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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:12 PM
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Which DUers were/are musicians?
I'll start: I came to NYC in 1991 to become an opera singer, but that didn't happen. I sing for a church job and do some other singing from time to time.

(In fact, NJ/NY DUers might want to come hear me sing as soloist with the NJ Gay Men's Chorus on July in Trenton!)
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Donkeyboy75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:14 PM
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1. Skin flutist here.
I actually do play some piano and guitar, but I have one of the worst singing voices ever. I envy you.
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 08:09 PM
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27. The preferred term is "flautist."
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 08:16 PM
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31. Well, then, allow me to
"flout" my "floutist" abilities, as well as my brilliant pianist abilities! I've played piano since I was five and flute since I was ten; I've slacked off on the piano these past several years but I still play the flute in my church orchestra.
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 08:17 PM
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33. Good for you!
My first serious girlfriend was a flautist. She was very skilled with her lips.
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 08:34 PM
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34. LOL!
Yes, and the great thing is that you can use your "lip skills" in many other, ummm, well, interesting ways!
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 08:36 PM
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35. Believe you me, sister...
...I know! :evilgrin:
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 11:57 PM
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51. Oh, really???
:bounce:
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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:15 PM
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2. Guitarist,
Lutenist, Vihuelist, Recorder, Crumhorn, and flute... but not very good since the stroke, of course.
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BBradley Donating Member (645 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:15 PM
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3. I sing and play guitar in one band, and drum in another
Mostly it's for fun though. Being a teenager it's a little early to worry about making a living off of it, but music is something I've always loved, and always will. That goes double for creating it.
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toddzilla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:17 PM
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4. guitarist..
used to teach, played in a few band experiments. my non-drug use keeps me away from most bands. i'm starting work in a guitar shop that i used to teach at, and am hoping to get to play more often and maybe cut a disc in the next year.
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Mikimouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:17 PM
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5. Studied piano for 8 years, self taught guitar (play poorly)...
but my favorite thing was singing. Was the lead singer for a local folk/rock group in the 60s (when I was very young), and would do it again, but of course my range isn't what it once was.
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PittPoliSci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:19 PM
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6. guitar, bass, piano.
I can sing too.

And scream, if you like hardcore.
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ramapo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:19 PM
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7. Drums/Percussion
Just play in local community orchestra and our music room.

Performance opportunities are tough to come by.
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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:20 PM
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8. It's beginning to sound like we could make a DU band!
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elperromagico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:21 PM
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9. I are a musician.
I play about six instruments at last count, sing, and compose. But I don't think I'm all that good... </false modesty>
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daveskilt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:25 PM
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10. accordion and guitar - no bagpipes though nt
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Harrumph Donating Member (394 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:26 PM
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11. I play keyboards...
still play sometimes at a local beach club. I used to play alto and tenor sax but gave it up a few years ago.

:smoke:
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Betty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:26 PM
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12. Classical violinist
and I actually make a living at it, too.
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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:46 PM
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15. Woo-hoo!
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ben_thayer Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:31 PM
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13. Started in the 60s
garage band era. Lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboards in Rock/Blues bands till the mid 80s. Did some commercial stuff out of a digital home studio with my old drummer till about 10 years ago. Haven't got the time nowadays, but I still have most of my equipment including my beloved vintage Les Paul that I bought for $200 in 1972...!
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:36 PM
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14. Orchestral musician
I play the clarinet in our orchestra. It is a paid gig but we do not make enough yet to support ourselves.
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aquaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:46 PM
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16. drummer here.........
Been playing since the 1980's. It is quite the outlet for me.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:53 PM
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17. I have been in a few post-punk bands
played drums, guitar, bass and keyboards and sang some. It was a lot of fun. I am currently taking drum lessons. I also was in choirs for many years and played the organ in church when I was young.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:54 PM
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18. Guitarist and keyboardist here
Did metal, rock and country
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 10:58 PM
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19. blues musician here
Bass, guitar, harmonica
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vetwife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 11:09 PM
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20. I am female..play drums, keyboard, compose and sing Hubby plays
E V E R Y T H I N G !
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TheWizardOfMudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 11:12 PM
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21. Started playing professionally when I was 15
Edited on Sat May-29-04 11:15 PM by TheWizardOfMudd
Welcome To My Horror Story

Guitar and vocals. Played during high school and two years of college when I decided to drop out and go full time. Did nothing but that from '74 to 84'. I dabbled in country for the money for a while in '79 but couldn't stand it anymore after "Urban Cowboy" came out, so I went back to rock. Started switching off to keyboards on some songs during the "New Wave" era.

I've played every style of rock from Acid Rock to Top 40 through Grunge and Alternative. Ask me anything. I'm the only person I know who plays Purple Haze exactly like Hendrix did on Are You experienced!

The band got a recording contract with a small label in '82. We were playing New Wave, Power Pop, Post Punk, whatever you want to call it. That company went bankrupt before the release and another small label bought the master. I think the second company was laundering money for the mob. :o

We HATED the fucking album because the record companies put shit on it that we did not want and rushed us to record the damn thing in two weeks. But they flew us out to Los Angeles to record in a very nice studio, so the recording was pretty good quality.

The album was pressed and released in a few states and our video got played on the USA Network's "Night Flight" for several weeks. MTV wanted to play our video on their "Garage Band" specials that they were having at the time and our record company would not agree to it. We opened shows for U2, Huey Lewis & The News, Utopia, Stray Cats, I forget who else.

We promoted the record in a couple of states and started telling the record company to get fucked because they were blowing it and our "handlers" were snorting about a quarter ounce of coke a day. Then, they got us hooked up with a management agency that was going to work us from New Mexico to Florida in a six month period and time album releases in cities with our appearances. Then the other guitarist/lead singer/main song writer quit the band, my girlfriend of 6 years left me, and I was in terrible health from traveling and started having panic attacks.

After the nervous breakdown, ;) , I went back to college and have played around town off and on in some good Alternative bands with the guy who quit the group back in '84, including a reunion of the band that released the album.

I got my professional degree in 1990 and that was a good thing!

My Mesa Boogie Mark IV, which probably has a total of 100 hours of playing time on it, and my '68 Les Paul have been gathering dust for about a year now.

The album we made back in '82 is a blend of Top 40 and New Wave. It is so rare that it sells now for $40 to collectors.

:cry:

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oblivious Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 11:33 PM
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22. electric bass - jazz, blues and rock
I did it for the money and chicks in high school and part of college. There was really a great market for live bands then. Great life! Haven't touched my bass since.
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LastKnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 11:35 PM
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23. Violin, Guitar
i still think that DU should sell Guitar straps with the logo on em...

-LK
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DieboldMustDie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 11:42 PM
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24. Fiddle & banjo...
though I've been, uh, inactive for several years now. Studied classical violin for about 7 years when I was in my 20s. Played accordion for 3 or 4 years when I was kid. :shrug:
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drdtroit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 12:14 AM
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25. Trumpet Artist
Vocalist, Piano, Drums, Arranger, Composer, Conductor and Producer.

Been doing it all my life and over 30 yeaqrs professionally. I've performed with too many to name major acts as well as my own artistic pursuits and have travelled the world near and far, every nook and cranny.

I don't make a ton of money but I am blessed enough to be living the dream, you dig?

One final note, wherever you go on this planet the one underlying theme among people is that we are all the same; same hopes, dreams and aspirations and the desire to take care of our families and loved ones.

They don't hate us, they hate our administration, QED

Peace out!
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Leprechan29 Donating Member (391 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 08:08 PM
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26. I wish I had kept up with music when I was younger
I decided not to continue band because of other classes I wanted to take - with any luck I'll be able to pick it up later in life
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 08:10 PM
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28. Guitar is my main thing
But I can get by on cello, piano, and a few brass instruments.
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HornBuckler Donating Member (978 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 08:13 PM
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29. I've Got CDs If Anyone Is Interested
Been Playing For Several Years, Just Put Together Our First Album

It's Acoustic Duo (Acoustic Guitar/Acoustic Bass Dual Vocals)

If Anyone Wants A Copy, Let Me Know (PM) I'll Send It To You For Free. :toast:


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donhakman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 08:15 PM
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30. I am a cellist and fiddler
Edited on Sun May-30-04 08:16 PM by donhakman
I also compose using Sonar, Korg etc.

I also like to customize instruments http://www.angelfire.com/md2/customviolins
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 08:17 PM
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32. Me.
I play guitar and bass guitar resonably well. I can sing quite well in a (very) limited range; outside that range, you're pushing your luck. I write songs.

I also play drums (poorly), keys (poorly), recorder (poorly), harmonica (poorly), bhodran (poorly -- I think you're getting the drift here).

I will play any instrument that doesn't play me first. The sound will not always be pleasing, but there will always be sound.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 08:37 PM
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36. Does singing count?
I play your basic piano and violin (enough to annoy people), but my main musical activity has been as a choral singer and occasional soloist with church, community, and school choirs since age eight. I sing in both classical and Balkan style, although I'm not eager to join another Balkan group for regular performances, because my voice isn't as resilient as it once was.

Music is very important to me, and I refuse to attend a church that doesn't have a good choir. Right now, I count myself fortunate to have been allowed into an excellent church choir that includes a lot of professionals. We learn a LOT of music FAST, so you can't get in without being able to sightread. It's stressful at times, but I love it! At this morning's service we did two anthems, a traditional motet by Victoria (a Renaissance Spanish composer) and a contemporary piece, during part of which everyone is given a set of lines to sing at their own speed. Despite the chaos, it all fits together somehow.
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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 09:51 PM
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48. Of course it does!
Why wouldn't it?

If you give me that crap about musician = instrumentalist, I might have to hit you.
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VelmaD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 08:41 PM
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37. I was a serious pianist
Started playing when I was too little too remember. Went to college originlly on a piano scholarship. It was my life and I was very good. I won medals in international competitions. I did both classical and jazz and loved it but it consumed me. I eventually had a little nervous breakdown and stopped doing music for a long time. I've just started to let it be part of my life again.

Oh, I'm also a percussionist (did that in high school and college band) and I can play flute and clarinet.
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 08:53 PM
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38. I started playing guitar in my teens
I got a little better than mediocre, then stopped pushing to get better. Didn't have the patience to practice, practice, practice.

Played in different bands in Chciago and Milwaukee up until the early 90's. Metal, 50's, 60's, new wave, 80's power pop. punk, rock, blues, etc. Last few bands were all originals.

Had some fun, played some nice clubs and theatres, played some dives, never made any money, drank tons, did too many drugs, got laid quite a bit, gave it up for sanity, sobriety, love and marriage, never regretted anything.

Still got my '79 Les Paul Black Beauty Custom, and fond memories of leather pants and long hair and all the uppers and downers that went along with it. Even still have some friends I made back then in the scene.

Used to pick up and play once in a while, but not recently.

RL
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 09:05 PM
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39. Guitar, bass, vocals.
Gigged last night.

Lodi - CCR

If I only had a dollar, for ev'ry song I've sung.
And ev'ry time I've had to play
While people sat there drunk.
You know, I'd catch the next train back to where I live.
Oh ! Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again.
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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 09:12 PM
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42. Props, Zorra.
Fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, Dobro, bozouki, keyboards and bodhran here. Only the luck of the draw that I didn't gig last night.

Came into town a one-night stand,
Looks like my plans fell through.
Oh Lord, stuck in a Lodi again.


:beer:
dbt
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 09:09 PM
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40. Performing Singer-Songwriter here
This is great!

My main instrument- besides my voice- is acoustic guitar but I will and have played keys in the past.

Started out over 20 years ago in college...had a band in the Philly area that did pretty well. Now I'm performing (mostly) solo in Los Angeles. Released a CD a few years ago and need to get to recording another.

My style is Acoustic Pop Rock.

I should stop but I can't.
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mopaul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 09:10 PM
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41. singer/harmonica player, blues, jazz, rock, soul, funk, punk
over 35 years
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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 09:14 PM
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44. And probably PsychoBilly by now!
Yes?

:smoke:
dbt
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patriotvoice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 09:13 PM
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43. keyboards, machines, sequencing, drums, backing vocals.
across 3 projects, nonetheless.
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BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 09:44 PM
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45. Saxophone. I was a Professional Jazz Musician
for many years...Got tired of being hungry.
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 09:45 PM
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46. Vocals, guitar, mandolin,..............
harmonica, some drums and keyboards. Self taught.
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 09:50 PM
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47. Guitar, piano , harp, steel, and various black boxes...
divide my time between a "song" oriented group and playing improvisations (solo and with others)
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Ksec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 09:55 PM
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49. I play with my organ quite a bit
Grew up taking classical organ lessons... Yuk. I hated that. I still play occasionally. I also have an acoustic guitar I like to strum, not good by any stretch but I can chord pretty good.



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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 10:13 PM
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50. Guitar
Used to play bass, switched to guitar about ten or so years ago. Still active in an original band here in Cleveland, been in a bunch of locally semi-popular underground rock bands with weird names. I've tried to quit playing several times, but the urge keeps hitting, and besides, what on earth would I do with all those damn guitars if I didn't play 'em? Recently bought a keyboard for making fucked-up noises that I hear in my mind but haven't successfully managed to extract from a guitar.
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