Any other musicians around here?

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    Jun 21, 2007 7:36 PM GMT
    As my username suggests, I am something of a musician. I used to be able to play both the trumpet and the piano, but I gave up the trumpet because at the time I was a lazy, shiftless teenager who couldn't be bothered to commit to anything. But I still play the piano from time to time, although I stopped taking lessons ages ago. I am thinking of either taking up the trumpet again or alternatively I might take up a new instrument (when I get a bloody job and actually have some money coming in).

    Is anyone else into playing musical instruments? I also happen to like opera, which I know is a somewhat camp, feminine hobby, but I think it's good for the soul myself. I don't like all opera though, only some bits.

    I am generally better at music than I am at sports.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 21, 2007 8:36 PM GMT
    When it comes to music, these days I'm something of a dilettante. I had about 9 years of vocal training, 6 or so of piano, and about 4 on the flute. My favorite music lessons were the semester I spent in college taking a harp class--I had always wanted to play the harp, and I was finally able to fit it into my schedule right at the end of college.

    Of the instruments I had a substantial background in, the one I most enjoy is/was singing. However, my schedule is too crazy for me to be willing to set aside the time to sing in a chorus or choir these days, because it's not only a commitment to practice (which I can manage; it's essentially no different from committing the time to the gym), but there would have to be a set time every week to rehearse with others, and I don't have a schedule right now where I'm willing to make that sort of commitment--there would be weeks where I couldn't make it due to my labwork taking priority, and I wouldn't feel comfortable impacting the other singers by my undependable attendance. Singing along to my iPod just isn't the same thing.

    In high stress mode, though, I do drift back to the keyboard. For example, a couple of summers ago I was putting in a 12-13 hour day, 7 days a week, for a few months. When I got home, I needed something to turn my brain off from thinking about my work. Television was too passive, I'm too good at multitasking for a run to drive it out of my head, and trying to do so from reading was frustrating because half an hour later I'd have no memory of what I'd just read. Forcing myself to learn to sight-read again was challenging enough to keep my brain occupied and drive out thoughts of work, but was something that didn't bother me if I couldn't really remember the experience.
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    Jun 21, 2007 8:40 PM GMT
    I'm a closet musician. Mostly writing and recording. My guitar and keyboard skills have ebbed. I haven't played out live in too long. These days it's all digital so skills don't mean much unless you are playing live.
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    Jun 21, 2007 8:41 PM GMT
    Hey there, Musician, I play the guitar and flute myself, and I used to play the piano (and the accordion, shamefully). I started playing guitar in earnest roughly six months ago and hired a music coach (we meet twice a month and work through technique and music theory). You ever play out? What other instrument are you looking at?
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    Jun 21, 2007 8:53 PM GMT
    I am a violinist, minor in piano,viola, and vocal. I just graduated at San Francisco Conservatory of Music with my Masters. When I was young, I hate to practice so much...but my parents keep forcing me until I can not live without my instrument. I appreciate that my live turn out to be a musician, it is very rewarding and inspiring. I wish more people could understand the beauty of the classical music. Goodluck and may your music touch the people around you.
  • mcwclewis

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    Jun 21, 2007 8:55 PM GMT
    Im getting a bass guitar for my birthday :o)

    I played keyboard for a while but I gave up on it due to lack of interest.



    I was in a hip hop group for about a year... called Molotov Cocktail Waitress (hence the mcw in my name)
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    Jun 21, 2007 8:56 PM GMT
    I'm a semi-professional classical bass player - I get paid to play but it's not my career (it's somewhat easier to have a career in rocket science and play some music on the side than to be a musician and do some rocket science on the side). Playing is a great way to get my mind off of work! I have some audio of a solo I played with an orchestra on my profile if you've never heard classical bass before.... *insert additional shameless self-promotion here* :^)

    Any of you guys who used to play an instrument and let your skills slip should consider getting back into it - you won't regret it!
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    Jun 21, 2007 9:44 PM GMT
    I use to play clarinet and alto saxophone. I also sang professionally and (if the body counts as an instrument)I danced professionally too.

    I also like opera and don't consider it to be camp or femmy. Enjoy it. :-)
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    Jun 21, 2007 9:51 PM GMT
    I studied opera singing for a bit. At the beginning, my teacher/coach explained to me that the muscles involved in singing were the same muscles involved in yawning and the moaning that occurs during sex. He encouraged me to attend the opera at Lincoln Center, so I went. As soon as the first singer started singing, I started laughing and could not stop. I had to leave so as not to ruin everyone else's experience. I got it under control now and can listen to opera singing without thinking dirty thoughts (unless the singer is hot or tiresome).
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    Jun 21, 2007 10:13 PM GMT
    Musician, if you haven't read it, you might enjoy Wayne Koestenbaum's book, "The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire."
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    Jun 21, 2007 11:27 PM GMT
    I'm sure I'll remember your story McGay at some inoportune time and get blank annoyed looks from those around me.
    There is a lot of talent here.
    I took piano for years, and then clarinet in high school -- my parents who decided they were blessed with talented children attempted to mold my sister and I into well rounded and cultured beings, something about how we'd thank them later. The clarinet sounds like a sick duck now, but I play the piano still quite frequently for myself as a way to relax and get away from it all.
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    Jun 22, 2007 4:54 AM GMT
    I play bass, trumpet, and sing. I also do a lot of recording and live sound reinforcement. My boyfriend plays piano, and is in a kabaret, where I do sound. I love doing musical things with friends. All of my closest friendships have been based on shared music.

    As a side note, I have found that lifting weights improves bass playing.
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    Jun 22, 2007 5:01 AM GMT
    Yeah tanktop - I think bass is one of the more physically demanding instruments you could play. Maybe except drums. But that seems more like cardio :)
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    Jun 22, 2007 7:43 AM GMT
    yeah. used to play the cello. I was first chair cello senior year of high school. but college, and airplanes, and cellos, don't really get along so its been like 4 years since i touched it. lol
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    Jun 22, 2007 12:20 PM GMT
    I've been playin guitar for 12 years now. I have a bachelor's in music performance and am looking for a way to make money playing music. In addition to guitar, I sing, play keys, trumpet and a little drums. I listen to everything, including opera. If I didn't play my guitar everyday i would go insane. Having something i'm passionate for, like music, has kept me focused and grounded in life. Everything is just bs.
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    Jun 22, 2007 1:11 PM GMT
    Hey, I am a professional musician. I have been performing since I was 16. I studied music all through school, and two years of college. I am currently touring and promoting my upcoming CD. I play saxophone. I write, arrange and compose my own original music. I have worked the circuit for many years, now, thank goodness, I do more concerts and special events. I would encourage you to give it everything that you have, if it's your passion. There is something about touching someone with what you love to do. Keep the faith and go for it with all you got man, the inner rewards are priceless. Just my experience and thoughts.
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    Jun 22, 2007 1:12 PM GMT
    In elementary school, we were all given audio tests where pairs of tones were played into headphones, and we had to say whether the second tone was higher, lower, or the same as the first. I scored extraordinarily well on it, and they decided I should learn to play the double bass. Why the double bass? I have no idea. It was a public school, and maybe that was the only instrument on hand that no one else was using. Turns out, I have no particular musical aptitude. Just extremely sensitive hearing that goes up to higher frequencies than most people.
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    Jun 22, 2007 3:34 PM GMT
    I play the clarinet and I mess around on the piano, never any formal training in it. I used to play in a local jazz band that would go around to different lounge/restaurants and play a couple nights a week. It was a blast, I was the only member fresh out of high school and I think that really got me noticed at different gigs (though not always in a good way). I wish we could start up again but I don't know what happened to everybody. We had a gig at a hotel lounge and then everybody just seemed to disappear after that.
  • bobod

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    Jun 22, 2007 4:05 PM GMT
    I did't get into music till late in life. I'm not getting my Masters in Choral Conducting. I'm not a Huge opera fan, but i love classical, choral, and broadway
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    Jun 22, 2007 5:50 PM GMT
    Yeah a lot of gay guys play the trumpet, including myself. But I haven't played since I left high school. My little cornet just sits in a corner on the floor, all old and speckled like a dying banana. I attempt to pick it up every now and then for old times sake, but I get horrified by the condition of it and the fact that I can barely get through my scares without slurring.

    I still visit the high school though and check up on the band. I was in Jazz band, Concert band, Wind Symphony and Marching band. I wish I had stuck with it, but I knew if I didn't major in music in college that I just wasn't going to stick with it. And all of the music courses at my school are on a far away campus anyway.

    I started playing the keyboard in my teens. And I've gotten a lot better. But truly its just pretty noise. Nothing professional. I am annoyed however when people see it and get all exited and beg me to play songs from the radio. I just don't have that type of skill, but even if I did I wouldn't want to. I like doing my own thing.

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    Jun 22, 2007 6:05 PM GMT
    I'm a musical theatre major so I take classical voice lessons. I also taught myself a bit of guitar and piano.
  • ValleyGuy5000

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    Jun 22, 2007 6:46 PM GMT
    I'm a pianist/singer/composer... 16 years experience with bands, singers, choirs, etc.

    Pretty much "retired" from gigs, sessions, etc., for the moment, doing other things (photography, physical fitness, etc.)... needed a break after 16 years. Symptoms of burnout and boredom just couldn't be ignored anymore.

    Pix and more info if anyone's interested: www.myspace.com/raymondhorwitz
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    Jun 22, 2007 8:12 PM GMT
    well I guess nobody and their mom decided to play low brass. I play bass trombone, and will continue doing gigs until the day I die. I just love those low horns and making the cute trumpet player in front of me jump when I get to play forte :P Imagine what forissimo would be like, LOL. Anyways yeah, we should make a RealJock.com brass quintet :P

    Casey
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    Jun 22, 2007 9:11 PM GMT
    I sing, and have sung my entire life. I have taken voice lessons and off with different teachers to see little results. It wasn't until I started doing tons of research on it, on the net that I really started to see some gains in my voice. I found out the way many teachers especially classical/opera teachers teach is not the most nuturing way to discovering the voice in its entirely and beauty. I sing all kinds of stuff, josh groban, thearter, david phelps ect.

    Part of the reason I work out is because its good to keep the body in shape for its what the voice relys on.
  • jarhead5536

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    Jun 22, 2007 9:15 PM GMT
    I've played the flute for almost thirty years. Classically trained (TWO degrees gathering dust here), but I don't play professionally anymore. I was in the Marine Band for ten years, and freelanced in Texas before that.