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Old 04-15-2014, 08:31 AM   #11 (permalink)
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When the full band is gigging, not so much. I'm also in a smaller group where it's just a singer/songwriter/guitar player, and me. I went to her house on Sunday, and we played for about 5 hours. We get together about twice a month. So there's that.

When I record I'm usually alone (well as alone as one can be in a dining room attached to a kitchen, where my *cough* studio is set up... love it when the GF decides to start doing dishes mid-solo), but once in a while people will be over and I'll ham it up a bit more than when I'm by myself.

I do love taking my nylon acoustic out to a meadow, or a nice shady spot in the woods though. It's kind of spiritual.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:33 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Mostly I play - or better practice alone.

In general, all piano pieces I play currently are for solo piano.
However I do enjoy accompanying and I've played some piece for four hands.

My main instrument is the recorder. I often play solos but I use to play a duet with my sister or a teacher once in a while.
As well I'm a member in 2 ensembles and I like playing with guitar students, too.

I think it would be fun to get together with other musicians to jam...
that's not so common here, though things can always change!
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:17 AM   #13 (permalink)
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What if Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, or John Lennon decided not to jam with people?
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:30 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:21 AM   #15 (permalink)
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What if Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, or John Lennon decided not to jam with people?
Eddie Van Halen doesn't jam with people, he jams over them.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:30 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I used to play alone a lot, and I notice there's a tendency to adopt strange rhythms that people have trouble playing along with when you do that... or to not maintain a robust rhythm at all, which sounds neat when you're alone, but adding other instruments becomes difficult.

The more I play with a band (particularly a drummer) the more I develop robust rhythm-keeping. Piano works great alone because of the register range and ability to sound more than 6 notes at a time. Guitar tends to turn out kind of folky, or just like it's missing a part when it's played alone.
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Am I the only one who giggled like a cretin the entire time they were reading this thread?
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:46 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Am I the only one who giggled like a cretin the entire time they were reading this thread?
I don't know what you think is so funny... cause the OP finds playing alone to be quite satisfying.

I "practice" alone and I usually do it until I get a cramp in my hand. When ever I play alone I can stop if I get a cramp. I find it hard to do when playing with others because I feel have to go on. I don't want to disappoint them so I feel I am forced to bear the pain.
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It was my day off today and I played alone 3 times, it was WONDERFUL
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