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Madaracs's Avatar Picture Madaracs – March 07, 2008 11:50AM Reply Quote
Like to play your instrument?

Good, bad or ugly--musical instrument advice, experiences and whatnots go here.

Madaracs – March 07, 2008 11:54AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
I bought a new guitar yesterday.

Ibanez EW20QMENT - Natural High Gloss Finish



BodyShape: EW Body with Cutaway
Neck: Mahogany Neck
GtrTop: Quilted Maple Body
Rosette: Abalone Rosette
Tuners: Ibanez Chrome Die-Cast
Pickup: B-Band® UST Pickup
Electronics: Ibanez SRTn Preamp with Notch Filter and Onboard Tuner
Outputs: Balanced ¼” and XLR Outputs
Fretboard: Rosewood Bridge and Fretboard
Saddle: Ivorex II ™ Nut and Saddle
BridgePins: Advantage™ Bridge Pins
Strings: D'Addario® EXP™ Strings (And a spare set of Martin Marquis [12]Phosphor Bronze strings)


With a Gator Case, and "Damp It" humidifier.

stan adams – March 07, 2008 01:07PM Reply Quote
I can barely play the spoons. I am so jealous of folks that can play instruments. My parents never thought of it. Too busy to devote time to it now. I wanna get my kids in piano lessons, hope they won't hate me...

Madaracs – March 07, 2008 01:16PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
I loved piano. Though I never stuck with it so my range is limited. I'm still a novice. But I do enjoy sitting down behind a good piano and playing all the things people like to hate such as: Chopsticks, Heart and Soul, The first few bars of Toccata and Fugue in D, Yoda's Theme and the themes to Chariots of Fire, Star Wars and Superman. I'm probably no better at Guitar but with a few chords I can play a lot more. Music is very therapeutic.

Madaracs – March 07, 2008 02:15PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Stan, do you sing? Choir or anything?

Dave Loudin – March 07, 2008 02:51PM Reply Quote
There's usually something musical going on in the house. Me: percussion, piano, and chorus; Daughter #1: trombone, piano, chorus, guitar, saxophone; Daughter #2: percussion, piano, chorus; Son: trombone. My wife used to play clarinet. In the house are two pianos, a drum set, two trombones, a guitar, a tenor sax, and an old clarinet.

stan adams – March 07, 2008 02:51PM Reply Quote
I did choir is grade school, have thought about stuff afterwards, but highschool choir was "incompatible" with sports practice schedule, college choirwas for music majors. Not too many outlets for grown ups, I read about various community things -- maybe...

Madaracs – March 07, 2008 02:55PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
I'm lucky enough to have a work "guitar group" every other Thursday. We play usually from 5:30 to 7:00.



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stan adams – March 07, 2008 03:01PM Reply Quote
You know you are going to make me suicidal, don't you?

rino – March 07, 2008 03:49PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
My wife bought me a starter guitar kit from Fender -- the middle of the three price ranges. It's not a bad guitar say my friends who know...

A year later I am still in the early learning phase. Haven't touched it in a few months actually... it's real tough to find time and although I find it immensely enjoyable to learn it's not exactly relaxing at this stage. So in the evening after a day of work, the commute, making dinner, cajoling the children to bed, it's close to 9pm already.

I'm thinking of forcing it with some lessons even though it's not my learning style.

All three of my sisters took piano and still can play. My mom claims I wasn't interested. Wished they'd forced me!



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stan adams – March 07, 2008 04:06PM Reply Quote
rino -- can I call you if/when my kids whine??? :^)

Dr Phred (Moderator) – March 07, 2008 07:31PM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
I can't even play guitar hero! And my dad was a famous musician....

tomierna (Admin) – March 08, 2008 04:58AM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
I play piano and trumpet. Not regularly enough though.

Jeff Cooper – March 08, 2008 09:19AM Reply Quote
This is one of those areas where Apple really changed my life. After playing guitar since age 10, I'd basically put it away in the late '90s. My playing was stuck at an alarmingly mediocre level given the amount of time I'd devoted to it, and I wasn't able to play and record the music I was writing--it was too complicated for a simple acoustic guitar and voice arrangement. Fast forward to MW04: Steve demos Garageband, and it's a revelation: this will let me do what I want! Within weeks, guitars became an obsession, especially electric guitars (which I hadn't played since college). I now have far more than I need or reasonably can use, given my limited skills and time. Beatlemaniac that I am, this is the one I find the most fun (it's an Epiphone Casino):



But after four years I've come to the conclusion that I'm basically an acoustic guy at heart. At when it comes to acoustics, I'm a Guild guy (D50 on the left, D25 on the right):



I've come to grips with the fact that I basically have no aptitude for this: after 33 years, I'm barely competent, and given my health issues I'm not likely to improve. But I'm still dabbling with the recording, and last Wednesday I played my first open mic night in almost 15 years. It felt great.

Enjoy that Ibanez, Madaracs!

rino – March 08, 2008 09:34AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Hah! Sure but they'll have to be louder than the whine coming from my house. I'm thinking of tying a game console purchase and privileges to music lessons. My kids are radically opposed to lessons ... at 7 and 9 I just don't know where this comes from.

Aptitude ... practice ... time ... !
I just need the last two so I can even tell the first.



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El Jeffe – March 10, 2008 04:34AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
My point about most music instruction is what does it get you? I call 'band geek'. You have to enjoy it YOURSELF or it's not worth it. I know many that do band gigs, symphony stuff, but it can't pay bills. My wife would hire some to do music for ads, but again, very limited income potential. If you like it for the creative stuff, then great.

What a journey.

rino – March 10, 2008 08:42AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Bill, I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and, a Masters of Fine Arts.

El Jeffe – March 10, 2008 08:48AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Okay.
Do you earn a living from playing musical instruments, and nothing else?
(That's not my only thoughts on subject. But, one thing at a time)

What a journey.

rino – March 10, 2008 09:24AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
I can't play an instrument well enough to form a song.

Do you take walks? What do you get out of them?

Do you love your children? What do you get out of that?! (other than bills!?)

Do you love a pet?

etc...

El Jeffe – March 10, 2008 09:44AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Sorry, the disjointed nature of this forum, and my inability to engage in across-hours/days of back and forth, has rendered my contribution to this and you my normal misguided discussion. Some discussions are better in threaded mode for me, I guess. My point is when guiding my children is to try and play the numbers for being able to fund their lives. If after 4 years of college, you can get$30k or $80 or $120k per year, which is the best use of your time? (This is what I would ask them) I kept telling and telling my wife that when she went into liberal arts degree before she was a Freshman. She now asks why. Her schooling was free, too. So, it could have been any major/degree. I tried to persuade her, though. sigh.

What a journey.

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