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How many musicians are here?(19 posts)

How many musicians are here?Made in Taiwan
Apr 20, 2001 12:04 AM
just wondering, i'm a singer and we ask stupid things like this. btw, anyone who is interested, my recital is this saturday (so cal, claremont grad school) leave a post if you wanna come
re: How many musicians are here?muncher
Apr 20, 2001 1:04 AM
Yup - not pro/full-time, just a keen amateur.
Bit of a trip from the UK for your recital, but hope it goes well - M.
re: How many musicians are here?donalson
Apr 20, 2001 5:02 AM
played trumpet for almost 10 years...was a music major till I droped just play at chruch on Sun. but my trumpet is still my baby

Cool QuestionKristin
Apr 20, 2001 5:47 AM
Seeing as there are NO good forums for singers. I'm studying pop style vocals, and hope to go pro eventually. No gig-antic ambitions; I'd just like to recover some dough.

A tough part of buying this bike is deciding the prioity of cycling vs. other ambitions. After working 40+ hrs/week and 5+ hrs of vocal training, there's not a ton of room left unless I wipe my social calendar clean. I love cycling, but don't stand a chance at being a pro.

And to get completely off the subject of cycling--I'd love to know what venu's everyone's into. Taiwan, I'm guessing you're classically trained--given that you memorize long foreign pieces.
Apr 20, 2001 5:59 AM
Yeah I'm a musician - the guy out of Kraftwerk actually - the andriod one. Only kidding ofcourse but I could've sworn the four guy were in a break of their own right to the end of the La Flèche Wallonne in Belgium this week?

Anyone else think fitness and musicianship go hand in hand on a fundamental level.
re: How many musicians are here?ROOKIE
Apr 20, 2001 6:07 AM
I wouldn't call myself a musician per se. I dabble with the guitar and could probably fill in for Steve Jones if the Sex Pistols ever tour again, but that's about the extent of my talent.
Professional musician being a bit of an oxymoron, I did itbill
Apr 20, 2001 6:20 AM
to the exclusion of some other things for awhile, but now strictly a hobby. Played bass and guitar. Rarely pick up the bass anymore (that was really for one specific gig). Used to play trombone. Did you know that trombone players do not generally get the girl?
A side note. A guy I used to play with literally 25 years ago -- when he was 15 and I was 17 -- has remained, to this day, probably the best musician I've ever played with. He could play anything. Particularly anything with strings (he learned pedal steel guitar in weeks -- absolutely made me ill). A little while ago, after not hearing from or about him in many years, I plugged his name into google. Sure enough, the f*cker is, indeed, that rarest of breeds, a true professional musician. I read on his website that he taught pedal steel to Nils Lofgren. How cool is that? I called him; we haven't hooked up, but I'm actually expecting to hear from him today.
same here, but not for long.Haiku d'état
Apr 20, 2001 7:00 AM
got tired of cheap malt liquor and ramen noodles. we barely made enough money to pay for gas to fuel the van and u-haul trailer from gig to gig, then we slept in the floor of the club or the club owner's garage.

toured the south twice from memphis to pensacola and all small and large dives in-between, even got announced on the radio once in jackson, ms (whoo hoo!). pressed two vinyl singles and made a retrospective CD, had a little local following, but nothing major. i was the bassist, but bass players for that band were like drummers for spinal tap. luckily, i'm not particularly flammable. we also had a guy that played violin, a wurlitzer organ, and various 'n sundry other strange instruments. did alot of odd covers after our originals were played and the handful of folks in the audience were either passed out or hurling in the men's bathroom. had a band open for us in mobile, AL, that actually had a hit single and mtv video (whoo hoo!).

also play guitar. also haven't picked up a bass in a few years, play acoustic guitar from time to time when nobody's listening. always wanted to be a drummer (like "Animal" from the muppets). aaa-ni-mal!

started my own 3-piece band after that gig bombed following a show at "howlin' wolf" in n'awlins. we blew the doors off one local club about a half dozen times, cut a demo, then lost our drummer.

t'was my musical career. ah, those were (not) the days.
I clearly remember the moment when I realized the whole thingbill
Apr 20, 2001 7:34 AM
wasn't working. We had played in Charlottesville, Virginia, and someone had arranged for us to stay at the house of some friend of his. I don't believe that I ever met the person whose house it was or knew the name. I was offered a couch, but it so small that I went to sleep on some cushions on the floor. I woke up a couple of hours later, my head under the couch, with a dust bunny staring me in the face.
I decided then and there that this had to stop.
my epiphany...Haiku d'état
Apr 20, 2001 7:47 AM
was twofold. one, guitar player #1 of 2 total chose not to meet us for the gig in jackson; he was already working on a three-day drunk, and destitute in n'awlins.

two, sleeping on the couch IN the club in mobile, al (the "vincent van go-go"); the club was one big room with a bar in the center, stage on one end, couches here and there. pitch black. the drummer had companionship from the audience that evening after the show, and it was obvious. the club owner had fed us jagermeister (sp?) all night -- my first experience with jager -- and it was fresh from the freezer. i was sick, and there was no privacy for anyone. not a good night.

fun memories of a not fun time that really make me appreciate not having to deal with OTHER musicians anymore (not directed at you, but these guys were all flakes or pot-heads, nothing against pot-heads, but hey...). i was already broke and starving, but playing club dates made me broke and starving in several states other than that which i called home.

my roomie for several years was a die-hard musician (still is one) who thought he could work unskilled job to job when he needed money, waiting for the big break. i never was into that, always had a decent job waiting tables or something, but finally bit the bullet and took an in-to the corporate world, and here i am, "SOLD OUT" and way happy. not that there's anything childish about that lifestyle, but i feel as if i've matured (not "grown-up") a WHOLE BUNCH since then. priorities sure change!
Drummer.boy nigel
Apr 20, 2001 7:20 AM
I started playing at age 10 (I'm 33), and my folks got me almost 8 years of private lessons. I learned various percussion pieces in high school (the "Fame" school, Music and Art in NYC), but love sitting behind a drumset more than anything.

Haven't played in a band in about two years (fusion jazz or rock/pop preferred), but am looking now to get back into it. My kit's sitting in a storage place now; bit depressing, but I'll drag it out soon.

Tough to make any money at it, but it's still the biggest part of me. (Yeah, even bigger than the cyclist in me.)
Hands on skin...Dinosaur
Apr 20, 2001 8:26 AM
I've been playing congas and the bongos since I was a teenager in the late 50's. I learned to play by listening to LP's of Mongo Santamaria. I used to lock myself in my bedroom, turn off all the lights and have my own nightclub acts. I still play, I have a set of conga's in our living room. Every once and a while I'll go to work on them, usually when my wife and daughter are watching TV and they both yell at me to stop. I guess I'm a closet latin at heart. I think the rythym helps me find my tempo when I'm out cranking on my road bike.
Music is the spirit of life, I enjoy pumping iron in our garage and listening to cool jazz on the radio. Also when I had a career as a cop I liked to drive around and listen to music in the patrol car. It made the job halfway enjoyable sometimes, it fulled in the gap on those long boring days....
If RBR every has a org. ride - the entertainment's covered (nm)Kristin
Apr 20, 2001 9:23 AM
low brass guybiknplnr
Apr 20, 2001 12:23 PM
Tuba is my primary instrument, but I also play bass trombone and euphonium. I have the occasional paying gig, but I mostly play for fun. I played in a swing band for a while and that was a kick, but I got really sick of spening most weekends in some club. I thought about going pro on tuba (classical - not looking to play in a professional polka band!), but I decided that really wasn't the life that I wanted to lead. I can have just as much playing now and do other things that I like to do. Anyway, not particularly interesting, but that's my story.

re: How many musicians are here?davee
Apr 20, 2001 1:56 PM
I play piano in church most every Sunday. They pay me, so I guess I am a "professional". Earned some really nice paychecks in the 60's playing rock & roll during high school, but left that all behind when it interfered with dating the girl I married nearly 30 years ago.
I think music, like bicycling, is a something we learn to love early in life that stays with us. True loves endure.
sax player...dustin
Apr 20, 2001 2:29 PM
been playing for about 7yrs (since 6th grade). i took up euphonium this year, too. i've tried guitar, just don't have the patience to sit and play. i can play, though...
Do composers count? (as musicians; not in the grand scheme)Osti
Apr 20, 2001 7:57 PM
I can't really play anything, but I'm a composer. I mostly write for dance companies and theater productions, but I've written some orchestra music, too. It's fun, but very time consuming work, and it takes away from valuable bike time...
Biking has made me perhaps the most fit classical composer I personally know. (Composers have a tendancy to be a bit big and dumpy.)
Do composers count? (as musicians; not in the grand scheme)dustin
Apr 20, 2001 10:52 PM
wow, that's interesting that you're a composer, but can't play anything. how do you know what the music is going to sound like? you must be able to play piano at least...?
re: How many musicians are here?Skip
Apr 20, 2001 8:18 PM
Played trumpet from 4th grade through high school. Our high school band even made a record with Arthur Godfrey a couple years before I was in HS. National Music Man Marching Band. But haven't hardly picked it up since HS. Ambuschere (sp), I'm sure is shot. Now I just play the stereo - Ha!