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Post by FredProgGH » Fri Jul 09, 2004 11:56 pm

Theremin wrote:I Incidentally, I heard from a friend of mine that Bela Fleck can't read anything but banjo tab... Can anyone asses the validity of this statement? :?:


Yeah, he's pretty explicit about that on the classical album he did (which is amazing, BTW). He had to transcribe everything to banjo tab to learn it.
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Post by DruidsGlass » Sat Jul 10, 2004 12:14 am

Mark O'Connor cant read music either, he has to have everything played for him. when he playes with Edgar Meyer they have to play everything for him. and in order for his fiddle concierto to be published an assistant had to transcribe it...lol, i know what you mean about musicians who can't read music...
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Post by Theremin » Sat Jul 10, 2004 2:05 am

I don't get it! Ho can you be that ridiculously good and noty knowe how to read music?? Yeah, Perpetual Motion is awesome! :D :shock:
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Post by DruidsGlass » Sat Jul 10, 2004 8:30 am

it's actually very easy, my dad couldnt read music until he'd been playing electric guitar for like 7 or 8 years. even then he taught himself....but i've been reading it for almost 12 years now and it's just so simple and easy to me that it's really rather a mystery how someone could not read music...now sight reading on the other hand is a different story, it's not the strongest point in my playing, lol...but a lot of times, fiddle players and other self taught musicians learn by ear (gives them a great ear) so they really don't have a need to learn to read music...
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Post by Bnielsen » Mon Jul 12, 2004 9:22 am

My uncle can learn piano by ear, and play tab/chords, but put written notes in front of him and he cant do squat. lol
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Post by johnc » Mon Jul 12, 2004 5:21 pm

Learning standard notation is THE thing to do if you're planning on being a working musician. I once attended a clinic given by superbassist/educator Jeff Berlin; he drew a line down the middle of a chalkboard and asked us to list on one side the jobs available to musicians who do read, and on the other side the jobs available to musicians who don't read. On the "don't read" side, there was just one entry: "self-contained bands." On the "do read" side, there were, oh, dozens of entries.

I can read music if it uses letters. When I write up sheets for songs I'm trying to learn--g whiz. A to G letters everywhere. Looks like someone dropped a Scrabble set and the letters stuck to the paper.

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Post by DruidsGlass » Mon Jul 12, 2004 7:13 pm

lol, in math sometimes, when we had those evil word problems about what letter would you be on if you this and this and this, etc. i would start counting up the alpha bet but i would go a b c d e f g a b c d e f g and never got anywhere, lol...
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Post by Mark of Cenla » Sat Jul 24, 2004 12:18 pm

I have been playing drums since 1968. Now I play drums mostly at church. Peace.

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Post by DruidsGlass » Sat Jul 24, 2004 10:41 pm

whoa...that's a pretty good run for ya...
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Post by Shreddy » Wed Feb 08, 2006 7:45 pm

Guitar, bass, a very very little keyboard ans the amazing american whistle..

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Post by stonewolf » Sat Jan 20, 2007 8:36 pm

I Incidentally, I heard from a friend of mine that Bela Fleck can't read anything but banjo tab.
I can see that, but he'd better know his intervals and key sigs to transpose all those notes! Then agin he's so talented I would't be suprised if he jots down a line then commits it to memory on the spot. Anyway...

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Re: Instruments?

Post by SpriteBat » Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:29 am

I mainly just play drums, but I love to mess around with any other instrument I can get. I would say I'm relatively decent/competent at piano and ocarina. And I have a little toy accordian, but I don't know if that counts.

I'm hoping to get better at some "easy" stuff like harmonica, tin whistle, or recorder, before moving on to something a little more time consuming, like bass.

Update: I just got a bass! I had some luck on ebay and got an insane deal. Really enjoying practicing my first stringed instrument.

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