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BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???

24 Oct 12 - 05:53 PM (#3425566)
Subject: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Bobert

Well, seems that I just discovered that another Catter who I always thought was a musician wasn't... I mean, it's okay... I'm not trying to put anyone down or up for being either a musician or not but...

Is ya or ain't ya' and if ys is then what do you play??? Instrumentation, style, CDs, etc...

B~


24 Oct 12 - 06:37 PM (#3425578)
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From: Charmion

I'm a singer who also plays guitar and mandolin. You've even seen me at the Getaway.


24 Oct 12 - 06:46 PM (#3425580)
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From: GUEST,TIA

Banjo (five string and short scale Irish), guitar, bouzouki, acoustic bass, cello, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and can't sing worth crap.
Play gigs with my daughters who are truly truly talented (All-State on several instruments, and all can sing) with various instrumentation and under various names.
Have about six or so Irish gigs per year, several world folk gigs, and tons of work for the holidays as a brass ensemble (in full Dickens garb).
Have played in four countries, for three Nobel Peace Prize winners, and two ex-US Presidents.
But it's the girls who land all that stuff and kindly let me play along.


24 Oct 12 - 06:49 PM (#3425582)
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From: John P

I've been performing since age 15. Piano, guitar, cittern, percussion, Celtic harp, accordion, lap dulcimer. Working on my seventh album.

Musical focus in chronological order, sort of: blues, pop, hard rock, jazz/rock fusion, new age, medieval, British Isles, Appalachian, French and Breton, Balkan, Swedish.


24 Oct 12 - 06:55 PM (#3425585)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity

I play, engineer, compose and more..but you already know that...

GfS


24 Oct 12 - 07:02 PM (#3425587)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: John MacKenzie

Guitar, melodeon, autoharp, harmonica, gramaphone.


24 Oct 12 - 07:03 PM (#3425588)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Steve Shaw

Music.


24 Oct 12 - 07:17 PM (#3425592)
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From: Ebbie

Depends on what a musician is. I play, mostly guitar, sing some, know lots of songs, do not like to "perform" but love to jam, love to hear music, love to get other people started, wake up every morning with a song in my head.

Is that being a musician?


24 Oct 12 - 07:22 PM (#3425593)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Steve Shaw

You're a musician if you play (or sing) music. If you play an instrument and make your instrument the point of the thing, you are playing an instrument but you are not a musician.


24 Oct 12 - 07:26 PM (#3425597)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Bobert

This is all fascinating...

Who else???

And if ya' aren't a musician but connected to music, tell us about that... I know that beardedbruce is a collector of instruments and buys and sells 'um...

B~


24 Oct 12 - 07:27 PM (#3425598)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Ebbie

Does that mean that a kid playing in a school band is not a musician? Come to think of it, you are probably right. Although a great many musicians get their start there.


24 Oct 12 - 07:27 PM (#3425599)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

Singer/songwriter (no diary entries), mostly humorous, and folk song singer. I have a large and always expanding repertoire.

One CD, working on No. 2.

I play a vintage Framus Nashville acoustic guitar and a (not quite ready for public performance) guitar banjo.

And I post quite a lot upstairs.

Don T.


24 Oct 12 - 07:28 PM (#3425600)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,olddude

I mess with the guitar a little


24 Oct 12 - 07:31 PM (#3425602)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

I also have a fifty year history of performing in, and organising, folk clubs, singarounds and sessions.

Don T.


24 Oct 12 - 07:34 PM (#3425603)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: gnu

I used to play some real musical instruments before my health problems. I sold them to good homes. But, I kept three of my Bodhrans and about 50 of my ciapans (tippers, mostly ones I made) because, in the hands of a true Rhanner, they actually are a real musical intsrument and I feel the need to foster that excellence of being able to make a simple drum far more than a "beat". I still teach. But only to few as they must learn on my Rhans.

Voice... same deal. Lost it, as many who post here lost theirs... smoking.

Smoking... f********ck. I don't just cry for my voice back... I can cry for far too many Mudcatters that derserve a "second voice"... a second chance... far more than me. Youse know who you are. Thanks to each of you for your music and for your comradeship over the years. It ain't easy when ya lose it but good freinds help a lot. Thanks.


24 Oct 12 - 07:44 PM (#3425608)
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From: Janie

Musician? Absolutely not.

Human being and therefore folk? Most definitely.


24 Oct 12 - 07:48 PM (#3425611)
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From: Henry Krinkle

I collect. Buy and sell. And bellow and play monkey junk.
=(:-( ))


24 Oct 12 - 07:49 PM (#3425612)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

""I mess with the guitar a little""

If I messed with the guitar half as well as you Dan, I'd triple the gigs I get.

Don T.


24 Oct 12 - 07:50 PM (#3425615)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Bobert

Oh??? Me???

Musician??? Well, kinda... More a performer... I play drums, guitar, Lowebow (Google it), lap dulcimer, a little banjo, a little piano and can do country, old time, folk, rock but purdy much locked in on the blues because it fits my aging voice...

B~


24 Oct 12 - 07:55 PM (#3425616)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Bill D

In my mind a 'musician' is one who works at it and worries about being as good as possible... my wife calls it "the fire in the belly".

I play some instruments and sing a little....autoharp, recorder, dulcimer, nose flute, ocarina.

I have never been paid for performing (though some have suggested they'd give bit for me NOT to play) Have only played into a mic a dozen or so times.

I collect and listen far more than I play.....now my wife is seldom very far from a new song she is learning.


24 Oct 12 - 07:57 PM (#3425617)
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From: Steve Shaw

Does that mean that a kid playing in a school band is not a musician? Come to think of it, you are probably right. Although a great many musicians get their start there.

The aim of anyone playing any instrument should be to put themselves at the service of the music. "My instrument" is the harmonica. In sessions, I wish that to be not to the fore. Not because I'm ashamed of the harmonica (I'm not, though in my next life I shall come back as a fiddle player), but because I want to be part of a mix that projects music, not us as individuals. That isn't for one minute to say that one should not acquire and seek pride in instrumental skills. If I put up a shelf in my kitchen, I might invite you to admire my finished handiwork (unlikely in my case, as it happens), but I will not be singing the praises of my screwdrivers or electric drill. As for kids in school bands, sometimes they seem to have more innate feeling for music than many an adult player I can think of.


24 Oct 12 - 08:02 PM (#3425619)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Rapparee

Banjo, double bass, fiddle, classic violin, concert piano, ukelele, guitar, trombone, xylophone, bass drum, bagpipes (several sorts), piccolo, flute, tenor, bass, and alto saxophone, french and english horn, tympani, Sousaphone, tuba, euphonium, hurdy-gurdy....

Oh. What instrument do I actually play? A 1929 Conn trumpet, but it's been a while due to various injuries. I can also read treble clef and some bass clef (alto and tenor clefs never thrilled me enough to learn them). I also know a bunch of songs, but can never remember them at Getaway.


24 Oct 12 - 08:05 PM (#3425621)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Joe_F

Not.

However, I sing songs & have even written a few. I can sort of hack some of them out on the piano.


24 Oct 12 - 08:06 PM (#3425622)
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From: gnu

Janie... you ARE a musician. A silent musician.

If that sounds silly to some... well, I don't need you to tell this here gnu about it. You all play and sing for two people... yourselves and Janie. I know I do (did).


24 Oct 12 - 08:11 PM (#3425625)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Bobert

Yo, Rap...

You play a mean "duck call"...

B;~)


24 Oct 12 - 08:28 PM (#3425630)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Bee-dubya-ell

Yes, I am a musician, but I can most often be found down here in the BS section. I rarely post above the line because most of the threads are either (A) too esoteric, (B) too Anglocentric, (C) too infested with proprietors of oversized egos and undersized senses of humor, (D) even more snarky and contentious than those below the line.


24 Oct 12 - 09:11 PM (#3425650)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Amergin

I write and perform poetry. I do have a lap dulcimer which I love playing, too...but I'm not that good.


24 Oct 12 - 09:53 PM (#3425655)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,olddude

Thank you Don that made me smile :-)


24 Oct 12 - 10:01 PM (#3425657)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST

I am a music lover, not a musician.

I played a few stringed instruments in my younger years (leaning towards 12 string guitar and banjo) and enjoyed it. I haven't done much instrument playing for awhile. I am not a singer.

I like all types of music and spend much time listening to all types of live, recorded and online music from all around the world. I especially enjoy small live music events, jam sessions and gatherings (especially in summer). IMO, (like I suspect with many here) even mediocre music can be magic in the right social setting, such as a community céilidh, a kitchen party, an Irish pub and with "all night music get togetherings, with brew").


24 Oct 12 - 10:13 PM (#3425662)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: ChanteyLass

I play nothing. I sing badly. Sometimes I say that I used to want to be beautiful but now I just wish I could carry a tune. I love music as a listener!


24 Oct 12 - 10:14 PM (#3425663)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST

Still playing and collecting guitars, my current main go-to's are a Cole Clark 6-string and a nice old Japanese D-28 Sigma 12.

Been playing guitar since age 15 (now 68), also had piano training and at one time played baritone euphonium in a Silver Band.

I play most Sundays in my church music group and at open mic nights around where I live. Sing bass in the church choir and in a local chorale society as well.

Musician or not? Not a very good one, I suspect, but music has been a big part of my life and I'm lucky to still have it.


24 Oct 12 - 10:15 PM (#3425664)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST

Guest above was me, Fossil, at work


24 Oct 12 - 10:20 PM (#3425666)
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From: Rapparee

A couple weeks ago the local buckskinning group (the WFT is inactive at the moment) met at the Elks Lodge here. After the meeting, someone had brought a guitar. Folks were singing "Streets of Laredo" in the bar when I left, members of both the Elks Lodge and the buckskinners, and drinking beer of course.

Define "musician."


24 Oct 12 - 10:32 PM (#3425674)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Beer

I pick up the guitar once a month and join in on a fiddling jam. I just love it. I use to pick up the guitar daily and sing, sing sing. But now I've lost interest because the voice is gone. I also chord along on the piano.
Adrien


24 Oct 12 - 10:42 PM (#3425679)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,leeneia

I play piano, recorder, flute, guitar, fretted dulcimer, percussion. And I like to sing.

I also download and arrange music for my friends.


24 Oct 12 - 10:43 PM (#3425680)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Amos

I have an old martin that I love to pick and strum on occasionally. I know some songs, so I will sing one if you twist my arm or saturate my cerebellum. I ain't all that, but I really enjoy the hell out of it when folks are kind enough to let me roll that way...


24 Oct 12 - 11:07 PM (#3425690)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Stilly River Sage

Piano. I used to play a lot, but my current piano is an antique that needs to be refurbished. I've almost bought another instrument a couple of times, but in an overcrowded house, two pianos is a bit much. The antique is a piano bought by my great grandfather in 1885 Connecticut. It's lovely, and if I ever have an extra 10 grand, I'll have it restored.

I grew up in a household with most of the kids taking piano lessons and my father a folksinger, his predominant instrument being guitar.

SRS


24 Oct 12 - 11:27 PM (#3425692)
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From: Jack the Sailor

I'm not a musician. But I play guitar, sing and write songs.


24 Oct 12 - 11:51 PM (#3425698)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: number 6

Guitar until arthritis set in on my hands a couple of years ago ... harmonica and the sax.

biLL


24 Oct 12 - 11:57 PM (#3425700)
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From: Deckman

I am a musician. I play: voice, piano, two guitars (classical and steel string), autoharp, five string banjo. I have been performing on stage for 61 years ... in fact, in ten days, I'm singing my final concert. bob(deckman)nelson


25 Oct 12 - 03:38 AM (#3425725)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Howard Jones

Guitar, recorder, melodeon, anglo concertina, hammered dulcimer. Occasionally bones, but I've come to realise that a little percussion can go along way, unless the player is really good, which I'm not, so I do that sparingly. I sing too.

Mainly British, and particularly English, traditional songs and tunes. But a good song is a good song, whatever its origins.

I've been performing solo (as floor singer and paid guest) in folk clubs for nearly 45 years, although these days it's mostly informal tune sessions. I've played in a couple of ceilidh bands (one of which became nationally known and played many of the major English festivals) with whom I've made a couple of albums, and also contributed a track to a compilation album. I also help to organise local ceilidhs.


25 Oct 12 - 04:54 AM (#3425748)
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From: Will Fly

Bit of guitar, mandolin, tenor guitar, fiddle, blues harp, keyboards, bass, Appalachian dulcimer, vocals.

Music: traditional and traditional-style tunes, rock'n roll, jazz, ragtime, music-hall, French stuff, anything that takes my ears...


25 Oct 12 - 05:18 AM (#3425756)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

The only thing, other than my wife, that I will never give up is the music.

In preparation for the day when the voice fails to report for duty, I've been improving my guitar skills playing rhythm at diddly sessions.

And when the arthritis in my hands gets too bad, I'll be wheeled in as a listener.

Don T.


25 Oct 12 - 05:41 AM (#3425763)
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From: Sandra in Sydney

I love singing & sing along with choruses as I can't hold a tune on my own. But I have on 2 occasions sung in a session - once with the 2 friends (both good singers) sitting beside me, once on my own in a very small session.

I also run a folk club famous for it's beautiful acoustic space, singing performers & singing audience.

sandra


25 Oct 12 - 09:14 AM (#3425815)
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From: beardedbruce

" I know that beardedbruce is a collector of instruments and buys and sells 'um...

Also I ( am learning to) repair and modify instruments ( violins and violas these days- I just sold another chin cello and an octave violin), sing in the chorus, and occasionally do Alan Sherman and Tom Lehrer songs. I've written a few parodies ( two in the DB) but mostly write sonnets.

But mostly I listen.

8-{E


25 Oct 12 - 09:25 AM (#3425819)
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From: GUEST,CS

I sing among folkies now and then, and that's it.


25 Oct 12 - 09:52 AM (#3425834)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,BrendanB

Bouzouki, bodhran and guitar and vocals. Play in a trio with melodeon and flute. Play in a celidh band with concertina, melodeon and keyboards (I'm also the caller). Sing in a folk choir.


25 Oct 12 - 10:49 AM (#3425861)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,Stim

I play and occasionally teach guitar, bass, ukulele and some random fretted ethnic instruments. I was a folksinger once, and have played in bands of one type or another over the years-at lot of folk and ethnic dance stuff,but also club dates and casuals. I write and arrange sometimes, too.


25 Oct 12 - 11:04 AM (#3425869)
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From: Georgiansilver

Write and sing Folk songs... sing anything really.. Play Harmonica, penny whistle, Smokey Mountain Strumstick and pan pipes.   Some of my songs are on this page :-    Mikes Songs/facebook page.    Scroll down on page for the individual songs. Best wishes, Mike.


25 Oct 12 - 11:54 AM (#3425887)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker

Electric Guitarist & keyboard Synthesizer player since the mid 70s...

If it's got strings or keys, knobs, faders and switches I'll have a bash at getting a 'musical' sound out of it.

I tried clarinet but was shit at it..

I'm also rubbish with recorders so sadly will never be any good at bagpipes...

My playing skills & abilities are too variable, inconsistent and unpredictable
to have ever stood any chance at a full time career as a 'pro' jobbing musician.

But on some occasions in the last 35 years I've been in bands
that had minor brushes with recording contracts
and media attention.

In so many ways I'm glad I was never in a band that 'made it'
because there's no way I have the constitution & genial disposition
to be arsed getting up early in the morning to do promo spots
on Breakfast TV shows..

..let alone being cooped up in an uncomfortable minibus touring for months on end.

I like my own bed & and bathroom too much..


25 Oct 12 - 12:11 PM (#3425902)
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From: Donuel

cello,gamba,mandolin, bass and the vertical violin and viola.

I used to play the French Horn but a lip disection from a 9 iron ended that.

I also play the zither and auto harp with Debussy like tonalities.
I found that a resonant "sound box" table, bathtub, or by placing the harp atop a marimba resonant chamber can more than double the sound of the tiny harps.

While I have a keyboard and tonal percussion instruments the difficulty I have encountered trying to play them my whole life
long might somehow be connected to dyslexic challenges.

octave violins sound great. Have you heard willie and lobo and other latin groups use them with profound effect?


Hey bearded one, How about a "flute cello". First you drill the neck close to the finger board to create a recorder. The Whistle segment is in the pegbox behind the nut and the finger holes are between the D and G string right through the ebony. The bottom of the tenor recorder exits under the finger board. You blow in a clear poly vinyl tube that connects under the scroll near the nut.

I've also transformed 4 string to 5 string violins and altered normal violins to octave violins. Mostly I have unique inventions for enhancing the sound of string instruments by using ultra low density materials strategicly and by maximizing the lateral plate vibration by tuning the bass side edge thin and altering the stiffness of the bass bar progressively. Some of what I learded from the Vuillume French school and an Italian family from the 20th century is respondsible for doubling the power of sound but the rest came from my own analysis of the rocking directions of the top plate, the physics of sound conduction regarding frequency vs density of the carrier material and the importance of the center bouts.


Warning free advice ahead...


Without getting into new 21st century materials the best way to go is with a top plate of low density wide grained "microscopically hollow" but stiff wood, free to move more on the bass side and less on the treble side.   The back plate is best when very stiff to focus sound like a radio telescope or a speaker cabinet, and the ribs thin enough to release all the frequencies that the top can not. Of course tuning the plates with half step complexity is an old and crucial art.

*interesting observation*
To create an image of a double helix, take a good glossy Strad model violin and reflect sunlight on a nearby surface.

With my remission from arthritis I can now make a half dozen more ultra modern respondsive instruments and do what I hate...Sanding sanding sanding.


25 Oct 12 - 12:55 PM (#3425928)
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From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity

...perform, produce and post....the three 'P's....I could add two more, but pooping and peeing is almost common, I hear...

GfS


25 Oct 12 - 12:58 PM (#3425931)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: BrendanB

And hammer dulcimer, how the hell did I forget that...?


25 Oct 12 - 02:56 PM (#3425985)
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From: Bert

I'm a singer/songwriter and pretend to play the guitar.


25 Oct 12 - 03:15 PM (#3426001)
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From: gnu

Beer and sIx... my heart goes out to yas. That's gotta suck for youse. Never heard you, sIx, but I was entertained by Beer in my house a while back and his loss is a shame.


25 Oct 12 - 04:48 PM (#3426046)
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From: McGrath of Harlow

Perhaps the more relevant thing is whether people have any actual interest in the music, as evidenced by our posting history.

When that isn't present they aren't really here.


25 Oct 12 - 06:26 PM (#3426100)
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From: JennieG

Well......I can sing a little, and play guitar a little (have two guitars) and am getting into playing ukulele.....that is, when we return from our Canadian holiday I will get back to playing said instruments and resume choir practices.

Cheers
JennieG


25 Oct 12 - 06:48 PM (#3426111)
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From: Abdul The Bul Bul

Alaways had music, sung with mum, dad played banjo, mandolin, mouthorgan. Gran had a piano with old sheet music in the stool that I leaned the notes from. Started on the mandolin when about 12 , then guitar in the 60's with Donegan stuff then stuff from the Lomax American song book. Married, sang with guitar to kids and then not much for about 30 odd years. Came back to guitar about 5 years ago and learned how to be me. Just got confident now to stand up, sing and play at singers nights or floor spots with guitar or bouzouki (Gazuki) but no, not a musician! Nice that a few of the kids play too.
Al


25 Oct 12 - 07:07 PM (#3426123)
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From: ollaimh

i have long found the intstrumentally challenged to be greatly challenged in many ways.especially when they are hang arounds at folk scenes.many think, if i can't play i can lead.

i play celtic harp, cittern/bouzouki, mandolin and guitar a lot. i paly lute saz lavta and dulcimer a bit, and several others occasionally.

i used to busk gig and practice five to ten hours a day but now i'm retired. and loving it.

i sing as well. if you want to keep your voice you have to give up cafine alcohol and smoking. at least for most people. i still have a voice that moves professionals. howevert at sixty i can't hit the falsetto i had when i was young.

when i stopped busking every day i was elated to be able to drink coffee and tea again!! in the morning it will not affect your afternoon and evening voiv=ce so much. i havent smoked or drunk alcohol for years.

i find the instrumentally challenged and incompetent to usually be intolerant as well. hence my scorn


25 Oct 12 - 07:38 PM (#3426136)
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From: Jack Campin

I'm curious which Mudcatter Bobert was referring to in the first post - who he thought was a musician but wasn't.

Chongo?

Me, I play recorders a lot and many other woodwinds, Middle Eastern strings and percussion a bit. Mainly Scottish, klezmer and Turkish music and mainly in sessions. On the desk beside this computer I have a singing bowl (makes a nice alternative to computer noises), a small Arabic pottery bongo/kettledrum I use to play rhythms along with things on YouTube, and on the floor beside me, a mandolin which I have just discovered I might be able to make friends with if I use Arabic violin tuning (GDGD) - I never got anywhere with standardly tuned ones. My newest late night not-disturbing-the-neighbours instrument is a 2.4 (low, baseball-bat-sized) shakuhachi, which I will never be any good on but it makes great practice in flute embouchure.


25 Oct 12 - 07:43 PM (#3426138)
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From: Bobert

Chongz is an organ grinder, Jack... lol...

Nah, I didn't have anyone in mind at all... It's just something that I was curious about after learning that _______ was not a musican.... I won't use his/her name but if he/she wants to then fine... I'm not trying to smoke anyone out here... Just curious...

B~


25 Oct 12 - 07:52 PM (#3426143)
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From: Steve Shaw

Is it I, Lord, asked two dozen...?


25 Oct 12 - 07:57 PM (#3426146)
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From: Bobert

Oh, come on, ya'll... I'll pm ____ and see if it's okay to reveal him/her but, really, this ain't about him/her...

B~


25 Oct 12 - 08:24 PM (#3426153)
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From: Bobert

Just got an okay...

It's pdq who used to play music but ain't doin' it these days...

But, not matter... This thread ain't about pdq... It's about everyone...

B~


25 Oct 12 - 08:56 PM (#3426165)
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From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity

I thought Bobert was referring to the skin flute player....

GfS


25 Oct 12 - 09:59 PM (#3426190)
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From: Bobert

You need to have a little talk with yer shrink, GfinS... Tell him or her about the polymorphous perverse quilt thing that you got going on... Ain't no drugs for it... Gonna take some psycho-therapy, i.e. counseling to get ya' thru it...

B~


25 Oct 12 - 10:09 PM (#3426196)
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From: GUEST,999

PDQ's music knowledge is fantastic. And his taste in it is wonderful. In fact, I'll be receiving another CD from him after the election results are in. Looking forward to that. :-)


25 Oct 12 - 10:09 PM (#3426198)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: MarkS

Guitar only and love to do covers of the old timey bluesmen. Particularly like Son House.
Thats my psychic connection to Bobert!
Oh, and I may be the only guy left who still covers Woody!
Problem is, do not gig very much these days and I am usually not around enough during the week to participate in local groups.
Maybe after I retire if I can ever afford to!
Mark


26 Oct 12 - 02:20 AM (#3426247)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity

GfS: "I thought Bobert was referring to the skin flute player...."

Bobert: "You need to have a little talk with yer shrink, GfinS... Tell him or her about the polymorphous perverse quilt thing that you got going on..."

Perverse??????? Welcome to the club!! Be careful though...you might be called a 'bigot' and 'homophobic' by your compatriots!

Ooops..Bobert did an Freudian slip of honesty....

Busted!

GfS


26 Oct 12 - 04:40 AM (#3426272)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: David C. Carter

I scribble a bit on anything lying around,scrape a guitar,huff and puff on harmonica and sing through the face.

David


26 Oct 12 - 06:08 AM (#3426294)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,999

AND you do it well, David.


26 Oct 12 - 08:16 AM (#3426324)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Bobert

Yeah, Mark, we definitely connected in our love of Son House...

B~


26 Oct 12 - 10:09 AM (#3426374)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Bettynh

When I chased down Alan Block for my sandals (a bit of a story there) and confessed that I didn't perform, he said "Without an audience I'm out of a job. We need you." That made me feel better, and it's still a comfort.

I took piano lessons, sang in the chuch choir, and was a Girl Scout in camps where there was lots of singing. When Pete Seeger sang on Boston Common in 1963, my dad made a reel-to-reel recording, and we added many of those songs to the Girl Scout singing. I went off to college in 1966 and my roomie was the daughter of Joan Baez's manager, getting us into some great concerts free. She told me about Child ballads. And later, after hearing about it on NPR, I made several trips with my kids to Jonesborough, TN for the National Storytelling Festival. When I found Mudcat online, I felt right at home.


26 Oct 12 - 10:57 AM (#3426393)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: David C. Carter

Thanks 9,you know I do me best!


David


26 Oct 12 - 11:06 AM (#3426396)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Stu

Started out playing bodhran years ago, but wanted something more tuneful so now stick to bouzouki and mandolin. Just picked up a nice handmade f-hole mandolin by Tom Wilkes whilst out in the Great Smokies of North Carolina a couple of weeks back.


26 Oct 12 - 11:11 AM (#3426403)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,999

I am ashamed to say that I never realized the beauty of a well-played mandolin until recently. I ain't too old to learn, but I just don't have the time. Can anyone suggest people I should listen to?


26 Oct 12 - 11:32 AM (#3426421)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: David C. Carter

Well,there is Jeff & Vida,you can see them on Youtube.

I'm checking out others right now.


David


26 Oct 12 - 11:33 AM (#3426423)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,999

David: I have a few songs coming (going) your way. Check yer e-mail.


26 Oct 12 - 12:24 PM (#3426451)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: David C. Carter

Just did.Check yours now.

D


26 Oct 12 - 12:46 PM (#3426464)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Stringsinger

Bobert you have to define "musician". I've studied music formally and have been a musician/activist for many years. Guitar and singing are my principal instruments.
I also play jazz.

Is a musician someone who plays music regardless of academic training?

I think so.

Sometimes just as musical as someone who has made a formal study of music.

Are you trying to screen out those who may not be musicians but for political reasons feel it necessary to post on this site?


26 Oct 12 - 12:53 PM (#3426467)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Bobert

Well, I ain't goin' there, Strings, 'cause that poor horse been beat to death...

Guess I should have called it "music maker"???

But seriously, I guess a "musician", for the purpose of this thread, is what folks who don't make music think of everyone who does is???

I donno???

I mean, I used to think of myself as a musician until I met the P-Vine, who has a degree in music, and have had to change my thinkin' around...

B~


26 Oct 12 - 01:29 PM (#3426486)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,highlandman at work

By some definition within the spectrum, I guess I'd be a musician.
Been called jack-of-many-trades-master-of-few, among other things.
I play guitar (electric, acoustic, electric bass), piano, organ (anything from combo keys to the King of instruments, the pipe organ), Appalachian dulcimer, acoustic upright bass, and the Great Highland Bagpipes. And I've been known to dabble with things that can make vaguely musical noises, including bodhrans and key chains. Some I've arsed around with but given up on are most wind instruments, fiddle, banjo, and accordion.
I sing, both folk and classical, but don't have the big operatic voice. I compose and conduct. I record and mix some, too, although I seem to have been born lacking the Finish-The-Project gene.
I'm part-time professional in some of these, rank amateur at some, and everywhere between.
It looks like a lot, listed out like that, but there's a lot more I wish I could do (or do better) than otherwise. But it's all about loving music, and participating in every way I can (short of causing listeners actual pain).
-Glenn


26 Oct 12 - 03:21 PM (#3426534)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: gnu

9... Mandolirium. I'll search it tho it's doubtful... no dice. I have a CD. They are in BC. If I can get permission... oh, what am I saying. I'll never be able to contact the Mudcatter who sent me the CD... can't even recall her name.

Hmmm... check out one of my favs...
Long Night

Great use of mando.

There is a great story behind that tune which was written in 20 minutes when the news of Emile Benoit's death reached them. Check out his fiddle tunes. I have CDs and to listen to him make music at 83 is inspirational.


26 Oct 12 - 04:09 PM (#3426538)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,999

Whew. Thank you, Gnu.


27 Oct 12 - 10:13 AM (#3426858)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Ron Davies

Music addict, not musician.   All the signs are there.

Do you seek out others to do it with?   Yes.

Do you put off doing other things so you can do it?   Yes.

Can you imagine a day without it? No.

Etc.





Play guitar (really badly)--to accompany myself. Fortunately about 60% of folk and 70% of country can be done with 3 chords.   Excellent book on country:   3 Chords and the Truth.

Play piano--mainly 19th century parlor songs and classical, though I wish I could play blues, boogy-woogy, honky-tonk, etc. Sure seems hard to just make up a good accompaniment on the piano--I'm in awe of people who can do it-- even though I know enough theory that--in theory--I should be able to do it.

Play viola.   These days, bluegrass and country viola--which as far as I'm concerned, means just weaving in a harmony or counterharmony--especially at the end of a vocal line (to try to complement, not interfere with, the singer. That is a lot of fun. Probably could play fiddle--but that would require practice, and I don't seem to have time to practice anything but the piano, and even that is chancy sometimes. I bet no orchestra would take me.

Mainly, I sing. Constantly. With anybody I can find or by myself. Lucky enough to have falsetto, after singing 30 years with the Beach Boys in the car.   And lucky enouugh to be a bass, so years passing mean my voice has sunk. (tenors are really out of luck, it seems). When I walked to the Metro (about 20 years), it was 4 long songs or 5 short songs to the subway.   Love all sorts of vocal music-- (and lots of orchestral music)--everything from choral to doo-wop, country, Irish, sea chanteys, parodies, jazz--and on and on.

And of course, added bonus for singers--you never have to carry an instrument.

Won't mention the conductor who supposedly said:   "Are you a singer or a musician?"

Though I've actually heard conductors say: "OK, I want the men to come in here, and the tenors a few measures later."    No wonder guys--aside from opera singers--don't usually claim to be tenors.

Uh oh, slipping into thead creep.


27 Oct 12 - 11:55 AM (#3426891)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Janie

I disagree, McGrath.

Many of us read above the line while rarely, if ever, posting. We realize we have much to learn but as non-musicians or non-scholars, have little to contribute. We are as much "here" as are the musicians.


27 Oct 12 - 12:00 PM (#3426896)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Amos

Ron Davies is a fierst-class musician. Modesty notwithstanding!


27 Oct 12 - 12:23 PM (#3426905)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Janie

What Amos said!


27 Oct 12 - 12:29 PM (#3426907)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Ron Davies

Hey, Amos--now, folks, there is a real first-class musician---is it too late to get in line to get a copy of your version of "Calico Dress"?    Now that was one of the absolute top highlights of the Getaway (don't tell the author--but for my money your elegiac version tops his.) With just the right amount of hesitation after the guitar run--just stunning.

I was still singing it when I pulled into my driveway.


27 Oct 12 - 12:31 PM (#3426908)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Ron Davies

In fact, Amos, it's just not fair we only get to see you once a year.


27 Oct 12 - 02:50 PM (#3426965)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: Stringsinger

Bobert, you have a point. Folk music allows for all kinds of music making whether it's academy trained or self trained. If you are trying to weed out trolls and shills who aren't interested in music but with agendas, then I'm with you.

I have never considered music an exclusive club. That's why I asked.

Some of the best musicians I know are self-trained.

I've spent my whole life defending the idea that anyone can make music for personal enjoyment regardless of what expertise they are reputed to have.

The enemies of music in my mind are ego, not listening, putting others down,
claiming authority that is questionable, being closed-minded about music out of their sphere of interest, or being just plain rude and running roughshod over other's attempt to make music.


28 Oct 12 - 01:26 AM (#3427159)
Subject: RE: BS: Below the Line... Musicians or not???
From: GUEST,999

Ditto, Stringsinger.

Amos is real good and Ron, the two times I saw videos of him is right 'up' there.

Some folks are more skilled or experienced than others, but that don't mean nothing. What 'means' is your belief in what you sing and your love of having an audience join in your 'belief'. You always work hardest for those you love. imo