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It is a pleasure to meet you.

Please tell us about yourself.

You don’t need to respond to all these questions, you can answer as many or few as you like.

  • What part of the world are you from?
  • Do you play an instrument, sing, dance or are you a listener?
  • Tell us what it is about music that draws you to it, whether you make it your own music or like to listen?
  • Have you taken any of the Coursera music courses? If you have, what did you learn or like about them?
  • What is your most favorite music to listen to at this time? If possible, please link us to one example of that music.

You might find some of the threads in this forum interesting to read and hopefully respond to.

We encourage you to start your own thread about an area of music you know much about or enjoy. If you have any music related questions, there are people here who might be able to help you, or you can be someone who might be able to help too.

This is a space to talk about anything music.:notes:


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Hi. My name is Faith and I just registered for the guitar class. I had had a guitar for about 3 years and I never learnt anything. Now, I have decided to take my guitar serious and learn with the whole of my heart. I hope to learn guitar to a good extent before the end of the class and really be confident about me playing anywhere. I have learnt the parts of the guitar and the A minor and E major chords recently. Hoping it's going to be fun.:relaxed:

Hi @Glauben Welcome! Speaking as one who plays a bit of guitar, it is very fun, or so I think anyway. Congratulations on starting your journey. The key to being able to play well is practice, practice, practice. You want to put in a bit of time each day , not just a couple of times a week. Have fun and enjoy the journey!

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Good luck on your musical adventures @Glauben 

 

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Hi ,i am francis chen . a guitar lover , but i cant play ,so i wana learn it。i dont speak english but i will try my best! good luck! 

Good to meet you @francis CHEN . I wish you much success on learning guitar. Just remember to practice regularly but not too much at first. Your fingers and hands will be sore  as you develop the muscles and calluses needed. If you have any questions or problems as you  learn  how to play, please ask us. We are all here to help you succeed. And your English was fine!

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Hello @Judith,
Nice to meet you too! :blush:

I’m saluting from Colombia :flag_co:


I had the desire to learn to play an instrument, several years ago, I practiced the drums because I was visiting a friend who had one and that instrument is great, rather than having technique, I liked to hit all the drummers and cymbals with a nice tempo :drum::musical_score:.

Music as such is so wonderful, because in a certain sense, the melody is what attracts you and gives you like that emotion that you can get to hear a single song many times in a row. The genres that I like to listen are very varied, I think that it also depends on your mood, the time, what you are doing, in short, it depends on many things, those that call my attention is rock, rock in spanish, country, electronic, lofi, deep house, symphonies, sonatas, melodies.
Lately I have been listening melodies, of the concentration and relaxation type, that clear my mind.

 

I haven’t taken yet any music course in Coursera, would you suggest one Judith :slight_smile:?

 

In this time the melodies have been my most recursive music to listen, there is an instrument that I have found very good listen to, the hang drum or handpan.

I attached one melody that i like and share with kind to all of you.

 

I send happy month to everyone and that keep fullfil all the dreams and desire goals :deciduous_tree:

Cheers to the distance, and i hope you participate in the Music forum too :sparkles:

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Hello, @Judith

It is a pleasure to meet you too.

I am from Indonesia. I prefer to play keyboard (and hopefully piano, soon) rather than sing or just listen. However, I do love writing or composing my own works and playing them; while singing of course.

For me myself, music is so simple: beauty. Everyone loves beauty. It’s about entertainment, amusement, self-release; for deeper, it’s motivation or inspiration. Through music, someone can express his/herself.

I have taken some Coursera courses. One of them was “The World of String Quartet”. As I have said before, I had plenty of expectations that I could use what I’d learnt from this course into my own works. Why? It’s simple: I like the ‘beauty’; the sound. In my opinion, it’s grandeur. However, I couldn’t take them. Would you please help me how to write or compose using “String Quartet” (solely or with other instrument)? In a form of course, of course. :)

Talking about the favorite music to listen at this time, I love to listen to the works, as I have said above, that emerge the power of inspiration, motivation or just the beauty of the music itself. I can give you two examples; “Westlife - Beautiful in White” (

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) and “Rachel Platten - Stand By You”.

 

@Luis Gerardo Ayala B. , it is so good to see you again and learn more about you. I enjoyed your music example very much. The different sounds of the handpan  combined with the harp is beautiful and unique sounding.

Playing the drums is fun! You can put on any favorite music that you have, and play along to it. It’s a difficult instrument to play by itself. But everybody loves a good drummer. Many people will want to play with you if you are good. Keep playing and having fun!

I don’t really have a course to recommend for you because I don’t know what aspect of music you would be interested in. Do you want to compose a song? Do you just want to listen and learn about some interesting music? Do you want to learn how to play guitar? There are so many different courses here. There are also many people who have taken these courses. I wonder if somebody else can recommend a good course for you?

I think it’s wonderful that you listen to such a variety of music. I do too. There is music for every mood and almost every situation I find myself in. When I cook supper, I love to play songs that I could sing along to. When I just want to relax, I would listen to a Mozart Sonata. When  I exercise I need music with a loud, strong beat...so I completely agree with you here! Thanks for posting, hope to see you often here.😀

@misterbean it is so good to learn more about you. Thank you for posting the two songs that you have. I haven’t heard them before. The lyrics so beautiful. I can tell you are song writer! I sure hope you can get your piano soon.

 

Thank you for posting the two songs that you have. I haven’t heard them before. The lyrics so beautiful. I can tell you are songwriter! I sure hope you can get your piano soon.

 

A string Quartet sounds beautiful. But you can write for them using your keyboard. You just need to know the keys the instruments are in. Write for parts using your keyboard. Then imagine each different string instrument playing those parts. Next you will write the parts for the instruments. There are two violins who play in the same key as the keyboard. Then there’s the cello who plays the same as the bass clef your left hand. The viola is the tricky instrument. It has its own clef. Their clef indicates where the note C is. Usually, their C is written on the third line, or the note B. You don’t have to worry about writing out their parts yet. First compose something on your keyboard for them. You could always transpose their parts later. I hope this helps inspire you to write something for a string quartet now!

Hi y’all. I am from the western USA. I play guitar a bit and lately I have been very into the blues as a form. The following clip, Slidin’ Delta, is from one of my current favorite players, a Dutchman named Hans Theessink. I hope you enjoy it …

 

@Luis Gerardo Ayala B. Hi, thank you for sharing that, it is lovely. Hangpan is, indeed, a most interesting instrument.

If you are into melodies right now, you might look into the Berklee Developing your musicianship series of classes. It is basically an ear training course that refines your hearing and allows better understanding of what you are hearing. I hope this helps.

@misterbean lovely lyrics indeed, thank you for sharing these.

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I am a Canadian presently living in beautiful Sri Lanka. We came here to get away from the Canadian winter. Due the present situation we are under lock down. No commercial flights out of here to Canada. I am using the stay in period to practice with my tenor sax.

I took up music as a retirement project 6 years ago when I turned 70. I got a tenor sax and started taking lessons. I now play with a community band in Toronto. I have taken a number of music courses with Cousera and also Berklee on line. Wanted to learn music theory specifically harmony. Just finished the jazz improvisation course.

Being retired have lots of time to learn and enjoy music. I am a jazz fan and hope to play with a jazz group sometime. 

Hi @joebas Jazz is awesome, I was, for a couple of years anyway, a jazz guitar major in college. I know everyone puts down theory and says how hard it is, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was as if someone had given me the keys to the universe.

And I, too, am using the lockdown time currently to practice guitar more.

Nice to meet you.

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Ciao da Venezia, Italia

My father was an opera singer therefore I grew up listening to Italian melodramma...and learning by heart most of the arias… expecially those related to my father’s role...I can still sing along the entire Tosca or Rigoletto...Turandot, maybe...Attila for sure but also some ( extracts) operas by Mozart and Wagner as I had the honour to work at Teatro La Fenice (opera house in Venice) for a while as assistant to the stage manager. Knowing opera led me easily into classical music, but I’m not sofisticated as I seem to appreciate only the most known western composers.

Music helps me to calm down and relax, music is part of my life….my culture...during the lockdown here in Italy the national television has broadcast operas everyday, so I’ve had the opportunuty to listen to and enjoy very elegant performances sung by beautiful voices...such a blessing!

I don’t play any musical instrument, I’ve tried to train my voice as Contralto but no success.

Take care, stay safe: IORESTOACASA

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hi  :sparkles:  nice to meet you all! i’m from richmond, virginia, usa. 

i sing and play piano, uke, and guitar. i’ve been writing songs for the past few years and finally grew the confidence to start sharing them last year. this is one of my favorites i’ve written:

they’re very simple - just vocals and one instrument - so this year i’ve been learning more about music production and music theory to try to compose more complex arrangements and develop a fuller sound. although it’s been harder to focus during the pandemic, the extra time at home has provided the opportunity to deep dive, and i feel very lucky for that.

 

berklee’s courses on coursera have been so incredibly helpful. i’m not the most patient person - there are so many things to know and i want to know them all at once - so the structure and assignments have ensured that i really understand each topic before moving onto the next. i’ve completed songwriting: writing the lyrics, the art of music production, and developing your musicianship. i’m currently enrolled in the technology of music production, the art of vocal production, developing your musicianship ii, and guitar for beginners. feel free to ask me about any of the courses if you’re considering taking them :) 

 

i make music as an act of catharsis and comfort. music has held my hand through every dark walk of life and my goal is to create something that can do that for listeners.

 

my favorite artist at the moment is grimes. i have so much respect for her mastery of every level of the process - she writes and produces all of her work. i aspire to do that. this is one of my favorites from her new album: 

 

i hope you’re all hanging in there during these strange times. happy to bask in the power of music with you :yellow_heart:

 

Hello @Serenissima  Welcome. Opera is one of the genres of music I know little about but I think exposure to the world’s great music at a young age is wonderful. Can you tell us more about opera? Which is your favorite, and why? Do you enjoy the storytelling and theatrical aspects of it, too, or is it just the music that draws you?

As to classical music, the well-known of the western composers are a good place to start. See if you can find the commonalities in what you like and look for other similar works. And see what time periods the pieces you like are from, I favor the Romantic to Modern composers because I started with classical guitar and most of the music for that is of relatively recent composition, so that is what my ear got attuned to. 

Once again, welcome and have fun here. It is nice to meet you.

Hi @miranda.rose Welcome. Thank you for being brave and sharing one of your compositions with us, that is wonderful. And thank you for the music video, as well, it is good to know what influences people and why. I wish you the greatest success in your goals.

I am glad you have found the Berklee courses worthwhile. I have by no means taken all of them, but those I have taken have indeed been very good.

Once again, welcome here and it is nice to meet you.

 

@joebas , what an inspiring story for us all! To be able to successfully learn to play when you retired! 
The tenor saxophone has such a beautiful soulful sound. It’s very versatile, being an important instrument in both a regular concert band as well as a jazz band. It’s excellent  practice to play in a concert band while you learn how to play in a jazz band. I wish you lots of success and lots of fun.

@Serenissima , what a fabulous name you have chosen...”serenissima”. Obviously, serenading others is what you enjoy!  To belt out some of those famous arias feels so good! I grew up with a mother who loved Verdi. Rigoletto was as familiar to me as Twinkle Little Star is others. We listened to opera at home all the time.
My youngest son became obsessed with Mozart’s Don Giovanni and played it until he must have memorized every part. 

Did you attend the many performances your father was in? What kinds of parts did he play? What kind of a voice does he have?

My father grew up in Berlin, Germany in the early part of the 1900s. There were no movies,  no television either. He fondly remembered how the entire family would go to the opera house every Friday night and watch a complete opera. It was a very important music at that time. It also represented wealth. It was a symbol of a wealthy family to go to the opera house.

In the US, it is very expensive to go to the opera. We often have some of the finest voices performing at Lincoln Center in New York City, but it is so expensive to go that most people never go.
Is it very expensive in your country? Do all ages appreciate it?

It is a pleasure to meet you. Maybe you could start a thread about an opera.

@miranda.rose , good to meet you. Have you performed your songs in any live venues like cafes ?

When you compose, do you first play chords and then the melody and lyrics come from that...or do you think of a melody and then set it to chords? Do you first write the lyrics or do they coordinate with the melody as you compose?

I ask because I have tried to write songs at times and have found the process to be challenging.

I hope you continue to write, play and enjoy your songs.

 

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@misterbean it is so good to learn more about you. Thank you for posting the two songs that you have. I haven’t heard them before. The lyrics so beautiful. I can tell you are song writer! I sure hope you can get your piano soon.

 

Thank you for posting the two songs that you have. I haven’t heard them before. The lyrics so beautiful. I can tell you are songwriter! I sure hope you can get your piano soon.

 

A string Quartet sounds beautiful. But you can write for them using your keyboard. You just need to know the keys the instruments are in. Write for parts using your keyboard. Then imagine each different string instrument playing those parts. Next you will write the parts for the instruments. There are two violins who play in the same key as the keyboard. Then there’s the cello who plays the same as the bass clef your left hand. The viola is the tricky instrument. It has its own clef. Their clef indicates where the note C is. Usually, their C is written on the third line, or the note B. You don’t have to worry about writing out their parts yet. First compose something on your keyboard for them. You could always transpose their parts later. I hope this helps inspire you to write something for a string quartet now!

@Judith : Thank you very much for your help on how to write or compose music using the “String Quartet”. I’ll tell you my work using them as soon as it has completed. :)

@misterbean I am looking forward to hearing about your use of a string quartet.Best of success to you.

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I'm Dotty from Kenya 

I love listening to Music, by favorite genre is acapella. 

I want to learn about the theoretical part of music. Glad to be here

Good to meet you, Dotty. Are you taking any music theory courses now? If so, which one? Or are you learning on your own?

Please feel comfortable to post any questions you may have about what you are learning. We would enjoy helping you find success.

 

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