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Guitar, though I want to learn the harp...
I've always wanted to play the harp as well -- particularly, to attach my acoustic pick-up to it and run it through my effects station (e.g. delay, etc.).

I played a gorgeous harp in a store in Seattle for a bit and literally felt crystallized while playing it. The tone is so pure...
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Old 23.07.2014, 11:37
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I used to be able to sing, but I'm 12 years out of practice (living in an apartment and not driving doesn't encourage singing without a care).
Isn't that what showers were invented for.
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Old 23.07.2014, 15:53
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I used to use a pick in my brief foray into bass guitar, bucause I couldn't do that cool looking lazy bass finger strumming thing.
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Old 23.07.2014, 16:07
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that's a good question - I am in two minds about picks, I need them to make my sound bigger and clearer but I much prefer picking and strumming with my fingers. I like the harder thicker ones missus
That made me think of a tuna can, which nobody will understand, of course, hahahah...

Ok ok. So, it's not that it is either cool or uncool, really, I just don't like using a tool to create a sound, instead of having full control of it, with my own body. Intuition is hard to transfer through a piece of plastic. Or, I just need to play with a pick, every single day. It's not old school, might just be not being trained enough. It slips, the sound is too clear and metally. I like how subtle and yet strong low frequencies rule and dictate. Though I do like a song being totally carried by a nice, clear, steady and picked bass line, so yeah.

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Old 25.07.2014, 18:25
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I've always wanted to play the harp as well -- particularly, to attach my acoustic pick-up to it and run it through my effects station (e.g. delay, etc.).

I played a gorgeous harp in a store in Seattle for a bit and literally felt crystallized while playing it. The tone is so pure...
Have you been in that store in ZH, it's in the Niederdorf, that sells ethnic instruments of all types... shamisen, koto, celtic harps, etc...?
I can lose myself totally in a place like that.
And I def understand the whole trip of looping / delaying / mangling an acoustic instrument
Lotsa fun!

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Old 09.08.2014, 14:50
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Re: Ask a Musician

When musicians play gigs, it's usually the 10 thousandth time they've played them. The same bloody songs over and over and over.

Don't musicians ever get sick of rehashing the same old notes ad infinitum?

Do they ever go backstage after a gig and say, "if I ever have to play that damn song again I swear I will shoot myself?".
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Old 09.08.2014, 14:53
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Honestly?

No.

But there were songs I did not like and had to play, maybe one song per a setlist, but even then you focus on playing it right, so no, not really. You still get a kick out of it. Or maybe it is probably quite individual...
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Old 09.08.2014, 15:32
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When musicians play gigs, it's usually the 10 thousandth time they've played them. The same bloody songs over and over and over.

Don't musicians ever get sick of rehashing the same old notes ad infinitum?

Do they ever go backstage after a gig and say, "if I ever have to play that damn song again I swear I will shoot myself?".
Dunno. I suppose it depends if you're doing it because you have to vs. playing something because it's the gig you chose.
I remember one of my friends landed a gig playing electric guitar in a group of "ballo liscio" (traditional italian popular music in the form of mazurkas, polkas, etc something culturally akin to the "deutsche schlagermusik" or volksmusik ....you get the drift).
Well, he could play the chord changes and sleep at the same time (I could see his head nodding as he was drifting away). He absolutely hated it, as he wanted to become a professional jazz musician.
The last band I played with had a couple of songs that I ended up hating, but just because there were a couple of passages where I would always stumble
But really, once you're playing something you appreciate you're in a different dimension, you're in the flow as opposed to being a passive listener.
I once knew a classically trained harpsichord player and we once had the usual discussion of sheet music vs. improvisation (think Mac vs. PC kind of thing).
She told me that the reading the score was more than just connecting the dots. There was elegance, cunning harmonic strategies, colour and semantics all of which had to be rendered through her fingers, her soul and conveyed to the audience. And every time she played those pieces it was a fresh challenge. Granted, we're talking of pieces writtten by such luminaries as Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart, etc so YMMV

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Old 09.08.2014, 15:35
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Oh...hold on...it never happened to me
(OTOH I did have a crush on certain female fellow musicians, only to discover that they preferred other girls to guys )

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Old 09.08.2014, 15:44
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Oh...hold on...it never happened to me
(OTOH I did have a crush on certain female fellow musicians, only to discover that they preferred other girls to guys )

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Did you play bass, wear acrylic purple shirts or sideburns???

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On that note, I never considered myself a musician, despite doing music so much. I wouldn't ever go pro, to keep the pressure off, liked it too much to have to compromise...same with arts, cooking, making clothes, etc. Or maybe I would call myself that if I actually practiced as much as I should have. I'd have 2 gigs a week, with 4 rehearsals a week on top, I'd still be me, not a musician . Labels are useless.
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Old 10.08.2014, 22:58
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On that note, I never considered myself a musician, despite doing music so much. I wouldn't ever go pro, to keep the pressure off, liked it too much to have to compromise...same with arts, cooking, making clothes, etc. Or maybe I would call myself that if I actually practiced as much as I should have. I'd have 2 gigs a week, with 4 rehearsals a week on top, I'd still be me, not a musician . Labels are useless.
Same here. Music making to me is something akin to an intimate act - i.e. I wasn't born to be a "performer" and to catch someone's attention (such as the lovely guitarist I was once playing with hehe). It's always been my personal universe kind of thing, a private space where plenty of contradictions are allowed to crash, burn, replicate, generate, procreate in a sort of demented feedback loop (that's how I keep my mind open heh).
"musician" is a loose label to indicate that I'm familiar with making music, that's all.
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Old 10.08.2014, 23:09
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Old 11.08.2014, 21:39
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Old 11.08.2014, 22:28
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Re: Ask a Musician

Another bass player here; I started off as a pianist at the age of 9. Played classic during my conservatory years, switched to jazz as a teenager, and played some rock with high school and Uni friends. Then stopped playing altogether for some 15 years. Picked it up again some 5 years ago, along with a bass, which I never put down since. I've played local gigs for a while, and here I am, forming a new band. At least I already have the drummer.

Regarding the pick vs finger style topic, I prefer finger style, hands down. I try to play with a pick, but I'm terrible at it...plus I usually favour my Fender -P Am Std, which is strung with flats, and I don't like the combination of flats with a pick. If I'm playing the Stingray I might try the pick occasionally, but I find it hard to control the attack, and eventually switch to finger style again.
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Old 05.10.2014, 23:24
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Re: Ask a Musician

I really hate 'if you go away' as a translation for ' ne me quitte pas'. It simply doesnt have the same vibe. Any takers?
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What instruments do my fellow EF members play? :.
Just discovered this thread far too late... I wanted to be a musician as a teenager, but started too late and chose the wrong instrument (flute). I was lucky enough to go to a school with its own orchestra though, and was able to play in three symphony concerts a year over a period of four or five years - very lucky. I have let it drop over the last ten years or so, and this is where the "wrong instrument" bit comes in - there's not much you can do with a flute unless you have an orchestra, or at least a few musical friends to play with.

I had some piano lessons about 15 years ago (the opportunity wasn't there as a child), and am constantly on the verge of buying a piano to get that going again.
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I really hate 'if you go away' as a translation for ' ne me quitte pas'. It simply doesnt have the same vibe. Any takers?
I can't remember the name of the singer, but "Seasons in the Sun" was also a "translation" of a Jacques Brel song.
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