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Briant
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Hi all, I figured since I've been lurking on here for a few days I'd join the forums, and I've already received some great help.  So first, a little about me.

 

I'm married, 27 years old, and I am dual majoring in Sociology and the German language.  I plan to go for my P.H.D. in Sociology, but that's a while from now :) .  I started playing music when I was about 12, with the Harmonica, then guitar, mandolin, stand-up bass, and a wee bit of piano.  All of these I was self taught, as I play by ear.  I'm trying to learn music theory and how to spot read music, as I'm sure most of you know we who play by ear tend to cheat and not read the notes, so it's difficult to learn.  I finally started making my own music using random notes and timings so I couldn't cheat.  

I recently got a violin as an early Christmas present for my wife, and while I mostly grew up playing bluegrass and old rock, I want to learn classical pieces as well on this instrument.  (I'm a sucker for Mozart or Tchaikovsky)

I have a lot of hobbies, depending on my mood or the time of year, such as bushcraft camping, reading, gaming, leather working,I'm also a magician, and so on lol.

Lastly, I have synesthesia.  This causes symptoms sometimes similar to dyslexia, but more.  Mine is most prominent with sound.  I process sounds as colors.  Different sounds have different colors, shapes, and textures for me.  It's very hard to explain, much like describing the smell of a banana to someone born without the ability to smell :) .  Anyway, it makes music very interesting to me, and makes playing by ear easy for me as well.

 

Looking forward to learning and playing with all of you :)

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Welcome Briant > SOooo you have this synesthesia thing. Sounds like it ROCKS!!! Music is colors > I have always felt music that way. I didn't know it had a name. So its an ok thing right? I hope, cause I am always feeling colors when I play. It feels nice. BUT> sometimes the colors get all mixed up and it can be very strange.

Your gonna love the Viddle > talk about colors > it is SWEET!!!!!!

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StoneDog said
Welcome Briant > SOooo you have this synesthesia thing. Sounds like it ROCKS!!! Music is colors > I have always felt music that way. I didn't know it had a name. So its an ok thing right? I hope, cause I am always feeling colors when I play. It feels nice. BUT> sometimes the colors get all mixed up and it can be very strange.

Your gonna love the Viddle > talk about colors > it is SWEET!!!!!!

Yeah it's technically considered a disease, but it's not really a bad thing IMO.  Sounds like you might have a bit of it too! :)  Everyone is affected differently, some taste color, some assign gender to inanimate objects or numbers/letters, and so on.  I have it quite severely, but sounds like voices and music percieved as colors is my big one.  It's rarely a problem for me, and has usually been a big help, kinda working like an automatic word association to learn things :)  

 

Here's a cool little video that explains it:  

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Interesting stuff. I don't have anything going on with my taste. When I close my eyes and play > I see all kind of colors. It may not be the same thing but the colors I see are intense. I see very deep colors when I just close my eye to rest. I just figured that everyone sees them. Sometimes it is like traveling through the Cosmos at a rapid speed.

Yep. You a gonna love the Viddle. > have fun and keep ROCKing.

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December 9, 2013 - 7:41 pm
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Welcome to the forum Briant,
Interesting to learn about synesthesia. Look forward to seeing you here and hopefully your wife as well. :-)
Maybe you guys will someday perform a duet for us all to enjoy. :-)

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but the one who needs the least."

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Welcome, Briant! Nice to meet you. That's really interesting...I've never heard of synesthesia. It sounds like a sensory enhancement, not a disease.

There are lots of friendly people here who will help you learn to sight read music, just as they've helped me learn to play by ear (I was dependent on sheet music).

:)

Good luck and keep us posted!

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KindaScratchy said
There are lots of friendly people here who will help you learn to sight read music, just as they've helped me learn to play by ear (I was dependent on sheet music).

Ugh, @KindaScratchy, I like the sound of that "was".

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Cool! Now i understand why "4" is always blue and Sting has solty voice... Didn't know that it's some kind of a disorderduncecap

Welcome to the forum, Briant!

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Mad_Wed said
Cool! Now i understand why "4" is always blue and Sting has solty voice... Didn't know that it's some kind of a disorderduncecap

Welcome to the forum, Briant!

So you experience that kind of thing, too, Naska? That's really interesting, too. I wonder if this phenomenon is more common than we would think.

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KindaScratchy said
There are lots of friendly people here who will help you learn to sight read music, just as they've helped me learn to play by ear (I was dependent on sheet music).

Ugh, @KindaScratchy , I like the sound of that "was".

Yup, it's true, @RosinedUp and you, among others, had a lot to do with it.

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Welcome to the forum..good luck.  Hope to hear and see more of you.  I love all the instruments that you taught yourself to play.  Awesome.

I play by sheet and for me it is liberating and I wouldn't change it for anything.  I am working on training my ear  too.

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Thanks all for the warm welcomes :) .  It's nice to find a plce where people are friendly and helpful about their passion.  

 And yes, studies are finding that synesthesia is more common than previously thought.  I think current estimates are around 1 in 42 people.  Many people have it but most don't experience it very intensely.  I've had it my whole life, and didn't realize it was even unusual until about 5 years ago!

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KindaScratchy said

Mad_Wed said
Cool! Now i understand why "4" is always blue and Sting has solty voice... Didn't know that it's some kind of a disorderduncecap

Welcome to the forum, Briant!

So you experience that kind of thing, too, Naska? That's really interesting, too. I wonder if this phenomenon is more common than we would think.

Like Briant i didn't realize that it's some kinda unusual thing... I thought everybody feels/hears/sees something like this in different ways... For example where such kind of expressions like "warm colours" or "velvet sound" are from? I think more or less everyone has it then...dunno

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