To strike up
|To cause to sound; to begin to beat|
|To begin to sing or play; as, to strike up a tune.|
|To raise (as sheet metal), in making diahes, pans, etc., by blows or pressure in a die.|
|to commence to play as a musician; to begin to sound, as an instrument.|
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.