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PwnageSoldier

Anyone having a hellish time learning an instrument?

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PwnageSoldier

Hey guys! Just wanted to come check out if anyone had any nightmarish instruments theyre trying to learn. Personally Im learning the Alto Sax, and I have a hard time with playing lower notes because I always go up an octave lol. Its no biggie for sure, Ill eventually find out how

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Method

My guitar has sat in a corner for a little over a year. My fingers refuse to cooperate and I don't care enough to make them.

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Tokasmoka

^ Got to stretch your fingers and wrists first before you start playing the guitar. After 20min of stretching play every note on the neck with all four fingers 0 1 2 3 4, next string 0 1 2 3 4, etc. That's why 90% of people quit playing guitar and it's a shame because once your fingers cooperate learning becomes a breeze. Usain Bolt doesn't just hop out of bed and instantly runs a 100m race, he stretches for hours.

 

As for the sax, I would love to learn how to play one. As with anything else in life you get what you put in, keep practicing man!

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Murdick

The cello. I gave up in the end and played the clarinet.

^ Got to stretch your fingers and wrists first before you start playing the guitar. After 20min of stretching play every note on the neck with all four fingers 0 1 2 3 4, next string 0 1 2 3 4, etc. That's why 90% of people quit playing guitar and it's a shame because once your fingers cooperate learning becomes a breeze. Usain Bolt doesn't just hop out of bed and instantly runs a 100m race, he stretches for hours.

 

As for the sax, I would love to learn how to play one. As with anything else in life you get what you put in, keep practicing man!

 

gave up on that too cuz my pinky finger was too weak HAHA.

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mr quick

It could just as well be an issue with the quality of the instrument itself. Too many times people give up on an instrument because the instrument they have is a hassle to play.

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PwnageSoldier

It could just as well be an issue with the quality of the instrument itself. Too many times people give up on an instrument because the instrument they have is a hassle to play.

Agreed. I had a reed once that was a bitch to use - turns out it was a little bent :/

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mr quick

Have you had the sax looked at?

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AtomicDarling

I can sing... OR play guitar/ukulele.... I cannot for the freaking life of me do the two at the same time. I can play just fine until I start singing and then my strumming goes to sh*t.

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Mister Pink

Well, I used to play guitar badly but recently I bought a mini MIDI controller to learn a few chords, to play around with and loop/produce etc. It's only 25 keys so it's not ideal to learn properly but I did try some chords and did learned some simple Boards of Canada (

) and simpler Kraftwerk (Autobahn). I find it difficult to figure out the best/most comfortable way to play chords. I figure I need to get at least a 49 key which I will do so I can attempt to learn with two hands and also just having the more standard size of keys will help me. It also has 6 pads so I'd like to try tapping out beats too. I never had good rhythm. I could recognize and enjoy good rhythm but in practice I was always atrocious.

 

I'm going to spend my time learning keyboard so I can make some ambient and electronic music. Currently working on some tracks for a concept album that's inspired by Fallout's post-apocalyptic wasteland.

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sandralar

I got a new guitar on my birthday, but I have never played on it since I have almost no time. All my free time goes on https://uk.edubirdie.com/coursework-writing where I work as a freelance writer and help people with their assignments. Honestly, I don't regret.

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Queen

Hey guys! Just wanted to come check out if anyone had any nightmarish instruments theyre trying to learn. Personally Im learning the Alto Sax, and I have a hard time with playing lower notes because I always go up an octave lol. Its no biggie for sure, Ill eventually find out how

Try blowing with hot air instead of cold air (like fogging up glass).

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reaper19031993

I have piano, but i have never played in the morning. I have habit: i write intresting post about girls (https://yourbride.com/asian-brides-sites/ ) and after that i play 40 minutes. It is well good for me)

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Arrows to Athens

Touched my acoustic guitar after a long time so I could actually learn to play it this time. What do ya know? One of the strings break as I'm tuning it.

 

Back in the corner, guitar.

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FearThoseWhoFearHim

I remember my mother buy me a acoustic guitar and I throw it in some days to not learning anything. Later, I buy two electric guitars and again, I just sell it both for same reason.

 

Later, I buy a electric drums and I learn a lot, that is my instrument, I learn quickly all hits and fills once listening a new song.

I like to hit with my feet the floor imagining every hit from the drums, because I sell my drums for school costs, I hope someday buy a new one.

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Asmodo

I've been playing guitar for around 18 years, the first couple months were hell. The hurting fingertips and building calluses, the frustration of trying to be Jimi Hendrix within the first week. It sucked but eventually it became second nature and is very rewarding in the end.

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Laura91

I can sing... OR play guitar/ukulele.... I cannot for the freaking life of me do the two at the same time. I can play just fine until I start singing and then my strumming goes to sh*t.

 

I'm basically the same way. The only exception is a Noise project that I have where I do early Anal c*nt style stuff with keyboards and vocals. But, that requires no skill. LOL BUT, if I wanted to do the same thing with a guitar instead of a keyboard, it wouldn't work at all.So, figure that one out.

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JerrySnow

Yeah, really the same :cool:

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itandrii

 

I've got an electric guitar ESP LTD QM 1000😎 , djembe drum, didgeridoo but, as many of you, I have no time to play these instruments😥 . My current job ( I am an information security specialist and write reviews for the IT project) occupies my all my time((

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Cutter De Blanc

I've f*cking sucked and hardly ever played any of my three guitars over the course of the 13 years I've been trying

 

I don't get any joy from playing it

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mr quick

I'm trying to teach myself trumpet, and I've concluded that it's a stupid instrument. But, I've come this far... 

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Eva Harvey

Thanks for advice, it's very good for me.

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Mister Pink
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Recently, I've picked up the guitar again. I haven't played in about 13 years. Even when I did play, I was awful. I was just teaching myself and picking up what I could from friends. I didn't have the patience to learn properly. I just wanted to try play Zeppelin and The Doors. I picked up some really bad playing habits and had huge lack of technique. Things like not playing with a plec, and never correctly developing my strumming. But that's kind of what happens when you are stubborn kid that just picks up his brothers guitar when he wasn't home. I'm also left-handed and play with a right-handed guitar, so I'm sure there was some challenge there. Although I don't know how much. I consider myself quite ambidextrous. 

 

Anyway, I recently picked up a very cheap and used strat. I have no amp. I did pick up a cable to try plug into my laptop. I managed to record into Audacity, albeit very badly. So it sat there for a few months collecting dust. Then I got a second wave of wanting to play. I'm producing some electronic music on my laptop but wanted to have some more "organic" instruments such as guitar for some nice chillout music I was going to make. I decided if I'm going to learn guitar, I'm going to really learn about it. 

 

I decided to restring the guitar. I've only done that a handful of times in my life. Maybe once on an electric guitar. I bought some Slinky strings (9-42) and removed the old strings. I removed the dust from the guitar. I used some steel wool to rub down the neck and the frets and then went over the neck with some linseed oil. I adjusted the pick-ups as they seemed to be completely out of whack with what most technicians online were advising. I lubed the nut, then I strung it up and tuned it. Oh yeah, and I bought a tuner! So handy! I also bought an Ernie Ball strap and found a cheap stand in Lidl!  After the clean and re-string, I decided to adjust the intonation with some help from YouTube. I must say. For a cheap, used guitar, it feels and sounds great!

 

How am I playing it, you may ask? Well, I don't have an amp. I do have a Behringer Audio Interface. I only paid €40 for it used. It's in perfect condition. The guitar, I paid about €50. I have that run into my laptop through the audio interface. I also got a copy of AmpliTube 3 and I'm playing back on my headphones. I'm really happy as this is a pretty cost-effective way of playing guitar. Aside from already owning a laptop, the venture really only cost me about €100 (hardware) and I have so many VST options via AmpliTube 3. You can pick AmpliTube 4 for about  €100 on sale. For €200, you get so much. I ordered an inexpensive DI Box as well as it might reduce signal noise I'm getting. Although the mid-pickup seems to be the culprit. 

 

Now I'm just doing some exercises and starting small. Learning the guitar as I should have from the beginning. I'm treating the whole process as a complete beginner and not afraid to call myself a complete novice either. It's a nice process. I think tweaking the guitar helped me appreciate and love the thing, even if it's cheap. There's a bit of my effort gone in to it and the cleaning and adjusting has improved the sound so much. A bit of TLC goes a long way.

 

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Lubed the nut with a graphite and petroleum jelly mix

 

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Used steel wool for the fretboard. Oiled it with linseed..

 

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Adjusted the pick-ups..

 

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All done..

 

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Bonus image: Here's the midi controller I spoke of in an earlier post. 

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FearThoseWhoFearHim
Posted (edited)

I'm going back to drums since some weeks ago and I bought the same electric drum kit Alesis DM6... but I can say since 1 year being off still my skills are here but I need to practice more something I'm doing lately.

 

I learned all most by ear, watching random drum covers videos since 2006 and some tips videos.

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FearThoseWhoFearHim
On 1/6/2019 at 11:51 PM, FearThoseWhoFearHim said:

I'm going back to drums since some weeks ago and I bought the same electric drum kit Alesis DM6... but I can say since 1 year being off still my skills are here but I need to practice more something I'm doing lately.

 

I learned all most by ear, watching random drum covers videos since 2006 and some tips videos.

 

Btw, when I was younger and there was no youtube, I remember using clothes hooks simulating cymbals and a chair simulating the snare or hitting the sofa.

 

I hope some of those pieces of advice help someone.

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mr quick
On 10/11/2018 at 12:52 AM, mr quick said:

I'm trying to teach myself trumpet, and I've concluded that it's a stupid instrument. But, I've come this far... 

 

I managed to learn some basic stuff -- enough to play my own trumpet lines on my stupid jazz rock demos that i never finish -- but still thought it was a pretty dumb instrument, so I sold it to a mate who's much more interested and bought an alto saxophone instead. I deeply prefer the throaty, raspy quality of reed instruments. 

 

e: but to be clear, it's also a stupid instruments. transposed instruments are all stupid. 

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Guitar and Bass, I can't figure out how to play.

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