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Playing instruments by ear or Reading music.
Posted 11/4/12
I think whatever method you use is good as long as you play the song right.. Having your own version is a plus point
That's my rules in playing my guitar
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perotin9 wrote:

Practicing is the bane of all music majors (unless you're some freak that likes being cooped up in a room for hours on end, I went to college with some)


You described pretty much 99.9% of my university's students. I was part of the 0.1% that don't, but that's because of my major.

Also, awesome username. May I hazard a guess and say you got it from that incredible French composer from the Middle Age?
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Posted 11/4/12

Nikolajdrevun wrote:


Frodizzle wrote:


Nikolajdrevun wrote:

@Frodizzle, I agree with you're point completely, and yea, it's still improv with sheet music in front of you, as long as you only use it to get the gist of the piece. =) sadly, in jazz i never play whats on the paper, it's hard as hell hahaha


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtjzVThkiFs&feature=related

I found this and i think everyone should listen to this and this should make the decision pretty clear...either way is good.


haha, this is awesome, I've seen this movie SOOO many times, hahaha.
I was messing around with the settings on youtube (for graphics reasons) and found out that you can put the speed at 1.5x...
Epitome of awesome incarnate, haha


I am glad enjoyed it. That was the whole purpose. It's sad u do not see talent like this. Much less movies of this caliber anymore.
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Posted 11/4/12

SakiAiza wrote:


perotin9 wrote:

Practicing is the bane of all music majors (unless you're some freak that likes being cooped up in a room for hours on end, I went to college with some)


You described pretty much 99.9% of my university's students. I was part of the 0.1% that don't, but that's because of my major.

Also, awesome username. May I hazard a guess and say you got it from that incredible French composer from the Middle Age? :)


I am one of those freaks haha
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Posted 11/4/12
i played the flute
hated reading music
but i have a very good ear
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Posted 11/4/12
I play alot of instuments, violin, cello, bass, trumpet, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto/tenor/bari sax, marimba, vibraphone, tympani, snare, bass, and chimes. Since I play all those I can read both comon clefs very well, but for jazz most of the time solos are improv or half written so being able to play by ear or know what to play so it sounds good is very important ^^ Even in marching band and DBC a good ear is needed. Intonation is very important.
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Posted 11/4/12

SgtPepper wrote:


DAN213 wrote:



Good post!! I can't read music but if I listen to the music long enough I can tab it out and improvise..Honestly I envy people who can read and write music; I'm just too lazy to learn. I have met very few people who can do both; all it takes is practice.


Thank you for taking the time to respond, and what a beautiful talent it is to be able to improvise.

I agree, music is all about practice and dedication. You seem like a very smart person, I think you can learn to sight read and compose music if you really wanted to.

Have a great day.




Thank you
you have a great day as well..
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Posted 11/5/12
I do both actually.
I mean with practice, you can learn to master both.
I'm guitarist and yes, music reading is a pain but he more practice, the faster you can read.

Though most of the time, I'm a vocal so it's pretty much by ear more often than reading music for me. ^^
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Posted 11/5/12
I don't see any harm in learning either way. It seems to me people choose either or depending on how they learn and when/where they want to play theirs music. I personally learned to play the drums 100% by sound. However I began learning Violin through sheet music (just the simple stuff) than once I was past the simple mechanics of it I played through sound.
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Posted 11/6/12
learned keyboard playing by ear... still on my "to-do" list for re-addressing that
Posted 11/6/12
OOH! I'm good at this I can totally tell a Guitar from a Piano like without even having to hear it twice. NEXT CHALLENGE!
Posted 11/6/12
I am learning to read piano music (I'm on level three/C at the moment) and I can play by ear. My teacher encourages both as well.

I think it's very advantageous to know how to do both!
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Posted 11/6/12
I want to learn by ear, but I find it hard, especially as I play bass, damn thing is near impossible to hear
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Posted 11/6/12
I play symphonic death metal on drums, all by ear (all the music the band plays is original, not that there's a lot of written music for metal drums anyway )... But I learned how to read music to play bagpipes... Which is good when playing something very specific, especially when playing with others...
It really just depends on the setting and what you're trying to play. I would love be able to read music more quickly, but after I learn a song, I try to memorize it and just forego reading while playing... In fact, I still can't play my chanter very quickly while reading a new song. I wouldn't dream of playing my chanter or pipes by ear at this point though.

But yeah, jam bands, original music, orchestras, they all require different methods... so whatever works for you, works.
Posted 11/6/12
I'm primarily into electronic music. I have recently began learning guitar and recognize that it takes a long time to master it.

I love the DAW Reason by the way.
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