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Which genre is your musical mother tongue? #2975474 02/13/19 12:13 PM
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I was grown up in the early 90s and listened to a lot of 80s music, so in my mind the "default" version of music is that era: polished, produced pop music, far enough removed from the jazz roots but not yet driven by uniformly bland soulless drum machines. (Played by seasoned session pros of course.) Late Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Sting.

Therefore when I sit down to just jam with myself, that's the style of music I'll be gravitating to: triadic pop progressions played on ever-so-slightly retro keyboard sounds. Imagine a live video on Youtube where you can see from the image quality it was recorded on VHS in the 90s: that's my sweet spot.

I've learned other styles of course: I've learned jazz, classical etc. and I can play them well with sufficient focus and preparation. But my musical mother tongue is something I can play without any preparation.

What is your musical mother tongue? What is the genre that you can play effortlessly and never get tired of it?


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Re: Which genre is your musical mother tongue? [Re: marczellm] #2975487 02/13/19 01:23 PM
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Jazz/ blues. but classical composers are deeply instilled as well.


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60's R&B

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Somewhere between MJ, Metallica, The Police, and Corb Lund.

Although that's probably unnecessarily limiting it. But I'm also not really fully fluent in any of it anyway.


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Jazz and Blues . . .

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Reggae but that is more with a band. I like the band format always over solo stuff but will do it sometimes for something different. It's really kind of hard to quantify other than that I can say I play four or five style reasonably well and not feel contradicted musically.


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Isn't it sort of a universal law that the music you hear between the ages of about 10-18 gets hardwired into you? Could be younger than 10 if you're actively exposed and are musically precocious. Of course you keep absorbing as an adult, but after a certain point it doesn't penetrate your musical DNA.


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Could be they say that also about what kind of people you are attracted to. Kind of like imprinting.


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Re: Which genre is your musical mother tongue? [Re: Outkaster] #2975512 02/13/19 03:12 PM
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My musical mother tongue, in terms of what I learned first and resonates on a "comfort food" level: piano-driven rock, from Little Richard to Billy Joel, Elton John to Ben Folds.

That being said, if I could make a living playing only Brazilian music and New Orleans funk I would be a very happy keyboard player indeed.


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Growing up... prog.

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Re: Which genre is your musical mother tongue? [Re: Adan] #2975525 02/13/19 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted By: Adan
Isn't it sort of a universal law that the music you hear between the ages of about 10-18 gets hardwired into you? Could be younger than 10 if you're actively exposed and are musically precocious. Of course you keep absorbing as an adult, but after a certain point it doesn't penetrate your musical DNA.


Affirm that wholeheartedly. After 7 years of solo piano lessons, my first "ensemble" experiences in high school were big band and musical theater. Added some jazz fusion during college years in the '80s, and that is literally "all she wrote".

S.Kenton, W.Herman, J.Lorber, SpyroGyra, Rodgers/Hammerstein, Lerner/Loewe, A.L.Webber -- that all I ever wanna play. Of course I *do* other stuff, but it just doesn't move me. My musical DNA *is* frozen in the '80s.


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I grew up with Miles, 'Trane, Evans, Herbie, Chick, Freddie and so many more of greatest jazz players.


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Some posts I would like to ask for musical examples. 60's R&B, British Pop, New Orleans style are genres I'm not really familiar with.


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Re: Which genre is your musical mother tongue? [Re: marczellm] #2975554 02/13/19 07:42 PM
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Jazz and blues.


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The most I can narrow it down to is western music (as opposed to eastern, or “world” music). My parents exposed me to classical music, jazz (mostly big band and Dixieland), blues, folk, musicals, and calypso (Harry Belefonte). They weren’t much into pop music, or what would have been called the “Hit Parade” during their childhoods.

I profoundly bonded with Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring at a tender age and repeatedly asked to have it put on before I could be trusted with handling LPs. Stravinsky and Bartók were my main influences while studying composition as a music major. Other than that, my listening tastes began with AM hit radio—Beatles, Stones, Motown, etc.—and advanced to progressive rock, jazz fusion, and funk. At the piano, I studied classical music from age 6 through college and jazz from 7th grade through college. I played P-Funk in a band during college and played new wave, rock, funk, and R&B in bands afterward. There was some Latin influence mixed in as well. I was a drummer and percussionist for awhile, and I loved Santana’s percussion sound and Chick Corea’s keyboard playing.

I guess I’d say my mother tongue is the American melting pot—derived mostly from European and African sources, but mixed, blended, and simmered lovingly in the USA.

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Re: Which genre is your musical mother tongue? [Re: marczellm] #2975625 02/14/19 12:05 AM
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Originally Posted By: marczellm
Some posts I would like to ask for musical examples. 60's R&B ...
Stax & Atlantic records and Memphis sound, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Don Covay, Booker T., Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Al Jackson, Memphis Horns, Bar-Kays, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and a lot of New Orleans R&B - Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe, Aaron Neville, Jesse Hill, Lee Dorsey, Allen Toussaint, Chris Kenner, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Little Richard, Lloyd Price, Shirley & Lee, Huey "Piano" Smith, Larry Williams.

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Most 1955-1975 jazz, blues, soul, funk, rock, and pop, especially 60s soul jazz.

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A lot of Asian genres.
60’s-90’s pop, Motown, rock, basically anything 60’s to 90’s other than most country and most rap.
Karaoke MIDI tracks. I practically make these.
Anything on an arranger keyboard.
Anything like these 3
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8OI4O02K-Js
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SQpohHtRZM8

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Medieval Hillbilly Jazzy Drone Funk.....

...and theme songs to old spy movies

and Scottish Pirate Metal like this: https://youtu.be/ggyC0FOzqHM
(I only like it for the midgets, though.)


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Soul and funk.

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Everything except opera and rap.


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Blues! But I have been playing in a Texas country band for the last 10 years, go figure!

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Originally Posted By: jeffinpghpa
Medieval Hillbilly Jazzy Drone Funk...
Must be a regional thing. I was going to put "hillbilly jazz" myself. I play a lot of 70s-90s pop, but I tend to approach it with country or jazz licks.

I wish I "spoke" classical and romantic, though. That stuff is the bomb.


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Re: Which genre is your musical mother tongue? [Re: Wastrel] #2975831 02/15/19 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted By: Wastrel
Everything except opera and rap.
How can "everything" be your mother tongue? I find it hard to believe that you can effortlessly jump in basically any genre and instinctively play it well like it was in your blood.


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