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Calling all Bards to The Practice Room!

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Hello Musicians!


 


Welcome to The Practice Room. 


This group is open to any and all musicians looking to dedicate time to our Perform skill.


 


Any looking to join, first please sign up on the Accountabilibuddies sheet.  (We're the purple team in the first collumn.)


 


Second, make a post about yourself and what you do for music.  What do you play?  What part do you sing?  Anything fun we should know?


 


Third, follow the thread. 


 


Have a good practice session?  Let us know!  Roll a 1?  Let us know that as well.  We can swap tips for making the most of it!


 


Let's make some music!


 


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Hey Dantilla! Lv. 0 here.

 

I have playing guitar as one of my sidequests. I've loved guitar music since high school but never got a lot of support for it. My uncle ended up buying me a cheap guitar and I took a few lessons to start me off. Since then I've been self-taught (justinguitar.com) and know basic stuff like barre chords and bends etc. and a few songs, though it didn't take long before I stopped playing due to lack of motivation. After seeing my favorite band live (Bloc party) in college I decided to pick it up again and its been up and down since then. I know i'll always have a guitar around somewhere in my house, and now that i have more time after graduating college its about time i scratch that itch.

 

So yeah, I'm an aspiring guitar player. And I like many types of music, from rock to pop and some metal.

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Hello Glass,

 

The guitar is such a great instrument, I'm glad to hear you are picking it up again.

 

I'm primarily a vocalist; I've dabbled in playing other instruments, but I don't play anything else well enough to really tell others that I play it. :chargrined:

 

I haven't been too active on the forums in the last few days because I was in a car accident on Friday and have a case of whiplash that has been keeping me from doing pretty much anything. 

 

I hope to pick up better in a few days when hopefully most of this has worn off.

 

~Dantilla

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I guess I should actually truly introduce myself like I've asked others to do.

 

Hi I'm Dantilla.  I'm a singer, and while I mostly sing alto I've been hired to sing soprano as well, so I jokingly call myself a "Sopralto."

 

I did my undergrad in classical voice/opera stuff and my grad degree is in early music (baroque, renaissance, medieval music, stuff before 1750).  I generally advertise myself as an early music specialist, and within that I particularly love medieval music.  I founded a medieval group a couple years ago and we are now gearing up for our first Christmas concert, with the theme of the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Just don't expect any dancing ladies or golden rings, because all our stuff was from WAY before that song existed!

 

I am also a private voice teacher, and I specialize with adult beginners--those who love singing but have never formally studied before.

 

I have attempted to learn several instruments but I can't really say I'm proficient with everything.  Maybe during the next challenge I'll try to change that.

 

I've been on the couch for the last several days due to injuries from that car accident, but I'm hopeful to be back singing soon.  I'm about to go try warming up just to see what I have and what is going on.  Wish me luck!

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So one silver lining to the whiplash is that I really have no option but to use proper breath support when singing. 

 

Whenever I "cheat," it hurts!  So that's one really good way to make sure I use proper form!

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Hi, I'm IronChefEd, and I'm a Lvl 3 Bard.  Sorry I didn't find this group until now, but I never really nosed around the site other than my guild.  

 

I've been playing musical instruments of some sort since I was 4.  Had some early training in piano, started playing drums in 5th grade, and played all the percussion stuff in high school band.  I picked up a bodhran (Irish frame drum) after I saw Riverdance in 1999 and transitioned to hand drums almost exclusively.  In the past ten years I've been primarily involved in Celtic music, playing bodhran, pennywhistle, and most recently (two years ago, anyway) mandolin.  I'm part of a group that plays at the Georgia Renaissance Festival and local pubs around the Atlanta area.  

 

I try to play a little every day, even if it's just running through the chords of a song I'm learning or practicing the lead part of an older tune.  My new obsession is the electric mandolin and two effects pedals I've managed to acquire.  Lots of fun playing around to see what kind of different sounds I can get out of it.  I've made practicing part of my six-week challenge before, and will probably do so again as we get closer to faire season, especially if I have to learn a bunch of new stuff in a short amount of time.

 

If we can all figure out how to attend Nerd Camp next year, we should put on a concert!

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Hey Dant, how would you suggest someone who has never had a voice lesson or taken chorus during school start learning how to sing properly? Adult beginner muahah. A lot of these songs I'm playing go well with voice and I'm just wondering how the best way to improve it would be. 

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Sorry I've taken so long to reply, Dantilla. I'm on an anniversary trip with the wife and the message board hasn't exactly been on my radar!

We have a couple videos up at https://m.youtube.com/#/user/landlochd(or maybe https://www.youtube.com/user/LandLochd - hard to figure out on a mobile platform). We're hoping to get some more up soon if people will grant us permissions to use their videos!

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Hey Dant, how would you suggest someone who has never had a voice lesson or taken chorus during school start learning how to sing properly? Adult beginner muahah. A lot of these songs I'm playing go well with voice and I'm just wondering how the best way to improve it would be.

 

Honestly, I would recommend private lessons.  A good teacher can help you figure out what your habits are and how you can build new ones to sound how you want to sound and give you more stamina as a singer.

 

Even if you don't go every week, he or she could give you thinks to work on so that you can work on training your voice on your own, then check in every other week or once a month.  In the very beginning tho, I would recommend going more often to make sure you are on the right track.

 

If you can't find a good teacher in your area (and even if you can), I suggest watching some of Mark Baxter's videos.  He has a lot of good ideas and exercises for people to work on. 

 

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Yes!  A group after my own obsession!

 

I am a high school choral director, a professional singer in various capacities, a worship leader, and I play just about anything, but that revolves mostly around piano because I have to in class, and then guitar because I teach it at the high school as well.  I've always been a Soprano, though I sing more alto and tenor now to help my students *grin*.  I taught myself trumpet in high school and joined band my senior year so I could join marching band, and because of leading worship I've picked up drums and bass proficiently so I can help teach the songs and stuff, but no where near being able to do it like people who can REALLY play.  Above everything else, I dedicated my life to music at a very young age.  I did both Vocal and Instrumental Music and Music Education for my undergraduate and my masters in Music Education.  I am currently considering going back for a doctoral degree, but not 100% sure about it.  If I don't get my health back in order, I may never make it there, so right now I'm attempting to navigate all of the craziness of my schedule to include stuff that makes me feel better health-wise.

 

I'm currently immersed in our spring musical, which is going to be Wizard of Oz, and I also have spring activities for 4 different choirs to orchestrate.  I'M GOING CRAZY!!  But it's fun :D.

 

And I've recently discovered late in life a love for DMing Pathfinder games  :pirate: .  I'm an avid crocheter/knitter, I love to cook and mostly foreign foods, I love any activity that involves water in most cases, I'm a psycho gamer, love gardening, and love writing fiction in the very little spare time I have.  One of my goals is going to be to complete either a game module or a book of some sort in my life just to see if I can do it!

 

All of that to say that I'd love to join up with this group.  If you'll check my first challenge, you'll see that I've REALLY let myself get out of hand and it's time that I start taking my health seriously.

 

Sorry for being so wordy but excited to see this group :D

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hey! a couple of accomplished bards here it seems lol.

 

I'm taking my guitar dream a little more seriously this challenge. I was looking for a guitar teacher at the beginning, but I found an online program that I really like the philosophy of, so I'm gonna do that first. May take 2-3 challenges to finish, but I like how it stresses understanding music over playing guitar. Plus the instructor seems awesome. I emailed him a question and he offered to deliver the dvds to my house since I lived so close haha

 

Another cool thing is his school is a 10-15 min drive away, so I could go take lessons from him after I finish his series. http://absolutelyunderstandguitar.com/

 

Excited :D

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Welcome to the new folks! Glad to have you all here.

I've got a bit of a success story to share. Before Christmas I sent out a whole bunch of demo CDs, fliers, filled out band submission forms at local venues, basically did everything I could to try to get some bookings in the new year. Got a call last week from a local pub wanting us to come in for two audition shows, with the possibility of getting booked on St. Patrick's Day (the high holy day for Celtic bands) as well as the potential of weekly gigs! I foolishly agreed to a three-hour show last week without checking with my bandmate, only to find out that we was sick and couldn't make it. So I pulled out every trick in my book, sight-read a few tunes, and managed to get through without embarrassing myself too badly. The fact that it was 18 degrees outside and there were maybe ten people total in the place didn't hurt matters either. We're back at full strength this week, we've invited a bunch of friends to fill out the house, and hopefully we'll impress enough to lock down at least a couple more shows.

And since we all know that when it rains, it pours... I woke up the next morning to two more emails asking about availability for the big day. Getting to choose my gig is a nice problem to have!

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Hey everyone!

 

I'm glad to see some more activity here! 

 

I was wondering tho, since this thread is from an old challenge, if we should move The Practice Room into the new year.

 

Can y'all weigh in and let me know what you think?

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IronChefEd, that's such a great story!  Let us all know how the other audition gigs go!

sbdalbey--We seem to have a lot in common, except I suck at every instrument I've ever tried to play!  Keep us posted on the musical.
 
I myself am in the middle of trying to schedule an audition for a professional choir this week.  I'm nervous because I had a major vocal snafu last month and I'm not quite recovered and also because it's for a soprano slot and I consider myself more of a mezzo, even though I sing soprano in other groups.  I also haven't auditioned for anything in a while!

 

At this point, the goal is not making a fool of myself!

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Hey everyone

I'm glad to see some more activity here! 

 

I was wondering tho, since this thread is from an old challenge, if we should move The Practice Room into the new year.

 

Can y'all weigh in and let me know what you think?

 

Moving the thread sounds like a great idea to get some new blood

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Hey Dantilla,

I'm a music educator who also performs with a community jazz band as a saxophonist and a vocalist. At this point in time my high school is working on contest music, the middle school is working on their musical and I'm getting ready to help host a honor choir next weekend. In my down time from being a super hero I enjoy playing any type of game whether it be tabletop, or video. Many of my students have latched on to their "nerdy" teacher and we have established a gaming club in my small school. It's still in it's trial run, but we have had a good turn out thus far. 

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YAAAASSS!!!  Someone after my own heart!  We're preparing for competition, working on musical, and the extracurricular choir is touring on the weekends for the next three months.  We started Pathfinder games at school, and I help admin a minecraft server that I've directed some of the students to, but I am SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SUMMER!!  What musical are you all doing?

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YAAAASSS!!!  Someone after my own heart!  We're preparing for competition, working on musical, and the extracurricular choir is touring on the weekends for the next three months.  We started Pathfinder games at school, and I help admin a minecraft server that I've directed some of the students to, but I am SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SUMMER!!  What musical are you all doing?

 

 

 

My junior high is doing a fairly short accessible musical due to lack of funding from the district. We are going to put on the Musical Express "Making the Band" by John Jacobson. It's a short enough musical where i'm not tearing my hair out and it lets the kids get a taste of set, costume, and make-up design without having to go to crazy. 

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