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12/27/12 9:39 A

AH ! I recognize some german language SPKRAUS . I've Been playing with the
Alpin schuhplattlers in pittsburgh . Their hall is owned by a historic society and I have access to all kinds of pre wwII sheet music including wwI german soldier songs .
some of it is hand written from memory. I'm sure there is a german club in you area .
check it out it will probably be an instant audience for you.

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
12/27/12 12:24 A

Yeah, though I don't play much these days.

Piano and strings. Alas, my viola is out of tune and sits against a wall in the office. When I get some spare money, I want to get a nice electric piano. I guess my focus is more classical music, but I haven't been in a band or orchestra in ages.

12/23/12 7:30 A

Here's thought:

Math, Reading, Science, Music, Social Studies, Art, Writing are all 'academics".

It has been proven that humans can accel in one or more of these kind of academics naturally and because of that a natural curve of distribution is had by all of the above mentioned academics. What I'm saying is there there are an equal amount of humans who accel in math as there are who accel in science and language arts and music, and Social Studies etc.....

So why aren't all of these academics treated equally if there are an equal amount of people who accel in all of them?

Reading & math are MORE important because...........

My answer is that they are only equally as important as the other academics.

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12/20/12 1:05 P

Yeah !! I'm on a couple of spark musicians teams
I Play mainly guitar and some piano and on guitar I am not confined to any one type of music and have been told that I may be in the minority of guitar players that can read standard notation.

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
12/4/12 8:12 A

I'm glad to see this message thread is still alive!

As I mentioned I'm a long time drummer.. I've done plenty of recording, clubbing, and teaching. Now I just play for fun because my schedule is hectic and doesn't often leave time for a regular band practice or session.

Music is so important - I still love practicing to a metronome and just locking into the click. time just disappears and you're in this magical zone.

KEMEISEL Posts: 32
11/29/12 8:49 P

Bass, sing, a little drums - I play in a honky tonk band, an obnoxious rock-n-roll outfit, and in support of a couple singer-songwriters

GLAVISTON SparkPoints: (639)
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11/29/12 9:07 A

I play bass, a little guitar, some drums, and I play the MESS out of a cowbell!

WARMSTRONG2 SparkPoints: (430,534)
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11/27/12 9:14 A

I play the saxaphone I got in high school 45 years ago but only when no one else is home to avoid complaints.

FOUREYEDFOOL SparkPoints: (7,559)
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11/16/12 10:30 P

I play trombone...played for about 12 years now. Also piddle away on the piano.

11/14/12 9:19 A

I think when you're in school it's very easy to keep up with music. There are classes, practices, a music room full of instruments, teachers telling you what and when.

Once you're out of the structured school environment, it's much harder to keep up with it.

I play piano, bass and guitar, and I sing. I used to be in bands, orchestras and choirs, and spent about 20 hours per week at it. But that was when I was in high school, and someone else was doing the organizing (and paying for the lessons and musical instruments).

The only thing I get a chance to do regularly these days is sing, and only because I have five children who like to be sung to. I've encouraged all of them to take up music in some form or other. My middle boy just started playing the saxophone, and my youngest noodles around on the piano. Once the two youngest are old enough for lessons, I may start formally again. Who knows, maybe we'll turn into the new Partrigde Family.

ERICKGB SparkPoints: (1,143)
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11/11/12 9:55 P

I play drums.

band in high school, then various rock bands for an additional 15 years. was in the house band at one of Wisconsin's last hard rock/ metal bars in the late 90's, hosting an open jam every week. killed lots of sticks, heads, and cymbals... but looked cool doing it, so that's what matters.

Semi-retired in 2000, went almost ten years without playing, was asked to reunite the band for a memorial show for the bar owner who passed away from cancer. three practices and then the show. it was like we never even split up back in the day.

Music has ALWAYS been the soundtrack of this guys life.

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9/23/12 8:45 P

i don't consider myself to be a musician. I have a couple of guitars that i bang around on. I know several chords and attempt to play a few songs. I use it as a means to relax and tune everything else out. I don't consider myself as good i do it for my own enjoyment

9/21/12 1:59 P

*sigh* cheerleaders, they were fun back in the day...

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
9/21/12 1:50 P

well the cheerleaders sure do disappear...

9/20/12 3:59 P

To that thought I agree that many things end after high school; most sports, cheerleading, musicals, stage crew, general physics studying, school lunches and awesome chit-chat time with life-long friends, just OODLES of stuff ends.

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9/18/12 9:48 A

Certainly, music is universal and doesn't actually END in high school, but for many of us (unless we play in college), the rigor and momentum to improve and get better seems to end.

I went to a HS with a great wind ensemble (a few are still playing in major ochestras) and it drove me to always get better.

I tried joining some community bands after HS, but they weren't fun, because they were pretty bad (no interest in improving or playing more difficult literature).

Maybe I'm just a band snob ;)

9/15/12 10:08 A

How does music end in high school?

In that light pretty much all the academics end in high school and that truely DOES suck.

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9/14/12 8:09 P

It really sucks that music ends in high school for many

Recently, my boys have wanted to play my trumpet, I've taught them some basics and they love to practice (forgetting all about their video games, which we don't let them play much, making them long for it all the more)

NHOYLE1 Posts: 351
9/14/12 11:22 A

I don't intend to to let it die without a fight. I am constantly encouraging my nieces and nephews to keep up their music practice. I am looking forward to trying to teach my 2.5 year old niece to play once she is a bit older, and we constantly play with my string instruments and a hand drum together.

9/14/12 10:56 A

I am a percussionist with a major in MUED.

More specifically I am a rudimental drummer (i.e. marching band, drum & bugle corps style).

I teach music as my day job. I majored in music because it was the only thing I was good at that didn't require me to do any critical thinking, teaching music comes naturally to me.

I want to say that I have an immense "passion" for music and that the lives I touch everyday because of what I do is important to me..........nope. I do it because I'm good at it, kids who walk away with a sense of accomplishement and/or happiness from me teaching them music is collateral, good for them, I hope they major in science or math and not music education, it's dying here in the US and a thing of the past by the middle of the next generation thanks to garbage crap like rock band and garage band and band in a box, STUPID people (starting with politicians and school board members and former jocks) have zero idea that we should encourage everyone to do music for the same reason we encourage everyone to read, or do math, or do science,....BECAUSE WE CAN and for no other reason.

The day the music died? Yup, it's coming.

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
9/13/12 9:13 A

Hey BMPark123,
wow a '56 Les Paul - that's classy!

It's important to have hobbies, or even one hobby... as time goes on and work & family overtake all that we are.

It's something that you can do just for yourself - even for a little while. It's a crucial ingredient to staying grounded, sane, and happy I think!

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9/12/12 1:51 P

I try to play the guitar. My father passed away a few years ago and left me a couple of nice old guitars. He left me a 1956 Gibson Les Paul, and a 1988 Yari acoustic. I started to learn how to play in February. Mostly i make noise... I only know a few chords, and can play along pretty well with Rocksmith on the PS3. I really need lessons, but I am way too tied up with work and working out right now to get into it much.

NHOYLE1 Posts: 351
9/12/12 9:22 A

Yeah I struggle with that too.

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
9/12/12 9:18 A

Glad to hear it!
I was trying to think of something to add to The Guy's Lounge other than ten thousand threads about how many SparkPoints or Bonus Wheel Points someone got today...

NHOYLE1 Posts: 351
9/11/12 8:54 P

This thread encouraged me to practice this evening. Thanks for the motivation!

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9/11/12 11:09 A

Love music, studied classical and jazz (trumpet) into college years, but then went a different direction with my life.

Love guitar, including ukalele (I saw Hoyle plays too) when my father-in-law brought me a sweet mahogony Mele ukalele back for me from Maui (quite a gift).

I want to play more now that my kids are in school now (they want to play with me too).

NHOYLE1 Posts: 351
9/11/12 10:32 A

I play guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and a little bit of bass. I have been bad about practicing recently though, as exercise has taken more of my free time.

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
9/11/12 8:51 A

Just wondering if anyone out there is into music either as a hobby or full time.

I am getting back into it myself after a 3 year hiatus... all because of a profound tarot card reading at a psychic fair recently. I think that gave me the push I needed to get back into it.

I started playing drums at the age of 5 so it's been a part of my life longer than anything else. I'm happy to be exploring and creating again - it's always been my passion.

What's your story?

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