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Lowly Bantha Cleaner
07-20-2004, 12:15 AM
Just wondering if SirSteves forumites had any budding musicians on board?

Personally, I started playing an instrument only last year, when I was 23. I bought a Suzuki Digital Piano (resembles a giant keyboard, has piano quality sound) and started taking lessons a year ago.

I do moderately well for a working man who finds about a 1/2 hour a day to squeeze in some practice. Piano is a tougher instrument, because you have to worry about the melody and the bass line. Having your hands work on two different things at once, is not easy for me, but I practice and progress. Can't play anything near the league of any classical or pop perfomer, but I enjoy my easy piano books and hope to someday, be somewhere remotely as talented as them.

As for starting a band, I ain'ts got much rhythm, and playing in tune would be difficult, as I would make my bandmates pretty mad at me.

Anyone else play an instrument? Do we have any Elton John or Jimi Hendrix caliber performers out there?

mabudonicus
07-20-2004, 08:43 AM
I play guitar and I'm okay with a drum kit; people say I sing really well too, but my strong suit seems to be composition

I've been thinking about starting to jam with a couple buddies again, but mostly I just work out tunes myself;
currently I'm writing a reggae-style song called "boba fett uprising"


And we don't have a keyboard player at all yet, why not make the trip sometime LBC :beard: ?

lucidebass
07-20-2004, 10:48 AM
I'm a musician. I play bass in a band called Lucideon, click the link on my sig for the website. We play all over the southeast, and are in the studio now working on our next CD. The site is being redesigned and will be relaunched in a few weeks.

mrpauldeeds
07-20-2004, 03:12 PM
I play guitar, electric and acoustic. i started playing last year when i was 17, and fell in love with playing. Personally i like playing acoustic better then electric. It sounds better. But you can do so much more with an electric its crazy.

I've started a band called "Right Turn Only". right now we are just getting things together and need to find a drummer. Im the rhytem guitar and vocals.

mabudonicus
07-20-2004, 06:35 PM
Ahh, yes, I should have specified, I mostly play acoustic 12 string, but if I'm ever near electric gear I will plug in, electric strings are easier on my fingers by far.
And even though I play acoustic, I mostly play metal stuff, albeit it quieter than I would like :beard:

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
07-20-2004, 09:49 PM
currently I'm writing a reggae-style song called "boba fett uprising"

Are the lyrics finished? I would be delighted to hear them.


And we don't have a keyboard player at all yet, why not make the trip sometime LBC :beard: ?

Okay, but only if I get to play my Keytar!

arctangent
07-21-2004, 07:45 AM
i really, really wish i could play an instrument but i don't have a musical bone in my body as is evidenced by the sort of music i like (that horrible, loud, noisy, shouty rubbish - copright my mum). many years ago my grandfather was a moderately famous, moderately successful opera singer here in the uk and as the musical genes missed out my dad's generation they were hoping it might hit mine. how wrong can you be lol ?

so whether you play privately for pleasure, or in a group you all have my admiration.

mabudonicus
07-21-2004, 01:19 PM
LBC- as long as you can get it over the border we're golden ;)

ArcTangent.... if your physical description is as I recall it, I think you could plug in and not worry about anyone complaining :beard:

Oh, and the lyrics for "Boba fett uprising" are pretty standard reggae fare, stuff like "everywhere problems, so much confusion, needin a solution" kinda thing, once I have a rough version of it I'll let ya know and maybe send it over somehow MP3 wise :)


maybe we can have a Jar Jar Jam if I make it to Celebration III ;)

JEDIpartner
07-21-2004, 02:16 PM
I was in a band for 10 years and we toured Europe, North America and Central America. It was good fun and I made a bit of money. It was also nice having sponsorships from the various radio and television networks in those countries in which we toured. I practically got to see those countries for free!

I started out as the keys/bvox guy and was eventually the lead singer with limited keyboard duties. I "retired" and am now playing at some bars and coffeelounges doing solo keys/vox gigs. It's all good.

Exhaust Port
07-21-2004, 02:55 PM
I play the guitar. Never have taken a formal lesson but I hope to start in the future. I was introduced to the guitar by a college roommate 13 years ago (god, it's been that long?) who showed me a few chords and tips. I can read music but not when it comes to the guitar as I don't know a single chord name or string note. I play by ear and that's about it.

I bought an electric guitar years ago but after about 3-4 years of that I switched to an acoustic which I've been playing around with since. As soon as my entertainment money fund grows I really want to start buying more tablature books. I've even gotten my girlfriend interested and taught her a few things. :) I've desparately have to teach her a new song as I can't take Green Days "Time of Our Lives" (or what ever it's called) or the opening 6 notes to Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" much more. Perhaps some Pink Floyd....

arctangent
07-22-2004, 04:58 AM
ArcTangent.... if your physical description is as I recall it, I think you could plug in and not worry about anyone complaining :beard:

except quite likely my ears would fall off due to the racket :sur: !

JEDIpartner
07-22-2004, 09:22 AM
Here are some old band shots and stuff...

mabudonicus
07-22-2004, 09:52 AM
Holy cow, man, that is some crazy set of pics, Bro :)

Those 2 promo shots are almost spooky, got that "Dangerous" look about 'em, and I liked the fiddle in the background of the newspaper shot, must have had a pretty eclectic sound

And ExP, don't worry too much about learning to read music, tablature is really useful, 'specially if you already have the ears for it... I never took any lessons either, just jammed like crazy back in high school with whoever was around... I have some virtuoso buddies who I can ask for tips, but my "style" is all mine :beard:

Oh, and Arctangent, just wear earplugs (I always thought it was cheating, til I lost my hearing for a couple weeks after my second Motorhead show, glad I'd learned my lesson before I saw Manowar :))

arctangent
07-22-2004, 10:04 AM
Oh, and Arctangent, just wear earplugs (I always thought it was cheating, til I lost my hearing for a couple weeks after my second Motorhead show, glad I'd learned my lesson before I saw Manowar :))

bit late for earplugs really, i am already a bit deaf from loud music.

i haven't thought of manowar for years - all men play on ten indeed :eek: !

vader121
07-23-2004, 02:05 PM
I play guitar and mostly do it for fun. Never was in a band. Jammed with some guys before but nothing serious. I started when I was 16 and took leasons for about 6 months. Had to quit due to football and never went back. Unfortunately I have forgotten how to read music but that is what tablature is for. I play metal and rock stuff. I think I sound good most of the time but I'm sure to some it sounds like garbage.

Anyone want to form the Cantina Band but with earth instruments?

Dr Zoltar
07-24-2004, 04:43 PM
I used to play piano and the trumpet/cornet. But that was almost 10 years ago.

The 'Xir
07-28-2004, 04:00 PM
I've played guitar for about ohh... 13 years now! I own both acoustic and electric. I've never played out, jammed once in awhile, but I've never been around anyone really that is into it as I am(kinda like SW) So I've just never really had the oppourtunities to do anything with it! I consider myself a 'natural player' meaning i just play what comes naturally or from the heart, I don't know how to read music, don't know chord names really don't know anything technical, just if it sounds good and I'm feeling it, I'll play it!
There was a time when I could play almost every Led Zeppelin song, but It's been so long I hardly remember any of them, although I've started playing some of them again! Right now I've mainly been trying to learn Radiohead's stuff, There my fav right now, so that's why I'm so into learning there stuff. I probably know 1/4 or 1/2 of there catalog, I know I can play almost evey song on "The Bends" except for maybe 1 or 2 of 'em!!
Hey LBC were right down the thruway from each other we should jam! :D

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
07-28-2004, 11:18 PM
Hey LBC were right down the thruway from each other we should jam! :D

Sounds like fun Brent, I'll just tie the piano onto the top of my car. :D I think I know a few gigs we can score. Ever been to a bar mitzvah? :crazed:

Maybe Mabudon can swing over, we'll call ourself the Sir Stevies.

mabudonicus
07-29-2004, 07:41 AM
I'd be in, although a longhaired guy with no drivers liscense, carrying a beat-up 12 string with grateful dead stickers on the case (I didn't put them there :beard: ) may be waiting a while at the border :)

From the looks of things my "wife" and I will be owning a house before years' end, you guys could always come over and stay for the weekend...

I've wanted to make some sort of SSG "tribute" song for a long time now, maybe we can work it out (NOT a beatles reference, BTW)

And how 'bout "The mediclarienz" as a name :D??