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28 Feb 2011, 12:00 am

Of course. Music can stimulate the release of endorphins. That's one of the best things about reaching that point of musicianship where you can get that feeling


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28 Feb 2011, 4:05 am

I get frustrated more often than I feel elated. It's usually when I'm improvising and I just can't summon the creativity. I notice the same patterns and tendencies where there should be spontaneity and originality. On these days I cling to my musical routines too stringently.

I do have days every so often when things are clicking and the music just flows. I am free to explore the keyboard. Every phrase is well crafted and I surprise myself. The feeling I get probably compares to what you described. It is possibly the closest to happiness I can hope to get.



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01 Mar 2011, 5:29 pm

I've been playing the guitar since I was 11 (now 45...). I would play all the time if I could because it feels so good. When I was younger I did and discovered that other people, while watching the tele, didn't really appreciate my enthusiasm. I also get that same elation while writing music - finding a progression that ties everything together or leads the music to another quite unexpected place.



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01 Mar 2011, 9:41 pm

Reading and writing music has always been my vice. I learn better by ear than I do by sight. I think I'm like... Dyslexic musically. :\

I can write decently if I'm given time though.



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02 Mar 2011, 9:50 am

I learned to read music at a young age, but I'm very slow, both writing and reading. I've found it easier to write my own shorthand or using a multi-track recorder - just laying things down. Many great musicians are unable to read music. I love that with writing music there is no time constraint.



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02 Mar 2011, 3:20 pm

I'm pretty much gonna be relying on my ears and avoiding it as much as possible. I like hitting the roots and improvising from there any how.

Though I'm going to have to be fluent in all three clefs if I want to master the Viola, Bass Guitar and Tin Whistle. (Trying to be a multi-instrumentalist, y'see.) I'm sure I'll get it eventually. I can read and write in the bass clef decently.



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02 Mar 2011, 6:10 pm

Another thing I've been feeling when I've been playing instruments lately is that I am literally communicating with them. It's like my hands transfer my thoughts to the instrument and it answers back in sound. This is even with instruments I've never played before. I played the piano for the first time today. It was as if I was saying, "Hey, play this for me" and it did.

Could be 'cause my hands are already quite dextrous from playing bass, but I thought it was cool.



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02 Mar 2011, 6:16 pm

I actually developed a bit of a new scale pattern on my guitar a couple of days ago, basically it's like a pentatonic scale but all chopped up, sounds pretty good too! I'm going to start using it some more and see where it takes me.


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02 Mar 2011, 7:03 pm

Do record it if you can, I'd love to hear that!



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02 Mar 2011, 7:06 pm

Jonsi wrote:
Do record it, I'd love to hear that!


Really?

Also I'm a bit of a Caveman when it comes to technology, so I don't really know how to upload it if I did record anything. I'd like to though.

(Basically this pattern came about through having to work around a broken string.)


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02 Mar 2011, 7:08 pm

Yeah, really, I love hearing new things.

I'm a cave man myself. I'm only just learning about how a PA system works. D:



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02 Mar 2011, 7:14 pm

I'm not joking.... what's a PA system?

(The idiot has landed....)


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02 Mar 2011, 8:38 pm

The thing that has mostly replaced amplifiers. D:



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03 Mar 2011, 7:48 am

What are the benifits of a PA system over an amplifier?


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03 Mar 2011, 9:54 am

A PA is a public adress amplifier. It is primarily used for vocals, acoustic guitars,etc. It is a very clean sound and not generaly used for electric guitar. ( even when "clean" you usually want a little distortion on an electric guitar).