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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.

rino – March 10, 2008 10:15AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Oh believe me I will try and get my children to go into one of the steady three: law, medicine, or finance. But rationality would make for a boring world then wouldn't it? There are plenty of ways to be boring.

stan adams – March 10, 2008 11:32AM Reply Quote
To try and stay on the music thing, and relate it to the career choice --

It is about "happiness potential" in a generic sense. By learning how to make a piano or guitar or clarinet "work" and make music there is an INCREASE in happiness potential -- similar to having the grades/stamina to get into law or medicine is about "earnings potential". In terms of broad "career satisfaction" there are LOTS of dissatisfied lawyers and doctors. In terms of "skills" I've never heard of anyone who said they felt that learning to play an instrument /read music was something that they wished they never devoted time toward...

(And finally to address the other point about liberal arts -- I've known many people that earned highly technical degrees in so-called high paying field like chemical engineering or petro-geology. If they had no passion for the actual work that such careers demanded they either become bitter or left for more enjoyable endeavors. Those who had lives of balance and broad interests (such as music) were able to craft careers that in many cases were as financially rewarding as the more limited technical role. Unfortunately those who had a unhealthy single mindedness toward achieving academic success in a technically demanding area tend to be so shackled to that decision that they are unable to envision doing something that they'd find more enjoyable and grow more and more unpleasant...)

Madaracs – March 10, 2008 11:43AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Jeff Cooper
Enjoy that Ibanez, Madaracs!

Tanks. And nice gee-tarz, dood.

Jeff Cooper – March 10, 2008 03:22PM Reply Quote
Jeff Cooper
Enjoy that Ibanez, Madaracs!

Tanks. And nice gee-tarz, dood.

Thanks! Here's one of them in action.

El Jeffe – March 10, 2008 03:45PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
"Can't stand the thought of losing you"

Don't get choked up over Bush.


What a journey.

Steve Cordova – March 10, 2008 11:26PM Reply Quote
History passes the first time as tragedy, the second time as farts. - Roy Edroso
Not having taken music lessons seriously, or taken them in a serious manner (two different things), i will say that music lessons, even if you hate them, force you into discipline. Granted, the discipline is not as rough if you like your instrument of choice, but it serves you further on in life. The tops students in my class were not close to the smartest, just the most disciplined at study, and quite a few played instruments. which is tough at a school that didn't have a band class.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/10/2008 11:26PM by Steve Cordova.

johnny k – March 11, 2008 12:18AM Reply Quote
Just the taste of creation that the arts can give you is powerful and motivating. And to be a good creator, you have to be a good observer. Just good general qualities to have.

I'm down from my high of 9 guitars, including 3 pairs of the same models (hey, sometimes the right color makes you sound better). About 6 now. My main guitars are Fender Starcasters ... great thick clean tone. Also rely on an Epiphone Les Paul ... high-gain tone better for punk and I've got lighter strings on it so it's easier to work myself back into playing shape on it. Also have a hybrid guitar/bass that I designed in undergrad and had made... it's beautiful but I still haven't got the hang of playing it. My amps are also tube Fenders. I also have drums and a full-88 keyboard, both of which I half-ass.

I have a rock trio but not til summer will we finally do a good recording with the best engineer in these parts. I tell you what, nothing feels better than rocking out with the band, whether it's on stage or in practice. Making nice sounds with other people who are on the same wavelength is a great visceral experience. I love shutting my overworked brain off and let something lower-level and truer take over. Shit, I've been too adult lately and not allowing myself to play until I get some 'real' work done, which of course never happens.

One of my proudest accomplishments has been writing off whisky on my taxes.

Dave Loudin – March 11, 2008 07:02AM Reply Quote
Cool! I remember writing off concert tickets and record/CD purchases back in my DJ days.

Madaracs – March 12, 2008 09:11AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
From another thread...

Jeff Cooper
I posted this on another thread, and promise not to thread-spam it further, but here is one of the hundreds of thousands of faces of MS in this country.


What kind of guitar is that? Is it a Guild?

Just got me Yamaha FG-450SA back from a setup. I just absolutely _love_ the sound of this guitar. I don't care what anyone says Yamaha knows what they're doing when it comes to guitars.

Cloudscout – December 31, 2008 03:17PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I'm having some problems with learning to play guitar.

I had assumed that my decades of typing would mean my fingers were limber enough for the task but I'm learning that the fingers on my left hand just will not spread out enough to cover four frets at once. I'v started doing stretching exercises for now but it seems like I'm not going to be able to practice the actual guitar much since things like playing simple chromatic scales aren't possible for me right now without having to move my hand instead of just moving my fingers.

Kinda sucks.

ddt – December 31, 2008 03:29PM Reply Quote
yeah, i'm having the same problem in learning the bass. what stretching exercises do you do?

funny, because part of the reason for trying this was to gain more dexterity, in addition to trying to spark up parts of the brain.


Cloudscout – December 31, 2008 03:46PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Mainly doing 'finger splits' by pressing my fingers against my leg or my arm.

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