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crucislancer
06-15-2007, 08:24 AM
The baddest bass player thread got me wondering who here is a musician. What instruments(s) do you play and do you have any links to your music?

I'll start:

I've been playing bass guitar for about 2 decades now, played clarinet and sang in elementary school. My current project is a band called Friend or Foe, which is mainly rock, with punk, progressive, metal, and pop influences. My previous bands ran the gambit from hard rock, accoustic singer/songwriter pop, , blues, metal, and prog rock.

Friend or Foe myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/friendorfoe)

Ok, next!

StG2_Schlachter
06-15-2007, 09:05 AM
I play Keyboard/Piano. I have a very small home studio which mostly relies on MIDI and electronic instruments.

Friends of mine play in a metal band for which I do some mixing.

And I really like to create soundscapes.
Not exactly music, but a great way to capture moods.

general_kalle
06-15-2007, 09:14 AM
I dont play in a band but i can play drums, I have by own drum set and like playing it.
and i can make it sound good but its nothing special

ochi
06-15-2007, 09:20 AM
I'm a bass player. Been doing it for 33 years now. I'm currently in a blues and classic rock band, Big City Thrill (I didn't come up with the name). I play a samick 5 string bass through a rack mount preamp to a graphic EQ with a QSC 350 watts per side power amp powering a 18 inch woofer and two 12 inch top speakers. Gotta love that thump. I play out on average about 5-6 times a month, ah wine women and song, or sex and drugs and rock and roll.

crucislancer
06-15-2007, 09:26 AM
Originally posted by ochi:
I'm a bass player. Been doing it for 33 years now. I'm currently in a blues and classic rock band, Big City Thrill (I didn't come up with the name). I play a samick 5 string bass through a rack mount preamp to a graphic EQ with a QSC 350 watts per side power amp powering a 18 inch woofer and two 12 inch top speakers. Gotta love that thump. I play out on average about 5-6 times a month, ah wine women and song, or sex and drugs and rock and roll.

Nice! I'm using a couple of Fender Jazz basses, a Trace Elliot amp with this old Sunn cabinet that has a 12" on top of a 18". Low end madness. 5-6 times a month? Lucky dog. We're lucky to play a gig once a month, thanks to schedules and such.

crucislancer
06-15-2007, 09:28 AM
Originally posted by general_kalle:
I dont play in a band but i can play drums, I have by own drum set and like playing it.
and i can make it sound good but its nothing special

That's cool. Nothing wrong with that at all. I know quite a few folks that play instruments that aren't actively in a group, and some of them are smokin'.

Bearcat99
06-15-2007, 09:50 AM
Bass player here... I play in church now.... I used to be in a few funk bands... I was also in a Grateful Dead band for a spell.. (".. dont'cha let that deal go down..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif) I have a 78 Fender Jazz bass, a Tacoma acoustic... and I primarily use a Ibanez 5 string now.. I also own a Jackson 5 string that I loaned to my nephew... I dabble in guitar.. but am not that good... mostly folks stuff.. but in church it varies... we do some of the traditional blues type gospel, hyms, to some of the more contemporary funky stuff like Israel and Munizzi... and a bit of Latin as well.

Stogut
06-15-2007, 10:06 AM
I used to play guitar with a few bands from 1967 to 1978. I haven't done it for years though and really miss it. I've still got some of my guitars and amps. These are among my most prized possesions: 1959 Les Paul custom (Black Beauty model with factory Grovers and Bixby) and a 1968 100W full Marshall stack with plexi faceplate. Oh BTW re: Bass players how bout McCartney....listen to the bass tracks on "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" pretty good stuff for '66 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

R_Target
06-15-2007, 10:09 AM
Sold my Telecasters and amps years ago, but a friend recently gave me one of these:

http://www.soundcontrol.co.uk/images/img_prod/large/large_1.1.1.1.1-7-685.jpg

Need to pick up a prac amp somewhere.

Stew278
06-15-2007, 10:09 AM
I play guitar and bass, but just for fun. Grad school keeps me too busy to take music seriously anymore.

I use a BCRich Acrylic Mockingbird, Ibanez RG series guitar, and an Ibanez GSR200 bass. I have a Kustom half-stack amp, but I never get to practice without headphones on because I live in a big apartment building http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

I play mostly metal,hard rock, and punk.

crucislancer
06-15-2007, 10:49 AM
Originally posted by Stogut:
I used to play guitar with a few bands from 1967 to 1978. I haven't done it for years though and really miss it. I've still got some of my guitars and amps. These are among my most prized possesions: 1959 Les Paul custom (Black Beauty model with factory Grovers and Bixby) and a 1968 100W full Marshall stack with plexi faceplate. Oh BTW re: Bass players how bout McCartney....listen to the bass tracks on "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" pretty good stuff for '66 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I'm a big McCartney fan. Just about anything he did from the mid 60's on is great, once he "found" himself as a bassist. Yeah, "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" are awesome.

tigertalon
06-15-2007, 10:50 AM
I sing under the shower, does that count?

Bought myself a classic guitar a year or so ago, still haven't started to learn it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

MEGILE
06-15-2007, 10:58 AM
Pianoforte and Drums.

I shred the triangle when I get the chance, however.

LStarosta
06-15-2007, 11:22 AM
I can play women like a violin if that counts.

Swivet
06-15-2007, 11:23 AM
Bass player here since 1982. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif Started out in a hardcore punk band for 8yrs, toured Germany, Belgium and made an LP. Played all over NYC. Wrote music and collaborated and started losing my hearing in my left ear due to my guitarists Marshall stack (these go to 11) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif. Left that "scene" to go more melodic but remained heavy, bounced around different groups, from blues, rock, and some funk, and now doing a duet with a blues guitarist for fun and to keep my chops up and still looking for a frikkin drummer http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Gear- 83' Fender P Bass, 91' Fender J-Bass and usually play thru a Hartke 4 x 10" cabinet or a homebuilt EV Cabinet 2 x 15" with a vintage Traynor Head @ 400W. Not to mention my PA system, mics, effects and other stuff i've collected thru the years. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif



This was way back in the day and no i didn't know the name of the band till i was hired.Gee wasn't mother thrilled.http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif I would do it all over again if given the chance. Theres nothing like playing live and touring http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gifBV (http://www.myspace.com/blackvirginauralsects)

Blood_Splat
06-15-2007, 11:35 AM
Cowbeller here.

foxyboy1964
06-15-2007, 11:49 AM
Bass for 23 years. Yep, none of us are getting any younger. I own a Shergold Marathon, which I hate, and a Warwick Streamer which I love. My favourite McCartney bass lines are from Bulldog and Eveybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey.

zardozid
06-15-2007, 11:52 AM
I played in a touring rock band back in the "alternative-Rock/grunge-Rock" days...we had a couple of Cd's out and saw a good amount of the USA and Europe.
All I can remember is..."beer tickets,cute chicks,bad meals,fast food,Good people(who put us up, showed us around...or got us high").
...and a smelly van. lol! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

major_setback
06-15-2007, 12:01 PM
I play guitar, have done scince I was 14 or 15 yrs old.
I have stood on stage in front of an audience on a few occasions, and recorded a couple of simple demos, though at an amateur level. We only played in student pubs.
All original music. Naive pop rock, I suppose a bit like Talking Heads, but with some Sonic Youth and Jonathan Richman (though that makes it sound like we were good http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif).

Oh, and I'm a proud owner of one of these. It's quite unusual, I have only ever seen one popular artist use this guitar - Kurt Cobain:


http://fr.audiofanzine.com/img/produits/thumb2/2/2/22476.jpg


http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:v_DVSHokrWm-9M:http://www.aessenet.org/nirvana/foto267.jpg

ddpairborne59
06-15-2007, 12:07 PM
Drummer here since age 8, (now 48) wanted to carry on playing as a professional musisian throughout life but due to unfortunate events in my life, I play small gigs and midi workshops when I get the chance. I was fortunate enough to play in many different bands such as R&B jazz and rock. Cheers!

Do what you love. Is my advice to anyone with a passion.

BaldieJr
06-15-2007, 12:18 PM
I played bass when I was younger. I had a fender jazz master and a rickenbacker 4002. I quit playing bass because I grew tired of talking about equipment.

arjisme
06-15-2007, 12:29 PM
Played drums in High School and through college in various rock bands.

Nowadays, I play classical guitar. There's never enough time to practice, but I am somewhat decent at it. Oh, my guitar was made by Pimentel & Sons, a luthier family out of Albuquerque, NM. It's one of my most prized possessions.

LEBillfish
06-15-2007, 12:30 PM
*Places hands in armpits & begins flapping my elbows as I belch and stomp tastefully playing Beethoven's 5th Symphony*

Talented huh? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

flox
06-15-2007, 12:31 PM
Guitar player here: been at it for about 12 years. Played in a few bar bands over the years, and two punk bands in high school and college. Lots of fun but also lots of work; none of them really turned into anything to write home about.

I play an American Stratocaster and an Epiphone SG through a Twin Reverb using a variety of stompboxes and effects pedals.

Viper2005_
06-15-2007, 12:56 PM
Another guitarist here, also for about 12 years.

In addition, I dabble with the bass and piano/hammond organ, and I used to play the violin.

nickdanger3
06-15-2007, 12:59 PM
Guitar and drums (actually the drums are my friend's but he's had them parked at my house for like, 5 years so I play them way more than he does).

I've got a Super Reverb and a little Mesa Boogie, an American Standard Strat and, my most prized possession, a '61-'63 Les Paul Jr. (Gibson's serial numbers are notoriously unreliable during that period) - it's the SG shape and I bought it a few hours before I saw AC/DC.....in 1986. Amazing guitar.

http://games.cnews.ru/mim/alexdok/AngusSG.jpg

Got a couple nylon strings as well for classical stuff. I'm competent at a lot of stuff (blues, rock, punk, classical, even a little slack key) but master of none.

Airmail109
06-15-2007, 01:00 PM
Jazz Pianist here

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

Copperhead310th
06-15-2007, 01:22 PM
I play7 Guitar, bass & drums. (I'm a horrible drummer.) and i can get by on the keyboard.

Band's i've been in:

Red Light District
Three Against One
Forty-5
Taxicab Armada
Dr. Leg & the Love Pupies (lol was a 2 show deal with some freinds. covers. and mainly for fun)
and my 1st band waaay back when i was 18
Black Oddeysy (spell? lol)

Some of the places i've played
The Blue Iguana (we call it the "lizerd Lounge)
Dano's
Gators
hEAD ON THE dOOR (opened for Trust Comapany with Forty5)
kokopeilies
the Florabama lounge
Grand cental Stattion (dotahn alabama- Opend for Course of nature with Forty5)
Montgomery's zoo weekend (opend for Edwin McCain with Red Light District)
Opened with Forty 5 for Damon Johnson & Brother Cain in B-ham at Workplay theater in Birmingham, Aln (That was actually our last gig as a band.)

Sadly i sold all my gear. to help pay for my mothers funeral. and the only thing i have left is my Ibanez Accoutsic. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif
I even sold my HAND AUTOGRAPHED PRS withc was my most prized and cherrished guitar.
So i don't play any more. i just kinda let is sit in the corner of the room and colect dust.

crucislancer
06-15-2007, 01:54 PM
Wow, quite a few musicians here, that's awesome. Yes, even armpit farters, triangle players, cowbell enthusists, and shower singers qualify. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

foxyboy1964
06-15-2007, 02:03 PM
Sorry to hear about your Mum CopperHead. I know what that feels like.

DuxCorvan
06-15-2007, 03:55 PM
I play harpsichord and full church organ, and I'm an acceptable choir singer and director -no pun. And no, no tracks. I'm quite embarrassed about my talent limits.

Sorry about your mother too, Copperhead.

vladimusmaximus
06-15-2007, 03:59 PM
I play djembe, and I'm learning Indian Tabla http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Scharnhorst1943
06-15-2007, 04:00 PM
I play French Horn in concert band. Sorry I don't have any links.

Lurch1962
06-15-2007, 04:12 PM
Between '84 and '94 I dabbled in synths, the latest being the Korg M1 (still hear its characteristic sound from time to time in recent tracks). My primary inspiration was Vangelis, as well as Jean-Michel Jarre. Mostly created simple soundscapes/melodies/hypno stuff for my own enjoyment. Friends said it sounded like movie soundtrack material. Actually had two pieces used in a small interactive astronomical CD project.

But the bug still bites, and I may get back into it some day...

--Lurch--

MEGILE
06-15-2007, 04:24 PM
Originally posted by Lurch1962:

But the bug still bites, and I may get back into it some day...

--Lurch--

Don't hesitate.

DO IT!

RAF74_Raptor
06-15-2007, 05:10 PM
Im a Drummer

Copperhead310th
06-15-2007, 05:19 PM
Ive done lots of studio work to as a producer and helping other mostly unknown bands with thier demo's promotions, and recording thier own albums.
i've done some work with
Surgestone
Atomic Red Sun
Resin
Hourglass
Once over Twice
and a few others.
Givent he choice between playing a live paying gig and doing studio work...i'll take the studio time any day. I'll have to go dig up some of my cd's and put a couple tunes up so you guys can listen. lol

Copperhead310th
06-15-2007, 05:47 PM
This is my goofing off in the studio.
Boys of Summer instrumental (http://webpages.charter.net/leespace/Misic/music/boyz-wave.wav)
Every thing but drums is me. the Drummer is my buddy Randy Bowden from Hourglass.

Hoatee
06-15-2007, 05:53 PM
Collected mostly Roland synths and boxes during the eighties. Nowadays it's all done internally on the computer with virtual studio, effects, instruments, midi sequencer, audio recorder, the works - pure bliss and an exercise in self entertainment. Who needs pop stars?

FE_pilot
06-15-2007, 05:58 PM
I'm starting to play the electric guitar.

So if anybody got any tips, i am all ears.

Choctaw111
06-15-2007, 06:01 PM
Guitar, piano and Pipe Organ here. I have been known to play the pipe organ (or keyboard equivalent) for people on occasion and when I was in the army a friend of mine had his guitar with him so I entertained the troops with that for a while. I learned to play on my dads old Rickenbacker originally owned by the Chantelles which was kind of neat. Since I have so many problems with my hands now I really don't play the guitar much anymore but I do play the pipe organ and to stay in practice I have a very nice keyboard with a killer pipe organ sound (which is why I bought it) but the only downside is that I cannot practice with the footpedals or more than one manual (one row of keys). The most I have ever played was a 4 manual organ and the two I have access here to in my very old (and small) hometown are a 2 and 3 manual. They are very nice and both restored. I will say without hesitation that the pipe organ is my favorite and Bach is my favorite composer and I love to play his work. Although I have been playing since the age of 6 my hands still do pose a problem from time to time (at least I think so).

Copperhead310th
06-15-2007, 06:03 PM
Originally posted by FE_pilot:
I'm starting to play the electric guitar.

So if anybody got any tips, i am all ears.

Yeah get a second job. you'll need it.
After about the 1st 8-10 months...when you start getting realy proficant..you'll start buy gear like crazy. trust me... Tone addiction is worse than a bad crack habit.
I spent more money on pedles, processors and sound effects in the 1st year than most ppl spend on gasoline for their car. lol
i still rember waking up in a could sweat in the middle of the night trying to figure out how the hell i was gonna daisy chain all that cr@p together! lol

Manu-6S
06-15-2007, 06:07 PM
I play guitar (no very well): instead one of my teammates plays the keyboard here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHoMC4mfRx4

nickdanger3
06-15-2007, 06:12 PM
My favorite tip to new players:

Pick a song that you really really have to know how to play and learn it - buy a book, get a lesson, learn it from the record/cd - whatever it takes. But having a single song as a goal keeps it do-able and it'll feel great when you can play that one tune.

BaldieJr
06-15-2007, 06:45 PM
Originally posted by FE_pilot:
I'm starting to play the electric guitar.

So if anybody got any tips, i am all ears.

If you just want noodle, you don't need any advice. If you want to be a super-star, do this:

Buy a copy of the guitar handbook and study it till you know it. Scales, chords, theory. All that ****. KNOW IT.

For every good musician theres a million bad trying to reproduce his "sound".

Don't talk about equipment. Just play. And don't ever think your equipment is holding you back because its not. Your talent is.

Believe me, when you're good, equipment just shows up. Thats no lie.

Follow that book, stay away from drugs, and send me a postcard, a shirt, and some tickets for your tour.

Airmail109
06-15-2007, 07:05 PM
My advice would be, if your not hell bent on going professional but want to get proficient....when your starting out is to practice technique 45 minutes to an hour a day. 2 working upto 6 or 8 if you want to become a professional musician. Through its best to start off young (I had my Grade 5 trumpet at age 10, before I had to have lots of **** done to my jaw to get it to grow correctly) Dont focus on learning songs, but technique which would include learning "studies" which are sort of songs.

Learn all the scales, then teach yourself as much as you can about theory, tempo, rythm etc

This will allow you to be

1) Technically better and more proficient with your instrument
2) Allow you to write your own songs
3) Allow you to learn songs quicker and CORRECTLY

Its all about technique practice, over and over again repetitively until you get it right 100 percent everytime

My family has a very very long history as Musicians, going back at least 200 years

Once you've been playing for 2 years, you'll be fairly competetent unless your a total genius like one of my mates, whos now concert pianist level after about two years of playing.

Once you get good I cant tell you how awesome it is to even do small gigs, Orchestral stuff is Great. Been on an orchestral tour in Germany, and I can tell you they are some of the most memorable expirences you'll ever have.

Lots of funny **** happens, especially when you get to know the people your playing with. Pron in the conductors book, trombones slides sliding off and flying into the audience, total ****ups which if your anything but a string player are always funny (string players are stuck up snobs most of the time). Drunkeness, debauchry, drugs, believe me classical musicians are just as bad as rock musicians.

1) The Brass section always rock, go to the pub with them
2) Woodwind, always has ***** women
3) String section always has geeky pompous guys, and totaly Hot but unattainable women who look down on the brass section just because most of the time they dont take life or work seriously. Who in turn usually irritate them back with innuendo

It all makes for great socializing, I miss it

In fact, this thread has made me decide to practice more again and join an orchestra and maybe get a jazz band up and running

Blood_Splat
06-15-2007, 07:33 PM
The first song I learned on guitar was the house of the rising sun.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRV9QCXLtHQ

Airmail109
06-15-2007, 07:41 PM
Originally posted by Blood_Splat:
The first song I learned on guitar was the house of the rising sun.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRV9QCXLtHQ

Thats the most annoying music video and lead singer I've ever seen in my life. Granted its a good song.

However, I want punch that guy in the face more than Nicklebacks lead singer.

crucislancer
06-15-2007, 09:59 PM
Originally posted by FE_pilot:
I'm starting to play the electric guitar.

So if anybody got any tips, i am all ears.

Practice. A lot. Can't stress that enough.

Don't get discouraged if things aren't happening right away. Some things take longer then others to learn.

Always use a metronome. Always. Timing is key, and with some practice your internal metronome will take over. But, after you get good with your timing, continue to use the metronome when you practice. Always.

Songs: Learn songs all you want, but also learn what makes them tick. What are the chords, tempo, note length, phrasing.

And always listen.

PBNA-Boosher
06-15-2007, 10:18 PM
I'm vocal mostly. I write some stuff, nothing too good. I do musicals and plays.

Copperhead310th
06-15-2007, 10:42 PM
Originally posted by Blood_Splat:
The first song I learned on guitar was the house of the rising sun.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRV9QCXLtHQ

lol omg that was the very 1st song that i ever did with Black Oddesy. lol then we learned Smoke on the Water, Wild thing, & Cocain and after we warmed up with the classics we learned Metalica's entire Justice for All Album.

rileyjams
06-15-2007, 11:02 PM
Piano for a few years. It led me into the keyboreds. Percussion whitch led me into drum kit

I do intros for local bands and what not

www.myspace.com/vergwash (http://www.myspace.com/vergwash)

DuxCorvan
06-16-2007, 06:42 AM
Originally posted by Choctaw111:
The most I have ever played was a 4 manual organ and the two I have access here to in my very old (and small) hometown are a 2 and 3 manual. They are very nice and both restored. I will say without hesitation that the pipe organ is my favorite and Bach is my favorite composer and I love to play his work.

He he, I once managed (or so) to play the Passacaglia & Fuga in c minor (BWV 582) in a Silbermann replica -4 manuals and pedals- with huge 32' pipes. Man, that was glorious... and difficult. I worship Bach, but he's d*mn hard... If I only could play his four Clavierübung books properly...

Organ music by Frescobaldi, Sweelinck, Grigny, Scheidemann, Buxtehude and Pachelbel also rocks.

guitarjava
06-16-2007, 09:45 AM
Yep, musician here too! Guitar player for about 30+ years... played in bands during the 80's and 90's, mostly metal cover bands, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Nugent, etc.

Nowadays, I'm very much content to play acoustic, write songs, and build an occasional cigar box guitar.
www.myspace.com/chrisbremmer (http://www.myspace.com/chrisbremmer)

BrotherVoodoo
06-16-2007, 06:32 PM
I am a lead singer and guitar player in my band. I also play around with drums, bass, keys, harmonica and was a concert violinist for several years. Been playing music since I was a child. (35 now)

avimimus
06-16-2007, 06:46 PM
I learned fiddle, I teach fiddle. It is a wild instrument, uncontrolable if it is used well (classical music, country music are all about limiting the instrument so that it can be controlled http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ). It is the instrument of the woods.

I am trying to recover an old style that was unique to the Aboriginal and Métis of Canada in the 1850s it is completely different (PM me if you want references).

I also recommend checking out the sympathetic stringed hardinger fiddle (www.hfaa.org - check out "gooseberry" on the audio samples section).

Instrumental Carnatic violin (classical music from india) is also interesting. They hold the instrument with the foot so that both hands are free. It allows them to do things that no westerner would dream possible.

S!

heywooood
06-16-2007, 11:52 PM
I play a wicked buttered cat... I can make it wail bro' seriously...

thats why they all come scratching on my widow after the clubs close..friggin' nuisance but what can I say - its a gift.

and sometimes I play an old Guild D50 - mostly bluesey stuff of my own and not too danceable or singalongish if you get my drift
(..if you've ever heard Stephen Stills play 'Black Queen' you'll know what I mean)

Xiolablu3
06-17-2007, 12:58 AM
I play a bit of guitar and also enjoy mixing undeground house music at outdoor parties and house parties.

I used to own a Gibson SG and a Fender Strat but sold them both.

Now I dont have a guitar at all unfortunatly.

Hoping to get a twelve string acoustic some time soon. Beautiful sound from those things and they are just about as easy to play as a regular guitar.

AlGroover
06-17-2007, 03:09 AM
What, no brass players among all you military minded types? Most surprising. I play flugelhorn in a community concert band. We recently played for the district ANZAC day service. Currently rehearsing 'The Dam Busters' march and lots of other stuff.

triad773
06-17-2007, 04:22 AM
Wow lots of varied talent here.

I played punk rock, Rush, AC/DC - bass and electric guitar with friends in - not even a garage band, but bedroom band (didn't have a garage http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif )since 81' Self-produced an audio tape in Orange County, CA in the 80's where I play everything- including keyboards, and 'Synsonics' Drums (from Mattel) if anyone remembers them. Had to drink over a 6-pack to sound OK on vocals. Later went thru a phase of having to sell my then prized 78' Stratocaster to a "friend" who seemed to pay me off in $5 increments. After 3 years he finally paid off the balance http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Picked it back up in 96', got a Gretsch short length bass, a Fender Squire Strat, and a Ibanez semi hollow body. On occasion I play some jazz with my wife playing piano. Step daughter's been playing Suzuki Violin for 10 years but has not been receptive to my showing her how to use CuBase http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Love music and playing but I have toooo many friggen interests for the small amount of free time I have http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

DuxCorvan
06-17-2007, 06:30 AM
Originally posted by avimimus:
I also recommend checking out the sympathetic stringed hardinger fiddle (www.hfaa.org - check out "gooseberry" on the audio samples section).

That thing looks and sounds so much like a viola d'amore that it can't be coincidence. Maybe the same or a very closely related instrument. First, Hardanger fiddle, then, viola d'amore:
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/images/hb/hb_46.34.7a.jpg http://www4.pantown.com/data/13220/board10/15-20060219135808.jpg


Instrumental Carnatic violin (classical music from india) is also interesting. They hold the instrument with the foot so that both hands are free. It allows them to do things that no westerner would dream possible.

This technique reminds me very much of those of the old Renaissance and Baroque viola family (the one which includes the viola da gamba, not the modern 'viola alto' which is from the violin family (in fact a sized up violin).

xenophonic
06-17-2007, 06:47 AM
Since 1999 been rhythm guitar in The Negotiators - hard pop / pub rock. Cort guitar, Korg O/drive and Chorus boxes, 12" 170W (?) Laney amp. Pretty simple.

Love my classical yamaha (since 1991). 2nd year music theory at uni (1995). Only guitar training - Flamenco (94) . Have only enough music time these days to hold my spot in the band and enjoy gigging upto fortnightly.

Link to my band blog. (http://theoddsox.blogspot.com/).