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  1. Winbot

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    Let's talk about which instruments we play or the ones we did play! After a long unfortunate break (new PC messed me up) I'm slowly getting back into my little MIDI keyboard. For anyone who likes to mess around I think this is the best option, you can do whatever you want and there's some powerful software out there. All free!

    Back in the day I used to play a lot more instruments. As a kid and teenager I never developed great pitch recognition but I was very adept at picking up new instruments.

    Alto saxophone: played this slightly before band started in school so I had a head start, went through HS with it. Never did marching band (gay) and jazz didn't make sense to me so I stuck with symphonic winds and usually just played parts for different instruments. I had a loaner Tenor and Baritone sax which gave me access to Eb in two octaves and Bb in one. Always wanted a soprano (funny how my favorite one eluded me) but it never happened. I stopped playing sax mostly because of my living situations, it's a super loud instrument to practice with no matter what.

    Bass guitar: by chance I acquired a left handed bass cheap. I didn't plan on playing the thing I just knew they were rare, and I'm left handed so why not? I was instantly in extreme demand because every high school kid is a guitar player but there's nobody playing bass. My style was a basement version of Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath except I liked to use a felt pick instead of fingers. I didn't want to just strum eighth notes (ONLY AC/DC is allowed to do that) but wasn't very skilled either so this was a nice middle ground of stealing the root notes of chords from the guitar player and running it through a handful of tricks for adequate parts from the many litle groups I played with. This got me into rowdy stuff too like being suckered into a few live shows, police reports from noise, etc.

    Piano: always loved it, never had access to one growing up. By the time I got my first proper keyboard it was post music death Winbot (more on that later) even now I know the reality of the situation. I still like to mess with it because it's so interesting.
     
  2. Tzar

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    Bass guitar: Started this when I was 14 or 15, started playing at church and got decent enough, never really kept up with it at home and never really developed any serious skill with it. Couldn't really play by ear, i'm a little on the tone deaf side.

    Drums: Actually really got into these and played with a few churches and a separate band. I had a lot of fun playing but ultimately financial issues forced me to sell them. I'd love to get a new set, but that's a lot of money and I just don't have the time to play anymore. Or the space, either.
     
  3. Stearc

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    All I can do is vocals...used to play saxophone. Should have learned piano or guitar. I suck.
     
  4. raakis

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    I've played bass since I was 13 but I dropped out from two bands last December because it just didn't felt right anymore.
     
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    The year the music died

    Even though this has come up a few times in passing I've never elaborated on it. At the end of my teenage years my brain went through some kind of phase and I lost most of my musical ability. I always wondered if I got slammed to the ground or really sick or something and it messed that region up, my creativity in general took a big hit but nothing else was affected. Since then I've learned I can kind of override it by drilling tasks like a sad little asian kid being forced to be a prodigy by his parents. The fun and naturality of it all isn't there though. This happened around age 19-20~ over a few year period, it's not like I just woke up one day creatively retarded.

    The medical community calls the more extreme version of this amusia but I'm not completely tone deaf or find music to be simply white noise like the people who have this. The symptoms I share are more cognitive, for instance I don't get songs stuck in my head or feel the need to tap along with music. I like going to concerts but the people I go with always give me a hard time about not dancing along!
     
  6. Anthony

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    My fat fingers meant bass guitar was easier than guitar. I played a bit in high school and a little after but that was it. When I could afford it I bought a nice old Rickenbacker bass, but by then my playing days were pretty much over. I still get it out about every three or four months just to make some noise.

    Actually about a month ago I started playing my six-string after not touching it forever, I happened on a youtube instructional video in which the instructor was calling out anyone who couldn't play clean, bright chords as lazy, and I felt shame. I've been playing that once or twice a week just for fun, and would like to play at least a little bit every day to improve, but life stuff keeps bothering me.
     
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    My grandmother and grandfather both played piano and other instruments, and actually played out in a band locally in the 20s and 30s. My grandfather passed away before I was born and my grandmother got rid of the piano and never played again. I wish she hadn't that would have been fun to have around as a kid.
     
  8. raakis

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    I had same kind of experience with myself. I got mine at age 23-24 and slowly it started to dwindle my interest into music and playing. Also all the pseudo-intellectual crap and the huge amounts of degeneracy in the music culture pushed me away from it. It doesn't even matter which music genre your playing it's pretty much all the same.
     
  9. Master

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    Trombone. Haven't played in pushing 20 years, but could probably be OK with some practice.

    Drums. Started as a snare drummer in school band, eventually had a kick ass TAMA double bass set.

    My greatest accomplishment was being able to play the entire Judas Priest PAINKILLER album and not fuck it up.
     
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  10. steamed rice

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    Any correlation with environment change like moving to a different house?

    A similar loss in creativity happened to me, along with some other changes that are definitely not supposed to happen. I've been obsessed with trying to find out WHY and how to fix it over the last year or so.

    My current theory is chronic copper (maybe other shit too!) OD through drinking/shower water. This might require an effort-thread soon!

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  11. Randolph Carter

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    I play piano and guitar (badly, not helped by laziness around practice), I have a few compositions and arrangements online but I'm not posting them because that'd be more or less doxing myself.

    If you don't play a 'sociable' instrument, singing in a proper old-fashioned high-church choir is a great way to keep your sight-reading up to speed (choirmasters give you very nasty looks if you don't), and you usually get to sport a cool robe too.
     
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    I took about 7 years of piano lessons, even signed myself up in 7th grade for them before telling my parents I was taking lessons. We had a piano in the house so why not I figured. Got really damn good, but unfortunately it has been several years since I have last played a piano. I am hoping that I can purchase one in the not too distant future.
     
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    For sure, I've move about once every two years if you average out all of my changes in life.

    Monday is probably the best time for that. Digital pianos are great now, they play just like the real thing and don't take up a ton of space. If you are determined to get a real one Craigslist is the place to go since there are a lot of people who get a nice piano as a piece of furniture more than an instrument, so they're often sold with barely any play time on them.
     
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  14. S&Wshooter

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    I tried to learn piano. Tried.

    Wish I could play the accordion or even a squeezebox, just to play Cajun folk and also annoy people
     
  15. Nils

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    It's just not the same, man. I mean, sound aside, I've never tried one that had an action anywhere close to that of a real upright.
     
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    I was also going to add that I have busted two of the thick bass strings where the hammer hits on a grand piano before while playing.
     
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    Right but if you're at the point where the difference in action bothers you, you probably already have a piano! A decent digital piano (or even synth) gives you a lot more flexibility with sound, storage & logistics, etc.

    My synth controller is only two octaves (has keys to change them) which basically prevents real piano practice. I never set out to learn piano it's more of an input device for parts. Still need to learn more scales and chords though.



    I see it's the #1 seller for recording equipment now!
     

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