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bookworm
06-30-2004, 06:03 AM
Okay,so here's the thing- I love metal and modern rock music,stuff like Linkin Park,Limp Bizkit ,Evanescance...
I've always fantacised being a rock star.Now neither am I good at singing,nor am I interested.Hence we are left with playing instruments.I suck at the drums.I've got a small Keyboard at home.I never had any training for the piano(or the casio)The only thing I can play with it is the national anthem.But I believe with more practice and some formal training,I can improve.
I've never played a guitar.Is an electric guitar tougher to play than a keyboard?I know that a guitar is more expensive than a keyboard,but is it VERY expensive?Though the keyboard is cheaper,its hardly used even in modern rock as compared to the guitar.
I just wanna play an instrument of rock music for recreation.What do you think I should go for?
Thanks.

ober
06-30-2004, 06:07 AM
I think you should go for grammer. There should be spaces (2) after punctuation. And that's cheap!

In all seriousness however, I would start with a simple acoustic guitar.

bludstayne
06-30-2004, 12:58 PM
I myself play guitar (electric and acoustic), bass, keyboard, drums, I do some vocals, and a LOT of other instruments that are used fairly infrequently. I know some concert instruments too, but that's a different discussion.

I would advise getting an acoustic guitar like ober said. I've met several people who started out on electric, and are completely unable to play / ignorant of acoustic music. Everyone I've met that started on acoustic (including me) have an easier time when they made the switch to electric, and can play both well.

Another tip: start listening to older music, from the 70's to 90's. Although a new wave of musicians here lately, really within the last year, have begun to actually show appreciation for their roots, many of your modern rock and metal musicians are very lacking in musicianship. Don't get me started on how I hate Limp Bizkit, especially since Wes Borland left, and Linkin Park's guitarist is pretty limited. Evanescence has a decent bassist, and they show some musicianship. Truth is, since music is completely commercial now, image is almost the only thing you have to have to make it big.

When/if you get your instrument, just practice practice practice. Every day it is feasible, practice. That's the only way you get really good. Don't limit yourself to one genre either, play all sorts of music. I can't stand country music, but I do admit that there are some talented country musicians. The thing that's helped me out more than anything is one computer program. Guitar Pro 4. It shows you the tab and manuscript of the song you're playing and plays it back for you. There is a huge fanbase for it too, which helps. http://www.mysongbook.com is my favorite source for GP4 tabs. It is very easy to write guitar music with it as well, I don't want to ever go back to using Finale for guitar music, and definitely not ASCII tab. If you don't want to make the investment into Guitar Pro 4, you can always use ASCII tab, which doesn't play it back for you, but is free, http://www.olga.net

After you start playing acoustic, you can sort of make the decision where you want to go after that. I went to electric after learning acoustic, which is basically the same instrument, the fingerings are the same, but you have to go at it with a different approach than acoustic. They both have their uses and sounds. I later switched over to bass and I'm having a lot of fun with it.

Really music gives you what you give it. If you put a lot into music, you'll get a lot out of it. Music has helped me out when the times have gotten tough, and whenever I'm feeling down or lonely, music is there for me. You can express yourself through music in a very unique way. Like ober and I have said, learn acoustic guitar, and then make a decision to what feels right. Try out everything. Music that you might have never really cared for might just start to appeal to you as you start getting into music. Listening to others play is a very good way to improve both your ability to play and understanding of music. Don't listen to those people who say "Don't have inspirations, be yourself, blah blah blah". It's good to have inspirations. Instead of starting off from scratch, you'll be improving a style. Just because you are inspired by certain musicians does not make your original. It's what you take from them that makes you original.

axon
06-30-2004, 01:07 PM
>>In all seriousness however, I would start with a simple acoustic guitar.

I agree with Ober. I've played both the piano and guitar. If you have some knowledge of music they are both relatively similar. But before buying an electric guitar, go with the acoustic, play for a few months, and see how you like it.

linuxdude
06-30-2004, 02:39 PM
I am nothing but a bass player. Stand up, I take lessons for it, or the electric. I love it. I wouldn't recommend it if you want to be famous though. Unless syou are like Victor Wooten:D

Perspective
06-30-2004, 03:01 PM
I am nothing but a bass player. Stand up, I take lessons for it, or the electric. I love it. I wouldn't recommend it if you want to be famous though. Unless syou are like Victor Wooten:D

OMG, someone else that has heard of victor wooten. he is great...

*me goes off to listen to Classical Thump" :)

bludstayne
07-01-2004, 02:18 PM
Flea is my hero. So is the bassist for Dream Theater, although I don't know his name.

Perspective
07-02-2004, 11:00 AM
Flea is my hero. So is the bassist for Dream Theater, although I don't know his name.

yeah, flea is great too. especially the old chili stuff.
Dream theatre is pretty cool as well, the bassist is named john myung. pretty talented stuff.

linuxdude
07-02-2004, 11:03 AM
my list
Victor Wooten
Stu Hamm
Geddi Lee(Rush)
Jaco
Flea

Perspective
07-02-2004, 11:08 AM
my list
Victor Wooten
Stu Hamm
Geddi Lee(Rush)
Jaco
Flea


crowd: "Stuuuuuuuuu"
joe Satriani: "They stu him 'cause they love him"

Stu hamm is such a nerd but a great bass player none the less. Jaco Pistorias (sp?) is an interesting player but i get bored of his mellowness pretty quick. Geddi will always be a legend in pioneering lead bass licks (doesnt get much better than YYZ!)

i see "Les Claypool" missing from your list. he's pretty crazy/wierd but has some mind blowing bass as well. i like primus :D

linuxdude
07-02-2004, 11:10 AM
he's 6th :D; and YYZ is awesome

Felix
07-02-2004, 02:44 PM
Well, unlike most others, my primary instrument is the piano. I also play guitar, though not as good. The first thing I'd like to tell is that it isn't as easy as it seems. Classic Rock 'n' roll is far more musical then what we've got nowadays. Let's sort the things out;

1) Same notes played all the time - music now is mainly concentrated on the singing
2) Not variated at all - verses and chorus, a bridge if you're lucky, but never does the drummer does something slightly different, like an extra symbal, to give that piece a bit more strength.
3) Not original. A damned lot of fakes, especially hip-hop. When I whistle stairway to heaven intro, at a certain point I whistle Lose Yourself from Eminem.
4) Nowadays music doesn't touch me, because of all the previously mentioned points.

Erm, now my advice >_> The thing with the piano is, is that you can switch over to a synthesizer, which opens alot for you. Instead of playing your song, you can let a whole band play along with you.