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Are you surprised at the type (genre) of music you play? #1076771
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The other day Mrs. Hunky just flat out asked me "how'd you end up playing that spongy spaceship music anyway?".

I had to laugh as I knew exactly what she meant by that.

"You mean hauntingly beautiful/romantic music" I replied.

"Yeah sure, if that's what you call it" she said.

Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is that I listen to all types of music throughout the day. Anything from the phunk junkeez to Mark Knopfler and everything in between but certainly not the goofy stuff I play on the piano.

The thing is, the type of music I am playing right now is nothing similar to what I listen to on my own so I'm wondering where it is coming from?.

Also, I am free to play anything I want on the piano but I always seem to play the spacey stuff and I don't know why. It seems to be the only melodies that pop into my mind when I am playing so that's what I end up with.

I'm wondering, is anyone else at least curious as to why you play the type of music you do?.

Is the music you play the same as the stuff you listen to during the day or are you at a loss as to why you play the music you do like me.

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Listening to music is a passive experience, whereas playing it is very active. You become part of the music, and it flows from you. That is an extremely different feeling than you get when you just listen. Which is why I personally like playing some classical, whereas I wouldn't dream of listing to it on the radio.

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I'm pretty stuffy about what I listen to and play - classical and classical. I grew up with the sound of classical music in my home.

I recently discovered that I was apparently born with a slight hearing loss. Ever since I was a little girl, I've had a hard time picking out conversations in noisy venues and I have a slight loss in the the treble range. I think my distaste for popular music may stem from the fact that I can barely make out the words while the bass dominates what I hear. Basically I hear mostly boom boom in popular music so I just don't like it. I even have the radio in my car adjusted for very, very low bass. I have no difficulty listening to classical music but the sound of the announcer's basso voice drives me up a wall.


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My problem is that I love too many types of music. I can sit for my two hour practice in the morning and do nothing but play blues and think, "damn, I should just concentrate on blues and learn it in all the keys"...or rock and think "damn, I should work with my Korg and drum tracks and work out a cd of rock songs"...or jazz and think "damn, I really should really study this stuff so i have some sort of idea what I'm doing"... or "space music" and think "damn, I should try and do another Snippits cd cause this stuff is so much fun" or songs and think "damn, I could just sit and write and play songs forever"... or classical and think "damn, I should just take some more lessons and really push at becoming a good classical pianist.".

I think it's too bad I don't just concentrate on one kind of music because then maybe I would actually get good at it instead of dwelling in music mediocrity... :rolleyes:


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Re: Are you surprised at the type (genre) of music you play? #1076775
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I too like all kinds of music. Believe it or not, I like Classical music.

However, lately I’ve taken a particular liking to Blues. In fact, I’ve improvised a new Blues tune called “I’m on my way”, with lyrics and all. It sounds so good to me I just can’t believe I’m the one playin it and singin it. laugh

When I get it perfected I’ll record a video and put it YouTube so you all can listen to it and tell me what you think. smile

Ain’t music fun! smile

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Re: Are you surprised at the type (genre) of music you play? #1076776
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Originally posted by Peyton:
I think it's too bad I don't just concentrate on one kind of music because then maybe I would actually get good at it instead of dwelling in music mediocrity... :rolleyes:
That pegs me out quite well, especially for guitar, with one exception, I am barely approaching mediocrity. laugh

Great observation Hunky!! I rarely listen to the spongy spaceship music, but yet most of what I attempt to play falls into the classical or spacey spongeship music genre.

I bet there is Freudian explanation, maybe it’s just our id trying to manifest?

Re: Are you surprised at the type (genre) of music you play? #1076777
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Originally posted by mr_super-hunky:
Is the music you play the same as the stuff you listen to during the day or are you at a loss as to why you play the music you do like me.
I play the music I love to listen to during the day, although there is also a lot of music I enjoy listening to (rock, mostly) that I do not attempt to play.

As for *why*, that's easy. New age/ neoclassical/ contemporary piano solo music is the most beautiful music ever written. :p


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To borrow an expression from another thread, I'm gobsmacked by the kind of music I play. eek

I had every intention of learning blues, rock, and pop when I started, but about 90% of what I play is either text book classical like Bach, Beethoven and Clementi, or modern quasi-elevator music like Einaudi, Tierson, or Senneville/Toussaint. I do have a couple Beatles songs and a Rolling Stones song in my rep, but no blues and no jazz. Even the "rock" stuff is really mamby-pamby ballads.

I keep telling myself I'll move to more popular stuff someday, but I enjoy what I play, so no hurry.

BTW - I hardly ever listen to the kind of music I play.

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Originally posted by Monica K.:

As for *why*, that's easy. New age/ neoclassical/ contemporary piano solo music is the most beautiful music ever written. :p
Now that's an unbiased, lowkey, impartial understatement that we probably never would have guessed :p

But, then there's alot to be said for consistency wink

I would agree - except that I would insert the words "some of" between "is" and "the" smile

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If I do listen to music while I drive or on my ipod at the gym it will be mostly rock...stones, doors, zepplin, and many others. Rarely do I listen to classical on the radio but that is what I have most enjoyed playing on the piano until I found this forum.

I have always enjoyed playing classical music on the piano simply because I find it fun and challenging to learn and play. I love how it feels under my fingers.

Since finding this forum, I have been motivated to learn other types of music...jazz, new age, and some older tunes such as "Last Date" by Floyd Cramer, etc.. Even so, classical remains my first favorite type of music to play for the sheer fun of playing the piano.


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I only wrote it that way because I knew it would get your goat, John Frank. wink
It worked - goat gotten! laugh JF


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I mostly listen to rock and 70s stuff on the radio, but I think it's because I like to hear what I've heard before (I guess I haven't listened to new music since 1979!). If I listen to classical, it is usually a CD of something I'm trying to learn or particularly like. I can listen to the same piece 10 times in a row if I like it.

I rarely try to play popular music on the piano. I just never sound like Billy Joel. Classical is fun and challenging for me, and I have no idea what Chopin really sounded like, so I don't get as discouraged!

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Re: Are you surprised at the type (genre) of music you play? #1076784
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I listen to many kinds of music, but they have nothing to do with the one I play at the piano.

Maybe because it's difficult to have piano versions of some of the music I like..... (How would some gothic-metal piece sound at the piano?)

I play mostly classical (Which I love and listen, too), but mainly listen to gothic metal, industrial folk, after punk, alternative... smile

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Hey Boira, I'm actually working on a new rendition of Evanessence "My Immortal". I'll be sure to post it up somewhere when it's done. Maybe you would like it if your into beautiful "haunting" gothic melodies.

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When I was younger, I never suspected I would become such a fan of classical music. There was no classical influence in my youth.

I like listening to it as much as playing (well, playing is more fun). When I improvise, what I hear is definitely classical influence... But my fingers don't always comply. With improv, I'm usually happy enough if it has some flow, and so it winds up on the slower side.

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Hey Boira, I'm actually working on a new rendition of Evanessence "My Immortal". I'll be sure to post it up somewhere when it's done. Maybe you would like it if your into beautiful "haunting" gothic melodies.
WOW, I'll be sure not to miss that smile

La Terra Santa by Haggard and The Sacrament by HIM also have beautiful gothic melodies, and even are played on the piano in the original songs laugh
Nightwish have also tons of "haunting" gothic melodies on the keyborad... uhmmm *brain starts working frenzy* wink

Edited for typos, as always :rolleyes:

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I'm really bored and my son woke me up shouting at some stranger he was trying to kill somewhere across the country on some stupid video game, so I began to see what was on page 300. This thread was my favorite of the page, as it totally fits for me. I never listened to a single piece of classical music, yet that's just about all I'm playing now smile.

Even better though is Monica's response. And this is from 10 years ago. Enjoy smile.


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I like playing classical on piano but don’t listen to it elsewhere.
I like to play all sorts though - this one that sounds great on piano but it’s too advanced for me at the moment
https://youtu.be/Se_zHkzs5HM

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Blast from the past...

Spongy Spaceship Music - nice description of New Age/Neoclassical/Minimalist/whatever music wink

Sam

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Fascinating thread!

I don't listen to much music, though I do like Bach and Heavy Metal of the 60s and 70s, and I cannot stand listening to what I call cocktail music (the stuff they play in hotels, bars, cruise ships etc), jazz, blues and most other music that's not Bach or Heavy Metal.

But then when I try out a few bars of blues, jazz, whatever on the piano (very badly, I may add), it's surprisingly fun to do and I can play for hours.

As several ppl have indicated above, it's totally different when it's you that's doing the playing smile


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I listen to a lot of music, in my car, in my bed, when I'm cooking. My head is full of song and this is what I want to play on the piano. So it's mostly popular song with a little bit of classical, jazz and blues.

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Yes, I must admit that before I started playing piano my knowledge of classical music was rather limited. I always liked Bach but I only discovered many of the other composers when I started exploring piano music. At the same time what I used to like seems rather boring now. I'd much rather play a classical piece with interesting harmonies and interplay between voices than some pop melody that repeats over and over with nothing more than a simple LH accompaniment.


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Count me among the "it is different when you play it" crowd. All my life I have listened to rock but I have to admit playing the easy beginner classical pieces in the Faber books is a lot of fun. My teacher gives me listening homework to do between lessons so I use Amazon Prime's music streaming service to do my homework on Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Mozart and all the others. I have to admit I'm enjoying listening to Bach and all the famous composers a lot more than I expected. Maybe when you realize how hard it is to play and how beautiful it can be the appreciation grows. I don't like it all but I like a lot of it so much I made a playlist of piano pieces. I've probably got some Amazon algorithm music programmer wondering 'who is this guy that switches between Green Day and Bach'?


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Originally Posted by Chili_Time
Count me among the "it is different when you play it" crowd. All my life I have listened to rock but I have to admit playing the easy beginner classical pieces in the Faber books is a lot of fun. My teacher gives me listening homework to do between lessons so I use Amazon Prime's music streaming service to do my homework on Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Mozart and all the others. I have to admit I'm enjoying listening to Bach and all the famous composers a lot more than I expected. Maybe when you realize how hard it is to play and how beautiful it can be the appreciation grows. I don't like it all but I like a lot of it so much I made a playlist of piano pieces. I've probably got some Amazon algorithm music programmer wondering 'who is this guy that switches between Green Day and Bach'?



Yes I did the same. I have an iTunes piano playlist, with Beethoven sonatas, Chopin Nocturnes and Preludes, Debussy Mendelssohn, Bach, Rachmaninoff. I also have all kids of ruck up to and including the hard stuff like Limp Bizcuit, Chevelle, Tool, El Ten Eleven, Three Days Grace, Our Lady Piece etc.


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Hi all,
all of my lifetime I've been listening, singing and playing (to) different styles of music. I actually have no favourite genre. But favouritfavourite bands and
composers I do have.
So I was rather dissapointed when I realized that I'll never be able to Mozart in a decent way, no matter how much I would love to.
On the other hand, it's absolutely impossible to me to butcher Chopin's waltzes and nocturnes, even though I'm not particulary fond of them.
Strange.

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I don't play much music that I wouldn't want to listen to at all, but there is a lot of music that I play that I wouldn't necessarily sit down and listen to like I used to the way I did back the old days. Meaning, back in the day I'd actually plan to sit around and "listen to records" but who does that anymore? I'd rather be playing. This may have something to do with my having been away from actually playing for many years. (Oddly enough, there's a thread elsewhere today on Russ Solomon and Tower Records. I worked for Tower for a while in the '80s and it reminded me just how much things have changed.)

I listen to a lot of EDM but I don't play it. I marvel at how it's produced, but I don't understand it all all. I have all the tools, I've watched other people make it, but it's still a complete mystery, compared to sitting down and playing something - classical, jazz, new age ... anything.

So as not to be obtuse, here's an example.


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I've listened to a tiny bit of EDM. Reminds me of a show I watched called Sense8. I doubt you find a lot of EDM fans here though.


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At age 3 I would listen to my mother play piano in the evening after I went to bed, and would hear Chopin and Schubert wafting down the halls to my room. So I guess it's not surprising that it is classical music, and only classical, that really captures my heart. I love the rapturous chords of Chopin, the flow and movement in Debussy, the drama in Tchaikovsky, the elegance and quirkiness in Grieg, the joyfulness of Mozart. I like Bartok, Czerny not so much.

I started piano only 7 years ago (at age 57) and since then I have found that I am pretty discriminating about even what classical music I like. I love Mozart and Beethoven, pretty much hate Schumann (but not everything that he wrote), and am dearly charmed by Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, and Gershwin. I am pretty neutral about new age/Einaudi music but I do find some appeal there.

Since I can't play anything particularly fast or complex, I tend to stick with very lyrical pieces and I tend to play them in a romantic fashion (more rubato, less adherence to beat). It has taken me a long time to recognize this, but it really helps knowing what I do like because it affects what I choose to learn next.

If I don't really, really like a piece, I won't usually try to learn it because I know that I will either tire or be heartily sick of the piece before it is anywhere near polished.

Anyhoo, my 2 cents.


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Originally Posted by cmb13
I doubt you find a lot of EDM fans here though.


I really hate what they call "EDM" but on the other hand I really like techno, mainly minimal like Robert Hood and Sven Vath. So much so that I actually still buy the odd bit of techno (and deep house) vinyl from time to time. Not so keen on the new stuff though.

Personally I tend towards aforesaid techno, and mainly rock and roll, of a more 50's and 60's persuasion, and a lot of 80's neo revival bands like The Cramps and Fuzztones and stuff (not very "neo" any more but you know what I mean). Also a lot of surf type music, psyche rock etc.

However, on the piano I'm into the romantic usual suspects, and I also like a bit of baroque on the harpsichord. This is what usually surprises people, as most know me as a rocker/techno guy, but no longer surprises me as I'm getting on now, and experience is telling me to mix it up a bit. I can hear a lot of similarities now between the types of music. The different centuries now seem to link up in a more coherent manner, as one kind of zooms out from the whole thing. And the whole becomes more than the sum of the parts.

Heavy metal, for example, directly borrows from baroque music, and a lot of the more emotional sounding bands such as, for example, Muse, on their first few albums, borrow heavily from the romantic composers. Albeit massively simplified. But still, once these links are made then further appreciation for both types of music can then be gained.

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