schlagmuster – strumming pattern
Noten lesen – to read music
vom Blatt spielen – play at sight
(die) Trompete – trumpet
(die) Geige – violin
(die) Flöte – flute
(die) Blockflöte – recorder (flute)
(die) Querflöte – transverse flute
(die) Panflöte – pan flute
(die) Mundharmonika – harmonica
(das) Schlagzeug – drums
(die) Klarinette – clarinet
(die) Harfe – harp
(die) Posaune – trombone
(das) Fagott – bassoon
(die) E-Gitarre – electric guitar
(das) Cello – cello
(das) Keyboard – keyboard
(das) Klavier – piano
(der) Kontrabass – contrabass
(die) Stimmgabel – tuning fork
(der) Notenständer – music stand
(der) Notenschlüssel – clef