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 Post subject: Re: Huge depression....... will I ever learn to play????????? :(
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:43 pm 
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I know this was an older post, but I was feeling really lame the other day- like I couldn't play anything well, either. I've been trying to pick up the Low D, but it is frustrating. Anyway, two thoughts on the low moments with my Low D :P First, I took my whistle to church and played in the big open meeting area and sounded WONDERFUL. Sometimes acoustics can make a big difference. Second, when I was younger, I would always play outside, by the river, by the beaver pond, whatever. So when I am feeling down and like I can't play, I go back to the good ol' tunes I knew as a kid, and I play those- outside. Always makes me feel better......


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 Post subject: Re: Huge depression....... will I ever learn to play????????? :(
PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:55 am 
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Bravo!
Playing over water, in parking garages, large stairwells, church sanctuaries, and even under the bridge at the creek near our house, all of these are good places to play when you're discouraged. A lot of times we sound better than we think. Once I was playing a jig in front of a friend (who can be very critical) and apologized for my mistakes. He said, "I didn't hear any mistakes."
Another woman, a flawless piano player, said this: "People don't care about mistakes." Meaning, they just like the music.
My biggest mistake is being sloppy over timing.

Kelly

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 Post subject: Re: Huge depression....... will I ever learn to play????????? :(
PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:22 am 
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I'm amazed to see this thread still being high up on the list!! Oh, I remember that moment.... I haven't played the whistle for ages now. But I have a lovely Dixon aluminium whistle, just gave away my Dixon trad, and introduced the whistle to a French friend who bought a Dixon trad and now is learning to play.

I'll probably go back to do some whistling one of these days. This forum really is encouraging!


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 Post subject: Re: Huge depression....... will I ever learn to play????????? :(
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 12:00 am 
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I don't think I'll ever learn to play that well, but I think the important part is the joy in the playing, not the technique of it. :) ( As long as you're playing by yourself, that is....)


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 Post subject: Re: Huge depression....... will I ever learn to play????????? :(
PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:05 pm 
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Yeah, you're right there.... and I still come to days when I have to stop and re-think why I started playing music in the first place!


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 Post subject: Re: Huge depression....... will I ever learn to play????????? :(
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:48 am 
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well, this is probably too little too late....

When I record to keep my timing good I always use a drum beat. I usually take it out afterward. I also play a scratch whistle to play the accompaniment to, then re-do the whistle with the accompaniment.

The thing some of you pointed out as acoustics is very true. You always feel like you are playing a whistle better if there is some reverb. I have software that lets me record with reverb, then I can take it off or edit it afterward, but it feels nice to record with the effects.


BTW, sounds like you play a lot of instruments (like me) but sometimes I feel that I don't master any because I play too many of them.


Nick
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 Post subject: Re: Huge depression....... will I ever learn to play????????? :(
PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 3:32 pm 
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Being able to record with reverb in the headphones would be very nice.

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