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# Music

## Music

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Does anyone have a musical instrument they play as a hobby? I am very fond of my guitar.

And also, does the theory regarding the connection between musical ability and high performance in science/engineering/math still hold true?

God made the integers, all else is the work of man. - Leopold Kroenecker

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I have very little musical ability, which may go some way to proving your hypothesis about musical ability being linked to engineering ability.

As a young'un I had a few friends who were in amateur rock / metal bands, but I was quite content behind the scenes running the sound desk and PA. Another friend had a pile of old Rank-Strand lighting gear so we used to hire out our services for beer. Not even beer money - just direct payment in booze at the venue.

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I play a mean stereo...

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John, surely surround sound, at least quad?

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia.)

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I took guitar lessons for a few months when I was 10 or so, but it never took.
Having said that. I Have seen Led Zep twice in concert; the first time I saw them they were the opening number (ie the back-up band). That did not last very long.
gg

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

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My highest musical achievement was adding error beeps to a program I wrote in school.

STF

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I play trumpet, saxophone, and percussion (drums)

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I love my mandolins and guitars! I play them regularly!

Big fan of acoustic music!

f-d

ípapß gordo ainÆt no madre flaca!

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My flute still comes out from time to time and I used to be able to make useful money busking on the London Underground with a collection of recorders (you only actually have to play one of them - if your audience is there long enough to notice that the others are just there for show, something has gone wrong).

Mostly though, I sing: Choral societies, chamber choirs and ad-hoc groups - the sort where you turn up to sight-read an eight part Victoria Mass plus three hymns, a motet and a couple of acres of plainsong off the back of forty minutes' practice at a service where the choir outnumbers the congregation, the celebrants outnumber the choir and the biggest problem is seeing the conductor through the smokescreen.

A.

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"And also, does the theory regarding the connection between musical ability and high performance in science/engineering/math still hold true"

Supposedly debunked, in general. There's supposed to be some benefit that lasts about 15 minutes after the music.

TTFN (ta ta for now)
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### RE: Music

I once taught an 8080 to play "Proud Mary" using a music chip and a timer chip.
The music was encoded in a simple text file.
It was a much smaller achievement than the Musicraft system, which used clock cycles for timing.
Regardless, the market for skilled 8080 programmers has become very limited.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

### RE: Music

"Regardless, the market for skilled 8080 programmers has become very limited."

Likely as limited as the FORTRAN I learned. Or the thing I tried to play in band class.

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Piano and saxaphone as a child. The sax only lasted a few years, but the piano I played pretty well for 10 before stopping. I finally got another piano and am re-teaching myself. I also taught myself how to play the electric bass very poorly for a few years.

Andrew H.
www.mototribology.com

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A little bit of banjo here...but haven't been able to pick it up for a few years due to work related travel...

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SWMBO refuses to let me pick up a cheap trumpet to play around with again... and to be fair, I doubt my lips have the required muscle tone any more to pull those high notes.

Dan - Owner
http://www.Hi-TecDesigns.com

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Fiddle, Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, and Mandolin. Decent on a couple of those and dabble with the rest.

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MacGyver, if you rearrange your sentence a little, I think the answer to both problems becomes self-evident.

STF

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My old home computer (Camputers Lynx: A 1980's z80-based thing) had the usual primitive BEEP function.

I once programmed a double nested loop and used a combination of AND/OR/NAND with the loop indices to compute the parameters for BEEP. What came out was very rhythmic, with moving themes. It would easily pass as experimental techno pop. I recorded it and brought it to school. Some laughed, one even tried to dance to it.

I see someone has a Lynx emulator on the WWW, so maybe I'll download it and see if I can recreate the "music".

Steve

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I quit when my music teacher in 4th grade wouldn't let me play anything other than the recorder.

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Mandolin and Guitar, specifically Django-style gypsy jazz guitar

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I play high end audio.. :<) :<) use it more than ever as part of home theatre system.. High quality video is nice, but high quality sound is what inserts you into the experience being watched.

Took piano lessons as a kid, but unfortunately wasn't able to continue. The Korg, Roland and Yamaha composer keyboards of today are awesome in sound quality and capability. Wish I knew how to drive one.

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"And also, does the theory regarding the connection between musical ability and high performance in science/engineering/math still hold true?"

Well, it sure didn't for me. While I love music and spend a lot of time & $listening to it, I have very little ability to make it. I played sax in concert and marching band in junior high and high school but I had no real talent. I could never hear a piece and recreate it and even when I played from sheet music it just never had the sparkle and inner beauty a true musician creates. I left my sax under my bed at home when I went to college. One of my nieces has it now although I don't think she's playing it at Drexel (they don't have a marching band, they don't have a football team). ---------------------------------------- The Help for this program was created in Windows Help format, which depends on a feature that isn't included in this version of Windows. ### RE: Music "And also, does the theory regarding the connection between musical ability and high performance in science/engineering/math still hold true?" I think that got debunked a while ago; it was lots of hype and hope. TTFN (ta ta for now) I can do absolutely anything. I'm an expert! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKorP55Aqvg FAQ731-376: Eng-Tips.com Forum Policies forum1529: Translation Assistance for Engineers Entire Forum list http://www.eng-tips.com/forumlist.cfm ### RE: Music I don't believe there is any correlation between music and math. I out did everyone at my school in math and physics competitions but I couldn't for the life of me count in band. My brother had the same issue. I can identify a pitch but can't count and play at the same time. I basically played the tuba all through high school by ear. Looking back, my band instructor must have thought it cute that the instrument that I wanted to play was drums. ### RE: Music My narrow interpretation of the "kids who play piano do better in school" claim is that it's a correlation, and that's it. If they are disciplined enough to stick with and get better at an instrument, they are likely more disciplined with schoolwork as well. I'm not convinced that if you put a piano in front of a lazy kid that he/she will suddenly start passing math tests. Could be wrong though. ### RE: Music I've started trying to undo 40 years of bad piano habits. Interesting venture, trying to correct something I never did right. ### RE: Music Last week I pulled the trigger on an electric piano package that was$100 off at Costco. It's been 40 years for me too, surprised that I remember a few things still.

My serious instrument is the (highland) bagpipes.

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I played the trumpet in High School.
Last week I came across and old post horn that had belonged to my Step Father.
I tried a bugle call. It has been too many years. It wasn't pretty.

Bill
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"Why not the best?"
Jimmy Carter

### RE: Music

yes, I too play the bugle. Just to keep my old chops!

f-d

ípapß gordo ainÆt no madre flaca!

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