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If I was interested, how would I locate someone who could teach me to play a Theremin?

Asked by JackAdams (6492points) August 23rd, 2008

A Theremin is a musical instrument with electronic tone generation, the pitch and tone volume being controlled by the distance between the player’s hands and two metal rods serving as antennas.

It was featured prominently in the music score for the motion picture, “THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL” (1951)

It is my understanding that there are very few professional Theremin players in the USA.

It was named after Leo Theremin (b. 1896), the Russian who invented it.

August 24, 2008, 1:33 AM EDT

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paulc's avatar

You may need to teach yourself. There are some theramin video lessons on youtube which may be of use. Of course, if a cat can play one I’m guessing you can too.

On a side note, I saw Fishbone play many years back (1996 I think) and the singer was playing a theramin. Played well, they can sound so awesome.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

I don’t know where you live, but in my town there about 6 Theremin stores selling Theremins of all shapes, new and used. They also give lessons by appointment. It’s all the rage.

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