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Electronic Music other: giving up?
Written March 06 2008 , Tags: loser, whines a lot
i'm quitting guitar for the 3rd time in a year. i'll probably end up quitting at least 45 more times.
i want to hear from some fellow habitual instrument quitters out there. what did you quit? how long did you try to persevere before you realized you were gonna fail, just like all those times before?
do you sell gear when you don't play it anymore? i can't stand the sight of it, sitting there in the corner taunting me. bastard.
i realize i'm just whining. but what's a pimp supposed to do? i got bills to pay and little pimps to feed. i can't be spendin' all my time learning scales and fugues and shit.
damn you cheap yamaha classical guitar! why can't i quit you? oh get your sexy ass over here!
*awkwardly hugs guitar*
it's gonna be okay. we're gonna be okay. i'll just play you on the weekends.
i quit the alto sax for two periods of three years each. it was not a bad decision. it's not like you lose the information you gained. you may lose muscle tone and speed, but those things are predictable and easy to get back.
I quit piano at 16. I have played it occasionally since then (when back at my parents house, in the practice rooms at college (this really pisses off the music majors), etc.)
Now I have bought a piano, and I love it like I never/always did.
I still love you dude, your music is still in my playlist in itunes. It's a weird time for me too. My music taste have gotten more all over the place (dilla and vangelis and the pogues in the same day) and thus my musical asperations are also all over the place (i fear I'll never release anything again sometimes). I play my guitar every few months now and so I'm totally shit at it these days (3 chord punk I can do, classical anything escapes me)...I try to pick up the keyboard every so often and quit that too when I hear old chic correa records (I'll never be "good" so It's a source of frustration.)...and my pennywhistles spend alot of time collecting dust.
I wish I could suggest something that would put the joy back into this stuff. I still wanna hear new stuff from you.
mind my sap
astroid, can you score me some speed?
giving up sometimes is the way forward
I gave up electro for lent, now I feel pure
don't know what it feels like to quit at something
I quit practicing keyboard skills at age 13. Not once since have I tried to read a sheet of music from beginning to end, played a scale as a means of improving speed, or even played hand over hand.
I'm too busy now trying to get my Voyager to go oowwwww at just the right speed and not sound too thin, or copy somebody's alpha juno patch that they won't give out the sysex for, or make my JP8 sound like a MKS70, or get a usable sound out of my Pro~One, etc.
When I actually do work on playing the keys just to compose a melody or bassline, it's always with the foresight of eventually putting it to a sequence, or crossfading the fuck out of it in Samplitude to hide all the timing mistakes.
never sell anything you haven't let sit in storage for at least 2 years.
how do you actually "quit" an instrument? i guess if you sell it and burn all your sheet music, you've quit. but it's still in you. "take a break" maybe, but "quit" is just silly. every time you pick it up, you learn something.
i stopped taking piano lessons when i was 14. then i started actually playing piano for real.
I'm only regretful that I can't read music like I was able to 21 years ago. I tend to aimlessly pick at notes until finding something that works, which wastes hours of time. If I could read and play other music, I'd at least know what chords, progression, polyphony and song structure to inherently use for an idea.
I cant really imagine actually quitting an instrument. Once you know how to play, you know forever. I have however stopped playing my bass as much as I would normally in favor of my keyboard/midi controller.
after i bought my first guitar i struggled to learn it for about a year and then i quit. i didnt touch it for about 9 months or so. i got criticized by my older cousins for being spoiled, blah blah blah. then i said "fuck u cousins", took the guitar from under the bed, and started relearning everything again. in 2 weeks i was playing the intro to Sweet Child O' Mine perfectly... more than a year before i couldn't even remember my pentatonic scales!!!
I think with guitar, you never actually stop being a guitarist though.
There can be really long periods where you think you are not, but it sneaks up on you and suddenly- you are a guitarist again.
The break is good for perspective, but so so bad for the guitar. Fretboard gets all gross and stuff. Dead strings can sound nice though.
Enjoy the break and keep some lemon oil or fretboard cleaner handy.
i've given up many instruments multiple times. i've also given up music multiple times.
thankfully i never sold my gear. although i came close. by not selling my gear i was able to rediscover my desire to play my instruments. if i had sold them. i'd hate to think what would've happened.
i still have some gear in the closet. such as my microkorg. i'm hoping that some day i'll have the inspiration to pull it out and start using it. i think as far as creative output goes, you don't really need all of your gear all the time. you can use them selectively. at least i can.
I give up music altogether every two years in a fog of self-pity and alcohol
then after I take my pills for a few months I get curious again and find my way back
This is totally meaningless, except to say that by releasing myself of all expectations I'm able to restart
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