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What is your musical talent? (select 2 or more)

  • Stringman: I play violin, guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, etc

    Votes: 5 71.4%
  • Keys: I play piano, synthesizers, organ, electric piano, etc

    Votes: 3 42.9%
  • Woodwind: I fancy myself a flautist, sax player, clarinet, etc

    Votes: 2 28.6%
  • Brass: I'm noisy and play trumpet, french horn, tuba, trombone, etc

    Votes: 2 28.6%
  • Percussion: I like to hit things...drums, toms, congas, tambourine, etc

    Votes: 4 57.1%
  • Voice: I like to sing professionally, in my car, in the shower, in karaoke, in chorus, etc

    Votes: 2 28.6%
  • Programmer: I have a knack for producing, engineering music, I'm good with MIDI, etc

    Votes: 1 14.3%
  • Collector: I don't play anything but I listen to and collect a ton of music

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Songwriter: I don't always play but I can write lyrics, poetry, etc

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
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Happosai

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GAF Musicians Community

I've noticed that many members on NeoGaf have various talents or skills that span beyond gaming. I thought to myself...maybe we need a place for those musicians to freely share their music (freely also means no charging money for music). We're going to get this started with a poll. What kind of musical talent are you? Everyone should select at least one but you have options up to 4 poll choices. If you're a multi-musician...share with us your gift.

There are many threads already for those who just want to share the music you like in a YouTube video link; however, let's try to keep this to your original music. If you have videos of yourself jamming, practicing, or studio recordings...by all means, share them! Tell us what got you started into music and what musical genre (s) you prefer to play. Were you a band geek in high school or college? If you're not a musician...what's a musical instrument you want to learn? Not certain about what instrument brands, types, and such you should buy/rent? Ask us here (just no advertisements...only references). Do you like to play original songs or covers? What instruments do you own (even if you don't play them)...share pics if you like?

Keep it simple and within NeoGAF guidelines and I'd say we have the making for a great thread here!

About me: I'm a multi-musician and I started playing brass at like age 9. At age 10, I switched to percussion and played until I was 11 before switching to guitar. I had piano lessons at age 6 but never learned anything back then beyond middle-C; I came back to piano when I was 15-years old and it's one of my main instruments. I started playing flutes (concert, shakuhachi, hulusi, ocarina, Irish, pan, etc) when I was in college in my later-teens. I started playing electric bass and double-bass when I was 21. I also play: mandolin, marimba, drums, percussion, auto-harp, saxophone, melodica, harmonica, organ (I've got a vintage Hammond), dulcimer, dobro, steel guitar, and timpani. I suck at writing lyrics and have an extreme shyness of singing. I love gaming soundtracks, anime soundtracks, instrumentals, and play music written before my time mostly. Here are a few tracks I've written or played multiple instruments on (free to listen to):

Electronic music (written mostly on MIDI...I love using obscure time signatures and loops)


Peruvian sounding music (flutes, classic guitar)


Jazz (The other musicians didn't show and I ended up playing all instruments)


Folk cover (this is not my song and is the most you'll hear of me singing)


Funk-fusion


Electronic soundtrack


Anime cover (Harlock Saga ending)

 

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Great thread idea!

I'm a professional musician based out of Toronto, Canada. I started playing drums when I was 9, started to take it seriously around 15 and pursued music as a career. Went to one of those expensive music schools before dropping out because I was pretty much gigging and teaching full time. I gigged in original and cover acts across Canada and the USA before doing the hotel circuit in Asia for about a year and a half. Started working cruise ships after that before coming back home for the past few years. I was about to go back on ships but then corona hit.

I also play guitar, bass, keys/piano and sing. Did trumpet and flute in high school but haven't played either in years. I started messing around with music production at the start of the new year and quarantine turned out to be very productive for me to learn a new skill. I've been recording covers by myself and mixing them, and am also taking an online mixing course which I'm learning a lot from. Just another nice skill to have in my bag of tricks I suppose. I'm going to record an album once I feel my production skills have improved to the point of my mixes sounding radio ready.
 

Happosai

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Great thread idea!

I'm a professional musician based out of Toronto, Canada. I started playing drums when I was 9, started to take it seriously around 15 and pursued music as a career. Went to one of those expensive music schools before dropping out because I was pretty much gigging and teaching full time. I gigged in original and cover acts across Canada and the USA before doing the hotel circuit in Asia for about a year and a half. Started working cruise ships after that before coming back home for the past few years. I was about to go back on ships but then corona hit.

I also play guitar, bass, keys/piano and sing. Did trumpet and flute in high school but haven't played either in years. I started messing around with music production at the start of the new year and quarantine turned out to be very productive for me to learn a new skill. I've been recording covers by myself and mixing them, and am also taking an online mixing course which I'm learning a lot from. Just another nice skill to have in my bag of tricks I suppose. I'm going to record an album once I feel my production skills have improved to the point of my mixes sounding radio ready.
Percussion is something I admire but am not the greatest in. Sorry to hear the guys were shut down due to the virus. Sounds like you're multi-musical, too. Which instrument comes second in line when you're not playing percussion? Ever listen to Bill Bruford, Carl Palmer, or Simon Phillips? If I were interning as a percussion major...I'd follow their work. Good luck with production! It's tougher than it looks but it can be fun in the studio.
 

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Percussion is something I admire but am not the greatest in. Sorry to hear the guys were shut down due to the virus. Sounds like you're multi-musical, too. Which instrument comes second in line when you're not playing percussion? Ever listen to Bill Bruford, Carl Palmer, or Simon Phillips? If I were interning as a percussion major...I'd follow their work. Good luck with production! It's tougher than it looks but it can be fun in the studio.
I'd say I'm pretty equal skill wise when it comes to piano/guitar. Able to play those pretty slkid but nothing flashy, I don't have serious chops on either but I do practice the odd thing here and there to keep progressing at a snails pace. I was actually going to go back on ships as the pub guitarist, just solo acoustic sets each night. I got into singing by learning how to sing harmonies, then over time singers started saying "you should sing a song", then that evolved into "sing a few songs so I can take a smoke break". Eventually I started to play solo acoustic gigs on the side because the money is better and I don't have to lug a kit around.

And yeah, I've listened to those guys. I've never been too big into prog stuff aside from guys like Danny Carey from Tool and Jon Theodore from the Mars Volta but I recognize the talent and have learned some of their licks here and there. Bruford has a lot of cool paradiddle groove/fill sticking ideas which I occasionally will shamelessly steal :p
 

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As a musician it pisses me off when soundtrack artists and even those who write jingles for commercials don't put effort into it. Around about 2010 this new hipster-style music started to become trendy. You know what I'm talking about? It's literally in every T.V. commercial / advert you hear.

Commercial music was a bit flaky in the 70's and 80's but someone had to write and compose that type of music. So, this is what we're hearing in everything today. For the record this cheap hipster whistling, clapping, ukulele crap is being used in everything (including TV shows and movies). Here's the nauseating sample:


After 10-second of that, you need to ask yourself questions as a musician or music fan. Who writes this crap? Why is it all the same? Why is this now a new form of pop music (if the whole synth-autotune-pop of the 2010's wasn't bad enough)? I might have an answer but I'm not going to dis this guy too much.

Sir Paul McCartney. Yeah, he wrote a song demonstrating how-not to play a mandolin (playing it ukulele style) that quickly picked up and got a lot of airplay. I remember hearing this song quite frequently from Starbucks stock music when I lived in the States. Paul McCartney is a great multi-musician and song writer. He's written some amazing songs and is one of maybe 7 English musicians to have mastered the "sale formula" for song writing. Having such a big influence leads me to believe that the below song he wrote had somewhat of an influence on this new retard-pop music (the whole whistling, clapping, uke crap) that we're hearing on everything. I don't think McCartney intended to make this a thing but it became commercial overnight and since the 2010's you literally hear this crap in everything. It's worse when a guy or girl is trying to sing to it. The singing is usually flat, nasally, monotone whisper-singing.



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