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Prog as a musicians music?

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Poll Question: Are you a musician?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote maryes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 13 2017 at 18:19
Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

Not at all. I have many friends who love progressive music and couldn't carry a tune with a bucket, however being a musician certainly allows one to explore more technical and adventurous music for sure
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote twosteves Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 13 2017 at 21:33
I'm not but I like music that is interesting and not cookie cutter----although a perfect 3 minute song is very hard to do----and I love a song with strong steady rhythm 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 16 2017 at 12:27
Not necessarily.  Although Prog tends to be musically interesting, I know several good musicians who do not enjoy.  I myself am a musician but not as good as the guys I mention here.  I also know many non-musicians who enjoy Prog.  None of these people are all-Prog or no-Prog all the time.  It is a matter of taste and aesthetics.  I will say that an understanding of music leads to an understanding of the complexities and subtleties found in Prog but this does not always translate to enjoyment.
 
I also just read to the actual question.  Yes, I am a musician, but I voted no because I do not think Prog is merely musicians music.  The header and the poll question are two different issues.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 2dogs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 16 2017 at 23:04
I tried a few instruments but failed, mainly because I wanted to do my own thing Ouch.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote WaterSnake Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 17 2017 at 13:31
Originally posted by Progosopher Progosopher wrote:

 
 
I also just read to the actual question.  Yes, I am a musician, but I voted no because I do not think Prog is merely musicians music.  The header and the poll question are two different issues.
 

You don't seem to understand the purpose of this. I'm trying to do some simple research to see the percentage of prog listeners whom are musicians and comparing that with the fanbases of other genres, that doesn't mean I think that prog is for musicians and that non-musicians can't listen to it. The title was just to get peoples attention, and to make conversation in the comments, I thought people wouldn't have trouble separating that and the painfully simple question presented to them, but clearly I was wrong. 

I encourage anyone to give prog a chance, there are no requirements for someone to enjoy experiencing something, I merely think that those who train their musical mind potentially have a better chance of not being overwhelmed by the onslaught of genius that is prog. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote A_Flower Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2017 at 07:51
No.

I play flute in my high school band, but I am not a really super talented musician. I listen to prog all the time everyday! And as questioned earlier in this forum, for me, I got into playing music because I loved prog. Also, if you were to consider prog being a musician's genre, then you would probably have to do the same with classical being the parent musician. I know plenty of people who enjoy classical but don't play anything. As before-mentioned, prog is a music lover's genre rather then a musician's genre
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HackettFan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2017 at 15:29
Yes. I had three periods. I studied guitar when I was in first grade and before I got interested in Prog. I was unsuccessful, probably due to my guitar being unplayable. (I just learned that Steve Hackett had a similar experience, corrected when he got ahold of a nylon guitar). I studied guitar heavily in my late teens and throughout my 20s with a great deal of success. I got quite good. I played something perhaps akin to endless Space Rock improvisations. I quit cold turkey eventually, because it never evolved into a vocation and drained time away from other things. I took it up again several years ago. I am quite advanced at this point.

I was already a Prog fan before guitar really took hold. However, I think it affected what and how I got excited about as I sought out other Prog. I had no interest in Jazz until I got good with guitar in my 20s. I was actively disinterested in Classical until I picked up guitar again in my mid-life period. Now I regularly listen to and enjoy Classical music.


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