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bio website jaerhard.com
location Karlsruhe, Germany
age 48
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Just some guy having too many accounts on too many sites (and most of those I can't even remember ;-)


Dec
20
comment A total newbie wants to learn how to write songs. What does he need?
@Silver: I never heard a successful person say either. They say lots and lots of things. But these utterances are usually not among those things. Not in this pure form, anyway. And I didn't say that hard work doesn't play a part. But... thanks for the book recommendation. At least the WP article mentions "talent" twice :D And it seems to argue that circumstances play at least as big a role as hard work. I think I can agree to that. ;-)
Dec
20
comment A total newbie wants to learn how to write songs. What does he need?
sorry, the thought of your mother tongue crosse my mind briefly, but your name made me go "Nah, he speaks English" ;-) Oh, and the voice is musical instrument (it's called "singing", but I'm unsure if that's what you mean with "play the mouth" or if they're just very talkative :D)
Dec
20
comment A total newbie wants to learn how to write songs. What does he need?
"you're not going to write something good right away"... you know, all generalizations and absolutes are wrong, 100% of all cases. Just as here. The likelihood is very, very, very small, but it's not impossible.
Dec
17
comment A total newbie wants to learn how to write songs. What does he need?
Disclaimer: the above is my (strong, obviously) personal opinion.
Dec
17
comment A total newbie wants to learn how to write songs. What does he need?
Let me compare this, just for explanation, with writing books. You shouldn't "want to become a writer" because of prestige, or money, or any such thing. Because it's hard work (yes, @Silver :D), and it's not that rewarding in the mentioned aspects for the vast majority of "writers". The Stephen Kings of this world are a rare exception. So: if you want to become a writer (or any creative occupation at all), do it because you have to. Because you feel drawn to it. To it, not to the "side effects" of it.
Dec
17
comment A total newbie wants to learn how to write songs. What does he need?
Just a comment: why do you want to write songs? Sure you can learn to "write songs" (and people even claim you can "learn be creative"). But why? It's cool? It gets the girls? It's something one is supposed to do? Or do you want to learn to write them because you just have to? Because they are in you, and want to get out? Because they're clamoring to get heard, for you make them get heard? Since you say you're not even musically inclined (I take that as "Music doesn't really mean that much to me". Wrong? Correct please), it doesn't sound like this is an "inner urge". So, why?
Dec
17
comment A total newbie wants to learn how to write songs. What does he need?
Disagree with the "there's no such thing as 'talent'". Strongly. It's popular, sure, because "everyone can be anything" is nice to hear. But it's misleading. That's not saying that working on your talent (however much it is, it's not all or nothing) doesn't have its place or isn't important. But talent exists.
Dec
17
comment When decreasing string gauge on a bass guitar, will I need to adjust the truss rod?
Using "guitar" for a bass is... irritating. But that's probably just me. Or maybe not, I can't remember ever seeing anything but "bass" for, well, a bass (guitar). And I was (for financial reasons) an avid reader of all kinds of bass mags.
Dec
17
comment humming and actual singing?
@progtick And the quality will fluctuate as long as she doesn't feel secure. I don't see any other even potential reason. If she can sing, at least some of the time, she can. It's only her mind that's in the way. And yes, we have a Catch-22 there...
Dec
8
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Dec
8
comment humming and actual singing?
I'd say, more than "wanting" (which seems to be important, no argument) she has to believe in herself, her ability. Your point 2 is, I think much more important. (Spoken from personal experience of insecurity)
Dec
8
comment humming and actual singing?
Hmm, but your "when an untrained singer tries to be quiet, the notes are off" doesn't agree with the OPs description, does it? When the person mentioned doesn't think someone's hearing her, I'd suspect she does sing quietly. At least more quietly than when she sings "in public".
Oct
8
comment How high can I tune my G string without it breaking?
You're learning a bass solo (never saw the point in learning solos, myself) that's been written for a different instrument. I would just look for a different piece to learn, instead of risking (as slim says) limb and instrument.
Sep
25
comment What happens when I start to get music “down” to the point where I can play it fluently?
The OP mentions a related (or the same?) concept a couple of times: "flow". And @horatio is right: this "it has to go into your subconscious" can be found everywhere. Learning a language: fluency is only reached when you stop thinking about grammar and spelling and pronounciation, when you stop translating from your native tongue, but start to think in the new language. Programming: when you can stop thinking about the syntax, and semantics, about the language you work in, and are free to think about the problem.
Sep
21
answered Is looking for chord after having the melody unusual?
Sep
21
comment Is looking for chord after having the melody unusual?
@RichN: if a teacher does that, throw the teacher away. If you don't find one that accepts your process, then... well, better no teacher than to have your creativity damaged or even destroyed. That some is or calls themselves teacher doesn't impart infallability...
Jun
20
comment What are some common jazz chord progressions?
@Ben one of the reasons for closing is a word you misread? Nice job.
May
25
comment How can I develop an interesting or challenging 8-Beat rock rhythm?
I'd give this a +2 or even +3 if I could (one for every good/great bit :D)
May
15
comment Teaching Bandmates to Count
Good advice. "Show, don't tell"... something for everyone, not just for writers.
May
9
comment Why is the piano such a commonly used instrument?
It's a woolly answer to a woolly question, so of course it doesn't address "the point"... for that there should be a clearly-defined "point".