Originally Posted by Vanilla Bean
I have a Peavey Zodiac BXP. I started out on a Peavey Milestone which I still have. I like it and Peavey was affordable for me!
That's outstanding. Peaveys are very well known for high quality and low price. I don't have a ton of money myself and I'm in the market for an amp... Peavey is at the top of my list.
Originally Posted by VeggieMath
I love music much more when I play it than when I just listen to it...
I agree. Nothing beats hands-on activity. Also, I appreciate music a lot more after I began playing an instrument. It opens your ears and makes you hear things you didn't before.
Originally Posted by DeflatorMouse
I just remember showing up to music class late every time. And by the time I got to the "instrument toybox" all that was left were those STUPID STUPID wooden sticks with the grooves in em that you rub together. Sometimes there was only one stick
Sorry to awaken bad memories. How exactly does that work with only one stick, anyway? I picture myself frantically sawing at the edge of my desk with my single usable stick like an idiot. That would indeed be a drag.
Originally Posted by musicmaker
Never did finish my degree but at age 50 I am going to start university and do it part time since I have to work full time. Luckily I can do that in the UK. However when I was living in the US I did get paid (quite well) professionally as an accompanist, church organist, pianist and keyboardist for bands etc. Not enough time to do that here unfortunately.
That's very impressive. Good luck with school.
Originally Posted by hamilton
I wish I took up bass years and years ago, or better yet trumpet - us guitar players are ubiquitous
That's definitely an advantage to being a bass player. As I said earlier, I play both bass and guitar, but every time I wind up in a jam situation, I wind up playing my trusty four string. I enjoy it a lot and would rather
play bass, but often times I have to because I'm the only one there who does. Every guy and his brother plays guitar, but a good bass player is tough to find.
Originally Posted by karenlovessnow
I took piano lessons for six years in grammar school. I play the keyboard every Christmas!
Originally Posted by Amy SF
I took piano lessons when I was a kid for several years and loved playing, but I was a stereotypical "hated-having-to-practice" piano lesson dropout. As a consequence, I forgot practically everything I learned, including how to read music.
Piano and keyboard players get my respect, because I don't have the coordination to play two pieces of music simultaneously. A catchy melody or pounding bassline is like second nature, but if faced with the task of playing music on the treble clef with my right hand and music on the bass clef with my left, I would end up in knots. I'm just not a well-rounded enough musician for that.
Amy - Be glad you learned standard notation at all. It still eludes me.
While I'm on the topic of rock guitarists who can't read music, don't you guys think it would be beneficial to teach guitar academically? They're just as musically valid as any other instrument, and I know there are a lot of rockers out there who would benefit from a structured, academic guitar education program. I know I would. Plus, all those metalheads would stay after school and do legitimate coursework instead of going home, lighting up and running through the same old Metallica covers. If there was an academic program for guitar players at my old high school, I might not have been such an outcast and would probably have shown a lot more school spirit. Sorry for the rant.
Originally Posted by steinbock
well....if i list the instruments i HAVE played...the list goes on for a while:
That list is too long. I think you're just making some of those up towards the end.
Originally Posted by misq17
I've been playing tenor sax a little over six years now, mainly jazz.
That's a pretty solid commit. Good for you. Before playing guitar, the only other instrument I had touched was the baritone horn when I was in fourth grade. I played it for a week or two and then quit. Ugh... I just had no passion for it.
Originally Posted by chiaraluna
I'm a vocal performance major, so obviously voice is my primary instrument.
I'm also quite envious of people who can sing. If I had better pitch... and better breath control... and less stage fright. I swear, if I could sing, I'd be in a signed band touring right now. Keep up the good work.
Originally Posted by skanky
Don't worry... we won't use any big words.
If anyone wants me to break out "dumb drummer" jokes, I will. I swear I can rattle off about two dozen off the top of my head.