Who here plays a musical instrument?

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Do you play a musical instrument

  1. Yes, I picked it up as a kid and still play

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  2. Yes, I picked it up as an adult

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  3. I played as a kid, but don’t as an adult

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  4. Nope, never did and still don’t

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  1. Kenny Phillips

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    The banjo is, to me, the easiest instrument upon which to make a recognizable tune. If you were nearby, I'd loan you one, and show you a couple of quick things to get going. You'll need a soundproof room to practice in, if you have a family, or not, if you don't want a family.
     
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    Before I moved into the house, I had the basement finished with insulation. That's where everything other than the piano exists - 2 sax, 1 clarinet, multiple keyboards and synths....and all the computers....Makes life so much simpler.
     
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    I work from home, so I can practice in any spare time, whilst the S/O is at her office. Otherwise we often play together.
     
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    I have a reasonable Gold Tone banjo's. My accordions are no names. I've owned a Yamaha DX-7/TX-7 and KX-88 for years. I've supplemented those with various tone generators (Roland SC-88, and a PC running GPO and Gigastudio). About ten years ago I bought a Yamaha DC-5A on eBay and I've never regretted it. It's a beautiful instrument.
     
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    I'm not sure why you would think those two categories are mutually exclusive. This is a pic from a pal's retirement party. Everyone in the band is an engineer. (I'm the short troll wearing the hat and the Les Paul.)


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    like I said, it's over-pidgeon-holing.

    Obviously I use musicians because, well, they're musicians. I contrast engineers because when you get into the aspects of flying that involve engineering data (takeoff/climb performance, for example), many pilots would rather take a chance on dying than actually do the computations. ;)
     
  7. Kenny Phillips

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    Yeah; most of the gang that I play with are in IT or some other technical field. We use both sides of our brains!
     
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    I took piano lessons in third grade, but only lasted a few months. My parents' piano was a really crappy one, and I just didn't have the motivation.

    I played snare drum in band in 9th and 10th grade.

    In high school, I bought myself an inexpensive acoustic guitar and taught myself to play. Never really got any good at it. I've always regretted not being more devoted to it. But it just did not come naturally to me. I can sit down and strum a few chords now, but that's about it.
     
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    I've played guitar regularly in church, but my present amount of business travel has caused me to stop for a while. Also played in a traditional gospel group for a few years, as well as with various pick-up groups.

    I'm a passable rhythm player with a decent chord vocabulary who can throw in some simple leads and riffs once in a while.

    But, I'm a much better audio mixer. During college, I mixed sound for live bands (rock, country, and swing) at Disney World during vacations, and mixed multiple bands while at school. After graduation I owned an audio business for several years. I'm fair at best as a guitarist, but I'm good enough behind a sound board to make a living at it, or at least to earn the subsistence such gigs usually pay.

    I had a chance to go on the road full-time mixing sound after college, but I decided I didn't want to be traveling all the time. So here I am traveling all the time for Lockheed, but without any sex, drugs, and rock & roll. I always have made lousy career choices.....
     
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    It works for electronic piano, it's only so effective on electronic drums. The noise is greatly reduced from an acoustic drum set, but it's still a decent racket being made on an electronic drum set since you're still banging on things with drum sticks, lol. Using the electronic drums just makes sure your family is the one being annoyed, not the next door neighbors. Electronic drums let you do a lot of cool things that you can't do easily with acoustics since you can program a pad to be any instrument you want it to be (chimes, gong, tambourine, loop track, etc.).

    Growing up, my father's drum set which we both played on, was upstairs in the bonus room we referred to as the "drum room". It was located over the kitchen, which at the time, had the lovely drop-ceiling with the plastic light diffusing panels which rattled with every kick drum beat or the quadraphonic stereo cranked up for music to drum along to. Mom couldn't get the volume on the tv high enough to drown it out most of the time, lol.
     
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    Piano since age 5, violin/viola since 8, added trumpet and percussion in HS, continued "formal" study of violin through Master's degree in performance and played professionally with several regional orchestras and a gajillion shows, but have spent the bulk of my professional life as a pianist. Currently working mostly as pianist, violinist, and trumpeter, but employable as percussionist, acoustic or electric bassist, and violist when the need arises. Can play pretty much any instrument to some degree, but the results aren't always fit for public consumption.

    Jazz theory and improvization are probably my most consistent lifelong focuses, and I've taught both at the college level. Happy to assist anyone here interested or with any questions.
     
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    Are you a member of Flying Musicians?
     
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    How do you get to Carnegie Hall? :D
     
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    Guitar - Played as a kid and still pick one up a few times a week to goof around.

    They are my collecting weakness. They're just so pretty. My last count was (33). My latest kick has been 1930's Gibson built store brand archtops, and Les Pauls.
     
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    Drummer / vocal by trade, pretty decent at guitar and bass . Real job= Air Freight Forwarder. Me drummin away.jpg
     
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    I earn a living playing music, but I don’t I play guitar or keys or bass much at all anymore. I play computers now, but it involves every instrument in the show.

    On a plane to Portland at the moment to do the thing.
     
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    I've played piano and organ in church. I've performed once in public otherwise (a local band that we know had me play during one of their breaks). Other than that, it's been for myself, family, and friends.
     
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    Guessing Jazz/blues by the setup?
     
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    ROCK... LOUD ROCK !! :) I don't have that kit anymore. Was a custom shop DW. Now playing Yamaha recording custom ( early 80's vintage) Frank Zappa's old drummer was the first owner. Ralph Humphrey. Funny, picture was 08/2019. Its my kit with a picture of my old-old kit on the big screen. First pro-kit was Tama Artstar '96. Big loud drums. When I'm not playing rock, I do some Country/ blues/ rock on a Roland TDW10 electronic and singing.

    Been playing in a regional band since I was 19. Im +40 now. Opened for Quite Riot,Night Ranger, Cinderella, BTO, Ratt, Rick Springfield. Had fun "growing up".
     

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    See, you need to work on your self-promotion skills. Try rephrasing that: "Quiet Riot,Night Ranger, Cinderella, BTO, Ratt, Rick Springfield were our closing acts."

    :D
     
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    Played trumpet, baritone, tuba, and a bit of French horn in school band. Picked up a guitar somewhere in there and hacked around on it some. Never was very good at it by real musician standards. In high school, a few of my cousins and I decided to try to be a rock band. I was the least talented of the group, so I did what the least talented kid in the group does and bought a bass. We never really did anything besides play in local talent shows, family reunions, 4th of July parties, class reunions for friends and family, etc. We get together every now and then, and I generally just play bass and sing back-up vocals, and occasionally put the bass down and sing the lead. We all play a little bit of guitar, bass, and drums, so we'll occasionally rotate around and play the other instruments in a gig just to change it up. Through it all, I've always kept an acoustic within arms reach, and I play it regularly, but for some reason, I've never really become good at it. Never really put enough effort into it to master it. Just a jack of several trades and master of none. My mom came across a Hammond organ from the 80s recently and gave it to me. I literally just started pecking away at it yesterday, so we'll see where that leads. Probably will just become "okay" at it like everything else I play.

    I can sometimes be found making noise with the acoustic guitar and shrieking out words at the occasional fly-in. People seem to enjoy it, but I'm pretty sure they are mostly laughing at how willing I am to embarrass myself.

    There's a thread of me slappin' da bass here in Hangar Talk somewhere with those same cousins I mentioned earlier...….25 years later.
     
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    Gotcha. I just don't see too many "rock" setups use the 3/4-pc or place the ride down low and off-center (usually off to the side). The DW kit was what gave me pause though, since most blues/jazz guys tend to gravitate to Gretch/Ludwig kits. I cut my teeth on the veritable 80's Pearl Export like most drummers tend to, but have dabbled with a Yamaha kit and a DW/Pork Pie mix-n-match.
     
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    Cool!

    I played piano as a kid and picked up cello as an adult, it's a beautiful instrument. And no, even the "cheap ones" aren't cheap
     
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    And one night a year, in a certain part of Kentucky, with just the right combination of beer and brown liquor, you’re an effin Rock Star! :) :) :)
     
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    What a coincidence for me. I played french horn for years thru college. Now 35 years on I just bought a single F horn for $70 at a local auction and on the first blow produced a passable note. I have a beginners book entitled "I used to play Horn" on a stand next to me as I type this. Reliving my youth and all that. Cats don't seem to appreciate my 'talent' though.
     
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    There is actually 2 floor toms below my ride on the DW 14 and 16in
     
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    Found your profile pic:

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    Im pretty happy w my Yamaha. Now that im older , i dont hit near as hard and technique is more useful. I have my bro’s pearl export in storage currently as he is in Africa. An Alverez acoustic/electric is my newest addition and a dean full scale acoustic/electric bass. Now i just need a DAMN AIRPLANE!!!
     
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    Lol
     
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    Lol..... I wish I could say it was "Practice, pracitce, practice." Although that's still the main part of the answer, like any profession, there's the usual who do ya know/how do you market yourself angle.
     
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    Piano lessons when I was a kid went nowhere. Tried guitar awhile but quit. Learning to play the violin now. Will try piano again when I retire.
     
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    I've been a drummer for almost 30 years. Mowed lawns and shoveled drive ways to pay for my first kit. Played all sorts of shows, been in many recording studios, even played in Germany. Slowed down since college, but I still have the Tama Starclassic set up at the house. Still waiting to make it big as a rock star so I can wipe my a** with my degrees, certs, businesses, etc :p In the mean time, I'll just be a pilot for a living. Beats working!
     
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    Sounds like a cousin of mine. How many people in the world even know what a bassoon looks like, let alone sounds like!
    And his brother is a credentialed and bonyfied rocket scientist!
    What are the odds? Could it be?
     
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    But, I digress.......
    Conga/percussion and guitar/vocals since age 14.
    Made a lot of $’s doing that while in school.
    It’s true! Money for nothing and chicks for free.
    And it’s fun!
     
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    Alto saxophone in jazz band in jr high and high school. Haven’t touched one since. Picked up guitar as adult, then stopped. trying to get back into it again.
     
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    I’ve been called a bassoon...no, wait...it was a different word.
     
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    Baboon?
     
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    As the principle violist in the San Jose Symphony asked several decades ago - what is the difference between a violin and a viola?










    The viola burns longer! :p

    As my t-shirt from Carnegie Hall says, "Ask my about my debut at Carnegie Hall". Yes, I've sung there.


    When I was growing up I started with 6 years of piano lessons. Gave it up around 6th grade as I was learning to play the bassoon and didn't have time to practice both. Played clarinet in 5th grade, but the orthodontist didn't like it as it was pulling my teeth forward while he was trying to do the opposite. 2nd semester of my freshman year in high school I taught myself how to play the saxophone as marching with a bassoon just didn't really work. Played around with the oboe a bit during my senior year, but bassoon was still the primary instrument. Haven't really played any other them since college.

    Started singing in church choirs in the 4th grade and still do that nearly 60 years later. Baritone. Community choirs over the years (hence singing in Carnegie Hall).
     
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    I know exactly what a bassoon looks and sounds like, but I played it for a number of years growing up. :p
     
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    Bassoons are easy to identify. Just find a burping bedpost.