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Intermediate Member
Username: gare

Post Number: 197
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 6:32 am:   Edit Post

A poll..
What instruments do you play ?
Seems the bulk of us on the list have low end tendencies, and then there's some of the higher persuasion. What else can we do ?
For instance, I play bass (well I think I do anyway), and I can also bluff my way on guitar and synthesizer, and I been been known to vocalize. Also used to play trumpet,string bass,and cello,none of which I've touched in years.
I'm betting there's alot of multi talented muscians lurking about.
Advanced Member
Username: stoney

Post Number: 391
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 6:45 am:   Edit Post

In my previous band, my side of the stage looked like Chuck Levin's Music Center!. I played piano/organ , Synth, 6 & 12-string (rhythm only), a bit of alto sax, some harp and whatever percussion fills (eggs, cowbell etc) needed to be done. Oh yea, I did play bass on all of the WHO material we did.

Hey where did the pics of the cats go? Did they take that link down???
Intermediate Member
Username: gare

Post Number: 198
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 7:09 am:   Edit Post

No different thread/catagory..look under basses and guitars..delayed featured custom
Username: bassdr

Post Number: 13
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 9:16 am:   Edit Post

Besides bass, I play a little guitar and keyboard. I played French Horn and Alto Horn from 5th through 12th grades. I have sung in all of my bands since 1966 and sing in choirs as well. Does that qualify as multitalented? Michael
Advanced Member
Username: gare

Post Number: 201
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 3:31 pm:   Edit Post

It shorely does !
Heck,I've even had to collect money at the door !
Advanced Member
Username: richbass939

Post Number: 246
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 6:20 pm:   Edit Post

I can play moderately well the violin, viola, cello, upright bass, electric bass, piano, banjo, and trumpet. I tend to grab any instrument that is around for awhile and take a stab at it. I really like all stringed instruments the best. I have never had to collect money at the door. I can remember quite a few times that there was no money to collect.
Intermediate Member
Username: 88persuader

Post Number: 128
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 9:07 pm:   Edit Post

Well I play bass guitar, 6 string lead guitar, keyboards, drums and sing. (Also a little flute) I read very poorly and play mainly by ear but can follow charts on gigs if needed. And Iíve gigged on all these instruments (except flute) as my MAIN instrument in bands at one time or another. Right NOW I'm lucky because Iím in a band where I can play bass (my main instrument in this band) but also keys and lead and acoustic guitar depending on the venue. I love being able to stretch out. My basses are Alembics, (of course) bass amps are Ampeg & Fender, Guitar amps are Fender and Johnson, keyboards are Yamaha S80 and Roland modules, (I play the keys through my bass and guitar amps) guitars are SG, Sheckter and a custom made doubleneck bass/6 string guitar. Basically it's a Fender precision bass and Telecaster 6 string doubleneck ... but Fender didn't make it. It is being made (I get it next week) by Hembey Guitars in Washington State. Acoustic guitars are Ovation and Fender and my Drums are Pearl Session Series maple. I'd love to learn the violin and Iím working on learning to play Mobius Megetar. (A cheap mans Chapman Stick) Singing? I don't pride myself on my vocals but lets face it ... to keep working you need to sing ... guess I can pull it off.

Thatís my story and Iím sticking to it! ;-)
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 2010
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 10:48 pm:   Edit Post

I strum the acoustic guitar in chords and some picking. I am not a lead player. I would like to play an Epiphone Zephyr Blues deluxe once and practice on my blues licks.
Oh yes ...I was trained in upright bassplaying and bowing and eventually that will be something that is soon coming back to me.

Paul the bad one
Intermediate Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 189
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 3:22 am:   Edit Post

I used to play clarinet and I'm currently learning violin. Occasionally play guitar but not very well as I've always been a bass player. I'd quite like to get into upright playing but can't really justify the expense until the right gig comes along.

Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 402
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 6:28 am:   Edit Post

I play upright (arco and pizzicato, legit and jazz) fairly competently, although endurance is an issue, and some guitar. I have in the past played piano and organ well enough to get through a handful of songs while my little brother would switch to bass and sing, and for a year or so I played a lot of Chapman Stick (I would like to obtain another at some point because it's a fun and forgiving instrument to play). I sing, though I'm pretty sure most people might take issue with that. I used to play bagpipes somewhat competently, but haven't been near a set for years (same goes for violin, cello and mandolin).
Advanced Member
Username: gare

Post Number: 202
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 6:28 am:   Edit Post

Interesting reading..thanks for the replies.
Looks like alot of people are also into 'band' instruments. Like Rich,I've become more partial to stringed instruments. If there was enough time in the day I'd like to go back to cello,always liked the sound and range.
The most current thing I've been working on is turning out to be an ELP tribute thing for a benefit in a few I have to bone up on guitar. Well at least on electric Greg didnt use those chords that make your hand look like a pretzel you know the A aug 9th to the fourth power with a lowered root..LOL !
Intermediate Member
Username: jagerphan84

Post Number: 181
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 7:34 am:   Edit Post

Really cool thread! It's very interesting to see what kind of instrumental background has led folks to the finest guitars and basses on the planet. I'd like to consider myself multi-talented, although I seem to have more 'multi' than 'talent.' I started off playing piano in elementary school, picked up alto sax around the same time. Moved to bari sax in junior high, and bridged the gap with tenor in high school. I played bari for the Empire State Youth Jazz ensemble for a couple years, and those were some of the toughest charts I've played. I was in choir about the time I started piano, and I eventually toured Europe with a choir between my junior & senior years of high school. It was actually sophomore year of high school when I really started to get into bass & guitar, originally playing on my older brother's Alvarez acoustic guitar, and his Epic 5. That Epic was my first exposure to Alembic instruments. Since graduation (2002), I've picked up mandolin, banjo, upright bass (thanks Ed!), Moog synth, rhodes, and just recently I started getting into electric guitar. I just picked up a Misato/Chushin Bambu guitar which was made in '78 and supposedly modeled after Alembic instruments. It was constructed in Japan with bamboo as the main neck component, and it plays better than any electric I've ever had my hands on. My paychecks always go to one of two things: bills and instruments, which leaves me kinda hungry, but at least my hands are occupied all the time.


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