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  • Robert O'Brien Robert O'Brien @ 9:08 AM
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    I've always found better musicians here!

    "You can read all the textbooks and listen to all the records, but you have to play with musicians that are better than you."
    ~ Stan Getz
  • JStar JStar @ 10:11 AM
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    Music

    A somewhat tangent response...

    How many people here are musicians? I've always wondered what else we have in common besides HVAC.
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  • Robert O'Brien Robert O'Brien @ 1:33 PM
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    Analogy

    It's an analogy if you want to get better associate with those who are! And in this business,that would be here!
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  • JStar JStar @ 6:44 PM
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    Music

    Understood. Just asking a question that the quote reminded me of...
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  • Jean-David Beyer Jean-David Beyer @ 3:36 PM
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    How many people here are musicians?

    I consider myself a musician, but I am not (at least not yet) of professional ability. My favorite instrument is a toy piano. Here is a picture of mine. As far as working with someone better than I am, I would like to work with a friend of mine who is the best in the world, but I cannot presume to do this until I am considerably better than I am now. She is also an extremely good performer on an adult piano. Here is something she plays:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMXVlJoHUSw

    Anyone have a kid who can do as well? Margaret is the first woman to get a Ph.D. in piano performance from Juilliard. She has played toy piano in Carnegie Hall and in Lincoln Center.

    Another friend of mine wrote and played this for toy piano and kitchen bowls..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfZ_djY9_f8
  • Gordy Gordy @ 2:47 PM
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    Oh so true

    This is like having Mozart , Beethoven, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King etc all as tutors
  • Jamie Hall Jamie Hall @ 7:08 PM
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    The quote is well taken

    and quite appropriate -- and one has to remember that Stan Getz was a pretty superior musician himself!

    For what it's worth, I do consider myself a musician -- even earned a living at it for a while (and yes, I have had an oddly chequered career...).  Piano and classical organ.  For a little while (remember the 60s?) a singer/songwriter type...
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  • icesailor icesailor @ 7:20 PM
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    Pyramids:

    I've
    always said that learning is like a pyramid. There's a lot available at the bottom. But, the higher up you get, the harder it is to find the pearls. Or, "Pearls of Wisdom".
    Much of what I know or figured out came to me in the form of a question or a discussion and the words were coming out of my mouth. And you never know where an answer will come from.
    You can know anything you want. Just not everything you want.
    As far as music, I can't play an instrument. But I have a very large and eclectic collection of music and I go to a lot of live concerts. Acoustic being my favorite.
  • Music!

    I've always loved music, but never had an affinity for learning to play.  Living in Berkeley, ethnic music is all over and  I quickly picked up on Indian music and the tabla.  Esoteric here, ubiquitous in Muslim and Hindu countries; I studied and played for 10 years.  More than anything, it taught me how to appreciate music.

    A maestro:
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  • David107 David107 @ 2:21 PM
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    Music

    It doesn't surprise me that many HVAC people are musicians as well. I'd guess that both disciplines require good left-right brain integration. Interesting to find a fellow Indian music enthusiast. I went to a travel college and studied music and language in Japan and India.(studied sitar and vocal, mostly North Indian.) I sometimes still incorporate Indian music into my act. I can just imagine one day the debut of  "The Heating Help Orchestra featuring the Delta T's."

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  • Jean-David Beyer Jean-David Beyer @ 4:26 PM
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    Betcha never saw a musical instrument like this one.

    My friend, Claire Chase, an excellent flute player, recently got a new contra-bass flute. This is not a Photoshop trick, but the real thing:

    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/66827_10151329787210737_739584345_n.jpg

    She has called this her new "dance partner." It is taller than she is.

    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/547570_10151336934010264_1429189769_n.jpg

    Here is a video where she plays a regular flute.

    https://vimeo.com/40415175
  • Paul Fredricks Paul Fredricks @ 7:13 AM
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    wind!

    That thing must take a lot of lung power. I'd think an air compressor might be a good idea.
    Love the Ian Anderson pose!
  • Steamhead Steamhead @ 12:03 AM
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    Tuba!

    here we are after playing a Christmas Eve service. The trombonist and violinist are from the congregation, everyone else is from the band I play in. The Lovely Naoko took the picture.
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  • Paul Fredricks Paul Fredricks @ 7:38 AM
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    yep

    This is my band. We're playing the OESP convention in May:
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  • Robert O'Brien Robert O'Brien @ 7:55 AM
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    Wayback Machine

    Looking forward to it! Monday night?
  • Paul Fredricks Paul Fredricks @ 10:16 AM
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    yep

    Monday night 5- 20
  • Paul Pollets Paul Pollets @ 9:47 AM
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    This beats a pipe wrench

    Been playing for over 45 years...rarely play out but have met such neat people over the years who play old-time or bluegrass. The instrument is a 1926 arch-top Gibson Mastertone with ball bearing tone ring. I've had it for over 40 years and it is a part of me. No banjo jokes, please.
  • MarkS MarkS @ 11:31 AM
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    Musical Instrument Acquisition Disorder

    If there's a name for what I've got, that's it. Been playing a variety of somewhat obscure instruments for 25 years or so (though none to anything even approaching a professional level), including hammered and mountain dulcimers, anglo concertina, mandolin, pennywhistle, Swedish nyckelharpa and sackpipa, and a variety of bellows-blown bagpipes - Northumbrian, Scottish, Border, Irish Uilleann. I help run The Pipers' Gathering which is the largest annual convention in North America for bellows-pipes enthusiasts. www.pipersgathering.org
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  • chapchap70 chapchap70 @ 5:23 PM
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    Never seen 2 out of 7 Tubas

    I've never seen two tubas in a seven piece ensemble before.

    I play trumpet to accompany our Sunday morning church service for hymns. 
  • Steamhead Steamhead @ 10:54 PM
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    We didn't know

    if we'd have a trombone or not, so Ben came along to add some more low brass. They've asked us back for Easter, this time we'll have a French horn as well, but just me on tuba. We do these pretty much with whoever happens to be available.

    Our band has about 85 musicians, and last fall we had five tubas. Here we are at the winter concert- the brass was spread thru the hall for this piece. This spring we have six tubas, which is some serious firepower!
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  • bill bill @ 1:39 AM
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    mystery solved

    Frank, from your first picture up top I was wondering about who plays lead in a 7 member band that has 2 tubas:) I guess about 78 sit ins helps out:) 
    I always like John Barbas music stuff. One was that Little Feat was not in the R&R hall of fame but ABBA was. Finally something he didn't have to explain to me;)
  • Steamhead Steamhead @ 10:32 PM
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    Actually

    the first pic was all we had for that performance. Again, whoever could be there. 
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  • Slimpickins Slimpickins @ 6:22 PM
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    another picker

    I've been pickin' bluegrass music since the early 70's. Was in a pretty good band back in the day called Blue Fungus, we will grow on you, as we used to say at gigs. I don't play out that often because there's so many great players along the Front Range of Colorado that actually practice. Paul, I will spare the banjo jokes but there's gotta be a joke waiting to happen involving a pipe wrench and a banjo.
  • Paul Pollets Paul Pollets @ 7:28 PM
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    That joke

    would depend on knowing the difference between the two. From what I've learned, the pipe wrench has fewer strings.
  • Paul Fredricks Paul Fredricks @ 7:50 AM
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    well

    You can't tighten a pipe wrench with a banjo, but you might be able to tighten a banjo fitting with a pipe wrench.
  • Boiler Talk Boiler Talk @ 1:28 PM
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    How to better use a banjo

    Remove the neck of the banjo and set it beneath the feet of a single-pipe steam radiator to gain the proper pitch required for a better performance.  It might take more than one banjo lesson, but being in tune is most important for a satisfying experience. 
    I play guitar and trombone and tried ukulele and key board. 
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