M: So first of all, musical instruments. Dear listener, and we play a musical instrument. Rory told us that I really struggle to coordinate my hands and feet. So when you coordinate your hands, so when you play, you have to coordinate, you know, hands and then you change things here, you coordinate this hand with this hand. So coordination. Okay?
R: You have to move them together effectively. But I can't do that. And I think with a piano that's particularly important. What do you... I mean, you need your feet to play the piano. But what do you need them for? Maria, do you know? Like you press the steps but I don't know what they do.
M: The steps? Oh, I have no idea. So if you play the piano, could you please tell us what you do with your feet while you play the piano, okay? And we say like play the piano. Right? So play the guitar. So play the ukulele. What about drums?
R: Play the drums. Or, well, bang the drums. Yeah, it's important that it's the, though. And I think it's because it's a specific instrument that we have. We don't usually say I know how to play a ukulele, for example.
M: And when do you use a? Like I want to learn to play a guitar?
R: No, no, the most common collocation... Well, it's grammar. So it's colligation. The most common collocation is the, and the instrument. And I'm sure it's because it's a specific kind of instrument. We don't usually have a for one of many. And that would be like I don't want to play or I need to know how to play one of many ukuleles. And that doesn't sound right, we want to talk about the instrument as a whole, the concept.
M: You can also say a couple of words about chords. So we play chords, okay? And these are called chords, right?
R: And the chords is also a term for the musical notation as well, right? You see the chords in a line and it tells you where to put your fingers to play the notes.
M: Right, and we change chords. And also you can say like I struggle to stretch my fingers because like to play chords, you need to sometimes, you know, do this. And this freaking... Like physically I can't do certain things. And it's like, you know, like on YouTube, they're sitting there nicely with a guitar. Like, oh, you want to learn to play the guitar. And then at home. You're just sitting there like, I have to do what? This finger goes where? And it's kind of like... occurred. The dinosaur. So yeah, it's difficult to stretch my fingers or sometimes your fingers have to be stretched in an unnatural way.
R: They even have to be positioned in an unnatural way.
M: In school, we used to play something or I used to have classes. And Rory mentioned another musical instrument, which is a recorder. A record is a type of a flute.
R: Yeah. Well, I don't know, if it's a type of flute. It's definitely a type of woodwind instrument, which means that the movement of the wind is how the sound is produced, is a really simple explanation, because I have at least two friends who are into music and musical theatre. And I was talking to them about this yesterday. And I think my really simple explanations made their heads explode. So, Hagen Francis, I'm very sorry. But thank you very much for all of your advice and help.