Jinx and Music

Joined: March 6th, 2018, 10:00 am

April 10th, 2018, 1:35 pm #11

i decided a few years back that i didn't want to live with the regret of never having tried to learn an instrument, i'd always wanted to play drums so I decided that I would spend 6 months trying to get to grips with it and if after 6 months I wasn't enjoying it and/or making progress I'd sack it off. For 6 months i took lessons and practiced twice a day on an electronic kit i bought. I did enjoy it, very therapeutic to put on a headset and bang away. I found after 6 months though that practice was a trial and i found myself increasingly clock watching for the end of my home practice sessions and then i found i had started skipping classes.... I left the kit set up for a couple of months just to be sure that i wasn't suddenly going to decide to persevere but no.

I was pleased to give the kit away to a very sweet Dutch girl living in NW London, i kept the electronic drum kit headphones as a memento. I'm glad i tried, well worth it.
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Joined: October 6th, 2014, 7:12 pm

April 10th, 2018, 7:53 pm #12

hinermad wrote: I wouldn't say one is born with musical ability. One is born with the predisposition to develop musical ability. Like the myth about taking 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert - it's not the hours, it's the willingness to spend those hours on study and practice.
Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other -- if one is non-musical, it doesn't matter how much time one puts in. As Charles Winchester put it: "The gift does not lie in your hands. I have hands, David. Hands that can make a scalpel sing. More than anything in my life I wanted to play, but I do not have the gift. I can play the notes, but I cannot make the music. You have performed Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Chopin. Even if you never do so again, you've already known a joy that I will never know as long as I live. Because the true gift is in your head and in your heart and in your soul."
CF

"The right tool for the right job." [Anon.]
"Any tool can be the Right Tool." [Red Green]
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Joined: September 29th, 2016, 1:55 am

April 10th, 2018, 9:35 pm #13

Typeminer wrote: Four-fingered hands didn't stop Bugs from attacking Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody. :D
I think 'attacking' is pretty much what Bugs had in mind :D
Does Jinx have a liking for learning any particular musical instrument, or do his folks have him locked into the piano?  If he decided he really liked the clarinet, could his parents be persuaded to let him switch?
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

April 10th, 2018, 11:39 pm #14

"I should have held out for the bagpipe". -Jinx.

😁

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Joined: January 11th, 2016, 8:57 pm

April 11th, 2018, 12:13 am #15

Perfect pitch: The ability to toss an accordian into a dumpster so it lands squarely on the bagpipes.
Breakfast.com halted. Cereal port not ready.
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Joined: October 11th, 2014, 3:36 am

April 11th, 2018, 12:55 am #16

FerreTrip wrote: Okay, as a musician and a cartoon artist, I REALLY love the punchline for today's comic >XD

Also as a musician and audiophile in general, hearing Jinx having trouble makes me whine with I-wish-I-could-help feelings. I just wanna go in there and help him out with the sheet music, and sit down with his parents to discuss something other than piano, because I majored in music and still found piano difficult. (Granted, I play flute, which can only do one note at a time, but with its complicated fingerings, you'd think I'd be better....) Like, what instruments are left? Trombone needs only lips and the abilities to grasp objects and move your arm; trumpet and French horn only need three fingers to operate the keys; and percussion can be done by anyone while still requiring a good amount of study to be actually good at it instead of banging away randomly. And of course, there's always singing. I dunno what kinda guy he's gonna turn out to be, but looking at him, I'd say he'll become a tenor, and trust me, EVERYONE needs tenors in their ensembles. We're a rare breed, apparently.

...Sorry, I love music and agree with Jinx's mom, because I think everyone who can understand rhythm and isn't tone-deaf should try music. Not only that, but practicing music makes the rest of your grades go up! It's proven!
I actually started out with the slide trombone way back in the 1970's.  Took up the flute in the '80s in the Navy.  Been trying to get something with the bagpipes (only have gotten started with a practice chanter).  Been twiddling with a recorder & alto recorder for a couple of years.  And recently acquired a pair of Hammer Dulcimers.  I lay odds that Jinx could have a fun time with the Dulcimers!!
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Joined: October 8th, 2014, 2:05 pm

April 11th, 2018, 3:15 am #17

MephitMark wrote:I actually started out with the slide trombone way back in the 1970's.  Took up the flute in the '80s in the Navy.  Been trying to get something with the bagpipes (only have gotten started with a practice chanter).  Been twiddling with a recorder & alto recorder for a couple of years.  And recently acquired a pair of Hammer Dulcimers.  I lay odds that Jinx could have a fun time with the Dulcimers!!
My daughter played trombone (as her band teacher called it, the "amazing fun machine") for several years in school, but then she discovered boys. (Friggin' hormones, screwing up careers since forever!) I've thought of taking up the bagpipes myself since my wife passed away, and I mostly don't care what the neighbors think.

If you haven't seen him already, look for Ted Yoder on Youtube for examples of what the hammered dulcimer can do. His rendition of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" is spot on. (I grew up in a bluegrass area, and Yoder's work makes the local stuff seem quaint.)
If it ain't broke, I'll fix it!
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

April 11th, 2018, 9:41 am #18

I prefer the Blue Man's version of the hammer dulcimer (technically a Cymbolom, I think they called it.)

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Joined: September 29th, 2016, 1:55 am

April 11th, 2018, 6:17 pm #19

Beejay5169 wrote: Perfect pitch: The ability to toss an accordian into a dumpster so it lands squarely on the bagpipes.
Weird Al pops up, "Hey!!":
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Joined: February 2nd, 2015, 4:36 pm

April 12th, 2018, 12:43 pm #20

My sister played bagpipes when we were kids. She was in one of those marching and twirling groups. For kids, they plugged two or three of the drone pipes so it didn't take as much lung to keep the pipes going.

Thankfully, most of the time she practiced just on the chanter (the part that you finger), which is much like a recorder. She was decent at it, but the full kit would still drive you out of the house.

Sadly, very aggressive rheumatoid arthritis started in on her at age 25. She'd have been great at Celtic rock pennywhistle, when it came around.

I cannot myself carry a tune in a bucket, and can't stay on key with a kazoo. 🤓
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