What are you playing nowadays

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  • Gerald Jul 16, 2013 11:04 am Answers

    Apart from a little recorder in elementary school, it was later the electric guitar first. Although I just didn't play regularly enough to develop any significant dexterity.

    Then I dealt a lot with synthesizers and electronic musical instruments, because you can use them to work out ideas faster without first having to practice lengthy playing techniques.

    A short time ago I started playing the electric bass - hopefully I'll get to it a little more regularly than when I was playing the electric guitar ;-)

    In general, however, I see myself more as an audio technician and sound designer and less as a musician. But it's never bad when you have at least some basic instrumental knowledge ...

  • Egon Schmidt Jul 16, 2013 11:14 am Answers

    Drums (only e-drum),
    Keyboard, synth, drum pad,

  • Maurice Jul 16, 2013 11:25 am Answers

    Recorder at the age of 6 for about half a year, then my parents gave up.

    Drums at 14 for 19 years. 2006 to supplement classical piano lessons, simply to broaden your own horizons.

    Electric guitar never went beyond the power chord and therefore doesn't count. Even if some genre would contradict me ...

  • Udo Fahlbusch Jul 16, 2013 10:34 am Answers

    Unfortunately none

  • BGPONE Jul 16, 2013 12:00 PM Reply

    I play keyboard. It all started when I was allowed to act in a play when I was about 12 years old. There was a piano on the stage where they were rehearsing. I was fascinated by the sound of the instrument as I pressed the keys at random. When I was 13 I had a piano at home and took piano lessons. My parents meant well, but the piano was old, constantly out of tune, and my piano teacher crammed the young pianists 1 and 2 with me. At that time I was a staunch Beatles fan, otherwise I heard the first prog rock pieces by Genesis, Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson and a year later Frank Zappa. You can imagine that it was difficult for me to take the young pianist's pieces seriously. If my piano teacher had taught me my musical line, I believe my life would have been different. At the age of 15 I finally dropped out of piano lessons. I was often reprimanded for not playing what was on the sheet, but interpreting the songs in my own way, which I liked better. This tendency to "compose" then lingered for 15 years, I was just a listener. When I was 17 I wanted to learn to be a sound engineer at the WDR in Cologne, but I was so afraid of the piano instrumental exam that I didn't even register. A big mistake, as I think today. But as a listener of music, I was always looking for new challenges and developed my listening habits. After I had progressed through to Gentle Giant, I devoted myself to jazz rock, discovered Al Di Meola, Billy Cobham, Pat Metheny and the like. But then I started playing the keyboard again. When I jumbled, song fragments emerged almost by themselves, which I still use today. I could only save one track on my keyboard, which annoyed me. So I bought Cubase, which I still work with today (but with a current version). Then my enthusiasm knew no bounds. I learned the technique of midi recording, played around with software synthesizers and was finally able to do what I always wanted to do. It took about two years before the technical game play took a back seat and I concentrated more on the music. I taught myself the essentials of harmony teachers, which brought my music away from techno to pop songs. I bought vocal microphones and experimented with my voice, started writing lyrics and producing full songs. But because I am not very enthusiastic about my voice, I looked for female singers. Personally, I prefer female singers in my music because it makes my music more feminine and rounded. Half a year ago I was lucky enough to be able to record some songs with a very good singer. Unfortunately, our musical paths parted quickly. So I'm currently looking for a singer again. A few songs have accumulated that were written for a singer, but I can't finish producing them until I've found the right one.

    Music has become more than a hobby for me. If I could, I would devote myself entirely to music. As a family man, I can't afford that because I have a good job that I enjoy, but doesn't bring the fulfillment that music gives me. But I also really appreciate being able to make my music regardless of commercial considerations, uncompromisingly.

    • Carlos San Segundo (delamar) Jul 16, 2013 3:46 pm

      Thank you for your story!

  • Tom 16. Jul 2013 12:03 p.m. Reply

    Cello, bass, guitar

  • Christian Gehring Jul 16, 2013 11:29 am Answers

    Keys ...

  • Phunkateer Jul 16, 2013 1:19 p.m. Answers

    I don't play in a band, I just bring my ideas into the DAW. It used to be with the keyboard ... without ever having really learned it with lessons ... but now only Ableton Push.

  • groggy Jul 16, 2013 1:52 pm Reply

    I play midi controller 64 ... one of the few controllers that you can play with your foot and don't need your hands. Every now and then I also play an 8-string USB stick with 64x polyphony

  • Mackie Jul 16, 2013 1:59 pm Answers

    Jew's Harp

  • chris Jul 16, 2013 4:54 pm

    What else is Logic 10 daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!!!

  • Mex Jul 16, 2013 6:32 pm Reply

    My first musical instrument in recent years, like most of the others, was of course the saucepan of a mother and she was extremely patient with me and my drumming and never took a pot away from me.

    When I was 7 years old in 1981, my father bought a small white home organ on the junk ... the sound of which was generated with compressed air via a fan. The sound was so terribly cruel and absolutely disharmonious and also out of tune and could easily have rivaled any Hitchcock film music. You couldn't really do anything other than annoying "horror music" on the thing, so that my annoyed brothers cut the power cord for the benefit of the whole family. In the cellar, however, the old instruments of my grandfather, who had been a classical musician and jazz drummer, were still slumbering and so I continued to annoy my family with pitiful attempts on the trumpet, French horn, violin and snare drum.

    After intense "war negotiations" with my brothers, however, I saw that I should put my musical career on hold for the time being.
    Somehow my ambitions seemed to have moved my eldest brother, who then also dealt with music, learned to play guitar, mandolin and balalaika and when the hype about Depeche Mode began, there was suddenly a Roland Juno-106 and a drum computer (Boss DR-110 ) in his room.

    Of course, I was never allowed to and should never answer it, but for a while I didn't let myself be caught and so I started my first ventures into a new world of music. But one day my brother caught me - and after there were first blows and sermons, I was allowed to answer officially and he initiated me into the art of home recording and so I assisted him as a co-musician on the keyboard while he was Played the guitar.

    Little by little, more and more equipment came together, also through the friends with whom he played together in a band - and at 15 I was in a fully equipped, upscale digital home studio with Emax samplers, various synths, some drum computers, Atari ST, Guitars and and and opposite ... and from then on I could really let off steam.
    My passion developed in particular for samplers, synthesizers (generally sound generators) and drum computers and the possibilities of digital productions.
    For me it was an apprenticeship. Samples, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums ... everything that was standing around was tried out by me and musically they produced especially synth-pop.

    But I soon noticed for myself that the genre of music wasn't filling me any further and would not develop any further and I began to be interested in jazz, classical music and especially film music.
    So I then continued in this direction and, extrapolated from the age of 14, it took me about 20 years in total to officially scold myself at the age of 34 as a musician who composes for film / TV and advertising.

    Although today I only produce with the DAW using a master keyboard and numerous plug-ins, the old things are still standing around in some basement corners and every now and then for nostalgic reasons I dig out one or the other synth and think to myself all the ultra-modern sampling technology has never succeeded in capturing the special sound character of these old boxes.

    I play some instruments today like piano, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums etc. but my main instrument today is the composing process. Classical composition is my instrument these days.

    Best wishes

  • CDP Jul 16, 2013 7:12 pm

    im a turntablist so i would say the turntable! respect the turntable as a musical instrument!

  • Manuel Morgner Jul 16, 2013 7:38 pm Answers

    Plastic keyboard connected to much too loud "sound generator" also known as a PC

  • Oliver Alten Jul 16, 2013 9:14 pm Answers

    Yeah, that something ...

  • Oliver Alten Jul 16, 2013 9:17 pm

    ...Bass! And recently a 3/4 bass with guitar strings on it, I have a lot of fun, because I'm too lazy to learn the guitar ;-)

  • Any Thomas Jul 17, 2013 12:01 am Reply

    As with languages, everything is relative, of course, if you have a reasonable command of the instrument, can you play ambitious pieces on it, or you can even be a virtuoso on it. As far as I'm concerned, I can only play a little "halfway" on keyboard instruments. As a slightly older child, I had piano lessons for about 2 years. Actually, I was more and more interested in learning from more composition (harmony theory, possibly counterpoint) but when I asked the music school in our city they didn't have something in their program, so it was actually just an alternative solution that was not so favored by me anyway.But 2 years were a long time anyway, then I hung up and down the scale and played some pieces (presented by the piano teacher) that I didn't really like that much. But of course I continued at the level I had reached privately - I learned some pieces myself, such as certain preludes from Bach's WTK, fantasies from Mozart, other classical pieces that are not too difficult and some jazz pieces, but my motivation was never to play foreign works, but rather manual dexterity for getting my own ideas. First and foremost, I see myself more as a composer and technician who can then also jumble his ideas usefully on the keys. ;-)

  • NeMsY Jul 17, 2013 9:28 am Answers

    Piano / keyboard since I can remember, western and electric guitar, also a little electric bass for recording, had trumpet lessons for 4 years as a teenager, the recorder was also part of my childhood for a year. And I've been taking singing lessons for 3 years.
    Unfortunately, due to the renovation of the house, I have no time at all to play these instruments :(

  • Patrick Jul 17, 2013 10:14 am Reply

    My short form:

    Early musical education with 4
    Piano with 6
    Guitar with 15
    Drums at 20
    Bass at 30

    And thanks to modern samplers I can play "everything" today ;-)))

  • hand wash45 ° Jul 17, 2013 8:01 pm

    I play Pc and DAW .. um joking ... 5 against one? oh crap no ... what was the name of the thing again ... well what each a little bit closer .. but most likely would apply piano .. but everything is only casual .. well but I think it's well taught myself ... (autodidact )

  • Alex 28 Jul 18, 2013 12:57 am

    Even though my grandma was an ambitious music teacher and led a large choir, my parents didn't want me to learn an instrument. But I was always interested in music. As a small child I began to analyze them and understand why what goes together and what doesn't. Without understanding it. Until I started earning some extra money from eighth grade by delivering newspapers and bought myself a guitar. I began to study meticulously with a book. But unfortunately I have quite small hands which, even after intensive practice, sometimes simply cannot grasp some chords or even barre fingerings and thus let me play cleanly. Not until today and that was around 20 years ago. Whether I play in between bass, the ambition is still there to be able to play one or the other cleanly. So a year later I got myself a bass. Sure, change really quickly with several people, such as: jazz with under is not feasible with the best and despite a bass teacher. But I don't have the size of my hands to be able to do it with dexterity. But what I can do is a lot of fun and I have found my instrument in the bass. The fact that I still fool around with the guitar, my first, has only to do with the fact that I earned the money hard back then and that I still like the sound of it very much and therefore deserves to be played every now and then. Even if there are only a few chords to accompany the song.

  • The Bearer May 26, 2016 4:33 pm Answers

    I play a "custom" Mac Book Pro with Ableton Live screwed on and several midi controllers.
    At home I usually play with the Mac Pro & Logic.
    Sometimes also air guitar. But only if I own it again .... well you know.
    I haven't learned any more instruments. :-)

  • Franz Schmidt May 27, 2016 10:12 am Answers

    For me it was very similar to some of the others here.
    Somehow I was able to elicit sounds from everything I could get my hands on. Tense string or rubber, different bottles, pots and glasses.
    At some point I was given a harmonica and played songs I knew on it within a short time.
    My father bought me an accordion when I was 14 and signed up for private lessons.
    That wasn't for me, because I always played the songs out of my head from listening to them once, although I wasn't particularly interested in the notes.
    When I just stopped showing up at class, I got a terrible ass full, but I didn't care.
    Nevertheless, at the age of 16 I played dancing all by myself at weddings.
    Then the Beatles came along and I had to go to the NVA.
    There we got amplifiers and guitars and we could rehearse.
    After a short time, I played in the regimental band and thus had many
    I also learned drums and bass guitar. Everything self-taught.
    Of course, the keyboard was added later after the reunification, so that as a multi-instrumentalist I am actually pretty well equipped.

  • fatman May 28, 2016 12:56 p.m. Reply

    Classical guitar, singing (lessons from music teachers). Self-taught: bass guitar, keyboard. (Am I the only one here who understands his voice as an instrument?)

  • Patrick May 31, 2016 12:15 am

    So for me, from childhood on, it was actually always a strong bond to the keyboard, the piano and in general to everything that had keys, apart from the massive church organ, which was too extensive for me. When I was little, I tinkled on Papa's cheap Yamaha keyboard more out of fun playing than out of musicality, which got better and better over time. Then, shortly before my 10th birthday, I was given my first accordion; It wasn't quite enough for the Styrian harmonica, even if it sounds nice. :-) At the age of 16 I started professional piano training at our high school. A home piano was needed, so a Yamaha piano was purchased. I also got my first own keyboard, a Yamaha PSR 2100, for Christmas that same year. The first gimmicks followed. The first keyboard I bought for my own wages was the Tyros 2, which I bought in 2007. It was followed by the Tyros 5 a year and a half ago. Every device is often played on a wide variety of occasions and every keyboard is used in a wide variety of ways. The two Tyros devices are used for studio recordings and live gigs, the PSR is used for choir rehearsals and choir performances in churches.

  • Groovehand Sep 04, 2016 4:27 PM

    It all started in the early 1970s with a guitar scrambling course in our parish. I had the worst egg slicer, but probably the greatest talent (in quotation marks) in the group of about ten people. Then it went on autodidactically. In the mid-1970s I played in public for the first time in the backing band of a youth choir. First on a borrowed guitar, a Strat copy. A little later I bought an Aria Pro II from my first trainee salaries, a mixture of Gibson LP-Special and LP-Junior with P90 pickups. I hadn't had a clue about guitars and had done something very lucky. This darling is now over 40 years old and still my main instrument before the Strat and Epiphone LP.

    At the end of the 80s I got myself a keyboard for the first time, the Roland D-20. Later a Korg 01WFD and a Yamaha EX5 followed, which I still play today. The keys are more of a vehicle for playing arrangements in the small studio at home.