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I am curious, how many of you are 'serious' musicians? By serious, I mean you have been studying music or an instrument for years, and/or plan to go into the field for a career, and/or have/plan to major in something music-related in college. I say 'serious' because I know that there are a lot of home musicians that might play in a garage band or sequence a few MIDIs now and then, but have no intent on doing it professionally or even continuing it later into their life.

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I, for one, have 8 years of experience with trumpet and am seriously considering studying music composition/theory in college and would very much like to make a career of composing music. I've been composing at an 'ameteur' level for maybe 4 or 5 years now, and would like to take it to the next level. If you're interested, some samples of my work can be found at:

http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?AID=292875&T=8963

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I've studied voice for 20 years, and piano for 5, I am currently in college studying for a Bachelor of Music degree in composition...I already support myself musically pretty well, and will definitely be fully supported by my art when I graduate from school.

-Wain

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keyboards 11 years, guitar 5 years. 6 years composition. Studied 2 year National Diploma in Music Tech, 2 years Foundation Degree in Music Tech and Audio Engineering. Currently applying for audio related jobs as well as working freelance. Its a difficult career to get into!!!!

Zircon, out of interest, what is it you do or plan to do as your career?

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I've been composing for 2.5 years now. I'm self-taught, and no lessons at all. I don't play in a band, although I do play drums and the piano (a little).

I've found that I really enjoy composing, and I'm considering majoring in it. ^^

So I guess you might say I'm a "serious musician".

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Definitely serious, I played trombone for 3 years and am now hitting my 6th year of guitar. I've been composing since I was about 12, and I've studied endlessly to better my knowledge of orchestration and theory.

... and yes, I plan to study this in college.

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Well.. I really love music. I've been playing the piano for 9 years (I'm currently 17), and I've been involved with digital music for about a year and a half. I've been composing for about that long. It doesn't sound like much, but I've learned a hell of a lot in that time; I consider myself to be very proficient with programming synthesizers, and my knowledge of sampling, recording, production and other elements of electronic music is fairly good. I continue to teach myself the art, and I like to think I'm learning new things on a regular basis.

My plans have been to major in business and information technology in college, rather than music, because this aspect of music has not been a part of my life for long, in relative terms. However, every single person I've talked to of repute on the subject has advised me to go into it, including several professional composers, so I'm reconsidering. It IS a difficult field to get into, but I'm working very hard to get my foot in the door; my current resume includes a commercial videogame sound track, and I'm working on some tracks for the Weather Channel for their Local on the 8s segment.

Very interesting to hear from you guys.

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well, piano for around 6 years, playin in sch band for 2 years already and im playin the euphonium. composing? i would say 1 year? i'm not that good at it but i really enjoy composing music. And i really do not know what's in studying of music? how do they teach u to compose? o.O.. im self taught ;).. and i might take up composing as my profession when i get higher quality samples like GPO ;).. for now.. free soundfont ..
btw im only 14 :)

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Well, I played piano for about 15 years (for the first 7 or so it was for hours each day every day), performed in several bands (some actually paid), took courses in theory, performance, composition and arranging. I eventually gave it up because I decided that I was too emotional about it and that I needed a more intellectual career. I wanted to be like Chick Corea.

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By the way, composition is a skill that CAN be developed in school. If you take classes in theory, you'll get ideas about music that you can work into your compositions. For example, before I took a course in jazz theory, I had no idea what a MAJ6/9(#11) chord was, but now it's one of my favorites, and I often work it into my songs.

C.

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well, piano for around 6 years, playin in sch band for 2 years already and im playin the euphonium. composing? i would say 1 year? i'm not that good at it but i really enjoy composing music. And i really do not know what's in studying of music? how do they teach u to compose? o.O.. im self taught ;).. and i might take up composing as my profession when i get higher quality samples like GPO ;).. for now.. free soundfont ..
btw im only 14 :)


There are many ways to study music. If you were to major in something music related in college, you'd study music history, composition, and theory, at the very least. You might study the physics of sound, the anatomy of the human ear, counterpoint, and famous figures in music history. If you're going for a more technical education, you're looking at recording, production, construction of synthesizers, synthesizer programming, mastering, and sequencing.

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I guess all musicians start as kids or with music as a hobby. Most of the ones I know started around the early teens with beeing serious about music, I dont have any of those pre-teen prodigys among the ones I work with anymore. (Those who started at the age of 6 or younger all fell out for various reasons.)

I myself studies at Recording institurte of technology in Hollywood about 4 years ago and after returning home to sweden me and 2 friends built our own studio which we are still running.

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I plan to be a rock star, and if that falls through, I'll stick with programming [grin]

Seriously though, I have played drums for about 4 years now, keyboard & piano for 12, and classical guitar for about 1 year.

It's kinda wierd playing thrash metal drums at a gig one night, then waking in the morning and playing some classical guitar :)

My Dad used to do a lot of music production, which meant him buying a nice 16 track mixer that I get to play wiith at home. Me and my brother (he's the guitarist in our band) have just finished recording an album, to be released soon and were hoping to get some bigger venues after that plus we will be recording other bands soon as they seem to like our work!

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I plan to be a rock star, and if that falls through, I'll stick with programming [grin]



lol you sound like me :)

I've been singing for the past 2 years in a band, just recently taken up lessons... Otherwise i've been playing guitar for the past 2 years and composing. I picked up the electric mandolin last year and am starting to play keyboard. Not exactly a professional, and pretty much all self taught :)

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I've been playing both guitar and trombone for 7 years now. I have an AMEB (Australian Music Education Board) Grade 5 in trombone, contempory guitar, and classical guitar. In addition, I have an AMEB grade 3 in Euphonium, which I have been playing for 5 years. I also play mandolin, harmonica, bass, cello, trumpet, and homemade bamboo flutes, as well as various types of percussion.

I guess my band 'Veyr' could be considered a 'garage band', although we're somewhat unusual for that in the sense that we play neoclassical metal, using a fairly unusual assortment of instruments (for some examples, I play an 8-string electric guitar with scalloped fretboard, we have a guy in the band who plays a 6-string electric viola).

I've been composing music for about 5 years, although much of my earlier work isnt very good. I started out using Modplug Tracker but have sinse progressed to composing on paper, as well as using tools such as Sibelius 2 and FLStudio to produce my music. Some of my music has been played live by my local sympony-orchestra as well.

I play several instruments semi-professionally in musicals, with my local symphony, and in various other regional bands.

So yeah - I guess that qualifies my for 'serious.' [smile]

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It's kinda wierd playing thrash metal drums at a gig one night, then waking in the morning and playing some classical guitar :)


Try playing some neoclassical rock/metal with your band. If you dont know the genre, I'd highly recommend checking out anything by Yngwie Malmsteen as good examples.

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Yngwie is one of my favourite guitarists! Along with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Adres Segovia! I'm lucky to have two guitarists in my band that can play that sort of guitaring, but I ain't quite that good yet :)

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First my record:

5 years of playing guitar (2 years of taking it serious). 2 years of music theory (Thought by myself mos of it). 1 year of music composition (getting better at it). I plan to work as a programmer just to get enough to dedicate full time to music (to go study music somewhere out of my country). Well, about my band, I play something like prog metal with a little of jazz, chill out and neoclassic metal. (very wierd mix! don't you think?)


Well, now I guess I'll add John Petrucci to the guitarris list Mosh did!




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I've been playing trumpet for about 8 years. I can also play tuba / trombone / baritone / euphonium / and all that other stuff. Well, only if the tuba is in Eb. It's all the same.. heh. I have absolutely no desire to further my official music education, though I do play in various community bands (and the occasional Tuba Christmas.. Dec. 12th [grin]) and I volunteer/instruct at my old high school.

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Well, now I guess I'll add John Petrucci to the guitarris list Mosh did!


I second that one and add Marty Friedman and Jason Becker.


Randy Rhoads, Chet Atkins, Clapton.

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I studied piano for a number of years. Now I teach audio/music production (among other things) at University and run my very small company where I try to make some money making music for films, games and things like that.

I would still refer to myself as semi-professional but I am trying to make a living from these things. :)

___
Martin - eimermusic.com

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17 years classical cello, 13 years bass upright and electric, 10 years guitar, 12 composing. Accepted to Juilliard and San Francisco Conservatory of Music for composition, chose San Francisco for better faculty IMO. Have played with major symphonies around the US, have performed at Lincoln Center, and was in the first foreign orchestra to perform at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain. Have performed in classical with artists such as pianist Christopher Jonson and with jazz artists such as Brantford Marsalis, Bobby Jones and Carmen Intorre, Jr. Seven national and international tours under my belt. 43 album discography. Currently working on the soundtracks for 11 games and 4 films. Does that count as "serious"?

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I think the only appropriate response I have for that is damn. 43 albums? 11 games? 4 films? What are you doing HERE? The immediate followup question, I suppose, would be what would be your best advice in finding work in game audio? I'm sure we would all love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

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