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Any of you guys play the guitar? Or any musical instrument

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Hawkster, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. Hawkster

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    Had a good few weeks earning wise, and decided to treat myself to an electric guitar - not too expensive but one that does the job well, of course that depends on my ability to learn how to play the damn thing also. I had one when i was younger but when it came to learning chords i was like a carrot learning to fly a space ship. Just couldn't get my head around it.

    Do any of you guys play the guitar whether it be acoustic or electric?

    Do you play any musical instrument at all?

    Be cool if you could recommend a guitar/instrument or share your stories, videos and anything else relevant.
     
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    I play guitar and bass guitar, both acoustic and electric for over 10 years now. No better ways to clear your mind than by just sitting down with a guitar IMO
     
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    What kind of music can you play - whats the most challenging song you have managed to master.

    Lol we got a one man band here - that's a great set of skills you have.

    Not relevant here then :p

     
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    I play piano better than anything. Had lessons from age 8-16 then continued to play as I got older and eventually built a home studio.

    Also play guitar, violin, flute, harpsichord, sax, trombone, drums, any virtual instrument I need through my m-audio oxygen 49 + komplete or using my virus snow. :)

    My nephew taught me some guitar basics and can play live really well. But I can still "play" better in a virtual environment. There's way too many harmonic tricks, tremolo, vibrato, rakes, scrapes, yanks, stutters, tuning, phasing, distortion, etc.... effects that are way easier to program than to play live.

    With that said, I can't really say producing in a DAW is more fun than playing piano/guitar live or vice versa. What I usually do is just sit down with my virus to create any type of melody or riff. I'll jam out for like an hour to get my brain going. Then sequence that into my DAW and start layering in other instruments with komplete or whatever VST/FX I need. That's when the real magic happens.

    As far as how to learn an instrument... I'm a bit bias against formal training. Those 8 years of formal lessons taught me all the logistics of music. Like how to read-play anything. What they didn't teach me were the building blocks of MUSIC itself. The most important things I learned were from sitting down alone without any books. Like learning how to hear key, pitch, gates, chorus, phaser, distortion, detune, saw, sine, square, noise, envelope settings.... all these basic things. I didn't learn any of this with piano lessons. I doubt guitar lessons will teach you. Like how to hear an FM modulated sine wave. Or how to detune a stack of saw waves then add portamento so it sounds like the dutch bass in Gagnam Style.

    Maybe you'll learn how to play a U2 riff. Which is cool. It all really depends on why you want to learn. And that "why" tends to change the more you play.

    Have fun.

    -BB
     
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    I'm actually a guitar instructor! I've been playing for about 13 years now and I've been teaching for 7. There's nothing I can really tell you that you probably haven't been told before, but it's very important to know that you have to be patient. Playing the guitar is hard. It takes a lot of time. I can't say that enough. I've been playing for so long and I'm still not happy with my playing style half the time. But as long as you're having fun, who cares. With that in mind, learn what you want to learn to keep yourself interested in playing.

    If you're super fresh, start with the chords C A G E and D both major and minor forms. Those are all very common and relatively easy chords (except for C and G minor).

    Last thing, when you're learning a song or riff and you make a mistake, don't beat yourself up about it. Figure out your mistake, learn from it, apply it, and move forward. If you really want to play something well, you need to practice practice practice. There's no cheats or ways around it.

    Hope that was useful in some way. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
     
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    I play my vocal chords more than any other thing :D However if you are in to guitars, try the acoustic one first to go on with chords and move on to the electric guitar.

    Favorite Solo : Blackbird - Alter Bridge :D

    After you are way past the basics ; watch Mark Tremonte's guitar lessons (Search Youtube) :)
     
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    Been in several bands, done it all vocals, guitar, and bass mostly. Although now I have a family and two young daughters so my dream of becoming a rock star has been long gone for awhile. I still love rock music and reminisce alot though.
     
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    I play guitar and drum. I'm prefer acoustic coz I can play it anywhere
    But this day dont have time to play it anymore
     
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    I played drums and bass guitar a long time ago with my friends. Now my guitar is waiting for me in the corner but I have no time for this.
     
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    If you want to learn guitar, the best way is to get a teacher. At least initially so you can get the basics down. You can however do this by yourself as well, first thing buy a good tuner. Get one of those that clip on to the headstock. Try to get one that is above $20 so it is decent and doesn't fuck off later on.

    Next thing, just youtube marty schwartz. This guy is hands down the best guitar teacher I have seen on the web. Google him and find his website, dig through the free videos. Guitar playing is not easy to master, it's like math, you have to keep playing everyday and in a few months you will be able to play some easy songs. Just build up from there, one step at a time. Good luck!
     
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    I play guitar and piano. Musical expression definitely helps to reduce stress and provide a means for artistic expression.

    Any model of real guitar acoustic or electric should be fine for learning. If you learn to play guitar on an acoustic, and later decide to play electric you will definitely be surprised at how much easier guitar is to play than you previously thought. Depressing the strings of an electric is more like simply placing light pressure on the string whereas holding an acoustic string down often requires greater strength and/or dexterity.
     
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    Before the tumour in my wrist, I played the piano. I started playing it at the age of 15 when I had sprained my ankle and I found that it felt very natural to play. I learnt how to play Fur Elise up to the first minute initially, but then I moved onto playing other songs such as:

    • Lestat's Piano Sonata
    • Inspector Gadget's Main Theme (this is the only song I learnt how to play from the beginning to the end)
    • This Love by Maroon 5 (I partially learnt it)
    • Misery by Maroon 5 (partially)
    • Beautiful Life by Ace of Base (I nearly finished learning this one)
    There were many other songs I could play as well, but in case you're wondering why I only partially learnt how to play most of these songs, it's because I had to stop playing due to my aforementioned wrist issue.

    As for the other instruments I played, I also used to play the recorder, harmonica, and the lap steel guitar, the latter of which I never played well.

    Concerning guitars in general, I tried learning how to play both the acoustic and electric guitar but I could never enjoy playing them. I usually dislike the sound of the guitar as well, except in the movie "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny" :cool:.
     
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    30 years ago I started when Malmsteen just appeared and Jason poor kid got that horrid desease

    I suggest you watch these then throw your guitar away

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=613KF0YK9Uw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XybOrwO1AA
     
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    I am playing trumpet in a brass band ("Posaunenchor" as we call it in Germany)

    But we're definitely one of the cooler brass bands. We have more than 60 members and the majority is 15-25 years old, so no brass band which is just full of old men :D

    We're doing some fun stuff like this from while to while.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_18Il2UNHM
    (Very spontaneous video with just a few of us, because we only had like 48 hours or so to record and cut the video)
     
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    I used to play piano when I was a kid. Stopped at the age of 16 because of school and soccer commitments. I am currently looking in ways to get back into. I might purchase a keyboard for the start. It might be cheaper and not using too much space in my apartment.
     
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    I learnt to play on the cheapest $25 nylon string guitar my dad could find around 10 years ago. I still have it today, and it's a brilliant guitar. The strings don't rust and it's great for strengthening the fingers.

    I never got lessons, but I found the easiest way to learn for me was to download the tabs for a song I liked, using a program like Guitar Pro, and then just learn to play it. You develop a good ear after a while too.
     
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    My mum bought me a Classic acoustic guitar for like $50 when I was 14 I believe.

    It was cool but I wanted a electric one so then my aunt decided to get me that for my 16th birthday. I didn't go for any lessons, i just attempted to self teach myself using YouTube (brilliant way to learn songs quick)

    Although with hardly anytime, i packed it away. Need to go for lessons and really matter it when I have time available, life gets in the way.