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  1. mrmachado

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    Let's share some of our "talents", even if we suck at it. Don't be ashamed

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    Been wanting to learn the keyboard but no money to buy one. Thus, I've contented myself with trying to learn the recorder. So far, the only thing I can play is the Morrowind main theme, though.

    Not the sweet, new grass with flowers is this harvesting of mine;
    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    @olkofri do you have it recorded or can you record it?

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    Yeah, but I'll try a second recording that doesn't embarrass me.

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    Since you started the thread, what do you play?

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    @techie, I sing.

    My years smoking all kinds of things made my voice a bit more Leonard Cohen like, plus I am a big fan of his.

    I'm actually recording a song by him right now (I record covers all the time with my shitty "home studio").

    It's my hobby.

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    Since no one here has posted anything yet, I will be the first.

    Enjoy (or be disgusted, whatever)
    https://soundcloud.com/rodrigocovers/leonard-cohen-alexandra-leaving-vocal-cover-1

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    Well, er, ahem! Sux worse than Borkum Riff, but here you have it. (That transition from D to E is still killing me—tricky fingering @#$%^&)

    The Call of Magic

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    @olkofri This is very rustic but very medieval-sounding, sounds like it came out of Zelda or LOTR. I liked it, some potential in there. Sounds like a flute or something.

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    I play guitar , sorta

    Working on a few musical stylings , blues mostly , some Neil young stuff , odd assortments of jazz chords , stormy Monday , blue monk ..

    “listen: there’s a hell
    of a good universe next door; let’s go”
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    [Link]

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    @mothernature are those your vocals?

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    Great thread. I had zero musical experience other than a deep love of music. I *discovered* karaoke when I was 25 and sang pretty regularly for about 12 years. Despite having a really tiny range, I was actually able to knock out some good music during that time.

    I was at AIT and had a super raspy voice from all the shouting when I started. My first night ever singing I was able to nail Janis Joplin's 'Another Piece of my Heart.' I received a standing ovation and decided that karaoke was pretty damn cool.

    One of the last times I sang Karaoke was in the immediate wake of my divorce. I sang Little River Band's 'Cool Change' and brought several people to (emotional, not painful) tears.

    Nowadays, I just serenade my wife in the car on trips and she likes it. Making her happy is more rewarding than a room full of strangers, so I don't karaoke anymore.

    Music can be so amazingly cathartic. It can make your ups uppier and your downs less down (or at least you can share them with a room full of people who can share that moment with you).

    It is never too late to explore music. I would urge anyone to take the plunge, whether it is piano, guitar, voice, or some other instrument. Hell tackle the didgeridoo and post videos on youtube. Whatever you do with music, you will grow from it.

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    @wyfbane please show us something! I'm curious now.

    Are you a tenor, baritone, bass...?

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    Singing as an amateur (I also go to group classes) has been my hobby for the last 6 years. It's what I do to release my emotions.

    I used to smoke cigarettes too, but... cigars and pipes are so much better.

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    I need to have a few cold ones before I'd feel comfy singing, and even then, only when I'm alone. Went to a karaoke bar in Berlin last May, at the end of our field trip and I managed to 'sing' Pearljam's Black.

    I hope the video was ever since swallowed by the Internet black hole.

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    I have an arrangement with the local fire dept.: I only sing if necessary to clear a room! As to playing an instrument, I am great with the stereo! In other words, I have NO musical talent! Now, dancing, that's another story...used to teach ballroom dance back when people actually did that kind of stuff! Yup...codger here, and proud of it!!!

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    @mothernature are those your vocals?

    Nope. Andrew Hursts' vocals. I play guitar (and sing, but not on this one). It's all I had handy in my email. I played in a band called Info Nympho with him. This recording was Them There (band with myself and me friend Joe on drums), and it was then sent to Hurst and he laid down vocals. A collaboration of sorts. I'll post some more stuff later. Stuff that's either all me or at least has me singing. I'm not as good as Andy though. I like his style.

    My years smoking all kinds of things made my voice a bit more Leonard Cohen like

    That's about as Leonard Cohen as it gets. Nice job.

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    We have a local song and dance tradition here. It's a medieval thing, chain dance and long, rather monotonous ballads. The tradition is unbroken from the 12. Or 13. century and the oldest of the ballads are from that time. Some of them were among Tolkiens' influences when he wrote The Hobbit and LOTR. The form is a ring of people, dancing a very simple dance while singing. The lead singer always starts the verse and the others join in if they know the words. Everyone except the lead singer sings the chorus, allowing the leader to catch his breath. I take part in this and sometimes lead as well.

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    Here's a link. I sing the lead. It's about half the ballad.

    https://youtu.be/nc-zid5XbXE

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    I play mandolin in two bluegrass bands. I also play fiddle and guitar. This is me at Swallow Hill Music a week ago, second from the left.

    For tho' at my simile many may joke,
    Man is but a pipe—and his life but smoke.
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    Been playing guitar for over 30 years. In and out of various classic and southern rock cover bands for almost 20 years.

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    My jews harp! Then when the wife is not home i break out my didgeridoo!

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    I've been a musician since 1964. Guitar and keyboards are my main instruments as well as several others. This is a picture from 3 years ago at a gig with our garage band. I'm in the middle playing the Fender Strat and ready to pounce the keys.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    No musical experience at all but would love to learn to play the saxophone one day.

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    I am a violinists, but prefer to fiddle when I do. Been playing since I was 12, so more than half my life. I also dabble with the guitar, but only played in a high school band. Maybe one day I'll play in a band again....

    @workman, that is pretty cool stuff. I didn't realize that songs like this are still popular, but reminds me of Blind Guardian or Tyr when they sing their ballads. I am guessing there is an influence there for sure.

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    I really like that, too, Workman. Good of you to link it.

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    (730>)
    Aai
    Young Alter
    Ed's Shots

    These are all songs recorded when I was playing in the band Info Nympho. The first three songs are me; vocals, instruments, recording, etc. The last song is me playing guitar and singing with my friend Andy playing drums. We released our first album 'Eggs' in 1997. It can be found here...Eggs
    We were a cassette only band, but somehow the first album ended up in digital format on the listed site. We were active from 1997-2002.
    I also played in the bands Kardbored, Catholic Barney, and Thank the Knife. My current band is called Them There.

    There is no video footage or photos of me playing live as far as I know? Info Nympho played 3 shows, Thank the Knife 2 shows, and I've played a handful of solo shows.

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    So, Workman, the "å" sounds OH ?

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    Hmmm, let see if Embers post a picture of his nose flute

    Adhie was here
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    reminds me of Blind Guardian or Tyr when they sing their ballads. I am guessing there is an influence there for sure.

    Tyr are also from the Faroe Islands. They use the ballads as inspiration and sometimes they just put some distortion on top of them.

    So, Workman, the "å" sounds OH ?

    Yes it does. The video I posted is in danish, as a part of our tradition is danish medieval ballads. My language, faroese, is a little different and has no "å". This ballad in particular is ca 800 years old and has been a hit here all that time

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    Really enjoyed that link workman great stuff.

    Faugh a Ballagh
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    Here’s a couple i recorded

    Beautiful Day

    I’m Still Believin

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    @machado, I dig the Cohen thing...singing has never been my strongpoint

    @mothernature, that is some heavy riffin!

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    @workman. I enjoyed the video.

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    Here's a link. I sing the lead. It's about half the ballad.

    That is awesome Workman! I watched the video and then I subscribed to the YouTube channel. I really enjoyed it...thanks for posting it.

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    Ask and you shall receive:
    hound dog
    Yes, I do play upside down, and backwards, as a lefty.
    also, too, I mess with the harp
    harp

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    I write, arrange and play music mostly for recorders. I've been working on uploading everything I've done to Free-scores.com.

    Mike's Free-Scores Page

    @olkofri, Well done! I'm a fan of Jeremy Soule.

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    @newbroom.

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    @mothernature Thanks for the compliment, Mr. Cohen is eternal and an icon IMO. You have an indie-like voice, I like your lo-fi sound.

    @mnewb1 Do you record everything? Those songs sound very professional, by the pictures your studio is cool!

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    Here's another Cohen song I recorded this early morning.
    Show Me The Place

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    also, too, I mess with the harp

    Er, what are you actually doing with the harp that your video is rated as 'inappropriate for some users'??

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    @machado, I do record everything into logic x on a iMac

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    @mnewb1 Is that your voice? Amazing voice, dude. A cool bass-baritone or something of that sort... Rare voice.

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    @newbroom rustic sound and voice, I don't know what style this is but I dig it. So rustic that you sang it with a rustic pipe in your mouth.

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    whoops. I inadvertently restricted the harp vid. It's from back when I had a dsl and less than 1 mbps DOWNload, let alone upload.
    I think it's accessible now.

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    @machado, on that song it is actually not my voice but voice samples that seemed to work well with the song

    Here is the song I meant to link with the title Beautiful Day...this is my voice

    Beautiful Day

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    Here's me singing a song in Portuguese that obviously none(?) of you will know. Shows some of modern Brazilian Popular Music, I think it's a nice soft song.
    https://soundcloud.com/rodrigocovers/arnaldo-antunes-da-aurora-ate-o-luar-cover-vocal

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    I am a poet who has been at work on a sequence of 42 poems interwoven in three narratives. The first two narratives have been extensively rewritten but yet need more revision. The third written this fall has put all the pieces in play, which is exciting. It is very cerebral and scholarly, and as yet no one has found it of sufficient value to put in the time necessary for its enjoyment or evaluation. I'm ~2000 hours in on my end. Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.

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    During the 2.5 years of its composition, I've defined the thematic development and the poetry that will satisfy me, and have become capable of producing it.

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    I play all brass and sax,flute, etc. Played in "Chicago" style bands and Jazz/swing for years. Haven't done anything for 20 years now...

    "the weez"...
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    I have writerly pursuits (along with salted' and others) but to stick to the music theme, I was a wash-out in my six-year-old's public school piano lessons, but later spent several years sawing away at my grandfather's violin and roaming around in the hierarchy of the second violin section of the student orchestra including a concert once memorable with my parents. I finally rejoiced despite breaking my wrist in a bad kid acrobatic stunt when I could quit the violin lessons. After that I taught myself the usual chords on the uke, and can still play quite a few tunes, a smattering of classical, many folk tunes, pop, etc., on the harmonica. The blues eludes me. I struggle with mastering the valves on a coronet, but am a killer with a sufficiently drunk audience on the slide whistle, though I need a string band to play. I think the value of a better than average public school education was learning the many activities and subject areas for which I have no talent. I like to sing but realized long ago that I sound far better to myself than to any listener, ranging between baritone and bass. I do notice that if you learn three chords on a uke you can sing almost anything, opera to pop -- not well, but you can do it. That gives you the measure of my musical talent.

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    Machado, nice voice. Deep, sultry, velvety... I bet the women dig you.

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    Machado, nice voice. Deep, sultry, velvety... I bet the women dig you.

    Thank you! I have the habit to send them songs and recite verses to try and conquer their hearts.

    My speaking voice is sometimes kind of timid though. What I really do like is to sing!

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    I graduated from U of MD with a B.A. in Criminal Justice, but for my first year I was a music major and classical trumpet player. I started playing in grade school, then continued in high school. I was first chair trumpet in the MD All-State Orchestra and Mid-East Music Conference concert band during my senior year. The Mid-East thing was at Duquesne Unversity, and my buddy and I roomed with one of the music students there. We ended up in a bar, and I played like crap the next day thanks to a hangover of legendary proportions.

    I went on to U of MD, where I played in the wind ensemble and orchestra. Then I quit and changed my major. A few years after college I was married, and part of that blissful and thankfully short-lived ordeal was stupidly hocking my Bach Stradivarius when we were broke. When I still played I used to make a few bucks doing weddings and holiday masses, usually in churches. My favorite thing was playing in a large church with a full-sized pipe organ accompaniment. It's hard not to sound good with those kind of acoustics.

    Ironically I live in New Orleans now, where people actually think trumpets are cool. Just think...I could be standing on the corner busking between the kid who bangs on plastic buckets and the guy who paints himself silver and just stands there.

    In a pinch I could also play the baritone, euphonium (pretty much the same thing as the baritone), tuba, and French horn, since they aren't that much different from a trumpet. I also have an electric guitar, supposedly at my daughter's house, that I used to mess around with for fun.

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    I play in a couple of bands. Mostly play keys, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, bass, and lead sing. I’m also a singer songwriter.

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    I am not a real musician, but have played some strange instruments. The best was cardboard mailing tubes. I punch a hole in the metal end and use a trumpet mouthpiece. You can get all the bugle notes. An eight footer is the bass, a small one the soprano.

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