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Can I Play Classical Music

I bought a keyboard not thinking of what songs I can play on it. Now I'm confused whether if I can play classical even though I feel no conviction. What do you guys think?

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Matthew that sounds awesome...the "playing to God" and eliminating the pride (post on 12/1/06). God bless and keep us updated on your progress. Maybe you can even post a clip of your music on the web somewhere so we can hear. :-)
---Todd1 on 5/28/08

Classical is a great choice. Gospel,contemporary christian,folk songs are great for starters also.
---Robyn on 5/27/08

Some of the greatist classical writers wrote to honor GOD. When we play their music we are honoring GOD.

Pride can be a problem no matter what you play. Read some of the History of GOD fearing men you wrote this wonderful music.
---Samuel on 5/27/08

Play what you love.
---Pharisee on 5/27/08

I've been getting better. I can't play an entire classical piece yet. I had noticed since I've started getting better it is easier for thoughts of pride slip into my mind. So I was worried about that. I tried what someone mentioned on this blog. To "play to God" and no pride comes to my mind at all. I just keep the eyes of my heart on the Lord as I play and the pride doesn't come back. Awesome.
---Matthew on 12/1/06

Mrs. Morgan, folk music (bluegrass) has a great deal of gospel to pick from. I like Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, others. When I'm blue, nothing but Jesus and Bluegrass will do. Get up, do a Scottish/Irish jig, boost me up, shoot me down the highway. Good coffee is nice, too.
---R.A. on 11/30/06

"Shout to the Lord" is uplifting though. Have you heard the song? It is quite spiritual.
The Chrous lyrics are..
Shout to the Lord
Let the earth hear us sing
Power and majesty praise to the king
Mountain bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of your name
sing for joy at the work of your hands
Forever I'll love you, forever I'll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have in you
---Matthew on 11/30/06

II) Also I was making a comparison to rock and metal Christian music so "Shout to the Lord" is definately softer compared to those. =)
---Matthew on 11/30/06

**However I like more softer and uplifting songs like "Shout to the Lord" and "I'm a Friend of God."**

How can something with "shout" in the title be considered a "softer song"?

This involves definitions of either "shout" or "soft" that are new to me.
---Jack on 11/30/06

R.A., What about country/bluegrass Christian Music? It's good that there are different genres of Christian music(like secular music has)For example, gospel,R&B,contemporary,traditional,soft rock, etc. Certain genres of Christian music is good as long as it's in "the right spirit". As for me, I'm very careful about what "secular music" I listen too, I'm most comfortable with classical. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/30/06

I like country/bluegrass music. The talented like to show up in my neck of the woods. We all have different tastes. Bluegrass music always cheers me up. I don't like the oldies, pop, hop. Classical is great for taking naps.
---R.A. on 11/30/06

Do you mean "What am I allowed to play as a Christian"? If so, I'd say that if your conscience tells you it's O.K. to sing a song then it's also O.K. to play it. Anything that you feel uneasy about is probably not right for you to play. Just remember that not all rock musicians are/were satanists and not all classical composers were/are Christians.
---m.p.a on 11/30/06

John_T , Yes, It is true what you said: "But whatever you play, if you do it with an aim to honor God, you will be blessed" Amen!(Colossians 3:23). God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/29/06

John T. LOL. You are so funny. My son drove my sister's car last weekend, and was upset to find that every button on the radio was tuned to her country station. LOL. I am not a country fan, but I do enjoy some of the crossover artists, like Shania Twain and Faith Hill. I guess I am going to purgatory then. LOL.
---Madison1101 on 11/29/06

I just started learning piano. I have played many different instruments. I'm quick to learn an instrument but I normally don't stick with one instrument and move to something else which I just can't do anymore. That was more of a buying problem I had before I was saved. Now I'm gonna stick with this. As far as playing any classical piece, I can't yet and probably won't be able to for a while. I just know I can eventually if I stick with it.
---Matthew on 11/29/06

I love Fur Elise, the moment I read your reply I began to hear it loud and clear:). I used to try to pick it out but never really learned how to play the piano. That's an excellent piece to start with.
The Lord will surely love the music you play for Him, as will others who are blessed to hear you.
All mt best,
---lynet on 11/29/06

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When I say music is universal I mean there are many styles of music, and it's everywhere. When I speak of boundaries I mean we as believers must be wise decision makers when it comes to the types of music we listen to, or perform.
---lynet on 11/30/06

Can you play Rachmaninoff? His third conceto is extremely demanding.

Few can. But whatever you play, if you do it with an aim to honor God, you will be blessed.

And that is the key, seek to play as if you were giving him a concert. Thus you are free to play almost any sort of music, except country.

It is a fact that NO country musician gets out of purgatory! 8-P
---John_T on 11/29/06

I don't like the rock and metal Christian music. They feel too secular for me. However I like more softer and uplifting songs like "Shout to the Lord" and "I'm a Friend of God." As for classical I really don't know many pieces by name. As I said before I'm learning "Fur Elise" by Mozart and I absolutely love the song "Moonlight Sonata." I'm excited about one day playing it(its a little dark though).
---Matthew on 11/29/06

Enjoy the gift and talent God has given you! Have fun with it, learn and play the music U love. If it "offended" God He loves U enough to let U know thru the Holy Spirit. I wish U well.
---Jeanne on 11/29/06

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(I.)Matthew and other, What are some of your favorite Christian hymns, AND What are some of your favorite classical pieces(If you like classical music)? As for me, I mostly enjoy Traditional Christian music like "Holy , Holy, Holy , Lord God Almighty" , "Nothing but the Blood", "Jesus Christ is Risen Today", Handel's "Messiah", etc.
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/29/06

(II.)But I will listen to some Contemporary Christian, as long as its in "the right spirit". And as far as Classical Music, One of my favorite pieces is "Pavane for a Dead Princess" by Ravel, and most of Mozarts music. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/29/06

let us remember that king david played joyfull music to he lord..
---patricia on 11/29/06

DId you mean to say you think I'm not enslaving myself to bondage?
---Matthew on 11/29/06

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I love the music of Bizet's Carmen, but hate the plot.

San Soen's bacchanal from Samson... is eeriely captivating, but demonic.

Rimsky-K's Scherazade is hauntingly beautiful although it is very Arabic.

Copeland is one of my favorate composers. I am careful about Bernstein: I love most of his stuff but hate his Mass.

You get the picture? Like pop music, it ain't all good, it ain't all bad.
---John_T on 11/29/06

Matthew, Classical music is FINE. You are in the growing processes of being "sensitive to the Holy Spirit", This is a experience which only occurs with Christian's who honestly desire to yield and Obey God in ALL things. Just let the Holy Spirit reason with your mind, so you don't have to be in doubt about things. Always keep in mind, that God knows your heart(your intentions)So just let Him guide you. God Bless You!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/29/06

I think you're enslaving yourself to bondage, Matthew.

Philippians says, "Whatever things are pure, lovely, virtuous, honest... if there is ANYTHING praiseworthy, think on these things." Speaking as a musician, that would include music as well, don't you think?
---Jack on 11/29/06

Romans 14:22, "Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth."
---Bruce5656 on 11/29/06

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**Music is universal, and there are boundaries for believers.**

If music is universal, how can there be boundaries for anyone?
---Jack on 11/29/06

Play what you want, classical piano is very beautiful and difficult. if you can play that then you can play anything. my only advice is play for God's Glory. God is glorified in being creative, and in playing songs to praise him. (most people forget that God was honored and glorfied when the artists made the tabernacle pretty)
---Jared on 11/28/06

I have been praying about this and I think in many ways God doesn't want me to play anything that I can't "play for him" so to speak. Make sense? Earlier he told me to read Matthew 4 and Worship the Lord your God only jumped out at me. I'm sure he wants me to watch how much time I play everyday. I can't replace my Bible time with music time. Thanks for your answers and God Bless.
---Matthew on 11/28/06

For your question Lyzet I have to respond that no I won't lead where Mozart left off. But I thank you for your humurous sarcasm =). I do however, have an interest in Fur Elise by Mozart and have started learning that. I also ordered a Christian music book which of course I will play for our Father. I hope he likes it. God Bless.
---Matthew on 11/28/06

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Thanks for the smile Mod!
Music is universal, and there are boundaries for believers. Pray and ask the Lord as you use your new instrument. He will guide you. I love classical music, do ya have any tendencies towards taking up where Mozart left off?
---lynet on 11/28/06

Play classical, play pop, play any music that you believe would allow you to use the talents God gave you to His glory. If God gave me the talent and the keyboard, I would be playing most music on it.

It is not a sin to play secular music. It is a sin to have talents and gifts and not use them to God's glory.
---Madison1101 on 11/28/06

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