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Multi instrumentalism

Discussion in 'Dan Swanö' started by Violens, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. Violens

    Violens Member

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    Is any of you guys able to play more than one instrument?

    Mr. Swano, how did you get the technique + theory to play almost everything? Taking lessons? Self teaching? Completely by ear? I am curious :)
     
  2. dan of bereavement

    dan of bereavement shroud of bereavement

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    I play Drums, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, sing clean and do growleys.
    I don't think it is something anyone decides to do, but does out of necessity rather. I know for me, when I started Shroud Of Bereavement, I just had a bunch of ideas that no one in my past bands would embrace, there fore I just did it all myself.

    I started out with drum lessons, and my brother played guitar so I would always sneak in and play his. When I moved out, I had no room for instruments, so I started singing for a band, and they basically made me a better musician on said instruments.
     
  3. Violens

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    Mmmhhh..I can't agree completely. You know, just think about musicians like Prince or Michael Jackson..
     
  4. dan of bereavement

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    They may be coming from the same place, at least at some point in their life. Unless they wet to music school where they teach several instruments as part of a requirement or something. I don't know enough about those bands mentioned. My point was, I don't think anyone sits there and says, I really want to learn all instruments ya know. It's more like most people dedicate their time to mastering only one thing, where I am ok at all, but not a master of any. For instance, I am no Andy LaRocque on guitar, but I don't suck either, I get by. I also wonder where Dan stands on this subject as well.
    Violens, do you play?
     
  5. AnTz0r

    AnTz0r Crimson King

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    i think dan is no virtuoso on any instrument, but has a coherent musical vision about his projects that he manages to execute flawlessly. his skills on the instruments he uses are enough to support that vision. as long as your skills are enough to play the music that's already playing in your mind, you're fine, right?
     
  6. Kenneth R.

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    Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Clarinet. Piano was taught, clarinet in school band, the rest are self taught.
     
  7. Violens

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    Yeah, do play drums (taking lessons) and some guitar (not as seriously as drums).

    Anyway I understand what you want to say, but I think some people may see the thing from the point of view you think is more improbable. Many skilled musician are persons who passed, you know, like half a day during their childhoods, playing every sort of instrument and studying music..
     
  8. dan of bereavement

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    Agreed, I am trying to teach my daughter as much as possible at a young age, she has a violin, keyboard, Xzylaphone, and we play the guitar with her. he has great rythem for a 2 and 1/2 year old lol. In hope that she gets a better start than I.

    I think Antzor said it best for my situation.
     
  9. Joyful Sorrow

    Joyful Sorrow Alpha and Omega

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    that exactly is the point ! nuff said ... :headbang:
     
  10. AnTz0r

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    when you're recording, your recording tricks and software can also be considered an instrument right? :)
     
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    I can play the beginning of Für Elise on the guitar and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the Piano. Does that count?
     
  12. Mr. Niel

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    I'm in this boat. My real singing voice is pretty bad though. I make up for it with my Chris Barnes/Åkerfeldt/Swanö/Hurdle/LeMay impressions.
     
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    Skaldir formerly known as Unicorn

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    I also play a lot of things, but nothing very good ;) Maybe that's the curse of multi instrumentalism...
    I took organ/piano lessons when I was a child and learnt all other instruments by myself. But it helped me having piano lessons for learning the other stuff by myself. So I would suggest to learn one instrument a bit better, that makes it easier with the others
     
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    My primary instrument is bass and I believe it will always be.

    I took a couple of theory classes at my junior college so it helped me understand and really easily pick up the piano.

    I'm starting guitar. Fretting is a piece of cake, it's just learning to play with a pick that's the hard part. I've learned a couple of Frank Zappa songs to help me out, but I can only play them slow thus far.

    I really want to learn drums. I can keep a bassic 4/4 beat, but I have some problems with anything even slightly more technical.

    Edit: Theory helps with everything. When composing or just fooling around...theory just helps.
     
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    I play guitar, sing (crappy), growl and I can play "mungiga", marachas, tambourine, egg and triangle.
     

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