Gamers who play musical instruments

Congrats! That is amazing! What are your favorite pieces to play? What feels 'fun' to you?

Yousician is probably trying to encourage playing at a steady tempo. In practice mode you can ramp the speed up beyond the performance tempo, but it’s still going to keep steady time.

Thanks! I like it when I'm playing some piece whose name I don't recognize but halfway through it I realize that it's some piece of music I've heard 10,000 times but just never knew the name of, like Ice Skaters by Emile Waldteufel. It's interesting the way my hands slowly learn these motions over time such that I'm looking at the notes on a staff and my fingers do what they're supposed to without me thinking like "E-A-D-G" or whatever. I've played guitar for years, so it's not an unfamiliar feeling, but a new form of it.

Yeah, I know you can change speeds and stuff in Yousician, and keeping a steady tempo has value. But the way the music just keeps scrolling once you make a mistake just does not work with how I learn...I find it almost impossible to catch back up and move forward, and although I could just pause the song and move it back to the section I missed and slow it down or put the section on repeat or whatever, I find doing that to be cumbersome and really hard to do just the way I want. It's so much easier to play a song and when you stumble, pause for a second and re-try the section that gave you trouble until you feel you can play it right, and then either move forward from there or start again from the beginning. I wish Yousician approximated Rock Band less and would let me see the whole piece of music (or at least a lot more of it) at once...I wonder if that's an option somewhere...

One minor thing I'm probably doing wrong: any time I'm trying to read the bass clef, I am always just saying to myself "okay, that would be a B on the treble clef, so it's a D here." I should probably start convincing myself to actually read the notes on the bass clef without mentally transposing them every time. Whose idea was it to have two sets of five lines on a page where the lines and spaces don't mean the same thing?!

I did a mix of one of my friends tracks and he gave me the a-ok to share it, so here it is. He recorded all the instruments (minus one or two additions I made) and it's his song all together. It was really interesting and super fun to take another persons music and try to make something cool out of it.

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I am doing kind of the same thing. Played 10 years of piano when I was young but hadn't played in over 20 years. Just got a piano I have beside my computer and I play 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there. I went back to what I knew growing up and bought Royal Conservatory of Music books starting 2 levels lower then when I stopped playing. I do have a few "fun" pieces, like slower arrangement of "Where is my mind".

mrlogical wrote:

It's interesting the way my hands slowly learn these motions over time such that I'm looking at the notes on a staff and my fingers do what they're supposed to without me thinking like "E-A-D-G" or whatever. I've played guitar for years, so it's not an unfamiliar feeling, but a new form of it.

I remember when Guitar Hero and Rockband were popular I would have arguments with a few friends about the legitimacy of those games as being actual musical instruments. They would say it is a game and isn't a real instrument, but I would counter that it exercises the same part of the brain. While you aren't strumming or plucking an instrument to make the sound, you are pressing buttons which translates to a cool sound being played. Once you are able to tackle a song on expert, it is so much fun and it reminds me of playing a hard song on the piano (hard being relative to ones current skill level, I can just imagine playing Chopin and crying after the third note).

Fredrik_S wrote:

I did a mix of one of my friends tracks and he gave me the a-ok to share it, so here it is. He recorded all the instruments (minus one or two additions I made) and it's his song all together. It was really interesting and super fun to take another persons music and try to make something cool out of it.

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That is an awesome song and recording. It sounds like what you’d get if Incubus and The Meat Puppets had a baby. I especially like the chorus. The (vocal harmony) chords in the chorus are effing dope!!

There is a little something extra happening during the second chorus that f*cking blew my mind. Fredrik, if that was your doing then kudos to you my brother.

I’m not just blowing smoke here. That song is great!


kazar wrote:

...slower arrangement of "Where is my mind".

I use to rock an acoustic guitar version of where is my mind at a now-defunct local open mic night. If you send me a piano recording I will try to add vocals to it. No worries if you’re not interested.

RawkGWJ wrote:
kazar wrote:

...slower arrangement of "Where is my mind".

I use to rock an acoustic guitar version of where is my mind at a now-defunct local open mic night. If you send me a piano recording I will try to add vocals to it. No worries if you’re not interested.

It is the arrangement they used in Mr. Robot season 1 by Maxence Cyrin.

Edit: Listening to that performance made me find two places that I have been playing it wrong.

Roarke does a really good vocal for it. https://soundcloud.com/thisisroarke/...

I’ll be honest with you. I’m not going to listen to the Roarke recording because I don’t want it to color my vocal performance. I would love to do a little collaboration with you using that piano arrangement, if you’re interested. I’ll do a whistle for the super high part that you hear in the Pixies version. When the piano melody is low I’ll sing high and vise-versa. What do you think?

RawkGWJ wrote:

There is a little something extra happening during the second chorus that f*cking blew my mind. Fredrik, if that was your doing then kudos to you my brother.

I’m not just blowing smoke here. That song is great!

Thanks so much! Yea, that was my addition. It felt like it needed a little extra push during that section.

mrlogical wrote:

One minor thing I'm probably doing wrong: any time I'm trying to read the bass clef, I am always just saying to myself "okay, that would be a B on the treble clef, so it's a D here." I should probably start convincing myself to actually read the notes on the bass clef without mentally transposing them every time. Whose idea was it to have two sets of five lines on a page where the lines and spaces don't mean the same thing?!

You know, I just realized that it was probably a good thing that piano was my first instrument. My recent focus on vocals means I'm not as fluent in bass clef as I used to be, but I always remembered that the second space up is C, and the line between the dots is F (hence the alternate name of F clef).

And we can both toast to the fact that neither of us play viola, because C clef can go DIAF.

RawkGWJ wrote:

Right.

There are entry level melodicas that cost about $40.00USD. I wouldn’t recommend anything at this price point.

The mid level melodicas cost about $120.00USD. Suzuki and Yamaha both make solid melodicas at this price point. Honestly, this is what I would recommend. They are performance quality, and should last a long time. After about a year they might need some maintenance. You can easily learn how to maintain and retune them yourself, or pay for someone to do it for you.

These melodicas come in 32 key and 37 key variants. The 37 key melodicas have 5 extra notes on the high end. The 32 key melodicas are smaller and slightly more portable? If I was buying one of these melodicas, I would insist on one of the 37 key models, but whatever you prefer is fine.

This one has a hard plastic case
Yamaha Pianica, 37-note Melodica, Maroon (P37D)
This one has a soft gig bag
SUZUKI M-37C Melodion Melodica

The high end melodicas run from $500.00 to $600.00 USD. These are mostly made by Suzuki. They have 44 keys and an instrument cable input. The price is high, but so is the quality.

To put it into perspective, I own several guitars; acoustic and electric. All of my guitars retail at under $400.00USD. High end guitars typically cost between $1,200.00 and $3,000.00USD. I’ve never felt that I needed a more expensive guitar. If I had assloads of disposable income, all of my guitars would be super high end instruments. As it is, I’m a salt-of-the-earth guy, and I’m extremely satisfied with all of my guitars.

I hope that helps.

Thanks, Rawk. I was dithering between the Hoehner Performer 37 and that Yamaha you mentioned. I am seeing reviews saying that the Suzuki has better key action, though, so I'll probably go with that one!

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I'd never heard them called "mirrors," but A-B-B-A is a common enough chord progression.

RawkGWJ wrote:

I’ll be honest with you. I’m not going to listen to the Roarke recording because I don’t want it to color my vocal performance. I would love to do a little collaboration with you using that piano arrangement, if you’re interested. I’ll do a whistle for the super high part that you hear in the Pixies version. When the piano melody is low I’ll sing high and vise-versa. What do you think?

The arrangement I have has the melody in it. It is primarily the right hand so I could probably remove it. I have been slowly setting myself up to be able to record from my keyboard. Once I get something set up we can give it a try.

I'm playing drums in a "learn to play" type band. I've been playing drums for about 2 years, and I have recently moved from playing terribly at all times to knowing when I'm playing terribly (this is the conscious incompetence phase).

Compliments I have actually received in the last few weeks playing with the band:

"Like a metronome." (!!)
"Tight."
"Kept time."
"Too fast." (this was a compliment from my point of view because I was playing about as fast as I've ever played without losing the groove).

Fredrik_S wrote:

I did a mix of one of my friends tracks and he gave me the a-ok to share it, so here it is. He recorded all the instruments (minus one or two additions I made) and it's his song all together. It was really interesting and super fun to take another persons music and try to make something cool out of it.

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That sounds great -- very high production quality too

Edit: here is a pic of my band before a horror-themed covers gig at a 21st birthday party last weekend

IMAGE(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/dptw8fc7kl6xedd/IMG_1772.jpg?dl=0)

Tach wrote:

I'm playing drums in a "learn to play" type band. I've been playing drums for about 2 years, and I have recently moved from playing terribly at all times to knowing when I'm playing terribly (this is the conscious incompetence phase).

Compliments I have actually received in the last few weeks playing with the band:

"Like a metronome." (!!)
"Tight."
"Kept time."
"Too fast." (this was a compliment from my point of view because I was playing about as fast as I've ever played without losing the groove).

That’s rad!

sometimesdee wrote:

I'd never heard them called "mirrors," but A-B-B-A is a common enough chord progression.

It’s kind of funny though how many I-V-V-I song sections The Beatles have. I’m guessing that this pattern wouldn’t be so prominent in someone like Fiona Apple’s songs. Then again The Beatles are my favorite band. I think it’s interesting.