Jinx and Music

Joined: October 21st, 2016, 11:45 pm

April 9th, 2018, 1:50 pm #1

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!
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Joined: January 24th, 2017, 4:37 pm

April 9th, 2018, 4:49 pm #2

Harmonica, perhaps? Guitar maybe, though you are a bit limited as to chordings. Still, when I was much younger with smaller hands, it was more a matter of finding alternatives I could reach on the piano and organ for chords, harmonies, and note transitions. "Proper fingering" was, at best, just a suggestion, and the sheet music only a guide. As long as you're not playing in an orchestra, it's often OK to follow a slightly different path. As a musician, do you really WANT to sound like a recording, or put a little of your heart and soul into your interpretation or original composition?
AD ASTRA, AUT VIAM INVENIUM AUT FACIUM
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Joined: March 8th, 2004, 11:48 pm

April 9th, 2018, 5:28 pm #3

When I was younger I played the radio, but I wasn't very good.
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Joined: September 15th, 2017, 9:42 pm

April 9th, 2018, 9:40 pm #4

Second panel brings a song to mind....

I once had a whim and I had to obey it,
To buy a French horn at a second-hand shop.
I polished it up and I started to play it
In spite of the neighbours who begged me to stop.

(Sung to the tune of Mozart's Horn Concerto #4.)
REUNITE GONDWANALAND!
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Joined: October 6th, 2014, 7:12 pm

April 9th, 2018, 9:57 pm #5

Musical ability is like everything else: Either one's born with it, or one isn't; and if one isn't, trying to force one to be something one can *never* be is a recipe for disaster. (Care to guess how I know this?)
CF

"The right tool for the right job." [Anon.]
"Any tool can be the Right Tool." [Red Green]
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Joined: June 12th, 2015, 2:59 pm

April 10th, 2018, 4:40 am #6

If Jinx is playing the Moonlight Sonata after only 1 year he is actually progressing faster than most 5-fingered students.  Cleary, paintball develops finger dexterity and skill!
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Joined: September 21st, 2014, 11:30 pm

April 10th, 2018, 12:22 pm #7

I was thinking Jinx was coming dangerously close to a Fourth Wall break by mentioning "five fingers"...
"Character is what you are in the Dark." - D.L. Moody
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Joined: February 2nd, 2015, 4:36 pm

April 10th, 2018, 12:29 pm #8

Four-fingered hands didn't stop Bugs from attacking Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody. :D
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Joined: October 8th, 2014, 2:05 pm

April 10th, 2018, 1:26 pm #9

csadn wrote: Musical ability is like everything else: Either one's born with it, or one isn't; and if one isn't, trying to force one to be something one can *never* be is a recipe for disaster. (Care to guess how I know this?)
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.
If it ain't broke, I'll fix it!
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Joined: September 29th, 2014, 1:26 pm

April 10th, 2018, 1:30 pm #10

With a wife who plays the bagpipes, accordion, piano, cello, violin, guitar, ukulele, organ, and pretty much anything she puts her mind to, I showed her this comic and she had a good laugh at it.
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