Wednesday OT - How musically inclined are you?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by SaraV, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. SaraV

    SaraV Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2012
    Taken lessons? Wish you had? Can't carry a tune in a bucket?

    I took 8 years of piano, first through eighth grade, 8 years of flute, fourth through senior year in HS, officially took 4 years of choir in school (3 in junior high, 1 in HS) But when I wasn't in choir, I did participate in the school musicals and church choir.

    Wish I could take more piano lessons. And I would have played my flute more probably if I hadn't gone to a college with no football team, which meant no marching band.

  2. WhatchaGonnaDo

    WhatchaGonnaDo Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    I'd say I'm pretty inclined, not as much as I was through MS and HS, but still pretty good. I was All-State in band for 8th grade. Through high school I was always pressured by my director to try out for All-State but I never really had the initiative to go for it. Just did honor bands here and there, along who solo and group contest type stuff. I did marching band, pep band, jazz band, all that stuff.

    On top of that I play drums, used to jam with some high school buddies, played a couple of local events, but that fizzled out once we went to college. I've played some drums at church as well. Still like playing them whenever I go home.
  3. mtowncyclone13

    mtowncyclone13 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2012
    grundy center
    I took piano for 10 years but never learned to read music. I ca hear something and play it back pretty well. In 8th grade I switched to drums and and guitar because you don't need sheet music for those really. I never understood why horn players needed sheet music!

    So I'm pretty musically inclined.
  4. NenoFone

    NenoFone Member

    Feb 12, 2013
    I play either trumpet or French horn almost every night of the week. Come to Ballet Des Moines' performance of Cinderella this weekend, I'll be in the pit.
  5. Gunnerclone

    Gunnerclone Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2010
    Cheddar Production
    Mods please change thread title to "Wednesday OT - How big of a Band Nerd Are You" or "Wednesday OT - Should the Pep Band do Chants During BBall Games?" I can already see where this is going. :twitcy:
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  6. alarson

    alarson Well-Known Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Advertising sales
    Very, though its been quite awhile since i played.

    I did 4-5 years of piano lessons when i was younger, followed by playing trumpet all the way through college both in the ISU marching\basketball band and drum corps, and did the choir thing all the way up through soph year of college as well.

    These days my only musical performing is the random karaoke night after seaveral drinks. :twitcy:
  7. Doc

    Doc Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Denver, CO
    I played piano for about 5 years, then decided I wanted to spend my spare time playing basketball rather than piano. I have a keyboard that I'll pull around around Xmas to play some Christmas carols. I like to dabble on the guitar a bit. I'm not really trained or good, but I can knock out California Stars good enough.
  8. wartknight

    wartknight Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2006
    I don't like to hear myself, but apparently to others I sound good enough to pay to sing at weddings and funerals. I can plunk on the piano and dabble in brass instruments.
    Won "Outstanding performer" award my jr year of high school with a perfect score at contest and was invited to perform at ISU's showcase of that.
    Was the only one in my class to make the Wartburg Choir on first audition of my frosh year (also played football) and got to tour Europe 3 times because of it. Had a nice little music scholarship to help me through college.
    Was selected as a soloist several times at honor choirs in HS including the Dorian festival at Luther.
    Still sing quite a bit and won the "Princess Pop star" on a cruise a few years ago but haven't done any competitions in a long long time. I still love to sing and it is fun to hear my girls start to pick up on it. My oldest (8) will be a nice role player but my 5 year old has an incredibly awesome voice and I am started to hear glimpses of that with my 2 year old
    Funny thing is I was an average at best football player but make a ton more money coaching and helping at camps now than I even come close to making as a singer
  9. longtimeclone

    longtimeclone Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2009
    Up north
    Lol, how can you take piano lessons for 10 years and not know how to read music?
  10. Doc

    Doc Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Denver, CO
    I think he must have been taught by a hippie.
  11. ImJustKCClone

    ImJustKCClone Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Professional Pongid Pundit
    traipsing thru the treetops
    #11 ImJustKCClone, Mar 5, 2014
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    My mother held a BA in Music (voice emphasis), so let's just say I've been steeped in all kinds of music since before birth. I started singing in the children's choirs at church with my older sisters when I was three...I've pretty much been in some sort of choir ever since, did a lot of solos in my day, and was at one time the "on-call" for local funeral homes when families wanted a soloist but didn't have a personal friend/acquaintance to ask.

    Took piano from age 5 to age 12. I quit when my married teacher (who played at my church) ran off with the (also married) lead tenor in the choir. *gasp!* QUITE the scandal back in those days! Other than a substitute gig pounding out chord progressions in high school stage band when the regular pianist broke her wrist, I have rarely played in public. I was fine on my own, but if anyone was listening, my fingers became all thumbs. I sold my piano a few years back when arthritis made it too difficult to play without pain...removed the temptation for me. I miss it, badly.

    I also played cello (badly) for one year, fifth grade. That sucker was almost bigger than I was, and I had to carry it to school! Then we moved to a region where they had band but no orchestra, and I had to give it up. Try to imagine my disappointment...
  12. ImJustKCClone

    ImJustKCClone Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Professional Pongid Pundit
    traipsing thru the treetops
    Wondered that myself!
  13. isufan

    isufan Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Iowa
    My music experience includes playing the recorder in 4th grade and playing the trombone for one year in fifth grade, then I quit because the teacher sucked and band wasn't cool.
  14. Al_4_State

    Al_4_State Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2006
    Driftless Region
    I took piano lessons for about 4 years as a kid, then taught myself to play guitar at 14. I can read music somewhat as it relates to piano, but I almost never do with guitar as I learned all the chords, and just play off of chord charts or tabs (which isn't really reading music). I can play pretty much any string instrument to an extent. I have a mandolin as well as two guitars. I'm an average singer - I'm decent when I'm drunk and mediocre when sober.

    I wish I spent more time with piano though.
  15. longtimeclone

    longtimeclone Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2009
    Up north
    Yeah I had a mean old lady that started drilling me on day 1. I can still remember "every good boy does fine"
  16. I am a pretty solid skin flutist.
  17. MNCyGuy

    MNCyGuy Well-Known Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    Des Moines
    I'm an aggressively average trombone player who somehow bluffed his way through band/marching band/pep band all the way through his senior year of college.
  18. oldman

    oldman Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2009
    I've been playing the harmonica (or harp as we blues guys call em) for 30+ years. Not near as good as Bob Dorr though.
  19. cyflier

    cyflier Active Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    I play an outstanding upright organ.
  20. NATEizKING

    NATEizKING Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    I can pass any song on hard on drums, guitar, bass or vocals on rock band 1, 2, 3, and Beatles and probably about 3/4 of the songs on expert.

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