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Jul 10, 2018 - 5:13:34 PM
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I just want to say that the way we play our instruments reflects our personalities. Whether you train to play serious music or just have a go at whatever strikes your fancy, your personality will come through. People watching you will see it. People listening usually hear it. There's a lot of serious crap in the world and in our lives, and we are dealing with all of it in our own way.

My advice, what I tell myself, is lighten up and be playful sometimes. Whatever level you're playing at can often be improved by taking things a little less seriously.

I had a musical friend who died almost 30 years ago. He wasn't always easy to get along with, but his motto was "make a joyful noise". He was a good player. Everybody enjoyed that. A better player than friend, really.

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:40:02 PM
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100 posts since 10/1/2009

Life is short, lick the bowl.

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:55:11 PM

1145 posts since 12/11/2008

Yes, except when it comes to a session player, a player's personality always comes through in their playing. Even then, session players are often hired for their particular musical personality. In other words, you usually end up playing what you are. And when you don't play what you are, unless you are a consummate liar, more often than not you come off a bit off-putting. You only fool the easily fooled.

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:58:21 PM



5184 posts since 2/14/2008

I know what you mean Brian, Some people take themselves way to seriously when they don't have to and some people just take life as it comes. Like me, I may come across to you as a very serious person when in fact I 'm as gentle as a tree I am. But some people just can't help who they are they are good bad and ugly all at the same time. Here I guess there are so many people that ask some serious questions and your reply needs to be serious or they want believe you. Now FB is different,,there you can be as stupid as you want to be. In fact there I'm not serious I'm down right stupit. I make up things, tell dumm jokes, talk about aliens and people just love me. Come visit me on FB you'll see

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:18:01 PM

1898 posts since 8/23/2008

So that's what you meant when you said that my rendition of The Canary...'' was fun and made me laugh too...…..''

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:32:37 AM
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1441 posts since 10/22/2007

Once upon a time I played the fiddle. Now, I just do what it tells me.

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:30:33 AM
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Originally posted by buckhenry

So that's what you meant when you said that my rendition of The Canary...'' was fun and made me laugh too...…..''

Yes, Henry. It was meant as a compliment.

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:01:53 AM



28 posts since 4/24/2018

I never knew learning the violin was going to make me loosen up.

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:58:02 PM

6401 posts since 3/19/2009

Sadly, I just watched a few videos of some guy who I know who have formed a string band..Each of them is an amazing musician, but as a group.....well, they just seem to be playing the notes and there is NO life in their group.. How do I tell them to "lighten up.. tap your feet, gesture to each other, whoop!, stand up... look alive."....

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:26:47 PM



8661 posts since 12/2/2007

Here's an old record that celebrates the joys of music and life in general:
Unfortunately Polk Miller is sometimes very hard to understand, but the 1870's song this is based on ("Oysters and Wine at 2 AM") can be found at the Library of Congress, but without the bridge.
It could be argued that these 1909 cylinders are the first recordings of real "old time" music (maybe a predecessor of Uncle Dave Macon) and also a very early racially integrated session, since Polk Miller was a white Civil War veteran and the Old South Quartette were African - Americans.

Edited by - DougD on 07/20/2018 14:28:20

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:29:20 PM



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