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    Re: Musicianship Development Thread

    I am learning to play guitar I have a classical, but much prefer to play my electric one as I find the fretboard a lot more easier on my small hands,and if I am being honest it was electric guitar I fell in love with right from the very start. I do not do a lot of tab work, I decided that if I was going to learn, I wanted to learn how to read music, so it is a long and slow process, as I do not have as much time to practice as I would like, but well worth it.

    I still find it hard playing a piece of music but always having to look a few bars ahead of what I am playing to make sure I use my fingering effectually. I hope as I come more familiar with cords, and the lay out of my fretboard that it will become more like a second nature. Unfortunately I do not know any one else (apart from my tutor) who plays guitar, so I have to make do on my own. I think it would be wonderful to have others to play with, I think it would be a bit nerve wrecking as well but I also think that it would be a really good way to find out new things, and improve timing.

    I am enjoying it though I used to beat myself up if I did not meet the target I thought I should reach, but now I go with the flow. Life is too short to worry over such things and I have actually found that my guitar playing has improved far more since I have been relaxing, and what I have learned has sunk in more. That is not to say I do not push myself, I just do not get upset with myself if I make mistakes that I feel I should not make any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annwn View Post
    I am learning to play guitar I have a classical, but much prefer to play my electric one as I find the fretboard a lot more easier on my small hands,and if I am being honest it was electric guitar I fell in love with right from the very start. I do not do a lot of tab work, I decided that if I was going to learn, I wanted to learn how to read music, so it is a long and slow process, as I do not have as much time to practice as I would like, but well worth it.

    I still find it hard playing a piece of music but always having to look a few bars ahead of what I am playing to make sure I use my fingering effectually. I hope as I come more familiar with cords, and the lay out of my fretboard that it will become more like a second nature. Unfortunately I do not know any one else (apart from my tutor) who plays guitar, so I have to make do on my own. I think it would be wonderful to have others to play with, I think it would be a bit nerve wrecking as well but I also think that it would be a really good way to find out new things, and improve timing.

    I am enjoying it though I used to beat myself up if I did not meet the target I thought I should reach, but now I go with the flow. Life is too short to worry over such things and I have actually found that my guitar playing has improved far more since I have been relaxing, and what I have learned has sunk in more. That is not to say I do not push myself, I just do not get upset with myself if I make mistakes that I feel I should not make any more.
    I have large hands which spread well across the frets but cause me difficulties with speed and cross-string dampening. Your small hands should help you learn faster as your nerves aren't going to be impeded so much with flesh and bone. My limitations have helped me be more dedicated to creating my own sound though and I'm sure yours can be turned to your advantage too.

    I'm accustomed to playing alone as well but have nonetheless acquitted my ambition to some degree, though I do feel my ideas could have developed in new ways in collaboration with others - there's only so far you can take solo guitar work I think. Strangely I used to live on Hessle Road in Hull, near the massive ASDA. We could've started a band, though I'm 30 now so my lack of technical ability might be plain embarrassing.

    Nowadays I find the best way to cope with responsibilities is to regulate my mood by limiting excitement so although my dream life has picked up as a result, what musicality I had has fallen by the wayside. Also, it is of course much harder to resume an old pastime once time spent away has forced upon you the necessity of acknowledging that there are losses to be cut and tedious rituals to be undergone in order to progress once more. Perhaps the thought of life experience gained in its place is a salutary one which can be embraced through the drudgery of scales and growing callouses

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    Re: Musicianship Development Thread

    Wow midnostic we would have been pretty close we live just at the back of Bransholm. Strange how life can throw up odd coincidences some time ^_^. I am just having fun I find playing classical on an electric quite challenging at times, because of the strings are closer together and you do not have quite as much freedom for error. My attitude has changed a lot over the past few months as well, so that is something new to explore for me.

    I agree there is only so far you can grow musically on your own, but there is nothing wrong with seeing how far you can push that. Some times that is the point where you just might surprise yourself.
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    When I was younger, I had a good singing voice. I was classically trained.
    Unfortunately I had a very disruptive sense of humour. Singing 'Aluminium' instead of Hallelujah in Handel's Hallelujah chorus, and 'Radox the Priest' instead of 'Zadock the priest' could cause an entire choir to have hysterics.
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    I had forgotten about this thread >.<
    Quote Originally Posted by Annwn View Post
    I am enjoying it though I used to beat myself up if I did not meet the target I thought I should reach, but now I go with the flow. Life is too short to worry over such things and I have actually found that my guitar playing has improved far more since I have been relaxing, and what I have learned has sunk in more. That is not to say I do not push myself, I just do not get upset with myself if I make mistakes that I feel I should not make any more.
    That's a really great mindset, Annwn. I have to relax more when I play, too. My skill doesn't match up to what I think it should be after all these years. But I also haven't pushed myself very far. I have been happy to settle for 'good enough.' So I don't go crazy, I'm trying to accept the whole of my life as it is without judging it, and that's what I have to do with my musicianship as well.

    How are you going with your electric guitar? My husband plays electric and I think once you get the mechanics down, it becomes all about effects. Have you found this to be so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azvanna View Post
    I had forgotten about this thread >.<
    Same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heka View Post
    Same.

    Ive been getting massive into Kodaly, and it actually makes me happy which is a nice change. ..
    Had to google that. I love how Google is now a verb as well as a proper noun.

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    I so wish I had the opportunity to continue learning music at high school. Even in primary school, we were lucky if a teacher stayed with us longer than 6 months.

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    Re: Musicianship Development Thread

    Just say this thread! I've got 30+ years of percussion experience under my belt, and if anyone needs some tips or books or whatever pertaining to that, let me know. I've performed in many an orchestra, jazz band, rock band, percussion ensemble, etc both for the fun of it and professionally. I've also taught private lessons for a while, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azvanna View Post
    I so wish I had the opportunity to continue learning music at high school. Even in primary school, we were lucky if a teacher stayed with us longer than 6 months.
    Well Australia is all over the shop wheb it comes to arts education. I didnt have it in primary school (except visual art). And had mediocre music in high school. I'm lucky the principal here thinks music is important, so all our primary school kids get it twice a week. High school is a bit different, but the younger high school kids get it.
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    Re: Musicianship Development Thread

    I sing quite a bit, play a bit of guitar too... we actually had the opportunity of taking music in highschool (or the danish equivalent of it). I had it for one year, but I was in the school choir until I graduated.
    Now I get private lessons in singing once in a while. I actually really miss performing... but at the moment I'm trying to do some acapella music with myself, using audacity not exactly peter hollens, but I'm having fun ^^ was actually thinking of buying a proper mike (better than the one in my computer). anyone know something that's good to start off with? i'd still prefer to plug it directly to my computer.

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