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offline Monoid from one source all things depend on 2022-07-30 20:22 [#02620177]
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How well do you know music theory? Are you able to
recognize chords in songs, for example?
I think in the past I approached music production completely
wrong, without knowing what I was doing.
Lately I've been getting more into the theoretical basics of
music, and it's became painfully obvious to me what I don't
know and can't do.


offline recycle from Where is Phobiazero (Lincoln) (United States) on 2022-07-30 21:50 [#02620180]
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you can be pathetic with me bud.


offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2022-07-30 23:40 [#02620181]
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no i cant recognize notes or chords. i got tons of chord
analyzing videos on youtube when my gf picked up the piano.
like what are the most successful chords and why. which
songs feature the best working chord progressions and how
there are tons of songs doing the same thing over and over.
i dont think its essential to make good or listenable music,
if you got the wits to break through most beginners
barriers, or be insanely creative, but it probably helps a
lot if you pick up an instrument like the piano. it
certainly helped me a bunch over just using a keyboard and a
mouse, just trying out what combinations sound more pleasing
and interesting than single notes or pads.


offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2022-07-30 23:48 [#02620182]
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i heard this on the radio while making deliveries
on the classical radio station. listen to it first before
reading the next paragraph.

kristina miller learned to hear music and write it down note
for note during her piano studies in russia. she started in
childhood and was incredibly good at this, being able to
write down music almost in real time and/or with only one
listen. apparently this is something that is trained by
professional players. so, one day she thought hmm this 8 bar
blues sounds pretty good, id like to play this and so she
did just from listening.
maybe that song is featured in the legend of 1900 btw, but
im not sure.


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-31 01:05 [#02620185]
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i do and i don't. i do better if i sit there and think

i have to fight hard to dredge up... oh, inverted
suspended... and the only time i ever bothered to reach that
far was writing these giant midi tapestries in cubase and
shit i've painted myself into a corner, here, and i need to
rearrange all these chords to get what i want and at that
point i can sit down and be technical about it after some
mild googling. but i guess i compare it to resistor color
codes: i can do them in my head, but very slowly, it's hard
without counting on my fingers

day to day, though, i'm incredibly quick at just rearranging
chords without really understanding what i'm doing on that
level, operating more like "let's turn that inside out"
"let's sour the milk a little" and yeah i'm just thinking
that while playing live keys. i'm sure what i'm doing
actually gets quite jazz/technical but i really don't
understand it on that level. or, i can, but i'm so
agonizingly slow at it that it's not worth it for my use


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-31 01:36 [#02620186]
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when i was, like, four, my aunt and uncle gave me a
fischer-price synthesizer keyboard (yellow) and it came with
a songbook and my dad sat there and taught me yankee doodle
and twinkle twinkle little star and i got this pretty quick,
so he then explained how the notes on the page corresponded
to the keys, and have fun son. and i learned a few on my
own, like "somewhere over the rainbow," but i actually
totally forget how to play that, now. because in short order
i decided that fucking songbook full of notes felt like a
straightjacket and you know what i am just going to throw
that in the dustbin and hit whatever. notes. i. feel. like.

then within a few months i broke that keyboard after telling
the babysitter i had permission to steal a screwdriver

and then:

the end of the second semester of keyboards is a recital
as an exam -- two pieces picked by the teacher, third your
choice. i was pretty slammed with my other exams and i
really had nothing prepared the morning of. so i thought:
fuck it, i'll just make it up when i get there

and when i was asked to announce which piece i'd selected, i
said something like, "i'm playing xylin room by autechre."
peoples' parents and shit were there. the first two pieces,
i did pretty meh, but then... well, i don't recall what i
actually played, but i just went for three minutes and said
"ok i'm done" and everyone clapped politely.

later the feedback was like -- i was kind of cringing
watching you fight through the first two, but that third one
was pretty good, what was that

and that was a bit awkward to answer because i hadn't
planned that far ahead

and that still gives me a giggle so why stop now
more like i've memorized transitions between resistor color
codes, i dunno, metaphor breaks down there


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-31 01:37 [#02620187]
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offline hevquip from megagram dusk sect (United States) on 2022-08-02 06:29 [#02620238]
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music is gay and i don't listen to it


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