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Title: What musical instrument do you play, and how long have you been playing?
Post by: Fishysquisher on March 17, 2005, 06:35:49 pm
I play grand piano, I started when I was about seven, unless you count fooling around on a toy keyboard when I was little. I learnt mostly by ear, but picked up some basic sheet reading. But, even now, I still have a lot of trouble reading music. I primarily learn by ear and do improvisation. I've been picking up a little bass and guitar, but I'm nowhere near good with those and I'd rather stick with piano for the time being.

Video game stuff that I can play:

To Zanarkand(from sheet music)
Final Fantasy 6 Boss Battle(from sheet music)
Legend of Zelda theme(by ear)
Mario Theme (by ear)
Gilgamesh's Theme (by ear)
Mario Undeground Theme (by ear)
Wind Waker's intro flute music (by ear)
Various underground game themes that you wouldn't know (Hybris, Realms of Kaos ring a bell?)

Um, yeah, that's about it.
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Post by: legameboy on March 17, 2005, 06:44:41 pm
I used to play the saxaphone, guitar, and the piano, but alas, I stopped playing for no apparent reason.  :-X
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Post by: pfellah on March 17, 2005, 06:57:16 pm
I own a guitar. "Play" would be a rather liberal definition of the word, though I can belt out the basic chords for some tunes, which (as GI Joe says) is half the battle.
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Post by: Zefrid on March 17, 2005, 08:07:34 pm
i used to play piano for like 3 months
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Post by: Clayface on March 17, 2005, 09:33:10 pm
i play violen for 6 years, bass for 1 year, and piano for 2 years, i can play some of that stuff u listed like mario songs, i can play 3 dif. 1;s, Zelda theme, i can play Kingdon hearts  :o and, . . thats it for game music i guessu should learn the chocobo theme from FFVI
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Post by: Ian on March 18, 2005, 01:03:42 am
I've been playing guitar for 14 years and used to play in an amateur punk cover band.
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Post by: Syncmasterk on March 19, 2005, 07:38:27 am
I play Guitar(2 years)  Banjo (1 year) Ukulele (8 months) Sitar (1 year) and piano (like since i was born)
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Post by: Sensei Jinx on March 26, 2005, 08:24:19 pm
This is my fifth year of playing trombone.
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Post by: Zealousy on March 26, 2005, 11:37:40 pm
I played the clarinet in middle or high school for 2 or 3 years. I always wanted to play the Sax though, since my fingers were too small to be able to cover the holes on the clarinet really effectively, so occasionally i'd play a completely incorrect note during practice, to no fault of my own :-\ (for those who don't know, a saxophone operates on levers, so there aren't any real holes to cover, just buttons to depress).

I still think it'd be fun to pick up a saxophone, but jazz instruments aren't 'cool' anymore, so I occasionally see myself with a bass guitar. ;)
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Post by: krjal on March 27, 2005, 11:45:16 pm
I have played the piano, organ and clarinet.

I can play the piano, clarinet, saxophone (all) and theremin.

But...I don't actually own a sax atm and that's what I like playing most. Not that I own a theremin, but it'd be cool too.
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Post by: Scaryfrog on March 28, 2005, 06:26:16 pm
Ive played the drums for a few months 1-2 (only recently go a kit although ive been wonting to play for 3 years :-\)
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Post by: DevilMachine on March 30, 2005, 11:26:29 pm
I use to be in a death/black metal band called 'Op DePop', which is short for Operation De-population. I played the throat - in other words vocalist.
we broke up after the bassist (ben) moved away.
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Post by: voodoo on March 31, 2005, 06:22:03 pm
the theremin? that's awesome! I'd love to learn to play one of those.

I have been playing piano for about 8 years, I've been playing sax for almost a year now, I've been playing guitar for maybe 3 years, but those years haven't been totally serious (so its like I've only played a year), my brother just got a bass so I'm picking that up, and I used to play trumpet for a couple of years.
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Post by: Dano on April 24, 2005, 09:53:19 pm
Iíve played various percussion instruments for 7 years, started off with the snare drum and played the lowest heaviest base drum in High School marching band.

GO BAND NERDS! :D
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Post by: Psilontech on April 25, 2005, 12:48:26 pm
I played the Trumpet for about a year in my jr. high band, then got sick of it and quit... after breaking my arm and getting behind everyone else because I couldn't practice... ;D
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Post by: syphonbyte on April 25, 2005, 06:19:23 pm
I played the French Horn in elementary school, and I taught myself a few songs on the guitar. I consider myself a master of thwacking rulers on desks, though. (If you don't know what that is, shame!)
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Post by: Ameg on May 22, 2005, 11:41:12 am
I play the violin (8th grade orchestra). We play mostly classic stuff (Overture 1812, Mozart's Serenade, small crap like that) although lately we played Stairway to Heaven (one of the bass players in my class can play guitar) and Pirates of the Carribean music. Could've been the Concert Master, but tuning all the little biatches in my class gets annoying.
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Post by: stuck on May 22, 2005, 12:19:45 pm
Baritone B.C. also known as Euphonium  :) look it up if you have no clue what I'm talking about. I'm in an eighth grade band and we play a lot of stuff. We did the pirates of the Carribean symphonic suite and I play a little guitar.
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Post by: Gil on May 24, 2005, 11:15:41 am
I play clarinet for like 8 years I think :)
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Post by: Gandysampras on May 31, 2005, 03:48:31 pm
I play the drums, i know not the typical geek instrument, but when you think, it is a lot geekier than a guitar, you get to hide at the back behind lotsa stuff!the perfect shy persons instrument!

Been playin for nearly 2 years now btw!
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Post by: zaphod on June 02, 2005, 09:52:02 am
I have been playing the Violin since I was 6 (am now 23) but have not played much since high school.  I still have my violin in the closet, but I have to much other stuff to do.
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Post by: tomberg on June 05, 2005, 08:51:49 am
i play the guitar and have been playin for 2 years now
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Post by: Deep Lee on June 05, 2005, 10:28:17 am
I played bass for 3+ years, but gave up. I now produce and make 'rap' music (for the past couple of years, mostly the last year). Visit deeplee.net (http://deeplee.net) for free MP3s of my stuff. It's getting there. I was thinking about making a track with Zelda:link to the past, the music you hear in the fairy caves... check back I'll post it up there just for fun sometime, if I ever get Reason to work again.
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Post by: tomberg on June 05, 2005, 02:37:31 pm
deeplee ur music is sweet
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Post by: BobFromReboot on June 08, 2005, 06:52:25 pm
I've been playing guitar for 2 years. I'm going to take a high school music class next year, is that reccomended?
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Post by: Daxx on June 10, 2005, 06:30:10 am
Guitar for about 3 years (bass for 1), Piano for about 5, I sing pretty okay, and am in a Junk band (see my new sig!). We're hoping to go to the Bristol Festival. Those English people amongst you will know what I'm on about. I've played with Jack Harris and Robert Blake.
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Post by: LadyM on June 25, 2005, 06:35:10 pm
I played Clarinet in the 6th grade. I always wished I could play guitar.
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Post by: Anou Mawi on July 25, 2005, 02:48:00 am
Iíve played various percussion instruments for 7 years, started off with the snare drum and played the lowest heaviest base drum in High School marching band.

GO BAND NERDS! :D

LOL!My 1/4 of my school is in band so that's funny to me.
Violin for 1 year.
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Post by: WoozleWazzle on November 05, 2005, 06:27:14 am
I've played bass for 5 years now, but just in school. At first it was fun, but now in high school it's starting to become more like a chore. Most people in the band now want to become a musician and are really committed, but for myself who just wants to play casually, it's a bit too technical. I'm kind of uncertain wether to continue at the moment...
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Post by: Pando on November 08, 2005, 06:23:43 pm
I played alto sax for 4 years, i stopped at the beginning of 9th grade, now my brother plays it
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Post by: Legodragonxp on November 12, 2005, 08:07:47 am
I have a violin case, but the instrument in it doesn't play music, ya see? Yeah, yeah, Ya see? :)

-Lego
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Post by: Piloteer on November 27, 2005, 08:14:10 pm
I play guitar, and have been playing for about 3 years or so.
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Post by: TheShark on November 29, 2005, 12:02:53 pm
Ocarina. And for only a year and a half now. Still no good, I can barely do the Temple of Time song.
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Post by: Kid Dogg on January 06, 2006, 11:47:07 am
I play bass guitar been playing for 5 years. even played a few gigs but thats about it
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Post by: Djfinny on January 06, 2006, 01:30:37 pm
In grade school I played clarinet in the school band for 2 years.† In high school I was "strongly encouraged" by mom to take piano lessons.† I took about a years worth of lessons.† My brother had been playing drums for about 5 years and help me purchase my 1st bass guitar in high school.† We formed a band that lasted about a year - in our first gig we placed 2nd out of 8 bands at a "battle of the bands" I've gotta tell ya - there is no kind of rush like the first time you step up in front of a large crowd and play live musics.† Later, I bought a guitar but never really had the time to develop much with it.† Bass is definitely my favorite instrument and I've got about 3 years of playing without any formal training.† Unfortunately I haven't been able to really pick it up for about 10 years now.† †

My newest "instrument" should be arriving next week as I ordered Guitar Hero for the PS/2 with 2 guitars.† It should be fun.
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Post by: Kishmond on January 19, 2006, 02:43:18 pm
I've been playing Piano for about 4 months now, already I'm very good at it. It takes a while to first learn a song, but after 30-60 minutes of practicing I can get a song right. I practice slowly and a few times rather than quickly many times over, because sheet music is so hard to read off the bat. I think I play differently than other people because I 'feel' the music. I can feel the waverings of the sound waves in my inner ear and I use that to time the beat, and eventually, I practice a song without looking at anything. Thinking "Okay, this is a D, then a G, then C.." just messes me up.

In other words, I teach my fingers where the next keys are, then play it practically unconsciously.
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Post by: Sudoh Kyoichi on February 24, 2006, 06:10:27 pm
I have been playing percussion insturments for 10 years now, i.e. since I was 8.  Mainly just play drum set.  Had a rock band together with my friends for a while, but no longer.  I have a Ludwig set with Zildjian cymbals.
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Post by: operaghost21 on February 24, 2006, 10:27:51 pm
I've played clarinet for about 6 years...
1st chair in school! not too bad for a sophmore...† ;D
though, I think I'm only 1st because I sit closer to the teacher than the other 1st clarinet... :D
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Post by: BigEar17 on February 26, 2006, 08:56:59 pm
Ocarina. And for only a year and a half now. Still no good, I can barely do the Temple of Time song.
lol, i still remembered how to call epona after 4 years of not playin the game, but to get back on topic, i've been playin the guitar and the harmonica for about 2 years
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Post by: pinkpanther on March 08, 2006, 01:31:03 pm
Hi there,
i playing Keyboard, Guitar and bass and mix all of it with a powerbook.
I also bought a tenor-saxophone but i cant find a teacher around here (i am living in a small town in germany)  :(
Also from my last trip to indonesia i brought a chinese instrument with me, called Guzheng. A nice instrument. Its compareable to a zither and has 21 strings (pentatonic) and you can bend them a little bit. Well.. i hope i wil be able to do some practice soon.. but i fear i  will just play oblivion  :)
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Post by: datter on March 09, 2006, 08:41:28 pm
Accoustic guitar and to a lesser extent piano... on and off my whole life and
<------- that baby for the past year.

datter
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Post by: c14dude on April 02, 2006, 07:42:47 pm
i'm a drummer been playing for about 6 years now. i also have been
playing guitar for about 3 years now.
i'm currently in my band Streamlined Suicide.
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Post by: Tylui on April 02, 2006, 07:55:22 pm
I play Clarinet in the school's band...† In my opinion, I'm the best one there... Wizzooot!

I also play drums in a metal-type band... www.myspace.com/antimonyband (http://www.myspace.com/antimonyband)


Edit: oops... NOt myspace.com/antimony...
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Post by: Tonjevic on April 03, 2006, 03:10:52 am
Baritone B.C. also known as Euphonium† :) look it up if you have no clue what I'm talking about. I'm in an eighth grade band and we play a lot of stuff. We did the pirates of the Carribean symphonic suite and I play a little guitar.

A man after my own heart, although I have gone on to do the two companionships after eighth grade.
I started on the Euphonium, but now can play pretty much any brass instrument. I also play a little piano.

EDIT: I have been playing for about, oh, 7 years now.
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Post by: Serdun on April 17, 2006, 06:35:11 pm
Violin. 10 years. 1st chair in my district. Heh.
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Post by: luke on April 29, 2006, 05:24:45 pm
Ive been playing bass for a year and a half now.
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Post by: tooma125 on May 19, 2006, 03:22:31 pm
Alto Sax- 5 years
Guitar- 4 years
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Post by: Haddeen Sol on May 19, 2006, 04:11:46 pm
I own a guitar. I can play Smoke on the Water.

~fin~
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Post by: Damned_Zombie on May 20, 2006, 02:12:54 pm
I'm in the highschool band playing percussion. I've been playing for about four years. I'm still debating with myself about drum set lessons...
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Post by: The dome on May 21, 2006, 04:08:52 am
piano for about half of my life.
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Post by: Sawmill on May 30, 2006, 11:35:28 am
drums, for about 1 year now
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Post by: Pando on May 30, 2006, 03:20:40 pm
Me and my brother just started playing the drums.
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Post by: Raisins on June 12, 2006, 07:48:10 am
I play bass guitar been playing for 5 years. even played a few gigs but thats about it

You can play a gig after like 3 bass lessons :P
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Post by: Aybraus on June 12, 2006, 09:42:15 am
This
(http://www.grahamnasby.com/misc/images_concertband/french-horn.gif)
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Post by: The dome on June 12, 2006, 11:33:50 am
french horn no?
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Post by: Aybraus on June 12, 2006, 11:34:49 am
Sure is.
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Post by: Daxx on June 12, 2006, 11:39:16 am
I play bass guitar been playing for 5 years. even played a few gigs but thats about it

You can play a gig after like 3 bass lessons :P

Probably not a good idea if you don't want to be bottled off stage, though.
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Post by: Clayface on June 15, 2006, 03:22:06 pm
OWNED
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Post by: The Rut Nut on June 15, 2006, 05:14:29 pm
I've been playing the alto sax for four years, and I'm about to start playing the baritone sax. I've also been playing the guitar for about 5 months.
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Post by: Clayface on June 15, 2006, 11:28:25 pm
I own a guitar. I can play Smoke on the Water.

~fin~

omg, who cant play smoke on the water, it doesnt even count as a song because how easy it is.

I could write out the tab with my eyes shut.


and the sax is pretty cool, 2 of my good friends play it. well then I moved so i dont really get to hang out with them anymore. they were pretty good, most other  band insterments suck though,
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Post by: TotalSandwich on August 04, 2006, 04:48:11 pm
I have been playing upright piano for ever.
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Post by: Rhodix on August 05, 2006, 01:35:36 pm
I start to play keyboard with 10 years, and I play it usually.
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Post by: syphonbyte on August 29, 2006, 09:42:29 am
I tried learning the guitar once. Like all good guitar players, I downloaded tabs for Stairway to Heaven and then went "wtfff" and gave up. Seems like the intro to Nirvana's "Smells[color=E1E1E1]  (http://www.villageoffools.com/secret.php)[/color]Like Teen Spirit" is a more popular thing to learn these days anyhow.
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Post by: Bastardman on August 29, 2006, 12:50:27 pm
Like all good guitar players, I downloaded tabs for Stairway to Heaven and then went "wtfff" and gave up.
lolz, n00b

Actually, I'm still having trouble on the solo...  :-\
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Post by: Daxx on August 31, 2006, 02:54:54 am
I've found a fairly good way of learning the bass; just literally playing through albums. It seems to be working quite well as I up my skill level - start with American Idiot and a few other Greenday albums, and progressing onto Absolution/Black Holes & Revelations, and By The Way/Stadium Arcadium. Not bad considering I've only been playing since Christmas. And of course on the way I've picked up plenty other songs too.
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Post by: Naronto on September 02, 2006, 01:27:12 pm
Guitar 6 years
Bass 3 years
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Post by: Ketro Fett on September 03, 2006, 09:38:32 pm
Piano, nine or ten years.  I can't remember now, but I started when I was six or seven.
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Post by: Myshuno on April 07, 2007, 07:46:16 pm
I tried learning the guitar once. Like all good guitar players, I downloaded tabs for Stairway to Heaven and then went "wtfff" and gave up. Seems like the intro to Nirvana's "Smells[color=E1E1E1]  (http://www.villageoffools.com/secret.php)[/color]Like Teen Spirit" is a more popular thing to learn these days anyhow.

the intro is finger picking and thats why its hard for you. then it switches to a twelve string.






anyways...i just started playing the keyboard, so does anyone know the sheet music for foreplay/longtime by boston. if you have it would you email it to me at twshaffer10@msn.com   thank!
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Post by: scottyspore on April 18, 2007, 05:42:47 pm
piano, for about a year, i just play by ear and improvise, im not great, but its fun none the less.  to go with the piano, i play keyboard/synth in a jam band, and so far we just write our own stuff.

i also play... scratch that, mess around with trumpet, harmonica and digeridoo (thats right)