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Old 03-21-2009, 04:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I was actually thinking about getting a theremin when I have money to spend. Wait, would I have to invest in a synth as well?
no. you will need an amp though, a bass amp works fine, keyboard amp would be better, i wouldn't risk using a guitar amp with one though. you could run one through a synth if you wanted to though, or you could run it through effect pedals just as easily.

unlike FiC's comment though, you do need to have a REALLY good ear to play the theremin properly, otherwise you just end up sounding like crappy feedback trying to sound like a bad sci-fi soundtrack. i guess it ultimately depends on whether you want to use it as a novelty (like jimmy page) or as a lead voice (like the guys in Air).
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Old 03-21-2009, 04:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I've been playing guitar for about half a year now. Before getting the guitar, I was already thinking about playing drums instead. After I got it, I enjoyed the guitar for... a month or two? Then, I started thinking about drums again. Lately, my want to play drums has just increased and increased, and guitar has just become boring for me; drums just seems like an EXTREMELY attractive instrument.

So, what's holding me back from buying drums? For the most part, money. I've been spending too much; I'm running low on cash, and I'm not sure if I could afford a drum kit, especially if a beginner one costs $350 and I'm not even sure if I'd stay with it for awhile (though I'd plan to.)

My ideal situation would be to play both instruments, but there's no way I'm getting lessons for two instruments at once.

Think I should stay with guitar or try to switch to drums? If drums, how do you think I could get the cash to get them and what's a cheap beginner set? If guitar, when does it actually start to get "fun"? Thanks.


Also, I've been playing on an acoustic constantly. My neighbor lent me an electric, but I need an amp (the amp he gave me was trash.) So, I'm not sure whether I should get an amp or not because I'm not completely sure how much I'll use it, being that... yeah.

Thanks for any responses.
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unlike FiC's comment though, you do need to have a REALLY good ear to play the theremin properly, otherwise you just end up sounding like crappy feedback trying to sound like a bad sci-fi soundtrack. i guess it ultimately depends on whether you want to use it as a novelty (like jimmy page) or as a lead voice (like the guys in Air).

I was mainly joking.
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Old 03-21-2009, 05:28 PM   #14 (permalink)
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my bad hehe (you need to stick a smilie in with the jokes or something hehe).

i've had a few friends try their hands at theremins, DIY kits are pretty much useless unless you know your electronics inside and out. it's not as complicated as building your own synth but it's significantly rougher than changing a 9volt battery connector.

it IS a simple instrument in the sense that any who physically gets close to it has no choice but to accept that they are actually playing it. doesn't have to be your fingertips either as the past holiday season hip thrusts proved (to much hilarity as well haha).

you do need to develop a very keen ear to get it right when playing with others though. it's kind of like making the jump to a fretless guitar or keyless synth.

you can also get pretty cool sounds out of a theremin if you run it through a bunch of guitar pedals hehe.
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my bad hehe (you need to stick a smilie in with the jokes or something hehe).

I would rather stay modern day Bill Murray-esque.
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my bad hehe (you need to stick a smilie in with the jokes or something hehe).

i've had a few friends try their hands at theremins, DIY kits are pretty much useless unless you know your electronics inside and out. it's not as complicated as building your own synth but it's significantly rougher than changing a 9volt battery connector.

it IS a simple instrument in the sense that any who physically gets close to it has no choice but to accept that they are actually playing it. doesn't have to be your fingertips either as the past holiday season hip thrusts proved (to much hilarity as well haha).

you do need to develop a very keen ear to get it right when playing with others though. it's kind of like making the jump to a fretless guitar or keyless synth.

you can also get pretty cool sounds out of a theremin if you run it through a bunch of guitar pedals hehe.
as cool as that thing looks i feel like i would get aggravated not having something physical to touch. i feel like there is a very strong connection between the physical act of playing an instrument and how well the music sounds.
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as cool as that thing looks i feel like i would get aggravated not having something physical to touch. i feel like there is a very strong connection between the physical act of playing an instrument and how well the music sounds.
i totally hear ya, it's definitely an adjustment. it's one of those things you pull out here and there to add a little extra color to the music, kind of like vibes / marimba etc. i can't think of any piece of music that wasn't specifically composed as a solo theremin piece that features the instrument as a root element. also using a guitar with an ebow can produce very similar results.

and FiC - bill murray? really? he's still alive? last time i remember him being funny was 'groundhog day'
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I do both better at guitar than drums. Love them both.
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We can't tell you, it's something you have to decide on your own.

I'd say try em out for a while (maybe practice at a local music store or a friends house?)

I don't know if a store would let you; probably not, though.

Naked hit the nail on the head, too.
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and FiC - bill murray? really? he's still alive? last time i remember him being funny was 'groundhog day'
I find him so much better now, he's gone more deadpan.
Check out a Wes Anderson movie, Lost in Translation or Dead Flowers.
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