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Since I'm a huge music fan and I love DIC, well I think I'll just make the most out of DIC and create a music blog. I'm a music lover. I don't discriminate in music, though I don't usually listen to some other stuff which I hope wouuld be apparent some time for you from reading posts off this blog.

So, um, where to start?

I always wondered who among the DIC are music lovers, and who among them plays music. I mean, music is universal, and I'm sure I'll likely find some unlikely people out there that likes music, although it doesn't show in them.

I play a little guitar, and I hope to play one day and make people smile. ^^

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nuclearfroggy Icon

30 October 2011 - 01:48 PM
Heya, I guess you could say I'm a music lover :) I'm a pianist and an oboist, but I'm unlike most people's preconceptions of me, being a classical musician and all, I like pretty much everything. I've just kind of grown to like everything, because it makes music so much more interesting. Also, I've just started to teach my self some audio programming with c / c++ and a few libraries like portaudio / portmidi, and it's like a dream come true.
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fromTheSprawl Icon

01 November 2011 - 05:41 PM
That's nice dude! Isn't playing the piano hard? Can you play guitar? Have you checked out the classical thread in the Lounge? I'm looking into classical music too but I can't seem to find a source where I could check out what's good and what's not. I can play "Lovely Memories" by Alvaro Pierri on guitar, you should check it out! I bet it would sound cool in the piano. ^^
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nuclearfroggy Icon

02 November 2011 - 03:35 PM
lol my guitar skills are non-existent, although I did play around with bass a tiny bit. I would say piano's a difficult instrument, but I think it depends a lot on how your brain works. The good thing about piano is that at least it's pretty accessible and not too hard to get started, and there's loads of tutorials on youtube.

I'm a classically trained musician but classical music isn't really what I regularly listen to aha, maybe it'll grow on me, but two guys I genuinely like are Debussy and Ryuichi Sakamoto, both of which are pianists :) To be honest, although I'm classically trained, I'm more of a jazz guy...
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fromTheSprawl Icon

02 November 2011 - 06:52 PM
I'm kinda confused with musical styles since I pin an instrument to one, for example, when it comes to Jazz the saxophone comes to mind. I like jazz too, but yeah, the saxophone type. How do you get music recommendations? I usually head over to Allmusic.com but I don't think they cover classical music.
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nuclearfroggy Icon

03 November 2011 - 08:57 AM
Hmm, with an instrument like piano you really can't pin it to one genre. In jazz, piano tends to have more of an accompaniment role, but if you pick a random jazz recording, chances are there will be a piano in there. But if you want to see jazz with piano as a lead, check out Bill Evans :D his stuff's awesome. I use allmusic for reviews, and they do have a classical section btw.

When I'm looking for new artists, I usually look into the music I have already, and search for artists that collaborate on the stuff I've got, or even just find artists that the artists I like recommend. Generally, you just need a starting point. The thing is for music, there isn't a definitive guide, just LOTS of opinions.
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fromTheSprawl Icon

03 November 2011 - 06:04 PM
True that dude. I'm still waiting for Allmusic to release a user functionality so I could comment on the album reviews there. I imagine that site would be big if they add that, it would be like Youtube where everyone fights for their favorites.

So they have a classical section? Wow, they have everything don't they. I wonder how one could be an album reviewer there, I'd like to be one.

Thanks for the tip on the collaboration thing, I never tried that before. Maybe I'll look into their past bands and other stuff too.

So, do you own a piano? If I buy a keyboard would playing in that thing make me learn how to use a piano too? Haha. I'm not familiar with the instrument.
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nuclearfroggy Icon

16 November 2011 - 08:59 AM
Yeah, I have an electric Roland piano and a Nord Stage EX keyboard, which has some synth stuff too. One day hopefully I'll be able to get a really nice acoustic piano, but the sound quality of a good electric piano is more than good enough for me at the moment. Also, it's pretty useful to be able to plug in some headphones so I can play whenever I want and not make the neighbours angry.
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fromTheSprawl Icon

16 November 2011 - 05:38 PM
Wow, I never thought there was such a thing as an electric piano! Does it need an amp to work like an electric guitar? Maybe I'll get one, or a keyboard. If I learn the keyboard is it almost the same as learning the piano?
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nuclearfroggy Icon

17 November 2011 - 10:10 AM
No, usually electric pianos are designed to be self contained and look like real pianos - so there will be an amp (or lots of amps for mine) built into it. Learning the keyboard is similar to piano, but for most keyboards you won't get the same key weighting - keyboards are much springer and easier to press the keys. It depends what you want to do - if you just want a play around it probably doesn't matter that much.
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fromTheSprawl Icon

17 November 2011 - 07:46 PM
I want to play the real thing, maybe even up to the classics. Can the keyboard give me that type of practice? For example, could I play "Flight of the Bumblebee" on that thing and it would sound like the classical version?
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nuclearfroggy Icon

18 November 2011 - 10:23 AM
Sure you'd be able to play it on a keyboard, but if you're more into serious classical stuff then an electric piano or properly weighted keyboard is most likely a better choice.
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fromTheSprawl Icon

20 November 2011 - 08:53 PM
Guess I'll shoot for a keyboard first, a piano would be pricey, plus I need to find space for it. Dude, can you suggest some good classical pieces that I could try playing/transcribing for guitar? To give you a feel for what I usually like, "Ave Maria" and "Lovely Memories" by Alvarro Pierri. I actually have my own rendition of the latter, but the former I don't know as of yet how to play.
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