It’s 1972 and I had just turned 16. wow, 16 would be a great turning point in my life. However it did nor turn out that way.
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Playing the violin has always been part of my life. I love it the first moment I heard my sister practicing this instrument every day of her life. I wanted that too. So, I asked - no, actually I begged - my parents to start playing the violin instead of playing the cello. I loved playing the cello, but I didn't like to practice for that instrument. It was too big for me, I guess.
When I first heard about Harley Benton guitars I have to admit I was very dubious, having been stung before purchasing a low priced brand new instrument I trod very carefully.
For better or worse, I have been a drummer for almost twenty years. Through the phases of my life, drumming has been a hobby, an amateur career, an old passion needing to be rediscovered and during my most formative years, a way of life. In junior high and high school years, the other “serious,” drummers and I worshiped at the altar of Bonham, Peart, Moon and Baker. The drummers who were in the popular clique idolized Travis Barker, Andy Hurley and Blake Richardson. Regardless of what particular teenage culture you found yourself in, if you couldn’t talk about your favorite solo by Buddy Rich or Gene Krupa, you weren’t a real drummer. We judged each other on what Zeppelin and Rush songs we could play all the way through. The single kick players trash-talked the double kick players.We compared each other's set ups and stick choices.The drummers in my small suburban town took their craft very seriously, and we judged harshly. Far from being immune to the culture of ridicule and elitism, I had some of the most intense opinions of my day. I swore by Vic Firth and thought Pro Mark was “trendy and too breakable.” I called Mapex a fake brand (Ironically, I now sit on a Mapex throne when I play. It has held up for over five years and was very reasonably priced). I laughed behind the backs of rock drummers who didn’t incorporate rudiments into their fills. I will readily admit that I was the textbook pretentious musician. Then, one day the unthinkable happened: I fell in love with Punk Rock, and began writing my own songs. Of course, this didn’t sit well with my fellow musicians who saw this genre as a joke, a style one defaulted to when they couldn’t play their instrument. Because of this disdain, I couldn’t find any punk bands to play drums for, and I committed yet another atrocity: I learned a few chords on the guitar and set out to start and front my own band. This left me with a task that would go on to change my attitude toward my main instrument forever: finding a drummer that was good enough for my band.
Have not you seen a someone singing amazing melodies along with some beautiful strumming on the guitar?
There is nothing quite like music. Whether you’re looking to boost your spirits, dance all night long, honor a friend who has passed away, nurture yourself after a heartbreak, or celebrate a new union, music can help to enhance the emotion of a moment. Of course, listening to music is only a part of the equation. There are countless people in the world who love music and wish they knew how to play an instrument. If you’re one such person, now is the time to take action and change your future for the better.
When it comes to purchasing a violin bow, be sure to keep in mind that the material plays an important role in the overall quality. The higher the price, the warmer and smoother the sound. That being said, beginner bows can cost anywhere from $50 to $200 and professional bows range anywhere from $500 to $1200 and beyond.
It’s 11pm on a cold Friday night. You’re in a restaurant. The meal is over and a few people are lingering over drinks. The pianist left a while ago and your attention drifts over to the black baby grand in the corner of the restaurant.
What kind of musician are you? Are you the person who comes home from doing whatever you do, and you play your guitar as a way to decompress from the day? Or are you the person who wakes up and picks up the guitar, and spends every waking second working to become the best guitar player in their area? Maybe you're a little bit of both—who knows? But one thing that I know for sure is that there is something about your playing you want to improve.
So you want to play piano. But before you can even begin to consider notes and rhythm and squiggly lines that give you migraines, you must first find an instrument to play on.