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PhilBiker
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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2007, 07:18:54 AM »

The accompaniment part of our ensemble is very small.  Just me on bass, a single acoustic guitar, and a flute.  We support 6-10 vocalists singing written parts.  When the guitar player is out I step in and play, often badly.  I'm bad, but I'm much better than I once was (not saying much).
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« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2008, 01:52:27 AM »

played guitar for 30 odd years, drums about the same, bass for about 8 years now.
Started playing in church on the drums for a few years, then switched to bass because nobody wanted to play that, and we had a few drummers. I felt back then it was time to step down from the drum kit and become a real musician Cheesy
I really fell in love with the bass, and it is my main instrument right now, but this year I will be playing guitar every 3rd week.

but what I really want to learn to play in the church band is bag pipes.... Shocked
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« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2008, 11:32:35 PM »

Most bassists I know happen to be multi-instrumentalists because they come to bass later in life instead of as a first instrument.

My areas are:
Percussion (principal of a small local orchestra)
Voice (mezzo-soprano)
Oboe (out of practice at the moment, but I can do it!)


Various winds such as records, plus piano and guitar but only at the most simple level possible so that it's not really worth mentioning I can.  Except I did.  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2008, 04:28:17 PM »

"cept for oboe and bassoon... but nobody REALLY knows how to play those" LOL! I played oboe and played around with bassoon all through school, and I couldn't agree more!
Nowadays, besides the bass, I play:

guitar- blues based rock stuff
drums- basic solid beat, limited fills
keys- background pads, not really "playing"
I used to sing lead and ultra-high backup vocals, but can't any more- I have a paralyzed vocal cord with a plastic block under it so that I can at least talk

oyo
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« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2008, 09:51:34 AM »

Trumpet (5th-8th grade) and euphonium (8th-12th grade), guitar, some vocals (baritone-tenor),  I'd like to learn keys and drum better.
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« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2008, 05:34:26 PM »

Growing up, trumpet.  The chops for trumpet are long gone now.

I play acoustic guitar and have been doing so for a number of months on my church worship team.  I am trusting that it's because for this time I can contribute more to the team on guitar than on bass.  We have a few excellent bass players there so I have submitted to the authority of my leaders and slid over to acoustic.

Some day I'll get back on the low end.   Embarrassed

Al
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« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2008, 10:57:47 PM »

I play around at guitar,, but not enough to really be a 'threat',, (or maybe just enough, depending how you look at it).. and I dabble at drums,, but not for quite awhile now..

+1, and maybe a little keyboards. I play tenor sax in grade school, but my teacher died and I traded it for an old Tiesco Del Ray that never played in tune so, I never really played it.
Bass was actually my first serious instrement, and taught myself the rest of it later.
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« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2008, 12:41:33 PM »

I also play hand drums and percussion. The Djembe is my fav as far as hand drums go. A very expressive instrument. I also play (or play at) the larger members of the mandolin family (mandola, octave mandolin, Irish Bouzouki) and some acoustic guitar (including the very strange yet delightful tenor guitar).
Doug
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« Reply #23 on: July 29, 2008, 01:11:27 PM »

Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keys.  One thing I know for certain is that God has not gifted me to play drums! 
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« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2008, 12:14:47 AM »

I play keyboard / piano and sing  (a little) along with my bass I probably could keep a beat on the drums if needed, but havn't really had the chance to play drums seriously.
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« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2008, 03:58:03 PM »

I've ben playing guitar for 20+ years and piano since I was 5, but I'm still a bassist at heart. I'll probably never go back to piano and guitar will always be a side project.
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« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2008, 07:57:27 PM »

I am the primary bassist at our church, playing 4-string fretless, 6- and 7-string fretted.  Most of the times, however, we have a college student who plays bass.  When he does, I am free to play flute, alto flute, bass flute, soprano sax, acoustic guitar or (sometimes) keys.  I have even gotten the chance to lead worship from the bass.  Is there anyone out there that has the opportunity to lead from the bass?

Mike
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« Reply #27 on: October 13, 2008, 06:35:02 PM »

I play acoustic guitar (Rhythm) with my wife (fiddle, mandolin) / her brother (banjo) / his daughter (fiddle, some mandolin) as a 'for the fun of it' side project. We do Celtic, old-timey, classical, and old & new religious songs. No bad songs, and we mostly do instrumentals only. I would like to pick up a bassist or guitarist who would help our sound, and not ruin it. Very casual. We do car shows, town festivals, restuarants, etc.

A fun side adventure
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« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2008, 10:22:22 PM »

Trombone is my main/formal instrument - started in 5th grade, and have been playing ever since. You'd think I'd be better than I am by now!  Cheesy

Mainly self-taught on guitar; playing with The Ran Project.

Piano never clicked. I took lessons for two or three ears, but could never master the "verticality" of the written music. It did help lay a good foundation in music theory, though.
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« Reply #29 on: October 22, 2008, 12:21:11 PM »

I just started playing guitar for Celebrate Recovery meetings at our church. Last week I was second guitar, along with keyboards. Went well because of the experienced first guitarist and keyboard player.

This week it was me, the 13 year-old bassist who is just learning and drums for the rhythm section.

Jobe is pretty good for his age on the bass, but I'm still working with him on things like tuning and playing in time.

I'm still working on getting the song arrangements that they (we) do for CR into my head.

It has been really odd playing that tiny necked instrument after playing six-string bass...

John
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