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Although the list of instruments I can play badly is quite impressive...
I'm not a technically good musician or singer (quite the reverse!) but people seem to tell me I'm good at songwriting, lyrics and performing. My band find members pretty easily, people come to my gigs and someone's put a single out by me so I must be doing something right...
It's weird how hard it is to say you're good at something without feeling like you're being arrogant isn't it?
the question should be who thinks they're a good songwriter
For the record, I am a brilliant arranger.
do you mean totally unable to play any instrument in any conventional sense whatsoever? I can't even pick up a guitar. I mistake oboes for snakes. I plant brass instruments in window boxes genuinely believing they will grow.
Can I join your band?
if I can put you on a leash and call you 'timbez'.
stick a crown of thorns on my head and call me Timotheos Newportenus Rex Iudeorum but it won't bring him back. You have to learn to grieve.
I need a drummer more than Grockle does
anyway, I'm ok at guitar. I'm taking the "art of playing" quite seriously these days.
But I'll always struggle. Damn lack of natural talent...
which is strange.
some of your threads. they'll soon see how filled with joie de vivre you are.
just adequate. Does being an amazing musician make you a lazy songwriter? cos a lot of great guitarists cant seem to write for shit.
You mark my word, world.
Could be better.
I actually did own that book.
that's the sleeve of my first album. which i made when I was a small, ginger girl for a few weeks.
in a case of sounding cocky, yes i am good and can ply a variety of instruments too even a sitar.
very well. just don't expect the lyrics to be correct.
Good at writing a melody, good at understanding music, fairly multi-instrumental in a not-especially kind of way. I am not, though, a skilled musician on any particular instrument. I've never had a meaningful lesson on anything, I can't read music, and I know scales by instinct rather than through teaching or learned knowledge.
I'm fine with this.
As far as a natural understanding of music will take me, I'm pretty good. I'm not amazing at any instrument, but I can play a few things to an okay standard. I can read notes fairly fluently, but this doesn't really come in to my life as a 'musician'. Even after a number of guitar and piano lessons I fall back on instinct rather than drawing up a library of knowledge. Perhaps I do this subconciously though, who knows.