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post #46 of 50
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Originally Posted by Get Smart
you've obviously never been to a homegrown punk rock show...it's all about good performances by bad musicians

*oops bandwagonesque said the same thing. but yea, nothing can kill a good garage band then the guitarist suddenly "learning how to play". God knows that killed many a great punk band in its day


Get smart... I'm talking about orchestral instruments. Nevermind the bollocks is still one of my favourite records, although "punk" is not my bag. There's a lot of sloppy playing by conventional standards that I've found appealing, but I'm talking about instruments like the oboe and the violin here, not a different paradigm of thought where skill doesn't really matter.
post #47 of 50
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Originally Posted by Violinist
I'm talking about instruments like the oboe and the violin here, not a different paradigm of thought where skill doesn't really matter.

that i'd agree with.
post #48 of 50
I'd like to add that a lot of my favourite musicians don't possess some great skill in the conventional skill...


Going back to people like Pete Townsend. His skill as a songwriter and arranger are legendary, but his chops on the guitar didn't develop till later. Still no one can play a power chord like him.

I like the Gallaghers... it took Noel almost 10 years to become a passable guitar player. I like Duff McKagan, the Stereophonics... the list goes on and on with people who aren't classically good musicians. But in "pure" music, I think it takes a level of skill to perform a previously written, or even your own work. It's so exposed, and it's perceived from the perspective of a museum piece, not like rock or most other popular genres that's as much a visceral experience as anything can be.

In fact, that's what makes Rock best when it's live. Bum notes sound really good, and stuff sounds cool if the singer's voice cracks just at the right moment.
post #49 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by Get Smart
you've obviously never been to a homegrown punk rock show...it's all about good performances by bad musicians

*oops bandwagonesque said the same thing. but yea, nothing can kill a good garage band then the guitarist suddenly "learning how to play". God knows that killed many a great punk band in its day
Did someone mention Homegrown? Man that takes me back a few lifetimes ago.


I picked up the guitar about 7 years ago after being influenced by people like Jonny Greenwood, Andres Segovia, Brian Stetzer, and Django Reinhardt. It seems fairly obvious yet completely understated in saying that more people would have a more profound interest in music if they learned an instrument, any instrument. It sure worked for me.

Things went downhill after my first guitar. I now also play the uke, banjo, cavaquinho and viola caipira (both native of Brazil), theremin, didgeridoo, and charrango. I want to get around to taking violin lessons again since mine's just collecting dust. Same goes with piano but I use it more and more in my music so it'd be nice to actually know what I was doing besides knowing chords.

Here's a couple of my prizes:

Epiphone Flamekat (my first "real" guitar):


The love of my life, '93 Tele Plus:


The gear of misc. pedals and an early 90s Fender deluxe 85.


The viola caipira:


I also have a banjo from the late 20's that's been passed down in my family. It clearly has the most sentimental value to me but it's back up north.
post #50 of 50
Back in the early to mid 90's I played drums in a couple of bands but gave it up after we got dropped from our label.

I hadn't played in around 10 years but recently got up and played a few songs at a friend's concert. Like riding a bike...with very poor tempo

Any other drummers?
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